It was a cracking day for footy at Panther Park with the sun out and hardly a breath of wind, it was Dudley United’s turn to do the traveling to take on the inform Panthers.
The junior games were great too watch with both games decided within a couple of goals.
Both teams had some boys back from Adelaide which improved the skill level of the game, Dudley had control most of the game but the Panthers never gave up and kicked the last couple to only go down by 3.
Dudley United 6.3 to Wisanger 3.5
Both senior games were one sided and the Panthers continued their good form.
The young and quick lads moved the ball well all over the ground and took control of the game early to set up the win.
Billy Willson returned to the Reserves and had the ball on a string winning most contests in the back line and making it hard for the Eagles to hit the scoreboard.
Wisanger 21.12 to Dudley United 4.3
The A grade was a similar story with the bigger bodies and more experience making it hard for the Eagles to get into the game.
In saying that Dipper has a great bunch of young lads on his hands and their future looks bright.
How good was Shaun Laffin kicking 20 goals for the day, with dominance through the middle all day from Bluey,
Boomer Berry and Fryar it made his job easy. Kicking 6 in the first 4 in the second then another 6 in the third it looked like the record of 21 was going to be broken but the big fella only managed 4 falling 1 short.
Still a bloody good effort and a great way of celebrating Clifford’s 200th.
Wisanger 35.14 to Dudley United 10.2.
Our next challenge will be against the boys from out west in a couple of weeks, good luck to all teams and keep up the good football. – Craig Turner
Western Districts versus Parndana
Western Districts recorded a solid 29 point victory over Parndana in their game played at Gosse, on what is now known as Daryl Weatherspoon Arena. Both sides were far from full strength, but credit must go to both sides for producing the standard of football that they did with the players available.
Players missing means opportunities for others, and it was pleasing to see young players from both teams both receiving opportunities and taking advantage of them. For Parndana, Ethan Trethewey and Bailey Gaskin played their first games of A Grade, while Robert-Rodger Benney kicked two goals and contributed all day for Wonks, pleasing signs for the future of both clubs.
The Saints got off to an early lead, with coach Josh Graham and captain Rob Clements leading by example, and as the game played out, it was this early lead that proved decisive. Western Districts would get out to a lead of a couple of goals, only for Parndana to peg it back.
Reece Johnston was proving to be a headache for the Saints coaching panel, again, combining with Jesse and Ben Gaskin to both create and convert scoring opportunities. Parndana’s hopes of victory, and potentially his Mail Medal chances, when Johnston injured his hamstring mid way through the last quarter.
Mr Consistency, Cory Burr, got the job done again for Wonks, leading their scoring with 3 goals and featuring in the best players, while Elijah ‘Lazarus’ Whale, Graham and Benney kicked 2 and there were singles to Tye and Lucas Boyle, Kade Morris, Lleyton Hedges and a goal of the year contender from Jack Hinton. For the Roosters, Johnston kicked 5, J. Gaskin 2 and 1 each to Zach Trethewey, Bailey Gaskin and Jarrad Kelly.
Best players for the winners were Graham, Clements, the old fella who seems to get better with each game in Tim Buck, Burr and the little Jack Russell in Cam Florance, while for the vanquished, J. Gaskin, Johnston, Ben Gaskin, Trad McMulkin and Z. Trethewey led the way.
All teams have a bye next week for the Country Championships in Renmark, the Western Districts travel to the picturesque Penneshaw Oval, while Parndana host Kingscote.
Parndana got off to a quick start, with Tom Wurst kicking two goals and giving Adam Robson the run around. Tom McCallum was proving to be a handful in the middle for Parndana and it was well and truly game on. Kicking with the wind in the second quarter, the home team got a couple of goals back, with Sam Short providing a dangerous target up forward, and went into the long break ahead 3 goals to 2 in a game that hadn’t reached any great heights.
After a half time rev up from Coach Bald that went along the lines of ‘we’re not playing very well but are somehow ahead’, the Saints midfield clicked into gear. Zac Bald dominated the rucks and the big-bodied midfielders of Greg Bald and Rhys Buick (think a grey Nat Fyfe and Patrick Cripps) fed the ball to the running Matt Grindley, who served it up on a platter to Short, Corey Hammat and Jade Protheroe. Shorty finishing with 6 goals and Hammat with 4 to finish off the good work.
The afore mentioned were the best players for Wonks, along with their water tight backline, in the 63 point victory, while for Parndana, Wursty and McCullum were easily their best, while Will Stanton and Brok Viney-Obst battled manfully in a backline that saw plenty of the ball. It was good to see new players for both sides, with special mention to Isaac Trethewey and Callum Bolwell, who played their first games of senior footy.
Parndana proved to be too strong in the colts, defeating Western Districts 12.11 to 0.0, with the mercy rule enforced at half time. The main difference between the two teams was the number of older players, with Parndana having height and experience all over the field. James Hodge, Bailey Gaskin, Max Lamont, Mahaki Edwards and Brok Viney-Obst led the way for the winners, with Oscar Turner finding the goals on many occasions. For the home team, Jay Whale, Tyson Whittle, Blaize Whale, Caleb Whittle and Henry Hammat were their best players.
Accurate goal kicking was the highlight of the under 12s game, which Western Districts won 14.1 to Parndana’s 6.1. The expert goal kicking tuition that Steve Morgan has been providing the the Saints youngsters has obviously been paying off.
Saint for the day Brady Christophers led the goal kickers with 3, along with Jordan Whittle, Oscar Morgan, Alby Hammat and Taj Morrison kicked 2 and Toby Nolan and Ricky Nimmo kicked 1 each. For Parndana, Kaea Mauheni-Edwards and Eli Kuchel kicked 2 each and there were singles to Colton Trethewey and Callan Putland.
Oscar, Taj, Jackson Short, Blaize and Alby were the best players for Western Districts, while Eli, Colton, Kaea, Kai Relf and Lani Edwards were the best for Parndana.