Kangaroo Island junior footballers Brok Viney-Obst and Mahaki Edwards have helped South Adelaide Football Club win the SANFL Under 15 Country State Championships.
South Adelaide Football Club football manager Warren Ploenges said Brok and Mahaki enjoyed a great week and contributed significantly.
“The two KI boys were fantastic contributors and gave the team some extra size and grunt in the clinches,” Ploenges said.
The Panthers Country Under 15 Team comprising players from the Great Southern Football League and the two boys from the Kangaroo Island Football League had magnificent week of football culminating in carnival success at Thebarton Oval on Friday, July 20.
Coached by Steven Jaggard Jnr with assistance from Todd Steele and Tom Pearsons this competition has been in existence since 1981 and South Adelaide have won the Metro Division in 1989 and 1997 but this was the first time ever they would claim the County Crown as State Champs.
Wins over Norwood (powerful Eyre Peninsula Zone) Woodville/West Torrens (Yorke Peninsula & Adelaide Plains) and West Adelaide ( Riverland and Murray Mallee) propelled the boys into the Grand Final to take on Central District (BL&G), who had also claimed three victories including an upset win against Glenelg ( strong South-East Zone).
While South always looked in the game, the seven-point, half-time margin blew out to 20 points in a low scoring affair when Centrals kicked their fifth goal to lead 5-5 to 2-3 half way through the third term.
But then the young Panthers hit back hard with 3 goals of their own to tie the game up at 5-5 to 5-5 at the final break.
The scene was set and the final quarter battle didn’t disappoint with both side adding 1-1 to finish the game locked away at 6-6 each and send the game into extra time, five minutes each way.
Central added a point in the first half of ET while South kicked what would be the winning goal half way through the final period to claim a fairy-tale 5-point victory.
A squad of 30 players contributed over the four gruelling days played in some heavy conditions with everyone showing the heart and determination to forge on.
Those that enjoyed outstanding weeks included:- Arlo Draper (Willunga FC); Noah Williams (Victor Harbor FC); Zaine Norman Brown (Willunga FC) and Isaac Birt (Strathalbyn FC) with Bailey Payne (Goolwa/PtElliot FC) kicking 7 majors and providing a constant threat up forward.
The South Adelaide Football Club is very proud of these boys and thanks the enormous efforts of all the parents to support the players through the Program. Also big a thank-you to team manager Edna Vanderham and Trainer Meredith Archdall (Willunga FC) .
The Country U15’s result was complimented by two out of three wins by the Metro U15 Team and three from three wins by the South Adelaide Under 17 Youth Team who backed up their Championship victory in 2017 with another in 2018.
Strong performers for this group included Ben Hamilton (Myponga/Sellicks FC); Wade Sweetman, Lachie Williams & Kyle Hayter (Encounter Bay FC); and Ollie Carpenter and Liam Nye ( Willunga FC)
Nine out 10 wins for the week - great result everyone! Looking forward to many of these boys representing the Panthers at Under 16 and Under 18 level in 2019.