2019 KI football season gets underway | PHOTOS

Wisanger demolishes Dudley

The Kangaroo Island Football League 2019 season opener was held at the picturesque home of the Eagles, Penneshaw Oval on Saturday, April 6.

The local kangaroos were evacuated for the day and players were treated to excellent footy conditions on the greenest patch of the Dudley Peninsula.

Wisanger brought their usual large numbers of youngsters for the junior games with Auskick and the Under 12's starting the day.

More than 30 enthusiastic kids competed in a tight tussle for the win in what ended up being the closest game of the day.

Luke Bailey's young Eagles were too good on the day getting up by three goals with Korbyn Childs, Baxter Howard and Ryan Stoeckel best for the home team.

Rory Baker, Jed Florance and Timmy Turner all played good games and Cullen Berden snuck a couple kicks through the big sticks for the panthers.

The summer treated the Colts lads well for Dudley as they all grew a few inches taller and went on to dominate their opponents on the day.

The boys in the new green and gold gurnseys were off to a great start playing fantastic team footy showcasing their excellent skills linking up to pile on the goals.

Ethan Stoeckel was great to watch up forward, and just snuck into the best half a dozen for Dudley kicking a game high nine goals, with Callum Willson providing plenty of opportunities.

Callum was best on ground with the Florance boys (Rory and Tait), helping out through the centre and Toby Wheaton had plenty of footy at centre-half back. Charlie Baker had a good game with Dennis and Jay Schofield working hard but the Dudley boys were far too good.

The two seniors games were equally lopsided with the Wisanger boys showing that numbers are still very flush around Shoal Bay.

Both the games were dominated by the boys in blue winning by more than 20 goals. Jai Turner was excellent and Tyson Barter kicked six in the reserves with Anthony Anderson getting 10 sausage rolls in the A's.

Dudley fellas worked hard with the welcome return of Jake Miller and Clayton Willson but the Panthers were too good on the day.

This week, Wisanger have the start of a double bye and Dudley venture up the Kohinoor to have a look at the Parndana squads. - Simon Wheaton

Parndana beats Kingscote

Nice weather to kick off the KIFL at the Soldiers Memorial Park in Kingscote, maybe a little warmish if you asked the combatants.

Last year's premiers Kingscote had only eight of the 2018 team for the season opener. Parndana held a massive advantage in experience.

The roosters kicked to the scoring or scoreboard end in the opening quarter and looked more threatening early with the dangerous Rhys Johnston roaming the forward lines bagging a couple of early goals and once again proving hard to match up on. Quarter time scores Roosters 3.2 Hounds 2.1

Sloppy skill errors marred the match as an early start to the season showing up the lesser skilled players. Then the Hounds found some extra outside run through Siemer, Christophers, Lovering, Florance and Colman who was having a good tussle with Zak Trethewey. Surprisingly the Hounds found themselves in front at half time 5.7 Roosters 4.4

Then the Roosters lifted their work rate in the third quarter showing the physical advantage. They had Benny Gaskin doing the grunt work he is known for around stoppages and their forwards finishing off.

The Hounds lost their two key position forwards to injury early in the quarter and it looked like the dam wall was about to burst.

Two colts lads were thrust into the game one to the key forward post, the other to defence as a sick Grimes also went forward. Three quarter scores Roosters 9.8 Hounds 5.8

Under manned as they were, the Hounds coach Florance willed his team on leading from the front.

Grimes kicked a couple of classy goals to give them a faint hope. Siemer played a ripper game.

Lark, Roesler and Green defending many Rooster forays, and young Cockshell provided a target in an impressive display.

The Roosters youngster Mcmulkin looks to be taking another step up in his game, the classy Zac Trethewey showed composure in tight finishes.

The Gaskin brothers, Johnston and Hacker also had good games. Final scores Roosters 10.14 Hounds 9.10 - Simon Lovering 

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