The weather was perfect for footy on Saturday not a breath of wind and the sun was out a perfect setting for Cancer Pink Day at Panther Park.
The day took on special significance as both the Kangaroo Island footballer and netballers paid tribute to Wisanger Netball Club life member Di Johnson, who passed away earlier this week.
A minute's silence was observed before the netball games by all in attendance.
Life members Helen Turner, Christine Sampson, Maggie Patterson and Dianne Boxer gathered before the A Grade match to hear Wisanger Netball Club president Renae Florance read out a tribute.
Renae read out a brief list of Di Johnson's many achievements throughout the years, including playing her 450th game in May 2014, which is probably an all-time club and Kangaroo Island Netball Assocation record.
It was also fitting that Panther Park and the players were decked out in pink for Cancer Day. The Senior footy boys all donned pink socks and the coaches pink shirts.
The closest game for the day was the U12s - Dudey United 8.8 def Wisanger 6.3 - and it was good to see the kids enjoying their football.
From then on every game was very one sided with Dudley having a 14-goal win in the Senior Colts - Dudley United 19.9 def Wisanger 5.4.
The Wisanger Reserves won by 22 goals - Wisanger 23.8 def Dudley United 1.0 - and to finish the day the Wisanger A grade won by 24 goals Wisanger - 26.12 def Dudley United 2.4.
Even though the games were very one sided it was good to see that the younger kids never dropped their heads and kept trying all day.
After the young Dudley lads had a win in the colts half a dozen of them then had to face up for Reserves and they - Rory, Toby, Brock, Matt, just to name a few - didn't look out of place and made the older Panthers to think that this game isn't going to be easy as they thought.
In the end the bigger bodies and a little more experience finally showed and the home team kicked away, but not until the second half.
The A grade was a similar game with a tight first quarter and then the Panthers slowly pulled away with Hutchy, Boomer, Laff and Ants to name a few showing their class and experience.
In the end it was a great game of footy no one gave up it was just the younger legs and fitness that helped the Panthers.
Keep working hard you young Dudley lads playing good junior football and helping out your club in senior games is good to see.
Good luck to all next week. - Craig Turner
Western Districts Vs Parndana
COLTS: An exciting contest loomed at Gosse, both sides looking for their first win of the season. Western Districts kicked the first couple to have the home crowd excited, goals being hard to come by for the boys the past couple of years. Tyson Whittle and Jay Whale doing a great job in defence, but the Trethewey boys combined well giving Parndana their first. Scores at the first break- W.D- 2.4 P-1.2
Western Districts had all the early running, Gage Shulver doing well out of the centre, helping the saints kick a couple of quick goals to put Parndana under pressure. Western Districts were using the ball much better than their opponents, and this was the reason for their lead. Morgan kicked a couple to extend the wonks lead to five goals. Isaac Trethewey and Aiden Huxtable fought hard for Parndana but they didn't have a lot of helpers. W.D- 6.5 P- 2.2
Wonks went forward and without Parndana touching it, Blaize Whale kicked the first of the half. Trethewey kicked his third but wonks were working harder to help their teammates. Parndana continued to scrap it out though, not making it easy for wonks. Another goal each had the margin at 29 points for the last change. W.D- 8.7 P- 4.2
Parndana continued to fight out the game in the last quarter but the margin proved to be too much in the end. Colton Trethewey capped off a great game with a nice goal. Boyle and Hammat started to tire in the last and Parndana took advantage of this, but the home team came away with a 21-point advantage, giving Western Districts their first win in the colts since 2016.
A GRADE: The drizzle had settled in at the start of the A grade, making for greasy conditions. Johnston made the ball look dry, but wasn't able to get the perfect start for Parndana. Wonks settled first, and Coulson, coming off a 10-goal haul kicked the first of the afternoon. Boyle quickly kicked another before the rest of the quarter became a real scrap. Bailey Gaskin kicked a nice goal from the boundary, to have Parndana just behind at the first break. W.D- 2.0 P- 1.3
Johnston kicked the first goal of the quarter, while the ball was still dry to give Parndana back the lead. Larcombe continued to work hard for wonks, but Parndana were able to work it forward and put another major on board. The game became a real scrap as the two rivals put terrific pressure on each other, goals you could sense were going to be a real commodity. Johnston and Riggs were having a great tussle, Johnston had to kick a great rolling goal from the boundary to break the deadlock. Kicks going forward made it hard for the wonk's forwards to contest for the footy, as Parndana's pressure started to tell. Graham was moved to the midfield, and instantly the ball use out of defence was much better. Boyle finished off the good work to keep wonks close, Parndana up by 11 points but the margin could have been much greater with better kicking at goal. W.D- 3.1 P- 4.6
The game not hitting any great heights to start the second half, both sides had their chances at goal, but not able to kick the all important first goal. It took a brilliant checkside from Bailey Gaskin to finally break the deadlock. Riggs and Bullard worked hard in defence for wonks, while Larcombe got plenty of the ball but kicks going forward were too easy to pick off for the experienced pair of Kuchel and Bussenschutt. Finally, Bullard managed to find Hilder in a bit of rare space, and he finished the good work, the game set up for a brilliant finish. W.D- 4.3 P- 5.8
The game was on a knife's edge, Wonks going forward had plenty of chances but the Parndana defence stood tall. Rebounding from the defence once again, Lynch found some space and gave Parndana a very handy lead. Wonks had most of the ball in the quarter, but their turnovers were costing them any chance of the two points. Parndana knew that time was now on their side, and effectively ended the contest with another two goals. Boyle and Larcombe got these goals back for Wonks, but Parndana's pressure around the ground, and their rebound out of defence is what won them the game in the end. W.D- 6.5 P- 8.10 - Jared "Mugga" McArdle