Wisanger, Dudley too strong in Round 2 of Kangaroo Island football | PHOTOS

The oval at Kingscote was packed with spectators hungry for football after the debacle of 2020.

The ground was in beautiful condition, with a steady northerly wind ahead of a change.

The inclusion of a mainland umpire highlights the need for some more of the local retirees (not the old age pensioner type) to put in for the football community.

The game opened in a scrambly fashion with great effort from both sides until eventually the Blues were able to open the score for the day.

Further quick goals saw Wisanger make good use of the breeze while the Hounds struggled to move the ball past centre. The quarter time total of Wisanger 7-6 to Kingscote 0-0 pretty much told the tale, leaving the Hounds with a big challenge.

A desperate scramble and a quick snap out of bounds saw the Dogs first attempt to score foiled.

Stead's height was proving a challenge as was the strength and mobility of Cross and while the Hounds back men worked desperately, they were unable to link enough good play together to make a dent in the Blue boys' defence.

Only indirect kicking kept the margin from blowing out to a disastrous proportions.

At half time, with the board reading Wisanger 9-14 to Kingscote 0-1, things looked grim for the Dogs, while the Blue boys had shown a level of skill and team work that had their supporters smiling.

This standard of play continued into the third quarter, while the minor scores continued to mount, so did the majors.

Superior body strength saw the Wisanger team winning the contested ball and their depth of experience making good use of their opportunities.

Kingscote persisted and were eventually able to register a major, with the 3/4 time score reading Kingscote 1-2 to Wisanger 16-21.

With the game out of reach, to their credit the Kingscote boys kept at it and any kick gained was earned by the Wisanger players, who nevertheless kept the scoreboard moving.

The final score of Wisanger 23-24 to Kingscote 2-2 did not reflect the effort put in by the younger and relatively less experienced team from Kingscote, while the Wisanger boys gave out a warning to any future opponents that they have matured into a powerful unit that will take some beating. - The One Eyed Dog

Parndana vs Dudley United

The second round of the KIFL season were matches full of contrasts.

At Parndana, the Colts have made it two from two overcoming Dudley United by 6 points.

Isaac Bowden, Colton Trethewey and Eli Kuchel have continued their form being named the best for the home side, with Kaia Mauheni-Edwards kicking three goals, while for the visitors, Ryan Egel, James Bailey and Tait Florance were the best with big Ethan Stoeckel kicking three also.

In the Reserves, Dudley had no answer to Mills up front as he kicked six in a 26-point win for the roosters.

Brady Hill, Bailey Mashford and Will Stanton in the ruck were also big reasons for Parndana's first win.

For the visitors, Darryn Ragless kicked three and was named the Eagles best with Mitch Charlton, and new recruit, Gage Shulver also getting a mention.

The A Grade was a one-sided affair, with the Eagles new recruits helping them to an 84-point win. Frank May, Zac Trethewey and Ben Gaskin tried hard to keep the home side in it but they didn't have a lot of help.

A great team effort from the Eagles who showed they will be a force to be reckoned with in 2021.

Wisanger vs Kingscote: Speaking of forces to be reckoned with, the Kingscote Colts are definitely that once again dominating Wisanger.

Kingscote had 17 goals to half time, with the Florance boys doing what they liked. Blake with seven goals, with help from Koby Henderson with six.

Korelle Wintinna showed the crowd what he can do, setting Kingscote up, while Brady Christophers was also solid.

For Wisanger not a lot to speak of but River Berden worked hard, but has just got to work on finding targets with his kicks.

Tom Bott was also solid for the panthers, but was a dour day for the boys.

For the second week in a row Wisanger has over run their opposition. This week the panther boys kicked six unanswered goals in the last quarter to win by 40 points.

The first three quarters it was anyone's game. Cain Florance showed what a future he has, working harder than his older opponents to be Kingscote's best.

Tristan Thomas had a good day out, with Peter Collins and Craig Turner stopping many Kingscote forward entries.

Ryan Turner and Florance out of the centre had a good tussle with Guttilla and Connell, but come the last they just ran out of legs.

With Collins moving into the centre, he dominated his opponent, and the Schofield boys reaped the benefits as the boys from blue remain on top of the ladder.

It has been a long time since Wisanger an opponent like they did on Saturday. Starting off with the wind, they gave their young opponents not much hope.

Probably the only negative was their kicking for goal, kicking 7.6 for the quarter, while keeping the hounds scoreless. While you didn't expect a huge comeback, you expected a bit of a response from Kingscote and unfortunately this wasn't coming.

Wisanger still dominated the territory despite kicking into a stiff breeze. Stead had a hand in most plays, while Cross, Stewart and Snowball led their match ups to the ball.

Kingscote did finally score, late in the quarter but if Wisanger had kicked straight it would have been even uglier. Wisanger up by 67 points at half time; 9.14 to 0.1.

Viney-Obst won most hit outs to give his midfield an armchair ride. Cross was one of those bad kicks for goal, but he finally kicked a major in the third to go with his six points.

Green, Hadland and Puckridge kept trying for the Hounds and Virgo gave the home crowd something to cheer about, kicking his first A Grade goal, and his teams first for the day.

Wisanger continued on their merry way, with already a triple figure margin at the final break. Wisanger finally kicked relatively straight in the last, kicking 7.3 for the quarter as they headed to a final margin of 148 points.

Jamieson showed there is still life in the old legs, with a great mark and goal in what was a dark day for the young hounds.

Kingscote know that there will be some days like this, as they have an eye to the future with still some improvement to come.

Wisanger off to the perfect start to the season, with their next game the perfect test to see where they stand. - Ball Magnet


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