Kangaroo Island Football League: Dudley United now the only undefeated side

Dudley United is now the only undefeated side in the A Grade competition of the Kangaroo Island Football League.

The Eagles overcame a determined Wisanger team by 37 points.

Meanwhile on top of the Kohinoor, Parndana made it two wins in a row, easily overcoming a disappointing Western Districts side by 9 goals.

At Penneshaw, Dudley won an entertaining Colt's game by 18 points, with Cooper Gregor the main difference between the two sides with four goals.

Korbyn Childs also played well, while Rylan Egel stopped a lot of chances by the Panthers.

The Panthers had their chances, but good pressure from the Eagles defence had a lot of their kicks going wide. Timmy Turner played well, while Tom Bott continues to get in and under his opponents.

At Parndana, while the scoreboard read otherwise it was a very competitive game in the Colts.

Parndana attacked hard early, and despite fine defence from Morgan, they eventually broke through for the first of the game.

The rest of the quarter was played in Western Districts half as they settled and started peppering the goals.

Wonks eventually got the lead, but had done it without a major on board! Finally, they broke through for two late goals to take a 14-point lead into the first break.

Parndana kicked the first and last goals of the second quarter, but in between was dominated by the Western Districts team. Toby Nolan made the game look easy, and ended with seven goals for the day.

Jackson Short set up a lot of plays through the centre, as did Jordan Whittle. Kaea Mauheni-Edwards tried to fire his team up, playing a great game against a much taller opponent, while Eli Kuchel and Isaac Bowden always try their hardest.

However, this day they just didn't have enough bigger bodies to match it against out 98-point winners.

Both Reserves clashes were one-sided affairs.

At Penneshaw, Dudley defeated Wisanger by 61 points, moving themselves to the top of the ladder in the meantime. Dudley dominated from start to finish and were well served up front by Corbett, Barton and Lovering.

Limerick, Winterhalder and Shulven were named the best for the home side, while for Wisanger, Florance and Ryan Turner tried hard all day.

At Parndana, Western Districts Reserves were just that bit cleaner with the football and that was the major difference in the end.

Wonks were well served by their young players, who made a big difference around the ground. Baker and Morgan had their moments, but it was Tyson Whittle kicking four goals off the wing, playing his best senior game.

Up front, they were well served by Hammat, who kicked six, while Laver, Crowell and Buick dominated the centre clearances.

Parndana tried hard, but they were just lacking with their ball use. Mashford tried hard all day, as did the Bowden boys but they were just outclassed this day.

In the A Grade, the match of the round was always going to be a tough one for Wisanger, but they were determined to make their mark.

The first quarter was an even one, with free-flowing football being played by both sides.

Both sides looked evenly matched around the ground, with Dudley taking an early lead into the first break. Wisanger started to get their game going in the second.

With Sampson starting to hurt Dudley with his possession, and Shurven up forward a good target it looked like Wisanger could be causing an upset but it was still anyone's game going into the second half.

Dudley started to flex its muscles in the third, and starting to get on top around the ground.

McLeay and Kirby started reading the ruck tap outs, and with big targets in Pepper, Willson and Howard starting to clunk a few marks Dudley were able to work their noses back in front.

Viney-Obst and Gurney were having a good tussle in the ruck, but it was Dudley who started to get on top.

Dickson and Colley gave their forward line many opportunities, and despite the efforts of the Wisanger defence, Dudley started to extend their lead.

Shurven kicked his eighth, but by then it was starting to get too hard for Wisanger to get a result in their favour.

In the end, Dudley ran out 37-point winners, but Wisanger have let them know it's not going to be a one-horse race to the premiership.

By contrast, the game at Parndana never reached any great heights, as Parndana easily accounted for Western Districts by 54 points.

Early on, the game was all about defence, with both sides struggling to find a target up forward.

Parndana started getting on top around the ground, with Gaskin and McMulkin getting plenty of the ball. Parndana kicking the last three goals of the quarter, to lead by exactly that at the first break.

Wonks got a much-needed goal going with a slight breeze, but they just couldn't seem to get a system going.

Nathan Trethewey and Jarrad Kelly out-muscled their opponents to extend Parndana's lead. Wonks were still lucky to be in the game to start the second, as Parndana couldn't kick straight.

Wonks outscored Parndana in the third but were still five goals down at the last break.

Wonks would need a lot of things to go right to have any chance, but Parndana weren't going to make it easy. And so, it proved, with Ben Gaskin, and the Trethewey boys getting first use, it made their task near impossible.

Parndana threatened the goals again and again, and if it wasn't for Riggs and Robson, they would have kicked a lot more.

As it was Parndana ran away with the game, and are starting to gain some momentum for their season.

This week sees the Roosters venture to Shoal Bay to take on Wisanger, while Kingscote play Western Districts in a twilight game at Kingscote in what shapes as an early season defining game. - Ball Magnet


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