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Great Flinders Football League
& Great Flinders Netball Association

1st Semi Final Match Reports

Mini Colts

Cougars were able to grind out a hard fought win against Ramblers in the Mini Colts to advance themselves to a preliminary final in a fortnight. Cougars were off to a quick start scoring through Lochie Hazelgrove and Zephyr Thompson, and their defensive pressure was good despite the contributions of Della Pedler, Annabelle Shirley and Harry Nagel for the Magpies.

Ramblers held sway in the 2nd quarter but were unable to get any reward for their good play to trail by 2 goals at half time. Jack Hocking and Will Crettenden lifted their workrate early in the third to keep the game within Ramblers reach, but solid contributions from Jimmy Webb, Noah Dobbins and Kade Doudle was creating opportunities for their side to take 15 point lead in to the final change.

Both sides tired in the last quarter and continued to give their all but in the end Cougars had done enough early and held on to win in a great game to watch. Zephyr Thompson was outstanding for the winners, Hazelgrove, Dobbins, Puckridge and the hard nosed Jimmy Doudle all had solid games.

For Ramblers Della Pedler, Jack Hocking, Will Crettenden, Cyril Pedler and Miles Curtis were their best best players.

Senior Colts

Cougars proved too strong for a valiant Lock side in the senior Colts to run out comfortable winners by 58 points after leading all day. Charlie Turnbull was dominating the ruck contests early giving his side first look, which resulted in a great goal to Reuben Hill in the opening 30 seconds of the game.

Lock were struggling to get the ball inside their 50 with any ascendancy, as Cougars marched further ahead through some good finishing and work from Hill, Blacker, Rogers and Phelps. They continued their dominance in the second quarter and despite Lock kicking their first goal through Sincock, it was all Cougars as they took a game high 59 point lead in to half time.

Coach Reynolds asked his charges to fight hard for the ball and increase their pressure on their opponents, and he got a response from his charges as they played their best quarter for the game kicking a couple of goals and restricting Cougars by good team pressure. They were able to continue this pressure in the last quarter and inaccurate kicking for goal cost them getting closer to their opponents and reducing the margin. It was a much better display by the Roo’s in the second half, and despite outscoring Cougars, it was all too late with Cougars running out comfortable winners after a dominant first half.

Kerr, Turnbull, Hill, Gale, Biggs and Blacker with 4 goals were all valuable players for the winners, while for Lock - Crosby, Sincock, Hetzel, Durdin, Gray and Siebert all battled hard.

B Grade

Ramblers had to work overtime to shake off a determined Elliston Districts side in an entertaining game running out winners in the end by 21 points.

Tomney and Treloar set the tone early with an absorbing dual in the ruck contests, and Hurrell and Page were up and about early but anable to find the big sticks. At the opposite end Richardson and Parsons were able to capitalize on some good work to kick important majors and give them a slight lead at quarter time. The second quarter was a real slog and arm wrestle, with the Roosters creating opportunities but only scoring behinds for their hard work as Bascomb, Brands and McLeod worked hard for their side. Shannon Minhard, Coleman and Blacker were working over time for the Magpies with just 7 points separating the 2 sides at the main break.

The third quarter continued to be good hard tough footy, but it was Ramblers who were able to open the contest up to kick 3 majors for the quarter through solid work from Parsons and Buchanan.

Despite having more of the footy, the Roosters simply could not capitalize and still went goalless to 3 quarter time and 9 points was hurting them to stay in the contest. In a very low scoring contest, both sides came out in the last quarter knowing they had just 1 quarter to rescue their season. Ramblers stood tall adding important goals through Richardson, Minhard and Buchanan to put the game beyond reach. The Roosters made a late charge with goals to Carter and Shepperd, but it was all too late as the Magpies held on to win a tough game of footy.

Ethan and Jacob Parsons were excellent for the winners, as were Parsons, Pilgrim and Modra. For Elliston Districts, Galliver was their best player, and Henderson, Kenny, Hurrell, Shepperd and McEvoy were all valuable players.

A Grade

In the match of the day, spectators were treated to a nail biting game that was not decided until the final 40 seconds of the game with Lock scoring a brilliant come from behind win against Tumby Bay.

The Blues would have gone in confident after an impressive win against Lock the previous week, but it was all the Roo’s early as they slammed on 4 first quarter goals against a shell shocked Tumby Bay.

George and Trav Beard were getting plenty of attention from Joe Walker, Calderwood and Miller but both players responded strongly to kick goals along with Hetzel and Reynolds who were looking dangerous up forward. The Blues responded strongly in the second with early goals to Cross, Anesbury, Whitelaw and Richardson to even the contest up before George responded with an important goal, but the Blues did enough to edge themselves in front and lead by 7 points at half time. The game turned in to a real arm wrestle in the third quarter as Hartwig began to assert some influence with some strong marks, McDonald was giving them something in the ruck and Monfries was well on top across half back. Neither side was giving an inch in an absorbing contest but it was Tumby Bay who had the better of the quarter taking an important 14 point lead in to the final change. Both sides were cracking in hard with their seasons on the line and Lock were able to respond strongly with goals through Billy Brown and Cain Reynolds to bring the game back to an even contest and just 2 points separating the two sides as the crowd began to get involved. In the dying seconds of the game Travis Beard was able to gain an important clearance and it was left to Fletcher Kammermann who kicked the winning goal with just seconds left on the clock. It was an impressive turn around and display by the Roo’s with their never say die attitude on show for all to see. Reynolds, Heath, Trav Beard, Morton, Andrew Heath and Brown were all outstanding for their side, while the Blues were best served by Monfries, Walker, Lawrie, Foster, Whitelaw and Calderwood.

It was a great contest played in front of an excellent crowd as Tumby Bay’s season came to an early end and Lock push on to a prelim final against either United Yeelanna or Elliston

Districts in a fortnight's time.

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