The Border Watch : April 1st 2014
34 WB FOOTBALL – eLAsTOpLAsT cup Victors in Elastoplast Cup MORRIS ROD email@example.com WEST Gambier defied recent pre-season history by winning its first Elastoplast Cup in the Western Border Football League on Saturday. After just four wins spread over the last eight years, the Elastoplast Cup had never previously been a day for West Gambier to shine. SPEEDY ROO: Allan Kennedy of West Gambier has his Casterton opponent on the run. But new senior coach, David Stratman had his Kangaroos in dazzling form at the weekend, beating East Gambier and the newly merged Casterton/ Sandford in their two qualifying games and then enjoying grand final success against the carnival’s host club, Millicent. The six member WBFL clubs, along with Naracoorte from the Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League all took part in the carnival which coincided with the Western Border Netball Association hosting senior and 17 and Under matches at the same venue, albeit on new-look netball courts. The format of the tournament allowed each team to play two qualifying games, each played over two 20 minute halves. Winning a half earnt teams one point and winning the game a further two points. Goals kicked on the full from outside the 50 metre arc carried a bonus 12 points, but none were registered on Saturday. Playing early in the draw had its advantages for both West Gambier and Millicent as they were well rested by the time the grand final came around. West took home a $2500 prize package from the major sponsor, Elastoplast, while extra prizes for the team kicking the highest score and winning by the biggest margin were both won by North Gambier which swamped Casterton/Sandford 14.5 (89) v 0.0 (0) in Game 6. VETERAN PERFORMER: Casterton/Sandford utility Ricky Smith in the Cats game against West Gambier. On the netball court, Millicent defeated North Gambier in the grand final. Game 1: Millicent 5.3 (39) d East 3.1 (19) THE Saints were quick out of the blocks against a sluggish East Gambier line-up and raced to a four goal lead before the Bulldogs had even ventured forward. The second half saw East stage somewhat of a mini fightback but there had certainly been plenty of damage done early. Anthony Wilson, Matt McCallum and Toby Case all managed second half goals to add some respectability to East’s scoreline, but at the other end, the Saints were just as good and goals from Garry Abdulla and Jonah Grimes ensured the home side started the carnival with a solid win. DEMON LEADER: South Gambier’s playing coach, Luke Duncan. 34 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Hamish Nitschke, Jackson Reilly and Callan Hobbs were impressive for Millicent in its 20 point win. TERRIFIC TIGER: Hamish Telford goals on the run in the Elastoplast Cup. Game 2: West 13.4 (82) d Casterton/Sandford 3.4 (22) SEMI-FINALISTS from last season’s roster, West and the newly merged Casterton/Sandford came together in the second match of the carnival, but the result was still the same as last September. West won with a leg in the air, swamping the Cats by 10 goals. It was only the fifth win ever by the Kangaroos in Elastoplast Cup history, but arguably their most impressive as their final score was their highest and the competition’s fifth highest on record. The Kangaroos looked slick and polished as they made Casterton/Sandford look like also-rans, which for Cats coach, Dylan Ayton must surely be a worry. The likes of Dale Robbins, Mark Smith, Josh Schapel, Chris Wehl, Mitchell Kipping and Elliott King all found the right avenue to goals in a onesided opening half in which West romped to a 31 point lead. Casterton/Sandford had managed two goals but looked a beaten side at half time. Goals kept coming for West after the break and first year coach, David Stratman has at his disposal, a group of players who look as they want the club to go one better than last year. Game 3: Naracoorte 7.3 (45) d North 3.6 (24) WHETHER it was lethargy or not taking Naracoorte all that seriously, cost North Gambier any realistic chance of winning its opening game of the carnival or the overall Elastoplast Cup. The Tigers scored the opening and closing goals of the first half, but in between, the KNTFL Demons managed three majors, two from Fraser Day and a pearler from Zac Donnelly. Naracoorte started the second half with another goal to open up a 10 point lead, which was soon narrowed when North veteran, Scott Flett replied with one of his own. From there however, scoring opportunities dried up for the Tigers as Naracoorte took control of the game and coasted to a 21 point lead. Game 4: Millicent 9.3 (57) d South 7.3 (45) MILLICENT had no shortage of stars in its second outing for the day, in particular, Tyson Lindsay, Mitchell Gordon, Cameron Haggett, Garry Abdulla and Jayden Reilly. Although South started with the first two goals, Millicent were able to recover and by half time had turned its deficit into a six point lead. VIsIT us ONLINe borderwatch.com.au Kangaroos in LEAPING KANGAROO: West Gambier full forward Chris Wehl.
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