The Border Watch : April 10th 2014
2014 WESTERN BORDER FOOTBALL/NETBALL PREVIEW North Gambier TIGERS Tigers the benchmark MORRIS ROD email@example.com THE renowned depth of the North Gambier Football Club will be put to the test in 2014. The Tigers will undoubtedly miss premiership stars from the last seasons of the likes of skipper, Adam Kurzman, Josh Woodall, Glen Soper, Callam Hudson, Mayson Ashby and Anthony Kilsby. That’s a list which is chock full of talent and experience. But North has won back-to-back flags at both senior and reserves level and in 2013 also won the Under 15 title, so there is no denying that the talent well runs deep at Tigerland. Justin McConnell is back for a fifth term as senior coach and his record speaks volumes. In 2010 McConnell’s Tigers were knocked out in the elimination final before a losing grand final appearance in 2011, while the last two seasons have belonged to North and McConnell is now ranked alongside the great Wayne Fletcher as a dual premiership coach. Hudson and Woodall are testing themselves out in the SANFL with West Adelaide and Glenelg respectively. Hudson is understood to have initially trained at Glenelg but didn’t make the cut before West Adelaide showed some interest. The former Tiger enjoyed a great season in 2013 and was an automatic choice in The Border Watch’s Team-of-the-Year. Kilsby will be another big loss for North, but when Ben Mules was appointed playing coach of Kalangadoo in the MSEFL, it was always going to be hard to keep “Killer” at Vansittart Park. Kilsby and Mules are great mates from way back and the tenure at the MSE Magpies could well be their swansong together. Mules is a former home grown Kalangadoo player and just completed 10 years and more than 200 games of service with Glenelg where he captained the SANFL Tigers. North were a bit slow out of the blocks Dylan Silvy (Port MacDonnell), Michael Silvy (Port MacDonnell), Thomas Madigan (Walkerville, SA Amateurs), Hamish Telford (Prince Alfred Old Collegians, SA Amateurs), Danny Poyner (South Gambier), Yuki Akita (West Gambier). Major departures: Mayson Ashby (Kongorong), Alex Bowd (North Shore, AFL Barwon), Brad Colliver (Glencoe), Callam Hudson (West Adelaide, SANFL), Anthony Kilsby (Kalangadoo), Adam Kurzman (South Barwon, Geelong Football League), Glen Soper (Prince Alfred Old Collegians, SA Amateurs), Josh Woodall (Glenelg, SANFL). North Gambier President: Tony Kelly. Secretary: Matthew Brookes. Senior coach: Justin McConnell. Assistant coach: Richie O’Grady. Reserves coach: Kevin Bryan. DUAL PREMIERSHIP COACH: North Gambier’s Justin McConnell. Under 17 coach: Brad Wilson-Smith. Under 15 coach: John Brown. WBFL history Joined: 1964. Premierships: (6) 1964, 1979, 1987, 1989, 2012, 2013. Runner-up: (7) 1972, 1980, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011. Played: 1041. Won: 647. Lost: 387. Drawn: 7. Winning pc: 62.49. Highest score: 44.29 (293) * d Heywood 2.3 (15), Round 15, July 31, 1999 at Vansittart Park. *League record. Lowest score: 2.7 (19) lt Hamilton 13.14 (92), Round 20, August 29, 1970 at Vansittart Park. STAR FORWARD: North Gambier will be looking for big things from exciting forward Jake Schutz. against KNTFL club, Naracoorte in the recent Elastoplast Cup competition but in its second game, swamped Casterton/ Sandford, holding the Cats scoreless. Two premierships in a row, sounds great ... three on the trot will look even better. McConnell is arguably the most professionally prepared coach in the Western Border and his Tigers are at short odds to reach the pointy end of the season. Major arrivals: Max McPherson (Penola), Dylan Munn (Port MacDonnell), Biggest win: 278 points * d Heywood, Round 15, July 31, 1999 at Vansittart Park. *League record. Biggest loss: 190 points lt Millicent, Round 12, July 9, 1983 at Vansittart Park. 2013 revisited Won: 16. Lost: 1. Drawn: 0. Position: Premiers. 2014 prediction: 2nd. Best of Luck to all teams for 2014 From all at Baxter Hire 8725 7700 644910 Western Border Football & Netball 2014 Season Preview - 7 CLASSY TIGER: Thomas Gibbs. 7 HARD AT IT: North Gambier onballer, Sam Egan.
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