The Border Watch : April 22nd 2014
34 WESTERN BORDER FOOTBALL VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Roos shrug off tenacious Dogs Inaugural Good Friday match 4 WESTERN BORDER FOOTBAL STERN BORDER FOOTBALL VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Roos shrug off tenacious Dogs Inaugural Good Friday match SEVIC SEVIC ORDEN WESTERN BORDER FOOTBALL VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Roos shrug off tenacious Dogs Inaugural Good Friday match SEVIC ORDEN est est Gambier 13.13 (91) finally shrug off a tenacious East Gambier 9.4 (58) to win the inaugural Easter Good Friday Mount Gambier Community Bank Western Border Football League game at Malseed Park. As with life, the only certainties in football are pain (physical and mental), change (either proactive of forced by crisis) and death. With competent administrative and player management along with some luck, clubs and their supporters can experience the ultimate joy of premiership success. SAFE HANDS: West Gambier’s Steven Wenman takes a solid mark during the Good Friday match against East Gambier at Malseed Park. Pictures: Pictures: FRANK MONGER PHOTOGRAPHY History has seen clubs and even leagues die due to a failure to move with ongoing economic, societal and lifestyle changes along with a parochial reluctance to amalgamate internally or externally. To quote VFL/AFL legend Ron Barassi: “The greatest risk of all is to take no risks.” On this note the West Gambier and East Gambier football clubs along with the WBFL must be commended on staging this history making game which without the usual netball and junior football matches attracted an encouraging attendance figure for the future of this innovation. How the game unfolded EVEN though the harassing and persistent Bulldogs had the aid of a two to three goal gusty wind the Kangaroos, led by ball magnet Tom Holmes, peppered their goal front. West’s paltry 1.6 (12) cost it an early match winning break as a more efficient East via opportunist Dylan Howard’s two goals remained a threat. Second quarter WITH Roo Darron McElroy overcoming the valiant efforts of makeshift Bulldog ruckman Flynn Balshaw, his ground level teammates Brad Wilson, Elliot King and sweeper Steve Wenman sparked into action. This instigated direct thrusts forward, reaping five goals to East’s two and a 19 point buffer at the long break. side’s overall superior ball delivery skills to teammates started to emerge over the visitors who remained in the contest due to their continued dogged mindset. Third quarter FLYING HIGH: Ruckmen Darron McElroy (West) and Flynn Balshaw (East) contest the ball in the air during the first Good Friday match at Malseed Park. 34 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 THE game developed into an entertaining and sometimes heated arm wrestle as the play ricocheted between respective UNDER PRESSURE: East Gambier’s Flynn Balshaw releases the ball under pressure at Malseed Park on Friday. forward 50 metre zones. Bulldog “everywhere man” Shem Balshaw inspired increased input from his teammates including rookies Matt McCallum and Cameron Smith but the Kangaroos stretched their lead to 25 points with the aid of two solo effort goals by Wilson. Fourth quarter THIS term mirrored the previous as the disciplined visitors led by Shem Balshaw, Nick Lock and Toby Case continued to contest gallantly against a seasoned successful opponent in a game that will aid the learning curve of the young Bulldogs. During this term the home The wash up GOOD teams prevail in close matches and West did this by 33 points by virtue of superior overall senior experience and ball usage. The input of multiple talented midfield rotations including Holmes, King, Wilson, Rowan Fox, Kane O’Brien and Levi Morton allowed the Kangaroos to share the load. The ruckwork of McElroy and steadying influence of injury hampered Wenman at crucial stages were a key factor in the final result. The Bulldogs performance was full of merit in terms of the personnel that took to the arena against last season’s flag runners-up with standouts being Shem Balshaw, Lock, Case, McCallum Luke Thomson and veteran Jason Dunn. West under first year coach David Stratman have been left in good shape after the successful Keith “Hooker” Ransom era with extra tall options in Ben Loef (ex Kongorong) and Chris Wehl (ex North/East/Padthaway) who was unavailable for this game, at his disposal. Conversely East, after the Phil Carman experience finds itself under new coach Brendan Little, once again in a player development and team rebuilding phase. After an extended break West will host the united combination of Casterton/Sandford and renew acquaintances with its assistant coach/strategist Ransom. East will entertain another 2013 finals combatant in South for another testing encounter. West v East At Malseed Park West Gambier 1.6 East Gambier 2.1 6.10 10.11 13.13 (91) 4.3 7.4 9.4 (86) GOALS – West Gambier: N. Allen 3, B. Wilson, J. Dobie, L. Morton 2, A. Kennedy, D. McElroy, S. Wenman, E. King; East Gambier: K. Thomson, M. McCallum 3, D. Howard 2, M. White, S. Balshaw. BEST – West Gambier: T. Holmes, E. King, B. Wilson, D. McElroy, S. Wenman, K. O’Brien; East Gambier: S.Balshaw, N. Lock, T. Case, M. McCallum, L. Thomson, J. Dunn.
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