The Border Watch : June 10th 2014
38 SPORT KNTFL bounce back from straight games “Hoggett” rallies his troops to hard-fought win into the match. MORRIS ROD firstname.lastname@example.org THE train of thought that the KNTFL’s loss to the MSEFL in the last of the qualifying rounds may have taken the edge off Adam Merrett’s men was quickly dispelled in the fi rst nine minutes. How the game unfolded THE Western Border struggled to get clear possession as the KNTFL midfi eld brigade continually applied pressure. The first goal came through Ben McIntyre (KNTFL) six minutes into the half and when co-captain James Dixon followed suit two minutes later, the signs – as well as the scoreboard – were worrying for the Western Border. The KNTFL could have been further in front if not for two wayward shots at goal and the Western Border was struggling to get back Brent Howard and Dylan Ayton were able to save some face for Western Border shortly before the half time siren as their goals at least eased the defi cit to just two points at the break. Second half KINGSTON player, Ben Warner started the scoring for the KNTFL in the second stanza, kicking a long range goal in the fi rst two minutes. But there was a momentum shift in the next few minutes when Cameron Haggett and Brett Exelby kicked successive goals for the Western Border as the home side suddenly found itself front. 4-points in The lead however was short lived when Ben McIntyre kicked his second at the 6-minute mark. What followed was a hectic fi nish to a superb contest. Like he did in the corresponding qualify- ing game, Nick Blachut produced something special to boot a long range goal for Western Border to put his team back in front only to see KNTFL rush the ball forward from the centre bounce and goal through Grady Obst to have the visitors in the lead, albeit by just 1-point. A behind from Adam Merrett doubled the lead and then minor scores from Brett Exelby and Jak Ryan had the ball game all locked up. James Dixon and Matt Willson were both on the end of some brilliant foot passes but both missed their shots at goal. Their minor scores however were good enough for the KNTFL to hang on for a 2-point win. Wash-up THE inaugural South East Zone Carnival must be considered good for football in the region. It is the first time ever that the three local regional competitions have come together for a joint carnival and it is hoped that future competitions will follow. South East Zone coordinator, Scott Duncan announced on Saturday that the 2015 carnival will be hosted by the MSEFL. Each of three leagues were well represented on Saturday, not just on the fi eld but by leading offi cials as well. The host league - Western Border - had Clyde Lawrence (president) and David Heard (Chief Executive Officer), husband and wife - president and secretary - team, Peter and Naomi Mitchell represented the MSEFL and Michael Mourbey (president) and Tony Paget (Chief Executive Offi cer) fl ew the fl ag for the successful KNTFL. All of the offi cials, plus coaches and players from the six competing teams heaped praise on carnival organisers. “The feedback about the carnival has all been positive and its future looks assured,” Duncan said. WINNING WORDS: KNTFL coach Adam Merrett talks to his players at half time in the grand fi nal. KNTFL WBFL VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au KNTFL v WBFL 2.2 5.5 (35) 2.0 5.3 (33) GOALS – KNTFL: B. McIntrye 2, J. Dixon, B. Warner, G. Obst. Western Border: B. Howard, D. Ayton, C. Haggett, B. Exelby, N. Blachut. BEST – KNTFL: B. McIntyre, G. Obst, M. Gill, J. Dixon, M. Willson, N. Reeve. WBFL: B. Howard, D. Ayton, D. Ryan, N. Blachut, C. Haggett, D. Stratford. ON THE RUN: Western Border’s Nat Robbins heads downfi eld. 38 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, June 10, 2014 GRAND FINAL BEST: Ben McIntyre (KNTFL).
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