A clean sweep for Flinders

Interleague football

A grade

Great Flinders 16-6 (105) def Eastern Eyre 6-6 (42)

A GOOD crowd turned out to see Great Flinders host Eastern Eyre under lights at Tumby Bay on Saturday.

Both teams seemed a little wounded, not fielding their best 21, with a handful from each side being rested.

Eastern Eyre captain Tom Davey won the toss and chose to kick with a slight southerly.

Zane Wykamp took the first kick for Eastern Eyre after a free and used the ball well to Alec Klingburg to kick the opening goal.

A free to Aaron Watson and a one-handed mark by Logan Dennis put Flinders on the board with a point.

Eastern Eyre bounced back with a good passage through the middle and D. Hanneman kicked their second. Brayden Martin scored Flinders’ first goal but scrappy play continued with neither team gaining control. Crettenden started well and crossed to Norton who secured Flinders’ second major.

Great Flinders seemed slightly on top with Bilney marking well within 15 metres of goal and making it count.

At the first break, coach Vandeleur asked the Eastern Eyre players to work harder and make better use of the ball.

Andrew Vandeleur’s class was on show but Walker was cutting everything off across Eastern Eyre’s half forward.

Bilney was first to goal in the second after a good pass from Traeger.

Brad Masters was working well on Carr and Klinburg and Elliot Claxton were letting very little past for Eastern but Flinders had the momentum.

Michael Crettenden who was starting to shine popped up at the 50 and finished with another one for Flinders.

Logan Dennis kicked Flinders’ second of the quarter as the Maroons proved harder at the contest and used the ball well.

Hanneman kicked Eastern’s first of the quarter as the lights flicked on and momentum seemed to swing a little. A 50m penalty gave the visitors another shot on goal within a minute before half time.

Scores at half time saw Great Flinders 20 points ahead.

The third quarter started scrappy until Hind found some space and banged one home from outside 50 putting Great Flinders four goals in front but Eastern Eyre answered through Chapman from the left pocket.

Hanneman found Kwaterski free inside 50 and gave Eastern their second in as many minutes.

Some class from Brayden Martin saw Flinders’ seventh with some great roving and delivery to Bilney to kick his third.

Casey Carr kicked another, and Crettenden kicked to Hind who gloved a one-hander and nailed another one outside of 50.

Kwaterski tried to answer for Eastern but the ball was touched on the line.

The man they call ‘Muscles’ gave away a free kick, barrelling a maroon in the goal square and saw Flinders kick another via Logan Dennis.

Some great roving and speed saw Daniel Chapman put the ball inside the Eastern Eyre 50 but again they were not hitting targets.

Crettenden was stitching up with team-mates Martin and Norton like a normal Saturday afternoon and feeding to Bilney who could not miss.

Carr, Traeger and Hill also combined some great football to put Bilney in touch with his sixth.

Great Flinders were nine goals ahead at the end of the third.

The ball swung from end to end in a wet fourth quarter as supporters scrambled for cover.

Flinders held the momentum, peppering inside the forward 50 when Aaron Watson marked and goaled after a 50m penalty.

Casey Carr class to Bilney saw another goal, giving the talented Rambler seven.

With a sigh of relief from the Eastern Eyre coaching box the final siren rang out.

Best: Great Flinders: Crettenden; Eastern Eyre: Brad Masters.

Under 17

Great Flinders 20-11 (131) def Eastern Eyre 6-4 (40)

After a tight opening quarter, Great Flinders powered away to win by 91 points.

Eastern Eyre captain McCallum won the toss and kicked to the Northern end favoured by a slight breeze.

The game started off at a cracking pace with both sides attacking the contest hard. Adrian Connor kicked the first goal for Flinders and when Murphy laced out to Richardson he made no mistake to convert their second.

Eastern Eyre worked their way back in to the contest through some great work from key forward Hank Burton, and Webb, Harris and McCallum worked hard to keep them in the game.

Jackson Murphy kicked a great goal on his opposite leg to give Great Flinders the lead but another from Burton gave Eastern Eyre a one-point advantage going in to the first break.

The second quarter started and finished with complete dominance from the home side. Captain Murphy took control of the game kicking two himself and setting up many other forward entries with Anesbury, Richardson and Laube proving a handful for the Eastern Eyre defence.

Hennell and Richards were finding plenty of it and Bates was marking strongly across half back.

McCallum tried valiantly to keep his side in the mix, as did Cooper Llewelyn, but to no avail as Flinders piled on seven unanswered goals.

The third quarter proved much the same as the Great Flinders’ forwards took complete control and their back half shut down Eastern Eyre’s forward line.

Treloar and Walter led the way in the ruck, Hennell was good in the clearances and Murphy continued to find plenty of the ball, while for Eastern Eyre Llewelyn, Web, Harris, Bammann and Francis were all battling hard against the onslaught.

The last quarter saw Great Flinders continue their dominance, putting their opposition under plenty of pressure causing many turnovers.

Eastern Eyre stuck to their task and McCallum, Webb and Francis kept the Great Flinders boys on their toes.

Hennell continued to dominate the clearances, Richards found plenty of it and their forwards were again strong in the air with Anesbury and Laube providing solid targets.

Best: Great Flinders: Jackson Murphy, Mitch Anesbury, Richards, Hennell, Laube, Bates; Eastern Eyre: Kyron McCallum, Cooper Llewelyn, Webb, Harris, Bamman, Francis.

Under 15

Great Flinders 5-13 (43) def Eastern Eyre 4-4 (28)

Much of the first quarter was played between half forward and half back.

Timothy Hannemann broke the deadlock with two goals for Eastern Eyre following a strong tackle, earning him a free kick. This he duly converted from 20 metres out from straight in front and one minute later Hannemann snapped truly over his left shoulder from 30 metres out. Eastern Eyre went into the quarter time huddle ahead 2-1 to 0-2.

The second quarter scoring opened with a behind from a snap by Ethan Langley, who kicked accurately soon after to bring up Great Flinders’ first goal from a 35-metre set shot.

Charlie Richardson and Toby Modra continued to push the ball forward for Great Flinders.

Dusty Wheare took a chest mark in the goal square to put Great Flinders in the lead.

Richardson proved damaging from the time keeper’s box pocket, kicking consecutive checkside goals. Great Flinders went into half time 4-4 to 2-2.

The third quarter was one of missed opportunities for Great Flinders following on from great pressure applied across the ground and particularly in the forward half.

Despite their dominance Great Flinders added seven behinds to their half time score while Eastern Eyre managed one behind.

In the last quarter a mark and goal to Langley from 40 metres put the game beyond Eastern Eyre’s reach but to the visitors’s credit they fought on in a disciplined manner.

Hanneman kicked his third goal from some good team play on the half forward flank and Delaney Williams kicked a goal following on from a heavy knock to Reagan Taheny in the forward pocket.

Best players: Great Flinders: Ethan Parsons, Jayden Gale, Charlie Richardson, Ethan Langley, Jamie Kelly, Dusty Wheare; Eastern Eyre: Bailey Francis, Reagan Taheny, Riley Evans, Timothy Hannemann, Lachlan Turner, Max Ramsey.

Under 13

Great Flinders 1 7-6 (48) def Great Flinders 2 1-3 (9)

A DAMP Tumby Bay Oval greeted 40 of the Great Flinders Football League’s most talented under 13 footballers on Saturday as a precursor to the under 15, under 17 and senior interleague matches between Great Flinders and Eastern Eyre.

The under 13 internal association match had been organised to allow the Great Flinders league’s future representative players an opportunity to showcase their skills, team work and camaraderie outside their regular club matches.

The respective coaches urged their players pre-game to take pride in their selection and emphasised that the side that played better team football would most likely come out victors.

Team one comprising players from Eyre United, Cougars and Lock began the match full of running and did all the early attacking, only to be thwarted in defence following fine efforts from Benny Devine and Tyson Higgins. 

Eventually through sheer weight of numbers team one slotted a couple of early majors and it appeared the bigger bodies of the Turnbull boys and Elijah Foster were going to be the telling factor.

Throughout the match the midfielders from both sides were running hard all over the ground. 

Ethan Pugsley provided some of his trademark dashes, Oz Richardson was selling more candy than a Haigh’s chocolate factory and Darcy Claughton was notching up plenty of possessions across half back.

When team two – comprising players from Ramblers, Tumby Bay and United Yeelanna – pushed the ball forward it was repelled time and time again by Henry “The Wall” Turnbull who was controlling the air with several contested marks while also mopping up loose ground halls with his strength and size over the ball.

The team one boys continued to dominate the scoreboard but this was not truly indicative of the pressure and evenness over the ground. 

Both coaches rotated players through the interchange regularly to allow plenty of game time for all.

Following four good quality, fast paced quarters, team one ran out comfortable winners.

The team’s height advantage was a big factor, with Henry and Charlie Turnbull, Elijah Foster and William Turner all among their best players, alongside midfielders Ethan Pugsley and Harvey Mason who also bagged two goals.

Team two battled hard all game and were well served by midfielders Oz Richardson, Darcy Claughton, Nick Cave and Tyson Higgins while Rohan Treloar rucked manfully for much of the contest and Saxon Rogers defended stoutly.

All in all, it was a successful hit out in front of a very healthy crowd that gave these young footballers a taste of the association standard football that they will look forward to in years to come. 

The best on ground medals for the match were awarded to Henry Turnbull and Oz Richardson.