The Lower Eyre Peninsula year 6 boys SAPSASA football team competed in the Division One State Country Carnival at Barratt Reserve in Adelaide between May 31 and June 2.
In a revised format due to COVID-19 restrictions, the carnival was played over three days, consisting of nine games in a 12-a-side competition, against only country zones.
The Lower EP team was placed in Division One, playing three games on Monday in overcast conditions, then four games on Tuesday, followed by their final two games Wednesday morning.
Lower EP finished the carnival with eight wins and one narrow loss by two points. Lower EP played as a team and their enthusiasm was infectious which spurred each other throughout the carnival.
Each player contributed and improved their game play as the carnival progressed. Ollie Wilkins was Lower EP's best player for the carnival with his overhead marking a highlight, along with Leroy Richardson, Nate Payze, Billy Boxer, Tate Boxer, Lucas Gray, Nate Woodstock-Swaffer and Tully Robinson.
Leading goal kickers for the carnival were Ollie Wilkins (20), Kale Miller-Dorizzie (12) and Cooper Mullins (8).
LEP 7.7 (49) def Upper South East 0.1 (1)
LEP came out firing dominating play with their running and kicking accuracy kicking three goals in the first quarter.
Injuries to Mullan and Tate Boxer reduced the rotations, but LEP's defence kept repelling the opposition's attacking plays to prevent them scoring. Ollie Wilkins kicked 2 goals, while
Lochie Hazelgrove, Leroy Richardson, Nate Payze, Noah Radford and Rylan Bartholomew kicked one.
Best was rover Leroy Richardson, Nate Payze, Billy Boxer, Ollie Wilkins, Tully Robinson and Rylan Bartholomew.
LEP 6.5 (41) def by Gawler 7.1 (43)
LEP were up against a strong Gawler team, however LEP dominated the first quarter, but struggled to convert up forward.
Gawler's accurate goal kicking had them leading by eight points at three quarter time. LEP Coach Darian Treasure asked the players to respond which they did in a disciplined display with fierce tackling rewarded but LEP fell short of victory by two points.
Archer Hill (2), Kale Miller-Dorizzie, Ollie Wilkins, Jesse Young and Nate Payze all kicked goals.
Best was midfielder Ollie Wilkins, Nate Woodstock-Swaffer, Tate Boxer, Jesse Young, Archer Hill and Nate Payze.
LEP 9.5 (59) def Barossa and Light 2.2 (14)
Barossa and Light had already defeated Gawler so were favourites for the match. LEP dominated centre clearances, while their defence was ruthless, keeping Barossa and Light scoreless in the first half.
After being kept scoreless in the third quarter, LEP rallied in the final term kicking four goals with three from Kale Miller-Dorizzie. Ollie Wilkins (2), Billy Boxer (2), Nate Payze and Tate Boxer all kicked goals too.
On-baller Lucas Gray was best, along with utilities Archer Hill, Kale Miller-Dorizzie and Jesse Young, Nate Woodstock-Swaffer in ruck and midfielders Tully Robinson and Lochie Hazelgrove.
LEP 7.2 (44) def Lower South East 4.1 (25)
LEP started confidently kicking two goals against the talented Lower South East side in perfect conditions.
Billy Boxer provided a target up forward kicking three goals to be LEP best player, along with Tully Robinson and Lachlan Peak in defence and Lochie Hazelgrove and Rylan Bartholomew up forward.
Lochie Hazelgrove, Ollie Wilkins, Cooper Mullins and Rylan Bartholomew each kicked a goal.
LEP 5.5 (35) def Mid North 0.2 (2)
In a physical match LEP took dominated the first and last quarter after an arm wrestle in the second and third quarters where both teams remained goal-less.
Kale Miller-Dorizzie, Leroy Richardson, Ollie Wilkins, Jesse Young and Billy Boxer kicked one goal each.
Best was midfielder Leroy Richardson who put his body on the line, along with Cooper Mullins, Jesse Young, Billy Boxer, Noah Radford and Nate Payze.
LEP 12.9 (81) def Mid South East 0.0 (0)
Against a powerhouse team LEP started positively and keep the momentum throughout the entire match, which saw LEP use their pace and kicking to outclass Mid South East.
Ollie Wilkins was marking everything overhead and then kicked accurately to finish with six goals, Cooper Mullins two while Kale Miller Dorizzie, Tully Robinson, Noah Radford and Lachlan Peak each kicked one.
Best was Ollie Wilkins up forward, Cooper Mullins, Nate Woodstock-Swaffer, Lochie Hazelgrove, Lucas Gray and Lachlan Peak.
LEP 10.8 (68) def Northern 2.1 (13)
After a two-hour break LEP started sluggish for the final game on Tuesday. Forward Kale Miller-Dorizzie provided the class kicking six goals for the game, while Tate Boxer provided the spark in the midfield to get the game on LEP's terms.
Ollie Wilkins, Jesse Young, Tate Boxer and Lachlan Peak kicked one goal each.
Kale Miller-Dorizzie six goals was clearly best player, closely followed by Tate Boxer, Tully Robinson, Leroy Richardson, Nate Payze and Ollie Wilkins.
LEP 14.12 (96) def Pirie 0.0 (0)
Lower EP dominated the game keeping Pirie scoreless to start the final day on a positive. Goal kickers were Ollie Wilkins four, Lochie Hazelgrove, Nate Woodstock-Swaffer, Archer Hill with two, Lucas Gray, Nate Payze, Cooper Mullins, and Rylan Bartholomew with one each.
Best was Rylan Bartholomew up forward, Noah Radford, Tate Boxer, Lochie Hazelgrove, Billy Boxer and Lachlan Peak.
LEP 7.11 (53) def Riverland 2.0 (12)
LEP faced the powerful Riverland team in the final game of the carnival and started nervously until Cooper Mullins fired up the team with two ripper goals from the boundary in the first quarter to finish up with four goals, while Leroy Richardson, Ollie Wilkins and Rylan Bartholomew all scored one goal.
Best were Cooper Mullins who provided a spark up forward, Ollie Wilkins, Nate Payze, Leroy Richardson, Lachlan Peak and Tate Boxer.
Lower Eyre year 7 team finish runners up
The Lower Eyre Peninsula year 7 boys SAPSASA football team competed in the Division One State Country Carnival at Barratt Reserve in Adelaide between June 2 and 4.
The team was placed in Division 1, playing two games on Wednesday in perfect overcast conditions, then four on Thursday followed by their final three games Friday morning.
Lower EP finished with seven wins and two narrow losses from their nine matches to be placed equal second overall.
The team were outsized by most of their opponents, but their marking and kicking was the highlight, and improved playing as a team as the carnival progressed.
Dusty Symonds was Lower EP's best player for the carnival with his accurate kicking and reliable overhead marking, along with Harvey Pearce, Lucas Blight, Tyler Davidson, Oscar Dingwell, Archie Fitzgerald and Mitch Blacker.
Leading goal kickers for the carnival were Archie Fitzgerald and Harvey Pearce with eight goals each.
LEP 7.2 (44) def Riverland 4.0 (24)
Pressure was on the year 7 team after the success of the year 6 team and after an even contest in the first quarter, LEP displayed their powerful running play and kicking to comfortably win by 20 points.
Goals were kicked by Tait Martin (2), Archie Fitzgerald, Mitch Blacker, Isaac Pertzel, Oscar Dingwell and Tyler Caulfield.
Best was midfielder/defender Dusty Symonds, Oscar Dingwell, Lucas Blight, Harvey Pearce, Archie Fitzgerald and Tait Martin.
LEP 7.9 (51) def Pirie 5.3 (33)
LEP were up against a powerfully built Pirie team who outclassed them in the third quarter kicking three goals to one.
LEP coach Darian Treasure asked the players to respond which they did in a disciplined display with fierce tackling and setting the wall to control the last quarter.
Mitch Blacker and Archie Fitzgerald both put contenders for goal of the carnival kicking two goals each, along with Isaac Pertzel, Lachlan Hancock and Tyler Caulfield.
Best was midfielder Harvey Pearce, Jarrah Reidy, Mitch Blacker, Kaden Durdin, Lachlan Hancock and Oscar Dingwell.
LEP 3.8 (26) def Lower South East 1.2 (8)
Both sides were keep goal less for the first quarter with Mitch Blacker showing his class to kick LEP first goal in the second quarter.
LEP held strong in defence to only concede one goal for the match. LEP's marking and accurate kicking proved the difference in a fast paced game.
Mitch Blacker, Archie Fitzgearld and Tyler Davidson each kicked a goal.
Best was midfielder Tyler Davidson, Lucas Blight, Marlon Claughton, Harvey Pearce, Rylan Jefferson, Kade Wait.
LEP 3.2 (20) def by Mid North 3.9 (27)
LEP dominated the first half but did not captialize on this on the scoreboard. After the second half Mid North played the game on their terms, in a physical contested match to overpower the LEP team.
Mitch Blacker, Harvey Pearce and Kade Wait each kicked a goal.
Dusty Symonds was best a centre half back, followed by Harvey Pearce, Lachlan Hancock, Lucas Blight and Mitch Blacker.
LEP 6.5 (41) def Mid South East 2.2 (14)
LEP started confidently kicking two goals against the tall timber from Mid South East. Harvey Pearce up forward was providing a target for the midfielders to kick to.
A strong third quarter by LEP saw two goals kicked, while the defenders kept MSE scoreless. Harvey Pearce kicked four goals, and one each to Archie Fitzgerald and Oscar Dingwell.
Best was Jarrah Reidy at half back, Harvey Pearce, Tyler Caulfield, Lucas Blight, Dusty Symonds and Tyler Davidson.
LEP 8.1 (49) def Northern 3.8 (26)
A positive start saw LEP kick seven goals to two by half time. To LEP's credit they stayed disciplined and positive to win by four goals.
Harvey Pearce (2), Jarrah Reidy, Oscar Dingwell, Dusty Symonds, Kaden Durdin, Tait Martin and Lucas Blight all kicked goals.
Best was defender Kaden Durdin, Jarrah Reidy, Archie Fitzgerald, Tait Martin, Oscar Dingwell and Kade Wait.
LEP 3.3 (21) def by Upper South East 4.3 (27)
For the first game Friday morning LEP faced the undefeated Upper South East who used their height to their advantage.
LEP dominated most of the play but just could not convert when the ball was up forward to narrowly lose by a goal after staging a late comeback in the final term.
Kaden Durdin, Rylan Jefferson and Dusty Symonds each kicked a goal. Tyler Davidson in the midfield was best player along with Rylan Jefferson, Mitch Blacker, Harvey Pearce, Lucas Blight and Dusty Symonds.
LEP 8.6 (54) def Gawler 4.0 (24)
After an even first half, LEP broke the shackles against a physical Gawler side to win by five goals. Goal kickers were Tait Martin (2), Archie Fitzgerald, Mitch Blacker, Harvey Pearce, Tyler Davidson, Rylan Jefferson and Tyler Caulfield with one each.
Best was Oscar Dingwell in the midfield, Archie Fitzgerald, Lucas Blight, Rylan Jefferson, Tait Martin and Tyler Caulfield.
LEP 8.4 (52) def Barossa and Light 2.1 (13)
LEP started the first quarter on fire kicking four goals straight to set up a comfortable victory to finish the carnival.
Dusty Symonds and Lucas Blight kicked two goals, Archie Fitzgerald, Isaac Pertzel, Lachlan Hancock and Tait Martin all scored one.
Best were Isaac Pertzel who provided a spark in the middle and up forward, Lachlan Hancock, Tyler Davidson, Tait Martin, Archie Fitzgearld and Oscar Dingwell.