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2.3 4.8 7.13 12.18 (90)
Loxton North 2.5 4.7 7.12 8.12 (60)
Best: Waikerie -- M. Bratton, T. Bevan, E. Modra,
S. Braun, M. Wilson, J. Sutton. Loxton North -- M.
Scott, R. Gray, M. Arnold, J. Worsfold, B. Kaesler,
Goals: Waikerie -- S. Steele, S. Braun 2, G.
van Rooyen, C. Miller, J. Thomson, A. Braendler,
E. Modra, B. Venning, J. Sutton, J. Dellazoppa.
Loxton North -- B. Kaesler 3, J. Worsfold, J.
Nelson, B. Walter, A. Cook, A. Baker.
Renmark 14.10 (94) d Loxton 9.2 (56).
Best: Renmark -- T. Burton, A. Mills, P. Burne, B.
Redpath, A. Gill, Y. Papageorgios. Loxton -- P.
Portolesi, G. Dahlitz, W. Pritchard, C. Fisher, N.
Flight, M. Reichstein.
Goals: Renmark -- P. Burne, B. Wagnitz 3, H.
Binder, A. Mills 2, T. Burton, D. Lellmann, M. Smith,
B. Redpath. Loxton -- L. Pontt 3, N. Flight, S.
Westbrook 2, B. Manuel, P. Portolesi.
Loxton North 9.12 (66) d Renmark 9.3 (57).
Best: Loxton North -- M. Lidgerwood, J. Searles, L.
George, D. Eleftheriadis, J. Inglis, M. Eckermann.
Renmark -- S. Steed, B. Roesler, A. Jackson, M.
Jenke, D. Sumner, F. Peters.
Goals: Loxton North -- C. Rogers 3, J. Searles, M.
Lidgerwood 2, J. Inglis, D. Eleftheriadis. Renmark
-- B. Roesler 3, F. Peters 2, C. Wiese, M. Jenke, H.
Twyford, B. Jenke.
Renmark 7.8 (50) d Barmera-Monash 6.9 (45).
Best: Renmark -- L. Lellmann, H. Brown, T. Milne,
C. Gartery, R. Garrett, C. Persinos. Barmera-
Monash -- I. Weidenhofer, W. Koskinas, R. Wallace,
A. Karpany, M. Perry, T. Bantolas.
Goals: Renmark -- H. Brown 2, J. Mason, H.
Rassias, T. Milne, R. Garrett, L. Lellmann. Barmera-
Monash -- T. Bantolas 3, I. Weidenhofer, J. Abdulla,
Waikerie 3.13 (31) d Loxton North 2.4 (16).
Best: Waikerie -- S. Smyth, J. Hahn, J. Burgemeister,
A. Weir, J. McLean, T. Wood. Loxton North -- K.
Rowe, A. Kudra, I. Williams, J. Drake, K. Thompson,
Goals: Waikerie -- D. Gollan, C. Mackareth, A. Weir.
Loxton North -- A. Nitschke, J. Thackeray.
INDEPENDENT A GRADE
Moorook-Kingston 2.3 3.7 8.9 12.11 (83)
1.2 4.6 5.7 8.9 (57)
Best: Moorook-Kingston -- L. Campbell, K. Wright, J.
Harris, C. Gilgen, G. Vlassopoulos, J. Butterworth.
BSR -- S. Marks, B. Kurtz, T. Cowland, A. Birch,
J. Martinson, S. McKenzie.
Goals: Moorook-Kingston -- A. Pierri 3, L. Campbell,
T. Voigt 2, C. Hughes, K. Sampson, C. Gilgen, B.
Will, K. Wright. BSR -- J. Martinson, S. Marks 2, B.
McPherson, M. Zbierski, A. Birch, T. Cowland.
RIVERLAND FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
by Liam Wormald
and Stephanie Gropler
Inspired by star performances
from Lenny Campbell and
captain Kenny Wright,
Moorook-Kingston won the
Independent A grade football
premiership for the first time
since 1994 against BSR at
Brown's Well on Saturday.
The Warriors appeared to have the
majority of supporters in their corner
on the day, which spurred them on
Coach Corey Gilgen said it was a
"great way" to finish the season.
"It has been an excellent season
with a really great bunch of people
and at the end of the day, that is what
got us over the line," he said.
In the first year without a colts
competition, the pre-match atmo-
sphere was a bit lacklustre for a grand
final, but after Advance Australia
Fair it was clear to all that the two
teams were itching to get started and
the excitement built.
The last game of the season started
with both teams failing to kick an
early goal until experienced full for-
ward Anthony Pierri kicked truly to
put the Warriors in front.
An injury to versatile player Matt
Mattner added to the Redbacks' ear-
ly worries. It took a risky kick-in by
the Warriors to give Alex Birch and
BSR their first goal.
Moorook-Kingston skipper Kenny
Wright started the game like a true
leader and Sam Hirschi's strong
tackling was a feature, while for
BSR, Samson Marks showed he was
ready to stand up on the big stage.
Star player Dale Payne was unable
to get his usual run and carry going,
with the Warriors on to his every
The Warriors led by seven points
at quarter time, but the second quar-
ter saw BSR fight back like impres-
sive sides do.
A fluky bounce gave Samson
Marks an uplifting goal for the
Redbacks, while Brandon Kurtz
mopped up Moorook-Kingston's
sloppy forward entries.
BSR was having a hot patch until
the elusive Campbell started getting
his hands on the ball.
Campbell was dangerous every
time he touched the footy and set up
several inside 50s.
But it was the battle of the defenc-
es towards the end of the quarter and
it seemed BSR won the fight, taking
a five-point lead into half-time.
After the half-time entertainment,
which saw Brown's Well's Craig
Hyde win the annual sprint, it was
the start of the premiership quarter.
"BSR played some good footy in
the first half and we probably didn't
stick to our game plan and let them
run a bit loose," Gilgen said.
"We came out and did what we
wanted to after that."
The Warriors took back the lead
early with a goal to Ben Will.
BSR's Troy Cowland and Jed
Martinson fought hard to try get
the lead back but they were not suc-
A bouncing goal to Travis Voigt
and back-to-back majors from Pierri
saw the Warriors break away.
Moorook-Kingston coach Corey
Gilgen stepped up in the third term,
showing leadership and a terrific
attack on the ball.
One such attack and a clever hand-
ball set up a Cris Hughes goal and
the Warriors' crowd could sense their
side was getting on top.
Overall throughout the third quar-
ter Moorook-Kingston was far supe-
rior, showing more efficient ball use
under pressure than BSR.
Heading into the final quarter of
the season, Moorook-Kingston had
a handy 30-point lead.
It looked like the Warriors were
getting set for a premiership, con-
stantly feeding the ball forward and
capitalising on multiple opportuni-
ties inside fifty.
BSR got some late goals to reduce
the sting of the grand final loss.
It was all about celebrations for
Moorook-Kingston and disappoint-
ment for BSR, which has contested
and lost the past two grand finals.
The award for most valuable play-
er for BSR went to Samson Marks,
who worked hard to get his team
over the line, while the most valuable
player for the winning team went to
inspirational captain Wright.
Best on ground was awarded to
Moorook-Kingston's Campbell, who
showed skill and composure in tight
With one loss for the season,
why it was the most outstanding
team for the year and deserving
premier, while BSR will be hungrier
and more determined next season.
While it is still early days, Gilgen
said he would "sit down and reas-
sess" his options for next season.
"I probably will have another go.
Still a little bit undecided, but I think
I will," he said.
"I think most of them (the players)
will too. We will have a few retire-
ments. You always have a few come
and go for various reasons.
"I think we will keep most of the
group. Everyone has really enjoyed
CUP RETURNS TO
Moorook-Kingston celebrates its first flag in 20 years, after beating BSR by 26 points in the Independent A grade grand final on Saturday.
-- Grant Schwartzkopff photo
Finals hopes cut short
by Mackenzie Bristow
Waikerie defeated Loxton North by
30 points at Barmera on Saturday to
progress to the Riverland A grade
football grand final next week against
With a strong breeze going Waikerie's way
in the final quarter they made the most of it,
kicking five goals to one.
The Magpies' fitness has seemed to be key
in recent weeks as they have now run away
with two games that up until late had been
With Loxton North's season now over, and
the hope of a repeat of last year's premier-
ship, the Panthers will look forward to a good
season next year, hoping some of their young
players can fulfil their potential.
Barry Kaesler booted one early to get Loxton
North of to a flyer, but the Panthers did not
use the wind to their advantage, only kicking
one more goal for the quarter, again through
The Magpies were fighting hard and broke
even with the Panthers with goals through
Craig Miller and Steven Braun.
Shaun Steele got Waikerie off to a brilliant
start in the second term kicking a goal in the
first 30 seconds, while Reid Beeching was
mopping up well for the Magpies.
Neither team could get a run on as they
kicked three goals each for the quarter.
Michael Scott was playing well in the mid-
field for North, but the Magpies held a one-
point lead going into the third quarter.
The Panthers kicked the first two goals of
the third term through Ben Walter and Joel
Worsfold and it seemed that they were going
to break the game open.
But the Magpies hit back through Shaun
Steele scrambling a soccer off the ground and
Ben Venning unloading from 50 to lead by just
one point at three quarter time.
Once again both teams kicked the same
number of goals for the quarter putting the
game well and truly up for grabs in the final
The fourth quarter belonged to Waikerie,
which kicked five goals to one in a surprising
collapse from the Panthers.
The Panthers got on the board early through
skipper Josh Nelson, but failed to score for the
rest of the game.
In contrast, the Magpies slammed home
five goals, with wingers Tristan Geehman and
Adam Braendler playing key roles.
Michael Bratton was brilliant for Waikerie,
Steele was tough all game and Braendler was
Venning and fellow big man Beeching were
fantastic at floating a kick behind the play for
Scott was Loxton North's best, while young-
ster Joel Worsfold recovered from a shaky
start to finish the game well.
Kaesler kicked the Panthers' first three goals
of the game, but faded out of the game and
failed to kick another.
Former local football
historian Peter Lines
has released his latest
book, The History of
Football in the East
The former East Murray
and Wunkar footballer's first
book, Encylopedia of South
Australian Football Clubs
and The South Australian
Country Football Digest
have been hailed a success.
The latest book show-
cases 100 years of football
in the East Murray area and
tells of the early days of the
East Murray and Murray
The History of Football
in the East Murray District
costs $30 and is available
from Sportspower Loxton,
the East Murray Area
School Library and the
Karoonda Mini Mart.
East Murray district's football history showcased
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