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LED by Jim Thomson,
Waikerie won the 2014
Riverland A grade football
premiership after defeating
Barmera-Monash by 34 points
at Berri on Saturday.
It was the Magpies’ first flag
since 2008, and they came from 15
points down at quarter time to claim
Thomson kicked seven goals in
a dominant and dynamic display up
forward to be named the winner of
The Murray Pioneer best on ground
award. He kicked 22 goals in his final
four games of the season, including
three bags of seven.
After being awarded a free kick
for too high 30m out directly in front
of goal, Thomson kicked the first
goal of the day to get the Magpies
off to a good start.
As can be expected in a grand
final, plenty of pressure was
applied from both sides.
Five minutes into the game,
Murray Middleton took a mark deep
in the pocket and goaled to give the
Roos their first for the day.
Magpie Adam Braendler was the
best player on the ground in the first
quarter, providing plenty of run
down the wing and delivering the
ball inside 50.
Jack Selfe and Jake Smith both
stood up early for the Roos and also
played a hand in setting up back-
to-back goals to teammates Lachie
Middleton and Adam Grose, helping
their side to an 11-point lead.
After Lachie Middleton added
his second goal late, Barmera-
Monash found itself with a handy
15-point quarter time lead, but had a
significant injury concern after Mal
Greenwood left the field with what
looked to be a hamstring injury.
Barmera-Monash looked ready
to attack early in the second
quarter, but only managed a couple
of behinds before Thomson kicked
the next two goals for the Magpies
and reduced the deficit to just five
Dillon Millard worked his way
into the game during the quarter for
the Roos, while Jake Smith built on
his solid opening term.
After Justin Dellazoppa kicked
two late goals in as many minutes,
the Magpies had an eight-point half
time lead – a good reward for their
second quarter efforts.
Thomson once again kicked the
first goal of the quarter, but Roos
forward Grose quickly cancelled
it out as he kicked his fourth goal
for the day.
Barmera-Monash found more
of the ball during the quarter but
failed to convert it to scoreboard
Waikerie’s midfield of Braendler,
Tim Bevan and Michael Bratton ran
amok at stoppages, while Selfe was
the only Roo who threatened to do
After Shaun Steele goaled
twice in quick succession, and
Thomson kicked his fifth, the
Magpies’ lead got out to as much
as 25 points during the latter stages
of the quarter, and it looked as if
Barmera-Monash was going to have
to pull off a miracle to come home
with the flag.
Luke Chamberlain was
stretchered off midway through
the last quarter with a knee injury,
leaving Barmera-Monash with just
one on the bench for the remainder
of the game.
The Magpies had 11 scoring shots
in the quarter, but only converted
four of them.
However, it failed to matter
as the party started early for the
Magpies, who were home.
Braendler and Matthew Butcher
both played strong games for the
Magpies, but nobody deserved the
best on ground award more than
Selfe and Smith were the best
players for Barmera-Monash.
B GRADE GRAND FINAL
Renmark 6.6 (42) d Waikerie 5.8 (38).
BEST: Renmark – B . Redpath, A. Gill,
T. Bennett, A. Camplin, M. Smith, A. Rothe.
Waikerie – A . Nettelbeck, J. Sharpe, F.
Twigden, R. Clarke, M. White, C. McCatty.
GOALS: Renmark –B . Redpath, P. Burne
2, D. Lellmann, B. Wagnitz. Waikerie – M.
White, E. Griffen 2, M. Beelitz.
UNDER 18 GRAND FINAL
Barmera-Monash 10.11 (71) d 7.10 (52)
BEST: Barmera-Monash – M . Wutke,
J. Bannister, S. Sullivan, K. Karpany, J.
Albrecht, H. Fieldhouse. Loxton North – L .
George, R. McKenzie, M. Eckermann, C.
Rogers, W. Singh, J. Inglis.
GOALS: Barmera-Monash – M. Wutke
3, H. Fieldhouse, J. Bannister, K. Karpany,
B. Kollmann, R. Gillespie. Loxton North
– T. Renshaw, L. George 2, K. Gray, M.
Lidgerwood, J. Inglis.
UNDER 15 GRAND FINAL
Waikerie 8.14 (62) d Renmark 4.6 (30).
BEST: Waikerie - B. Smith, D. Barrow,
R. Shaw, D. Hahn, J. Singh, H. Dearman.
Renmark - R . Garrett, R. Arnold, H. Brown,
C. Gartery, T. Milne.
GOALS: Waikerie - R. Shaw 2, D. Barrow
2, J. Singh, K. Matthews, D. Hahn, J. Bee.
Renmark - T. Milne, L. Lellmann, D. Waye,
UNDER 13 GRAND FINAL
Berri 9.3 (57) d Waikerie 2.8 (20).
BEST: Berri – P. Rowland, R. Smith, J.
Marr, J. Hoffmann, J. Westley, C. Holtham.
Waikerie - S . Parfitt, D. King, T. Wood, J.
Burgemeister, B. Brock, J. Hahn.
GOALS: Berri - J. Hoffmann 3, I.
Woolston 2, R. Tieste, J. Westley, J. Jackson,
K. Harkins. Waikerie - S. Smyth, A . Weir.
COME AND MEET
FPR V8 SUPERCAR DRIVER
at Sutton Ford
between 9:00am and 10:00am on
Wednesday 24th September 2014
14 Ian Oliver Drive
Waikerie South Australia 5330
between 9:00am and 10:00am on
To be held at the Waikerie Football Clubrooms
Friday September Nineteenth, 2014
6:30pm for a 7:00pm start
$30/person (pay at the door)
3 Course Meal
RSVP Monday 15th September to
Steven Braun 0418139593
click ‘going’ @ the
Waikerie Magpies FC Facebook Page
2.4 7.7 11.7 15.14
5.1 6.5 7.7 10.10
BEST: Waikerie – J. Thomson, M. Butcher, T. Bevan, G. Schrieber, A . Braendler,
E. Modra. Barmera-Monash – J . Smith, J. Selfe, M. Leyson, N. Kuhn, A . Dart, R.
Langcake. GOALS: Waikerie – J . Thomson 7, S. Steele 3, J. Dellazoppa 2, L. Exton, A .
Braendler, M. Bratton. Barmera-Monash – A . Grose 4, R. Langcake, L. Middleton 2, M.
Middleton, Z. Butterworth. BEST ON GROUND: J. Thomson.
A GRADE GRAND FINAL
Thomson and friends win final
TO help reduce
high-risk drinking, the
Waikerie Football Club
is hosting a responsible
service of alcohol
training course on
24, from 6pm to 10pm.
The Good Sports
program is a national
initiative of the Australian
Drug Foundation (ADF),
which aims to help
clubs across Australia
become safer, healthier
and more family-friendly
The program aims to
achieve this by helping
clubs reduce risky
drinking among members,
players and visitors.
Through Good Sports,
clubs work through three
levels of accreditation
identifying a range of
areas for improving
policies and practices
including alcohol and
tobacco management, safe
transport and alcohol-
The course is free for
members of Good Sports
Any sporting clubs
wishing to be a part of the
program should contact
project officer Ruth Miller
via email (roo.miller@
Footy club serves
up training course
LOCALS are being invited to a meet
and greet with V8 Supercar driver Mark
‘Frosty’ Winterbottom as part of a business
promotion next week.
Sutton Ford is teaming up with Castrol to
host the 2013 Bathurst 100 winner on Wednesday,
September 24, from 9am to 10am.
Winterbottom’s achievements have also
included winning the coveted Barry Sheene
Medal in 2012.
The medal is awarded to a driver who shows
outstanding leadership, personality, fan appeal
and sportsmanship throughout the season.
Winterbottom is a member of the Ford
Performance Racing team and competes in an
After previously competing in kart
championships, Winterbottom made his Formula
Ford debut in the Victorian Formula Ford
Championship in 2001. The next year he won the
Konica V8 Supercar Series.
For more information about Winterbottom’s
visit, phone Sutton Ford on 8541 2600.
Waikerie to host
WAIKERIE’S under 15 footballers won their grand final against Renmark on Saturday. The team remained undefeated all season.
JIM Thomson was best on ground
for Waikerie’s grand final win against
Barmera-Monash on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Grant Schwartzkopff
WAIKERIE’S Elliot Modra is tackled by
his Barmera-Monash opponent during
Saturday’s grand final at Berri.
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