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Captain inspires Lizards to victory

Tuesday, 30th March, 2010

* The victorious Shinglebacks.  * The victorious Shinglebacks.

By Nashy Former Riverland boy Des Klingbiel has led the Shinglebacks to a 31-point win over the Riverland Superdogs in Masters football.

Klingbiel was appointed Shinglebacks Captain for the Riverland game at the weekend, and promptly gave an inspirational "on bus" speech. The rhetoric left the first-gamers in know doubt that, whilst it is "footy for fun", the team was not going to break its winning streak.

The team sheets showed that the Riverland boys had come to play after being stung by last year's loss in the Hill. Riverland had recruited some exciting quick new players, which meant that the lizards were in for a tough game in hot (34 degree) weather.

Coach Terry Anderson sprung a late surprise by rushing Clayton Trengove into the team at full forward, despite his complaints that last year's guernsey had shrunk.

Even more surprising was the no-show of Corey Sultana, who was recruited into the side on Friday before ruling himself out later that day due to a family illness.

When Sultana awoke on Saturday morning, he was granted a "leave pass" by his family and rushed out to the Adelaide road at 8am to wave down the bus. Next time he should try the Mildura road.

The lizards did their warm up lap in front of the WIN news cameraman before Klingy lost the toss and the Shinglebacks were forced kick to the Adelaide end of Lyrup Oval before a crowd of 150 people.

From the first bounce it was on, with ruckman Kumm and his counterpart getting clear air under their footy boots. Masters footy is pretty simple stuff really, if you can run at all you are in the middle and the Broken Hill boys were led brilliantly all game by Jay Robins, Jimmy McConnell and Craig Thomas.

Josh Savage snuck down from the back flank to register his first goal for the Masters followed by goals to Nash, Robins and Wayne Murray. The promising start was tempered when fatigue set in early (about 10 minutes) and three late Riverland goals had the game back on.

The second quarter saw Thomas and Murray goal to stretch the lead before John Schorn kicked another. Schorn completed a great debut game with the mark of the day backing into oncoming pack with bravery that is not required at this level.

At half time the Shinglebacks led 7-5 (47) to 4-1 (25) on the back of a great team performance. The over 50's players, Maurice Hetherton, Nash, David Jackson and Jimmy Hinton, all had great cameo games, contributing with survival a key motivator.

Klingy led from the front, giving plenty of verbal to his former teammates, while rookies Graeme Hocking and Geoffrey Lehman were handling the pressure of the occasion with ease. Would the stumpy legged lizards climb under a rock during the long break?

That was the big question at half time before five unanswered goals proved the Shinglebacks were up for the challenge. Trengove began to pull down the big marks and converted for two goals, before goals to Tiziani and Rynne and a Captain's goal to Klingy had the champagne corks ajar at the 15 minute mark of the third quarter.

However four late goals to the Riverland lads undid all the good work, as Savage and Morris continued to wax kicks in the back half. With a four goal buffer at three-quarter time, fitness was going to be a concern in the last quarter.

Morris pulled in a 1980's screamer well inside the goal line only for the young goal umpire to rule a goal to the opposition. Another Chocco grab saw a dish off to Brendan Vaughan for a major and when "Muzza" kicked a long bomb on the siren the Shinglebacks were home by 31 points.

Robins was awarded the Riverland trophy for the Shinglebacks best player. Final scores: Shinglebacks 14.10 (94) defeated Riverland Superdogs 10-3 (63).

Best Players: Robins, Kumm, Thomas, McConnell, G. Sandy, Savage, Morris, Rynne and Trengove in a very even team effort.

Off-field organisation was well done by team Manager Rod Garner, assistant Rob Rule, and his wife Suzi, who was statistician and photographer. This was a big team effort.

The Shinglebacks next game will be an internal selection trial at 5pm on April 10, after the ocal BHFL lightning cup. Older B grade non-members are welcome to play.

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