Lizards show their mastery
Monday, 17th October, 2011
The National AFL Masters Carnival finished yesterday with SA - boosted by the talent of the local Shingebacks players - winning three of the five grand finals they played.
The carnival on the Sunshine Coast attracted 950 players, making it the biggest AFL tournament this year.
The Over 50s beat a tough NT team 11-12 (78) to 4-5 (29) to remain undefeated for the carnival. Alby Hoskins started at full forward, Peter Nash was on the wing and Frank Napoli in the dugout.
A six-goal opening term, including one to Nash after Hoskins chipped inboard from the point post, set up the win. They each had steady 4 quarter games while Napoli again was not given the game time he deserved but managed to have an impact across half back when on the turf.
In the 40s final Geoff Lehman was in a back pocket. After failing to get his big kick happening earlier in the week he finally delivered with his two step 60 metre drop punt that turned a few heads.
SA ran over the top of Queensland 9-11 (65) to 6-7 (43) to gain the cup and the medallions.
Up next was the senior citizens (over 55s) with Jimmy Hinton and David Jackson joined by Nash. This was the “we hate the Vics” game and SA rose to the challenge winning 7-6 (48) to 1-3 (9). Hinton saved his best for the Vics playing a dashing game off half back.
Nash was subbed in before quarter time to full back and cleaned up on a number of occasions. Jackson again was shunted between the backs and the forwards. Hinton was hurting after colliding with the playing Coach in game one but he just keep bouncing back up.
SA’s luck ran out in the 45s when they ran into a Queensland Presidents team which, with the politics removed, was WA. The WA boys were very slick and beat SA 10-5 (65) to 3-3 (21). Our three Shinglebacks had solid games in hot humid conditions. Garry Sandy ran himself into the ground on the wing while Jay Robins slotted into half and held strong.
The Brett Morris show continued in game three. He started loose at half back and streamed forward to set up SA’s first goal. Down by 5 goals at half time he was swung forward in the third team and goaled from 40m out.
Morris was starved of chances but had the votes from games 1 & 2 to again win All Australian honours. As they say, the cream rises to the top and Morris’ 400-plus game career, plus his dedication to good health is the reason he achieves this high honour.
In the final game Terry Anderson again was given little game time in the 35s match against the ACT. The SA boys lost 10-10 (70) to 6-7 (43). The 35s were always up against it relying on about 8 players to double up each game from the 40s team.
Our NSW Shingleback Maurice Hetherton was again named in the All Australian Team for the third year in a row in the over 55s. He had to overcome plenty of niggles to get to the carnival and then help Coach a NSW/ACT combined team.
So the carnival concludes with SA delighted with three Premiers Cups and promotion of those teams back into Div 1. The involvement of the Shinglebacks is growing with seven in Canberra in 2010 rising to 11 this year on the Sunshine Coast.