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Gourmet footy in the valley

Tuesday, 21st May, 2013

Kent Wayman spent all day in the ruck. Kent Wayman spent all day in the ruck.

By Smashy Nashy

The Clare Valley gourmet weekend serves up many great tastes, and on Sunday the Shinglebacks dished up some gourmet football to win both games, against teams that play regular fortnightly footy.

When you factor in that the other two teams have had three matches this year already, and that the Shinglebacks travelled 400km to play on game day with only about half the squad having trained this year, it was a mighty performance.

After a 7am team meeting at the McDonalds coffee counter, the team convoyed to Mintaro arriving at 11.15am for game one against the South team from down Noarlunga way.

Late inclusions swelled the ranks to 22 with Duncan Nicol, Clayton Trengove and Leigh Jarvis being rushed in.

Add Sam Hocking who was kidnapped at Maccas and coach Craig Thomas had re-assembled his 2012 premiership South reserves engine room in Hocking, Brad Pressler, Anthony Farquhar, himself and just for good measure he found room for rookie lizard, former LJ Medallist, Alan Mackiewicz.

Souths were a tough round one opponent and the Shinglebacks wasted the strong breeze scoring 3-2 to 1-0, with the “Crashman” Jarrod Burke slotting two and pocket rocket (and serial pest) Darryl Butcher grabbing the money for the first goal.

The second quarter got worse with South grabbing 2-5 to the gone-missing Lizards a miserable two points.

At half time it was game on with South leading, 3-5 to 3-4.

A spray from Thomas fired up Pressler and he ran himself silly (not hard to do!) and kicked two vital goals, in what was turning out to be a ripper contest.

The ball moved between half back lines with Chris Langdon dominating across half back with great support from Jay Robins and the human blanket Dave Kuerschner at full back.

In the middle rookie Kent Wayman was superb rucking all day against some big units, giving Thomas and Garry Sandy first look at the Sherrin.

At three-quarter time the Lizards were back in front leading 5-7 to 3-7, but the City boys had a 3-4 goal wind advantage to come home with.

Thomas justified the big money he is paid, moving Brett Morris and Peter Nash back into defence and along with Langdon they repelled countless South attacks ... well Morris and Langdon did (Nash was saving energy for washing the guernseys).

Mackiewicz sealed the game with a fine running goal as Hamish Woods kept presenting across half forward giving the Lizards a great go-to person off half back.

A late goal to South narrowed the gap but as the final siren blew it was the Shinglebacks first win in three attempts at Mintaro winning, 6-12 to 4-7.

Langdon won the Chris Davis medal for a great game at CHB, but the Lizards had great contributors all over the park.

Hayden Langdon on one wing and Jimmy “Judd” Hinton on the other both found space to be good link-up players while the twin towers Burke and Woods were important targets.

The Shinglebacks were straight back on the park to tackle the Mid North Eagles, who were light on for players.

Chocco Trengove was traded along with Duncan Nicol and Brendan Vaughan while West Coast Eagles fan Hinton could not help himself and had to play for the Eagles.

This game was the total opposite to the tight tussle of the first game with the feature being the onfield “sledging” ... which usually is directed at the opposition, but on the occasion it was the verbal garbage led by Hocking, Pressler, Butcher and Trengove that had everyone in stitches.

Farquhar was renamed “seagull” as he roamed out very, very wide collecting kicks while Hocking actually played full forward really well ... and let everyone know!

At the other end, Trengove was way too big for his opponents and plucked in a couple of big grabs. Unfortunately his kicking range requires the umpire to call “play on”.

Leigh Jarvis, the famous Hawthorn Hash House Harriers scribe had trouble understanding the AFL rules. With Hash you just follow the white chalk lines, so “squeaker” ran around the white centre square 15 times not realising he didn’t need to follow the line ... and they reckon Collingwood supporters are dumb! Others to shine in the late game were Drew Mashford who loves the tempo of masters footy and the baby of the team Ryan Attard who was keen as mustard to get some strong tackles in.

Attard was invaluable, on the way home too, knowing where all the “Roos” hang out and even had the Yunta diner on speed dial.

Final scores in a one way flogging were the Lizards 16-6 to Mid North 8-2. Hinton scored a goal thanks to a very dubious 30 metre penalty for smiling and Trengove was very good on a limited preparation (well, none actually).

Hamish Wood was great with 3 goals, Butcher also snagged 3, Burke & Mackiewicz both 2, Robins, Morris, Pressler, Hocking and Farquhar found the big opening once each.

Wood got the coaches’ votes but the mosquito fleet of Hocking, Pressler, Butcher and Seagull were just what coach Thomas wanted ... a fast “run them off their feet team effort”.

Special mention for Wayman who rucked for eight quarters and did a brilliant job, while off field we were very professional with Julie Hinton doing stats, a  camera woman, and we had our very own Pope in Rod Garner, who was making speeches, shaking hands, giving waves and generally being Rocket ... a great passionate Shingleback!

Let’s hope we have converted another heap of young players to join the ranks, and help our juniors, and have heaps of fun training, playing and socialising together!

In the wash up, “Squeaker” two Collingwood jokes (in 800km) was a pretty miserable effort on your part, and I hope the Hash House Harriers make you have a Down Down for that as well!

The Shinglebacks next challenge will be a twilight 5pm game at the Jube on June 22 against the SA Rep team.

Anyone thinking they will get a game best get to training on Mondays at 5pm at the Jube ... or suck up to Thomas!

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