Back-to-back flags for Roos
Friday, 27th August, 2010
Congratulations to the South Football Club for taking out the Under 18 Premiership with a hard fought 22-point victory over a gallant West on Wednesday night.
The match was played in front of a crowd of more than 1200.
The game started with West having first use of a 3-goal wind blowing to the town end of the Jubilee Oval.
It took the Robins seven minutes to open their scoring with a goal to Danny Gray after a long bomb from Brett Martin into the goal square.
The first time forward for South resulted in a minor score. The Robins looked to have plenty of run in their legs and when Nathan Kickett weaved his magic to set up Gray for his and West's second goal the Robins had the perfect start.
South were starting to get their hands on the ball as Heath Caldwell and Cody Schorn both missed chances in front of goal.
From the resulting kick in West ran the ball the length of the ground to find Gray again for his third goal and when Heath Harris set up Jono Naden from the bounce West had four goals and were on top.
Heath Teelow was on top in the ruck and Nathan Kickett and Nick Agius were dominating the mid-field.
On the quarter time siren Kickett took a great mark, with the ball sailing through for West's fifth goal of the term.
The Robins had a 26-point lead and with the West faithful swarming around the quarter time huddle everything was looking red and black.
The margin could have easily been bigger if not for the defensive efforts of Tom Derham and the hard running of Marc Purcell.
Quarter time west 5.0 (30) to South 0.4 (4).
The second term saw South with the wind and, surprisingly, West made no structural changes. Many expected the Robins to send a few loose in the backline to limit South's goal scoring options.
South on the other hand threw Heath Caldwell into the centre of the action and gave Riley Elliott a licence to roam free.
Caldwell finally got South's first goal after five minutes of play and when he set up Elliott shortly after the margin was 14 points.
All the South big guns in Caldwell, Purcell, Derham and Elliott were getting plenty of the ball and when an unusually quiet Cody Schorn laid a good tackle and goaled it was just 7 points the difference.
Ayden Pettitt and Jordan Holmes were getting on top of West in the ruck and Todd Davidson was where he loves it, at the bottom of the packs.
The rain started to fall and made the conditions even tougher for the players and when Holmes goaled after a 50 metre penalty the scores were level.
The halftime siren couldn't come quickly enough for the Robins as they had lost their way and South were well and truly on top.
Zac Gentle, Nathan Kickett and Nick Agius battled hard that term for West and Derham continued to repel West whenever they went forward.
Heath Caldwell really set the tone for South that term and it was all locked up at the long break with West having the wind in the third term.
Half time: West 5.0 (30), South 4.6 (30).
All nine goals so far had been kicked to the city end and West were heading that way with a chance to restore a lead.
The third term is always referred to as the premiership quarter and good sides with high aspiration stand up.
That is just what South did.
Matt Day gave South the perfect start with a goal and when Derham set up Caldwell south had a 13-point lead.
The southerners were right on top at this stage and looking the goods.
Every time West did manage to go forward Derham was in the way as he took mark after mark in a dominating display at centre-half back.
Tyson Boland then turned the screws on West even more when he kicked two goals in as minutes and the Kangaroos were out by 25 points.
West started to get their hands on the ball in the dying few minutes but unfortunately they could only manage two points and not goals.
Tom Derham starred for South and was well supported by Purcell, Caldwell and Elliott.
For West none tried harder than Nathan Kickett and Nick Agius.
Three quarter time: South 8.7 (55) to West 5.2 (32).
The final term saw South with one hand on the trophy and Caldwell and Derham continued where they left off.
It was becoming mission impossible for the Robins.
Matt Day bobbed up with his second goal and South were home, leading by 30 points.
Nathan Kickett capped off his good game for West with his second goal and West's first since the quarter time siren to reduce the margin to a respectable level, but it was all South after the first break. They kicked 9 goals to 1 after quarter time.
Unfortunately an ugly melee broke out with just minutes remaining on the clock which stained a good game.
Tom Derham won the medal for best player for South and Nathan Kickett won the same for West. Both played their respective hearts out for their clubs.
Ayden Pettitt and Jordan Holmes dominated the ruck after quarter time, Jesse Whitfield worked his way into the game, Heath Caldwell, Marc Purcell and Riley Elliott were not too far behind Derham as South's best.
For West Nick Agius, Zac Gentle, Jono Naden and Liam King battled hard and with three first term goals Danny Gray gave his all.
Congratulations to South for making it back-to-back flags.
Well done West, North and Central for the most even and exciting season in memory.
A big thanks to all involved with Under 18 football, the umpires, gate workers, time keepers, canteen helpers and the Broken Hill Football League on an outstanding competition and giving up their time every Wednesday night.
Also thank you to the BDT for their coverage of this grade and 2BH for broadcasting the game live.
Final scores: South 9.9 (63) d West 6.5 (41).
Best players - South: T Derham, H Caldwell, M Purcell, R Elliott, J Holmes, A Pettitt, J Whitfield, T Davidson; West: N Kickett, N Agius, Z Gentle, J Naden, D Grey, L King.
Goal scorers - South: H Caldwell 2, T Boland 2, M Day 2, R Elliott 1, C Schorn 1, J Holmes 1; West: D Grey 3, N Kickett 2, J Naden 1.