Saturday 15th September 2012
Victoria Park, Jamestown South Australia
A Grade 2:30pm
Crystal Brook Roosters vs Southern Flinders Tigers
Coach: Damien “Joel” Head Coach: Scott Brand
Captain: Luke Kapitola Captain: Daryl Boylan
A massive crowd of just over 6,700 spectators enjoyed one of the most exciting days of local football and netball finals that regional South Australia has enjoyed in living memory. People gathered at Victoria Park in Jamestown, the birthplace of RM Williams, in anticipation of a great day’s matches. With superb conditions of clear weather and a top of 20 degrees, countless amounts of local malting barley was consumed through the several bars, several local cattle and pigs were a feature of the famous barbeques, countless sandwhiches, cakes biscuits and scones, the famous Ice Cream Giant Twins from neighbouring Laura and there was also some tasty Spencer Gulf squid on offer for the seafood lover.
The locals were blessed to have Melbourne Captain Jack Trengove in attendance, along with fellow Demon Luke Tapscott who hails from neighbouring Orroroo, former South Adelaide Premiership Star and SANFL hall of famer Peter Darley, Sturt legend Trevor Sims, SANFL hall of famer and Jamestown local Peter Kitschke and the voice of South Australian Football for many years, recently retired ABC Grandstand stalwart Roger Wills.
Along with four grades of football, there are ten grades of netball underway in the community stadum, known as “The Big Shed”. This is a monument to community efforts, volunteering and an ability to innovate. It was a former Hangar from the Edinburgh Air Base, which has been converted to house two international standard netball/basketball courts and a six lane indoor cricket training centre, the Lehmann/Gillespie Centre. An unusual but highly effective method of raising funds occurred back in 2006, when the community held a charity cricket match at Adelaide Oval, with none other than Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh acting as coaches for the day. Recent visitors to the facility include: Nathan Lyon, Dan Christian, the Adelaide Thunderbirds, the South Australian Redbacks and Scorpions cricket squads, aswell as State League netball and basketball sides.
What was anticipated to be a close finish, proved to be exactly that as the two most recent premiers of the Northern Areas went head to head at Jamestown. The Southern Flinders Tigers kicked away early, making the most of their opportunities against an inaccurate Crystal Brook Roosters side. The Tigers held the lead at quarter time 5.2 (32) to 2.5 (17).
Crystal Brook began to gradually chip away at the Tigers lead, reducing the margin to nine points at half time and eight points at three quarter time. But it seemed as close as the Roosters would get, the Tigers always had the answers.
Southern Flinders started the last quarter with a bang and began to build the lead, extending the margin to over three goals with around ten minutes remaining. 6,700 spectators looked on and wondered if the Roosters would have anything left to give and whether the extra week off may prove to be an advantage.
The Roosters responded and began to play high risk, fast paced football and in doing so began to straighten up in front of goal. Goals began to become more frequent and with only a few minutes to the Tigers lead had been reduced to a solitary point.
What followed was tense, desperate football with some great tackles, smothers and shepherds. Play was almost exclusively in the Roosters forward line, but the Tigers desperation was superb and they managed to keep the Roosters from scoring. With the ball in contention on the Eastern wing, a sharp kick was sent inside fifty where Roosters forward James Wardle flew high and hung on to what was clearly the mark of the day, as he was sandwiched between other Rooster and Tiger jumpers.
With the siren nearing Wardle went back and from 40 metres out set the kick on its way. No sooner had if left his boot, than the siren sounded, a miss would mean five extra minutes each end and a goal would deliver the flag. But kick truly he did and the party had begun. A sea of Red and White descended on to the ground, whilst the Tigers players and fans felt the ultimate deflation of having worked so hard, only to have it taken away at the eleventh hour.
Not to be outdone, the Roosters also managed to take out the B Grade, albeit through another tight finish holding off the fast finishing Broughton-Mundoora Eagles by a single point.
Senior Colts (U/17) Crystal Brook Roosters def Southern Flinders Tigers
Junior Colts (U/14) Southern Flinders Tigers def Crystal Brook Roosters
In what would prove to be a strange twist of fate, the Northern Areas A Grade Netball Grand Final was contested by the same two sides featured in the football match. Much like the football it was a match of incredibly high standard. The two sides were close throughout the entire match with countless lead changes. As the clock began to wind down, the stakes were raised, with scores again locked with full time nearing. A quick passage of play gave the Tigers a shot on goal, which was not wasted! This proved to be the winner as the Southern Flinders Tigers held on to take out the title by the smallest of margins.
B Grade Crystal Brook Roosters
C Grade Booleroo Melrose Wilmington (BMW) Lions
D Grade Orroroo Roos
E Grade Orroroo Roos
F Grade Southern Flinders Tigers
G Grade Orroroo Roos
H Grade Southern Flinders Tigers
I Grade Booleroo Melrose Wilmington (BMW) Lions
J Grade Booleroo Melrose Wilmington (BMW) Lions