September 3rd 2011

By Nick Kossatch at Paringa


LYRUP achieved its’ first ever back-to-back flags with a brilliant 32-point win over Paringa in the Independent Football League grand final at Paringa Oval on Saturday. Lyrup skipper Jason Marr won the toss and his team had the aid of a three-goal northerly. It was ex-Swan Anthony Lippis (four goals) who kicked three goals in the opening quarter but the hosts held a-one point lead at quarter time. Tempers became flared after Lyrup champion Kenny Karpany collected Paringa speedster Craig Baxter resulting in a goal to Howard Duthie Medallist and skipper Andrew Lloyd. He showed why he won the award by winning several clearances and helped set up Dean Hill with the first of his five goals. Hill did have a chance to match former team-mate Lippis’ quarter-time tally but missed when his shot at goal skewed wide in the blustery conditions.

The visitors, much like Paringa in the first term, held sway in the second quarter. Improvisation from James Abdulla, when his toe-poke kick found veteran Nathan Willmott, gave the Lions the ascendancy with a goal. Defender Brad Healy crashed into packs and David Grenfell, who was assigned the task on the league’s leading goal-kicker Hill, attacked the ball with fervour. Lyrup captain Jason Marr took advantage of ruckman Nathan Gregory’s taps. Both combined with a goal to Scott Marr that put Lyrup 11-points clear. The scoring end during the first half was remarkably was at the northern end but a superb snap by Hill drew the margin within a kick at half time.

Gregory held the upper hand on his class opponent Nathan Rover in the ruck but Paringa defenders Duane Angel and Mick Miller kept Willmott and Lippis relatively subdued. However the Lions’ indigenous players warmed to the conditions in the second half. Karpany, in particular, made amends for his earlier indiscretion with slicing runs off half back. His brilliant ‘selling of the candy’ to an opponent and then slotting through a goal added to the Kenny Karpany highlights reel. Lenny Campbell also exerted his influence in the game with his run and carry on a wing and Travis Wilson always looked dangerous with his unpredictability whenever he had the ball. Dylan Johnson’s third quarter snap almost put the game out of reach for the Swans.

Lyrup’s Adam Caputo tagged Paringa playmaker Chris Gardener out of the game in a sensational effort of concentration and Grant Smith made it difficult for Paringa centre half forward Jonathon Wood to have a clear run at the ball. There was another huge bump by Brad Healy, this time Swan Sam Frahn was the recipient. Scott Marr provided vigour across half forward but it was his brother Jason who roved off a contest from a clearing spiral punt by Karpany to put through a terrific goal.

Sam Frahn started in ruck in the last quarter with Rover in the goal square but Paringa’s field kicking was the poorest it has been all season. Lyrup legend Shane Healy was the linkman with Karpany that allowed Wilson to waltz into an open goal, pumping his arms in post-goal celebration. Just moments later Wilson kicked his second when he allowed for the wind in superb style watching the ball curl through for another.

The Lions kept running and running and desperation was at its’ best when Gregory mowed down Gardner who was streaming toward goal and the ball sailed out on the full. Lippis helped put the icing on the cake with his fourth after Johnson and Shane Healy combined in the lead up. Lyrup had a host of magnificent performers. Gregory was lion-hearted in ruck and his ground play was a feature as well. The whole defensive back six were impassable where David Grenfell lead from the front.  He beat Hill by running off him although Hill did finish with five goals, Campbell and Karpany were all class especially in the second half. Grant Smith and Caputo, with their jobs on Wood and Gardner and of course Jason Marr who was adjudged most valuable player for the premiers.

In a case of what could have been for the 2009 premiers Paringa, Lloyd was influential, especially early. Miller was great on Lippis after quarter time and Angel kept Willmott in check for the most part. Rover battled manfully in ruck and he booted two last quarter goals when moved forward, a move that could have been made earlier to take the pressure off Hill.

TURNING POINT: It was the Lions’ second quarter into a stiff northerly. They upped the ante all started by Jason Marr’s clearance work in the engine room. Lyrup edged ahead at half time and from that point onwards were never headed in the second half. Its’ brigade of indigenous runners; Karpany, Campbell and Wilson and company tore Paringa to shreds

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: Again that man Karpany whose dummy and goal at the start of the third quarter had the Lions roaring. Wilson’s last quarter curling six-pointer was a gem. Post match quotes from two independent football league stalwarts; Nathan Willmott, with tears welling his eyes, said; “Unbelievable. Fifth flag for me and I reckon it may be it. Old man’s footy for me next year.” When asked if Shane Healy will continue. “Umm, have to wait and see on that one.”

BEST ON GROUND: Lyrup’s Marr, Campbell, Karpany and David Grenfell and Paringa’s Lloyd and Miller all had strong cases for ‘BOG’ honours. Gregory was heroic in the ruck against the ‘other’ Nathan and he hunted the ball like a man possessed. Gregory was the best on ground.


About Nicholas Kossatch

Tall and intelligent and athletically built who calls a spade a spade. Love sports writing and sending letters and texts to the editor about AFL and the Port Adelaide Power - win, lose or draw. I do not sit on the fence. Soon to be 40! I play basketball and over 35's supers football. Have played amateur footy and a bit of cricket and basketball when living in Adelaide. Do some writing for the Murray Pioneer,


  1. Nick – thanks for the report. Can you tell us a little about the Independent FL in the Riverland. I spent a few years in Renmark growing up 40 years ago, and I can only remember the Upper Murray League of Renmark Rovers, Berri, Loxton, Loxton North, Barmera-Monash and Waikerie. Is the RIFL an indigenous league? I can remember Karpany and Katinyeri names from the Point Pearce mission community near Port Victoria on Yorke Peninsula. I remember going with my dad to Lyrup to play cricket back then. You had to wait for the punt/ferry over the river. I don’t remember that there was even a town at Lyrup – just a cricket pitch in a paddock. Is that where the footy oval is and where do the players come from? Paringa was a real town with a pub and shop. Monash and Cobdogla at least had a shop.

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