Riverland Superdogs v Broken Hill Shinglebacks



By Nick Kossatch

The Riverland Superdogs broke their winless drought against the Broken Hill Shinglebacks, coming back from five goals down at quarter time to defeat the visitors by 11 points in round one of SA AFL Masters at Lyrup Oval on Saturday.

New recruit, ruckman Shaun ‘Larry Bird’ Harris dominated the ruck and around the ground and helped the Superdogs midfield at the stoppages after quarter time. Fullback Sam Ingerson was out-bodied twice early in the game against Broken Hill’s man mountain full forward but from that point onward the host’s defence got right on top, led by Ingerson. Ron Foulds defied his age with patrolling dashes from the backlines.

Darran Van Der Woude was another new player who impressed off halfback. The evasive and clever Sid Norton benefited from Nathan Willmot’s four ‘assists’ to snare five goals – the by-product of brilliant linking play from defence through the midfield where Kenny Karpany did what he pleased.

His two third quarter goals and the mop-haired Shane Hannagan raised his game to another level with acts of desperation, none better when he paddled the ball, gained possession and fed off to a running Karpany who goaled from 50-metres.

Debutant Steve ‘Awesome’ Williams came into his own off a wing in the second half and a fitter Brenton Fenwick complimented Williams’ efforts on the other wing.

The Riverland Superdogs wait a month before playing their next opponent Mid North on April 22nd.

Riverland Superdogs 11.6. (72) d Broken Hill Shinglebacks 9.7 (61)
Best: S. Norton, S. Harris, Darren Van Der Woude, Kenny Karpany, Sam Ingerson, Shane Hannagan, Brenton Fenwick, Ron Foulds, Steven Williams
Goals: Norton 5, Willmot 3, Karpany 2, Lloyd 1


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,

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