Round 6 – Sal’s Preview: We’re not gonna to take it

Greetings All,


Much hullabaloo around umpire dissent they might need to get Dee Snyder and Twisted Sister to put their campaign together!  As some one who has been an arbitrator at lower levels the premise of respect for umpires is worthy and change is necessary.  However the premise of umpire infallibility is ridiculous, they will make some clear mistakes.  Surely the players can show an immediate reaction for a decision provided it is not abusive or too demonstrative.  At the moment the penalties seem particularly harsh where the umpires are not really being disrespected.  Mind you pointing to a replay on the screen is too demonstrative – decisions are made in the moment there is no benefit of hindsight.  Love the idea of AFL players taking up the whistle for community or junior footy when time permits.


Meanwhile it is just after ½ time of our jaunt around the wine regions of South Australia about to take on the Clare Valley.  This week where possible many of the club names will with local entities in this state that share their mascots.



Going Greene ($2.28) vs Goodwood ($1.78)


Iffy start not finding any Giants in SA, however Toby Greene returning is big enough in its own right.  The Goodwood is a big race coming in Adelaide the Saints version play D1 of the Adelaide Footy League.  Their counterparts have overcome the poor opener winning the last four, while the Giants really need Toby back and making a difference as they have been ordinary thus far.  Brayden Preuss also makes a difference in the ruck and Canberra works for them also.  On form the Saints should have the Giants covered, but I suspect the return of Greene and the focus on the Maserati driver will have them primed for a red hot go.  With that taking the risk and going with Leon.



Ingle Farm ($1.33) vs Keith ($3.90)


The Ingle Farm Bulldogs also play in the AFL but a few divisions below in D6, while the Keith Crows play in the Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Football League.  Ballarat provides an edge for the Dogs, but cannot disrespect the Crows who are building nicely.  Such a shame for a champ like Rory Sloane go down with an ACL – has been the heartbeat of the club for so long.  Going with the Bullies but don’t think there will be much in it.



Salisbury ($1.30) vs Tailem Bend ($4.10)


Couldn’t find a Power but there are plenty of Magpies so gone with Salisbury another AFL club in D5 for Port.  They take on the Eagles whose namesake is Tailem Bend in the River Murray Football League.  Reckon they both might be going better than the big boys.  Port came back strongly against the Blues last week and may have found their mojo, if so they will be too good for the disappointing West Coast.  Not so sure they have found it but just going to trust them at home.



Yet to Catch On ($1.81) vs Sturt ($2.20)


The Dockers has not taken off as a monicker in SA.  Sturt play in the SANFL known as the Double Blues – pretty aligns to Carlton who seem to have two personalities at the moment.  4-1 is good but the inconsistency within games needs to be addressed if they are to make sustainable improvement.  Freo seem to have done that under a fair amount of duress missing Fyfe and lots of disruption due to COVID.  They have lost a couple more this week but Logue and Schultz back are handy as is Cripps for the Blues.  The Blues are Ok against Freo over their so letting the heart tip over the head.



Ardrossan ($5.40) vs Blyth Snowtown ($1.22)


The Ardrossan Kangaroos play in the York Peninsula FL, Blyth Snowtown once were Roosters but are now Cats playing in the North Eastern FL.  The Big Cats will be smarting after their Easter Monday loss and will be to good for North who despite the pleadings of the coach don’t seem much different to the 2021 version.



Ain’t No Sunshine ($3.25) vs Peake & District ($1.42)


Suns haven’t caught on either – not sure why they would either, while Peake & District Lions play in the Mallee FL.  The Queensland rivalry is pretty fierce despite the Lions dominance.  Expect this game to be willing contest with the Suns aided by playing in the mansion.  Their best is very good but lack consistency – the Lions don’t have that issue and have a few of their stars firing and with that should prove too good.



Glenelg ($3.80) vs Naracoorte ($1.33)


The palindromic Tigers play in the SANFL, while Naracoorte Demons ply their trade in Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Football League.  The Anzac Eve match up is interesting the “Box of Chocolate” Tigers at their best can win this.  Melbourne losing Viney and Lever have some structural issues to address, especially how they match up on Lynch, Balta and Riewoldt.  While the Tigers also need to find a way to cover the Demon midfield.  Tigers not without a chance but happy to keep tipping the Dees.



Hackham ($2.46) vs Paringa ($1.64)


The Hackham Hawks sounds a bit like the John Kennedy era however these chaps play in the Southern Football League.  The Paringa Swans play in the Riverland Independent Football League.  Our Hawks and Swans go at it in Launceston, the Hawks got a great scalp on Monday but losing Mitch Lewis hurts.  For Sydney they get Buddy back are in great form and should win.



Brighton ($2.50) vs Tanunda ($1.59)


The Brighton Bombers are in D1 of the AFL while the Magpies of Tanunda are in the Barossa Light and Gawler Football Association (and where we are this weekend).  The ANZAC Day clash delivers apparently but not a game I see too often.  The Pies were gallant in defeat against Brisbane and get a couple of handy players back.  The Bombers were woeful in defeat last week and the scrutiny intense – they get two of their most important back in Stringer and Merrett.  Think Essendon might have the edge in the ruck and expect them to lift their intensity to be able to win this.  Another performance like last week will pile on the pressure.



Friar Time


An inauspicious start to the season has the Friars desperate for a win, they play host to an equally desperate St Marys this week.  The threes notched a victory and head to Chadstone for some footy therapy.  The Women lost a tight one last match and kick off the dew at home against Haileybury this week.


Go Friars, Go Blues,


Cheers, Sal




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  1. As an expatriate Croweater I really enjoyed your geographic tour of SA teams. As a 1970 Yorketown Senior Colts premiership player I would have preferred you chose the Southern Eagles in the Yorke Peninsula league rather than Tailem Bend. Yorketown were the Demons/Redlegs back then but like many smaller country clubs had to amalgamate with Edithburgh and Warooka to keep a team going.
    Back in SA last October for Dad’s 90th caught up with my Yorketown coach Ron Zilm and team mate Tony Giles (good to see one of us made the big time)
    Stayed 4 nights in beautiful Clare Valley. The restored Georgian mansion of Martindale Hall in Mintaro is worth a visit. Had its own racecourse and polo fields back in the day. Lunched at Mr Micks in Clare and dinner at Watervale Hotel (their website is a great guide to the region).
    Enjoy. Hope the Southern Eagles defy your predictions, but I wouldn’t be giving up a Clare winery to watch those rabble.

  2. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Great idea Sal.

    I’m probably the only ‘Nacker to play for Ingle Farm (home to Tony Antrobus, David Robertson, Martin Pike, Josh Francou and Wayne Milera Jr off the top of my head) and I kicked my first ever goal at Salisbury’s home ground at Brown Tce as an U/11er. (Mark Duffett probably holds the Almanac record for most games played there).

  3. Daryl Schramm says

    Enjoyed reading the contribution and comments. Not to denounce Sal’s work, but more for ‘interstate’ readers, I offer the following. The Goody Saints are black white and yellow. The Saints refer to a merger of Goodwood with St Raphaels many moons ago. The Brighton Bombers are black and yellow. Were also once dark green and white. I think a merge with BHOS and a change in competition influenced that. The famous Kybybolite or many other country teams could have substituted for Glenelg and the Tumby Bay Blues could have substituted for Sturt on two counts. Currently Carlton lookalike, but we’re also the Blues as a Sturt lookalike in earlier years.

  4. Brilliant idea Sal and I’m pleased that you’re enjoying your time in the Clare and Barossa Valleys.

    I’d humbly suggest the Kapunda Footy Club as a nomination for the Bombers as its been around with this identity since 1866, making it among the oldest clubs in the country with a singular history. The story also goes that with the onset of the internet a couple of decades’ ago town identity ‘Goose’ Mickan urged the club to secure ownership of the website and they did!

    Thanks Sal.

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