ROUND 12, June 5, 2019
GLENUNGA v PLYMPTON
The Rams retained top place with a 56 point win over Plympton in difficult and windy conditions accentuated by the small rectangular east west ground.
After a tight first quarter, the Rams took control, with Plympton unable to penetrate the tight Rams defence, while players like Linc Bennett and Spencer Prowse enjoyed the tough conditions to gain plenty of hard ball, with Linc Bennett also kicking 4 goals. Harry Prosser and Michael McMahon also kicked 3. Willa Taylor in his A Grade debut was a clear winner on his wing, while Alex Haren and Tom Bielby were tough and relentless on ballers.
Both the B and C Grades couldn’t match the bigger bodied opposition. For the B Grade in particular, this was a disappointing loss in a game they needed to win
GLENUNGA 15.13 d PLYMPTON 7.5
Goal Kickers: L. Bennett 4, H. Prosser 3, M. McMahon 3, J. Opperman, N. Wundke, T. Bielby, S. Pollock, B. Ellis
Best Players: S. Prowse, L. Bennett, H. Prosser, A. Haren, W. Taylor
PLYMPTON 17.15 d GLENUNGA 7.7
Goal Kickers: K. Smith 2, T. Illingworth, W. Ross, J. Dal Corobbo, P. Singleton, M. Bristow
Best Players: M. Bristow, R. Kamenic, K. Smith, T. Edwards, L. Thompson
PLYMPTON 12.10 d GLENUNGA 6.2
Goal Kickers: D. Neilsen 2, S. Czabayski 2, J. Devitt, G. Tellis
Best Players: J. Devitt, S. Czabayski, A. Cracknell, G. Tellis, R. Egarr
GLENUNGA V FLINDERS PARK AT WEBB OVAL
ROUND 11, 29 JUNE 2019
GLENUNGA v GEPPS CROSS AT GEPPS CROSS
The Rams executed a clean sweep against Gepps Cross with all team winning.
For the A grade, it meant retention of top position, but only 1 point ahead of Flinders Park. For the B Grade, it meant they moved into the five, and now have a chance of securing a place in the finals, while the C Grade recorded their 3rd win of the season.
The A Grade game was played out in two halves with the Rams completely dominating to half time, allowing Gepps only to score 2 points to half time while the Rams kicked 11.8, with Steve Pollock and Michael McMahon capitalizing on the many forward entries. After half time the conditions really deteriorated and Gepps were able to match the Rams in the heavy rain. Half way through the last, both teams would have happily ended the game as the quarter seemed to drag on an on. Nevertheless, it was an impressive first half performance when the conditions were a little more favorable. Pleasing for the Rams were the performances of Spencer Prowse and Linc Bennett who both reveled in the slippery conditions, Sam Wundke as usual was strong across halfback while Luke Bowman continues to impress in the backlines. Sam Abell showed he could be a useful swingman, taking the ruck duties when necessary to rest Tom Beard.
The B Grade appeared to have the game well under control until the last quarter, when Gepps got to within 5 points with 3 minutes to play. However, they held on to get the win, which would have been more comfortable, but for inaccurate kicking. For the B grade, Max Cooper again was best.
Next week all teams travel to Plympton, with the B Grade looking for 6 wins in a row, which would move them into fourth place.
GLENUNGA 14.15 D GEPPS CROSS 5.5
Goal Kickers: S. Pollock 4, M. McMahon 4, A. Haren 2, A. Read, T. Bielby, H. Prosser, B. Ellis
Best Players: S. Prowse, L. Bennett, S. Wundke, L. Bowman, S. Abell
GLENUNGA 6.15 D GEPPS CROSS 7.4
Goal Kickers: P. Singleton 2, M. Bristow, T. Illingworth, J. Dal Corobbo, M. Cooper
Best Players: M. Cooper, W. Taylor, P. Singleton, R. Kamenic, W. Ross
GLENUNGA 7.11 D GEPPS CROSS 2.5
Goal Kickers: S. Czabayski 2, M. Tippett 2, N. Harland, G. Tellis, D. Neilsen
Best Players: S. Mundy, M. Tippett, B. Skellington, J. Broman, S. Czabayski
GLENUNGA v PLYMPTON AT PLYMPTON
GLENUNGA v WESTMINSTER OS
The A Grade moved to top of the ladder with an emphatic win over Westminster OS at home. After being challenged in the first half, particularly in the second quarter, the Rams ran all over the opposition restricting them to 1.3 in the second half while the Rams piled on the goals to win by 100 points.
With Old Ignations beaten by North Haven, the Rams now go a game clear with a handy percentage boost, which should be further enhanced next Saturday when the Rams play bottom side Gepps Cross.
For the Rams Tom Beard led the way with a 4 quarter effort in ruck, while Steve Pollock again secured a bag, with his eight goals helped by his straight kicking and some good delivery. Lachie Bowman continued his good form in the back line while Alex Haren and Tom Bielby (apart from the second term) gave the forwards plenty of opportunities. Michael MacMahon with 6 goals as usual made the game look easy.
The B Grade’s win made it 4 in a row and they sit just out of the five on percentage. They now face the challenge of winning the next two games, against sides to which they lost narrowly earlier in the year. A win over Gepps will put them into the five. The B Grade is improving with each game and with some experienced players now joining the team, they will have a good shot at finals.
The C Grade went down to an experienced Port Districts. The Rams stayed in touch for most of the game but faded in the last to lose by 29 points.
GLENUNGA 23.23 d westminster os 9,7
Goal Kickers: S. Pollock 8, M. McMahon 6, N. Wundke 3, B. Ellis 2, J. Opperman, S. Wundke, H. Prosser, L. Bennett
Best Players: T. Beard, S. Pollock, L. Bowman, A. Haren, M. McMahon
GLENUNGA 16.9 d WESTMINSTER 9.10
Goal Kickers: B. Realis 3, M. Bristow 3, J. Orken 3, S. Abell 2, T. Illingworth, L. Turci, M. Cooper, R. Egarr, J. Dal Corobbo
Best Players: M. Cooper, R. Kamenic, J. Orken, S. Abell, M. Bristow
GLENUNGA 7.10 lost to port districts 12.9
Goal Kickers: A. Waters 2, P. England 2, S. Czabayski, G. Tellis, H. Macphee
Best Players: A. Edwards, J. Devitt, S. Czabayski, L. Cobain, L. Dack
GLENUNGA v GEPPS CROSS AT GEPPS CROSS
Glenunga v Portland at Webb Oval
In front of an enthusiastic crowd of Sponsors, Past Players and Life Members (see photo below), the Rams withstood a third quarter resurgence by Portland to run away in the last quarter to record a good 39 point win and cement second place at the half way mark.
In the first half the Rams were dominant all over the ground. With the midfield on top, the forwards were getting lots of opportunities and Michael MacMahon and Steve Pollock were proving dominant. A feature was the straight kicking from the two key forwards to the extent that the Rams had kicked12.4 by half time to lead by 47 points up. Andy Read, given the job on Ian Milera, smothered his opponent (much to the annoyance of the Portland supporters) and it looked like the Rams would really run away with the game in the second half.
However, an all too familiar fade out in the third quarter saw Portland absolutely dominate the play, kicking 7.1 to the Rams 1.1. With Tom Campbell, who had been playing effectively at CFH, off to hospital with concussion, the Rams were unsettled, while Portland were set alight was former Rams player Aron Asfaha, who was everywhere, and whose speed was too much to handle.
At three quarter time the Rams were ahead by only 11 points and with all the momentum with Portland. When Asfaha marked 30m out straight in front early in the last it looked like they would close the margin further but he missed and from then on it was all Rams as Steve Pollock and Michael MacMahon added to their tallies and Nick Wundke also came into the game with some strong marks up forward.
For the Rams, Michael MacMahon was outstanding, taking some freakish marks, and not far behind him was Sam Wundke in defence, who also marked and rebounded strongly. Andy Read kept the dangerous Milera out of the game for most of the day while Steve Pollock also grabbed a bag, with his accurate kicking a feature. Debutante Charlie Rowe in his first A Grade game (after starting in the C Grade a few weeks ago) showed he will be an A Grade regular with his attack on the ball and pace a feature. Tom Beard shouldered most of the rucking duties all day and lifted in the last when needed while 17 year old Jordan Opperman again showed he will be a star with a very good first half in particular.
The Rams can now look forward to games against teams in the bottom half for the next few weeks.
The B Grade won comfortably and finished at the halfway mark with four wins and 5 losses. With players back from injury they will now look to string more wins together to push towards the top five and finals. They will of course be hoping they don’t lose players to the A Grade.
The C Grade also won well against Portland to give them their second win for the year. They will be stronger in the second half as they continue to gain new players and confidence.
GLENUNGA 18.9 d PORTLAND 12.7
Goal Kickers: S. Pollock 7, M. McMahon 7, T. Campbell, A. Haren, N. Wundke, B. Ellis
Best Players: M. McMahon, S. Wundke, A. Read, S. Pollock, C. Rowe
GLENUNGA 14.14 d PORTLAND 5.7
Goal Kickers: D. Zecchel 4, K. Smith 2, H. Pickett 2, M. Bristow 2, L. Turci, T. Illingworth, R. Kamenic, M. Cooper
Best Players: H. Pickett, M. Cooper, T. Illingworth, M. Bristow
GLENUNGA 21.21 d PORTLAND 7.4
Goal Kickers: D. Neilsen 5, C. Asikas 3, P. England 3, S. Czabayski 2, M. TIppett 2, N. Harland, G. Tellis, N. Bailey, A. Cracknell, R. Egarr, H. MacPhee
Best Players: V. Bergamin, D. Neilsen, C. Asikas, N. Bailey, J. Makestas
GLENUNGA v WESTMINSTER OS AT WEBB OVAL
GLENUNGA 12.11 d MORPHETTVILLE PARK 6.14
Goal Kickers: J. Wundke 6, J. Opperman 2, A. Read, T. Bielby, L. Bennett, N. Wundke
Best Players: J. Bonney, J. Wundke, S. Wundke, A. Haren, T. Bielby
The A Grade after a tight three quarters finished strongly for an important win against Morphettville Park at their strangely shaped ground.
With wedge shaped ends (i.e. very narrow pockets), the Rams found the forward lines congested and it difficult to find space. However when they did go long, they were fortunate to find James Wundke in his best form for the season, offering a strong marking target in the goal square. At the other end brother Sam was given the task of curtailing the Parks full-forward and former Sturt player Matthew Duldig. After he had scored two goals in the first quarter, he was effectively shut down with Sam Wundke’s kicking to position also an important factor. Even so, at half time the Rams could only thank straight kicking for their 5 point lead with the Rams 6.3 to the Park’s 4.8 with James Wundke kicking all 6 goals. In the third, inaccurate kicking by the Parks continued as they added 1.5 to the Rams 1.2 and it looked like a tight finish. However the Rams really got on top in the midfield and kicked away with 5.6 to 1.1 in the last to run out 33 point winners and move to second place on the ladder.
For the Rams, Justin Bonney was solid at half back all day while James and Sam Wundke were outstanding at opposite ends, The midfield duo of Alex Haren and Tom Bielby were in control for most of the day.
With the break coming, the Rams can now hope to bring back a number of players for the important clash with Portland at home on the 15th of June.
Key players in Steve Pollock, Tom Campbell and Harry Prosser all should have recovered by then. Jordy Schmidt may also be over his knee injury and Josh Graetz from his driver problem. Michael MacMahon, unavailable this week should also be back,
GLENUNGA 27 .17 d MORPHETTVILLE PARK 2.0
Goal Kickers: J. Orken 6, M. Bristow 6, J. Dal Corobbo 4, H. Pickett 3, N. Bailey 2, H. McPhee, K. Smith, D. Zecchel, L. Turci, C. Oughton, C. Fenwick
Best Players: K. Smith, M. Bristow, W. Shepherd, J. Orken, D. Zecchel
Two weeks ago the B Grade lost 27 goals to nil against Old Iggies, this week they kicked 27 goals to 2 in a complete reversal. While the opponents are languishing near the bottom, it was still a very good performance, help by having a few player back for this game. With the expected extra players available for the next match, the B grade hope now to string a few wins together to give them a chance of playing finals.
ADELAIDE UNI 19.11 d GLENUNGA 6.3
Goal Kickers: A. Waters 2, L. Cobain 2, S. Czabayski, J. Whelan
Best Players: S. Czabayski, R. Egarr, A. Cracknell, J. Broman, C. Asikas
The C Grade were competitive for most of their game but faded in the last part of the game against Adelaide Uni in a quite a physical contest.
NEXT WEEK: NO GAME
ROUND 9 15TH JUNE
GLENUNGA v PORTLAND
PAST PLAYERS AND SPONSORS DAY
REFRESHMENT TENT FOR PAST PLAYERS AND SPONSORS
GLENUNGA v GOLDEN GROVE AT WEBB OVAL
GLENUNGA 13.7 d GOLDEN GROVE 10.15
Goal Kickers: S. Pollock 4, L. Bennett 2, A. Haren 2, N. Wundke 2, H. Prosser, T. Illingworth, T. Bielby
Best Players: T. Beard, T. Bielby, S. Wundke, J. Schmidt, M. McMahon
The Rams after establishing a 5-goal lead at half time struggled in the second half but managed to hold on to run out winners by 10 points.
The first quarter began as most games this season with numbers around the ball, and with goals hard to come by. Nevertheless, the Rams had managed to gain a 16-point lead going into the second. Playing good football in this quarter with the mid field getting on top, the Rams push out to a 29-point lead.
The second half saw the Rams loose focus, give away unnecessary free kicks, and allow Golden Grove back into the game. In probably their poorest quarter for the year, they could only manage one goal to the Clubroom end and led by 15 points going into the final term. With Golden Grove getting to 4 points from the lead late into the quarter, a late goal to Glenunga saved the day.
For the Rams, Tom Beard lead, although still suffering from the effects of a heavy cold, lead the way in the ruck. Tom Bielby was a dominant midfielder, with his tackling a feature. Sam Wundke marshalled the defence, while Jordy Schmidt put in his best game since coming back from his knee recon. Michael McMahon was effective as usual, while Harry Prosser also carrying an injury, kept at his task all day. Dylan Smith really came to the fore in the last quarter to help the Rams carry the day. A special mention for 17 y.o Tate Illingworth in his first A Grade game, who kicked an early goal and was had at the ball all day and showed he will be a consistent player at this level.
The Rams still sit one game clear on the ladder but will need to lift their game if they are to beat second placed Old Ignations next week.
GOLDEN GROVE 19.8 d GLENUNGA 4.3
Goal Kickers: N. Bailey 2, R. Kamenic, J. Orken
Best Players: C. Rowe, M. Cooper, L. Turci, B. Dunning, E. Tsouvallas
The Rams, as might have been expected struggled against undefeated Golden Grove, but wasn’t help with shoulder injuries to George Trumble and Lachie Turci. However their were a number of plusses with new player Charles Rowe showing a lot of ability and the addition of experienced Max Cooper to the team. Elias Tsouvallas put in his best game to date and Josh Orken as usual troubled the opposition with his height
GOLDEN GROVE 18.14 d GLENUNGA 6.5
Goal Kickers: A. Rogerson 2, T. Slater, C. Fenwick, L. Seymour, L. Cobain
Best Players: C. Asikas, R. Egarr, J. Walsh, J. Devitt, L. Dack
The C Grade put in a good first half performance against their much stronger opponent but also suffered from several injuries, most significant being the loss of Alex Rogerson with a broken leg. With Alex off the ground and other injuries taking their toll, the Rams struggled to score in the second half.
GLENUNGA v OLD IGNATIONS AT HUNTER PARK (RAILWAYS OVAL) WEST TERRACE OPPOSITE NEW RAH
GLENUNGA v FLINDERS PARK
GLENUNGA 12.10 d FLINDERS PARK 10.12
Goal Kickers: S. Pollock 4, M. McMahon 3, H. Prosser 2, T. Campbell, T. Bielby, N. Wundke
Best Players: M. McMahon, A. Haren, T. Bielby, T. Beard, B. Ellis
The Rams cemented their position on top of the ladder with a ten-point win over a very strong club in Flinders Park. In a tight contest all day, the Rams led by only 2 points at half time but then seemed to take control in the third quarter to enjoy a three goal lead at three quarter time, which extended to four goals early in the last, before Flinders came back to get within 4 points before a late goal to Steve Pollock sealed the game.
While the Rams enjoyed a good win, it was somewhat soured by a serious injury to Jack Harford who sustained serious rib damage and bruising on his lung from a knee in the back in the first quarter. Jack will be out for 12 weeks and will be a significant loss. Then in the last quarter, fullback Aaron Manning left the ground with a hamstring injury and will no doubt miss several games.
For the Rams Michael McMahon was again the Rams best, particularly in the first quarter, while midfielders Alex Haren and Tom Bielby gave the Rams plenty of Drive. Tom Beard took the honours against a very good opponent and Brant Ellis was solid in defence.
With the loss of two key defenders, the Rams are sure to be tested by 3rd placed Golden Grove at Webb oval next week.
FLINDERS PARK 19.20 d GLENUNGA 5.3
Goal Kickers: M. Grund 2, N. Bailey, J. Orken, L. Staritski
Best Players: J. Graetz, J. Orken, T. Illingworth, L. Staritski, T. Slater
The B Grade were blown away in the first quarter and struggled to recover. To their credit they were competitive after quarter time but by then it was too late.
FLINDERS PARK 17.10 d GLENUNGA 5.5
Goal Kickers: N. Harland, P. England, L. Seymour, G. Tellis, C. Fenwick
Best Players: R. Egarr, C. Rowe, L. Cobain, J. Devitt, S. Hubbert
Like the B Grade, the Cs were also blown away in the first quarter, by an opponent that used the ball well and kicked superbly. Again the C Grade were competitive for the rest of the game and while they had a fair bit of the play, were let down at times by their skills when they had the opportunity to score.
GLENUNGA (1st) v GOLDEN GROVE (3rd) AT WEBB OVAL
GLENUNGA v PLYMPTON
GLENUNGA 13.15 d PLYMPTON 8.8
Goal Kickers: H. Prosser 3, S. Pollock 3, T. Butterworth 2, L. Bennett 2, J. Schmidt, M. McMahon, T. Bielby
Best Players: M. McMahon, T. Butterworth, L. Bowman, A. Haren, T. Beard
Glenunga moved to the top of the ladder with a solid 37-point win at home. After a tight first quarter, the Rams gradually exerted control, extending its lead each quarter. Although missing James Wundke, Tom beard carried the ruckwork for most of the game, dominating the hit outs as well as enjoying plenty of possessions around the ground. Alex Haren and Tom Bielby took advantage of the ruckwork to be influential while Michael McMahon gave a master class across half forward, with support from Harry Prosser with 3 goals. Nick Wundke also provided a strong, aggressive target up forward. Tom Butterworth again provided plenty of run from his wing and will be missed while he completes school footy duties. Luke Bowman played his best game for the club thus far while Jack Harford was cool in defence. Jack is also playing a key role in the outstanding communication between our back 6 which is making us a difficult team to score against. Dylan Smith also had his best game for the year, winning his wing convincingly.
With other results going in favour of the Rams, Glenunga is now a game and percentage clear at the top of the table. Next weeks games against Flinders Park, (which with Portland and possibly Golden Grove look to be the teams to beat) will give the best indication so far as to the Rams chances. At least at this stage on form to date, a finals berth looks likely.
PLYMPTON 10.10 d GLENUNGA 8.12
Goal Kickers: J. Orken 2, D. Zecchel, T. Campbell, M. Bristow, T. Mitchell, R. Kamenic, K. Smith
Best Players: T. Slater, H. Downard, B. Schulz, D. Pittman, R. Kamenic
The B Grade was unlucky to lose this one, only being headed in the last 10 minutes of the game. After a slow start, scores were level at half time and the rams lead by a goal going into the last. In the final analysis, the Plympton full forward with 7 goals was the difference.
The B Grade comp seems quite uneven at this grade, with several teams having big wins. Finders Park had an easy win over Gepps Cross, which suggests the Rams will be tested again next week,
PLYMPTON 19.15 d GLENUNGA 2.6
Goal Kickers: G. Tellis, L. Cobain
Best Players: S. Hubbert, Z. Strathearn, S. Czabayski, J. Makestas, E. Knights
The C grade went into this game with considerable confidence after their convincing win last week only to be completely outplayed by a very competent Plympton. The strong tackling and precision kicking of Plympton was worthy of a much higher grade, and once they took control after the first quarter the Rams had no answer.
GLENUNGA v FLINDERS PARK AT FLINDERS PARK