Bombers shock reigning premiers

Mike Teakle

KAPUNDA drew first blood in the 2017 Barossa, Light & Gawler A-grade football finals by defeating Barossa District by five goals in Saturday’s second semi-final.

The Bombers looked focused after Joey Brown kicked the first goal of the day, which was followed by another major from veteran Brad Taylor.

Aaron Whistler was winning everything in the ruck for Kapunda, while the Bombers’ fleet of Cam Matters, Brodhi Carracher, Mark Cussadia and Dom Costanzo left the Bulldogs flat footed.

However, Barossa soon found its way onto the scoreboard through Darren Shillabeer.

Kapunda hit back after a spectacular pack mark from Justin Zanandrea, at the top of the goal square, and the subsequent goal, secured it a 12-point lead at the first break.

The Dogs were untroubled by the margin heading into the second term, and rallied to fight back and take a one-point lead by half-time.

But the Bombers replied in crushing fashion, putting 5.8 to 0.2 on the scoreboard in the third quarter to take a 35-point buffer into the break.
Despite closing the gap slightly in the last term, Barossa was unable to get itself back into the contest.

Kapunda assistant coach Nathan Brady was, justifiably, pleased post-match.

“We controlled the ball well and were able to play largely on our terms, our back line is really solid, they know when to get across to help each other out and they were terrific for us,” he said.

The Dogs were without playing-coach Todd Miles, again, through injury, while Giles O’Driscoll and Launce Kent struggled for match fitness.

Barossa ruckman Jaydn Goodfellow said the Dogs will be better off for the hit out.

“We’ll be much better off for the run, Gilbert (O’Driscoll) and Kenty will get a lot out of that and Miles coming back in next game will give us a huge boost,” he said.

“It’s all about having the right mindset for us.

“The belief is still there.”