Kapunda sends ominous warning

KAPUNDA announced itself as a serious premiership threat by defeating Freeling by 87 points in Barossa, Light & Gawler A-grade footy at Dutton Park on Saturday.
The home side has been on an unbeaten run since it lost to Barossa District in round two, and is showing no signs of slowing down.
The Bombers stormed out of the blocks early, booting six goals in the opening stanza to take a four-goal lead into the first change.
Usual suspect Adam Jolly put his name on the scoreboard, as did a whole host of his Kapunda team-mates.
The Bombers rammed home another six goals in the second term to take a 54-point lead into half-time.
Dom Costanzo was running riot, and finished with three goals, while Cam Matters was electric from defence.
Freeling had its moments, with Beau Jarman and best afield Jacob Wright each adding majors, but was simply being outplayed right around the ground.
It was much of the same in the third term, as Kapunda scored eight goals to the Redlegs’ three to all but guarantee the percentage-boosting win.
Bombers’ coach Mick McCarthy was pleased with the outcome.
“We started pretty well, and things went to plan,” he said.
“We moved the ball well.”
Kapunda’s goal-kicking assault came through 12 different players, which is something McCarthy said has been worked on.
“I think last year we were a bit predicable, it was just (Adam) Jolly and (Justin) Zanandrea; now, we’ve got a different group through the guts,” he said.
“We’re trying to be a bit unpredictable with our on-ball division and our forwards week to week.
“We’ve got a lot of run, things are going well at the moment.”
The Bombers’ recent form has been nothing short of spectacular, but McCarthy said he always had faith in his boys.
“The team only got assembled in the first week of the year, that first game was the first week we had everyone playing,” he said.
“The second week we had our two biggest players out of the side.
“When we started the year at Freeling, the new players to the club hadn’t trained with the club or met the players.
“I said earlier that we’ll gather form through the season.
“We’re quietly confident in what we can do.”
Kapunda will take on Barossa District in a top of the table clash following the Zone Championships this weekend.
“We’ll find out where we’re at,” McCarthy said.
“We’ve still got Wade Champion out who’s been one of our best players this year.
“He’s played three games and probably got best on every week he played.
“We haven’t had a heap of injuries, which is a bonus.
“We’re enjoying it, and looking forward to it.”
For Freeling, it’s back to the drawing board before it takes on Willaston after the bye.

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Jack Hudson


Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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