Magpies make their mark

TANUNDA stamped its authority on the Barossa, Light & Gawler reserves football competition by defeating South Gawler by 53 points on Saturday.
Ben Biagi and Brett Dowse dominated in front of goal, kicking three each.
Meanwhile, Willaston defeated Gawler Central by eight points – its first win over the Tigers in six years.
Despite trailing at half-time, the Donnybrooks kicked five goals to three thereafter to secure the win.
Jackson Phillips kicked three goals for the victors, while Jaylen Dunk was serviceable in defence.
For the Tigers, Matt Knight booted three, while best afield Corey Nesbitt slotted two.
Barossa District also started its season with a victory, after it accounted
for Freeling by 40 points.
In a low-scoring affair, the Bulldogs burst the game open with a four goal to one third term and ran the game out comfortably.
Nathan Emes was best on ground for Barossa on his return, while Ryan Hage was
the game’s only multiple goal-kicker with two.
In the final game of the round, Nuriootpa crushed Kapunda by 76 points.
The Tigers kicked 10 goals to one in the second half to secure the commanding win.
Nat Salter booted six for Nuri, while Sam Pratt kicked three for the Bombers.

Under 17s

Willaston’s quest to regain the senior colts flag began with a 44-point win over Gawler Central.
Josh Schmidt kicked three for the Donnybrooks, and Tom Cameron slotted two for the Tigers.
Barossa District flexed its muscle by belting Freeling by 95 points.
The Bulldogs kicked 10 goals in the final term to blow the margin out.
Tyson Lane and Josh Dyer kicked five each for Barossa, while Isaac Poulton was Freeling’s best with three.
South Gawler put on a clinic to defeat Tanunda by 84 points.
Jordan Tippins and Rhys Sutton kicked 10 goals between them, while Benson Heintze performed well for the Magpies.
Meanwhile, Nuriootpa put Kapunda away by 98 points.
Ethan Chapman kicked six for the victors, and Aaron Hayward put in a good effort for the Bombers.

Under 15s

Willaston got its premiership defence under way by beating Gawler Central by 145 points.
Jayden Obst, Harrison Polito and Luigi Mondello all kicked four goals for the Donnybrooks.
Similarly, Barossa District dominated Freeling by 85 points.
Austin McDonald was the Bulldogs’ best and kicked a goal, while Austin Poulton was serviceable for the Redlegs.
Tanunda held off a stubborn South Gawler by 14 points.
Luca Whitelum booted three for the Magpies in the win.
A Mitch Doecke-led Nuriootpa cruised to a 43-point win over Kapunda.
Doecke booted five goals for the Tigers, while James Hart and Aidan Mudge shared the Bombers’ goals between them.

Jack Hudson

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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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