KAPUNDA has kick-started its 2018 Barossa, Light & Gawler A-grade football campaign with a five-point victory over a spirited Nuriootpa at Dutton Park on Saturday.
The teams went goal for goal to start the contest, and scores were level midway through the opening term after Bombers’ goal sneak Wes Farley put through a set shot.
Nuriootpa’s tendency to take the game on was nullified by Kapunda’s pace early on, and the Bombers soon took command.
Harry Walters kicked his first goal for the club when he pounced on a loose
ball and converted to put his side up by two goals halfway through the opening term.
Brodhi Carracher then extended the lead after crumbing from a pack to give the Bombers a 17-point lead at quarter-time.
After the first break, the Tigers began to come to life through Shane Dearlove and Sam Gordon.
Gordon provided a magical moment by out-muscling Tristan Kerr, marking, playing on and kicking truly.
He then followed with a third and, coupled with a goal to Brad Hoepner,
the scores were tied again.
Young Kapunda star Cam Matters then kicked truly to put his side ahead, but it was cancelled out by Craig Gogoll and Dearlove, who gave the Tigers the lead at the main break.
The scores were again levelled after half-time when Adam Jolly converted from a set shot, but the goals went back and forth once again.
Both sides kicked 3.5 in the third term, and Nuri retained its one-goal lead at the final change.
However, the Bombers snatched the victory in the last term largely thanks to Justin Zanandrea’s four-goal performance, as well as Adam Turrell’s work in the ruck.
For the losing side, Gordon booted five and was well-supported by Nick Lange,
who kicked three.