Nuriootpa dents South Gawler’s September hopes

NURIOOTPA returned to the top of the Barossa, Light & Gawler A-grade football ladder with a 38-point victory over South Gawler on Saturday.
The Tigers and Lions couldn’t be split for the first two quarters, as both sides were tied away at quarter-time and half-time.
Both sides kicked five goals in the third term in a shootout, however Nuri gained the ascendancy through two behinds.
South and Nuri both suffered injuries, meaning neither team had a bench in the final quarter.
The Tigers were without Alec Bryce, who sustained a grade one AC joint tear in his shoulder, while captain Jack Scholz strained his groin in the warm-up.
Playing-coach Henry Slattery confirmed he also joined the injury list, with a hamstring.
Despite losing three important players, the Tigers booted 6.9 to South’s 1.3 in the final quarter to run away with the match.
Sam Gordon had a day out with four majors, while Jackson Baldwin tore up in the midfield, and also kicked three goals.
For South, Matt Naumann kicked four, while Jackson Dare slotted three.
Slattery said the game was closer than what the 38-point margin suggested.
“It was a bit of an arm wrestle for three quarters, and the score probably didn’t reflect how close the game was,” he said.
“There were a few injuries, but it was pleasing to finish off the game well and to win by the score that we did.
“It was clear that one end was a scoring end, there was a strong wind towards one end.
“We had it in the second and last quarter.
“We had the momentum going our way, we kicked a few good goals, and I think when that happens the team is up and about.”
Slattery was pleased with the work of his midfield, particularly his prized off-season recruits.
“I was really happy with Jackson Baldwin and how he played,” he said.
“The Bentley boys played well, so did the Raikiwasa boys.
“Sam Gordon booting four goals, he kicked most of them in the final quarter.
“Dom Douglas was good in the ruck, too.”

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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