Peckers outdo gallant Owls

BALAKLAVA enjoyed a percentage-boosting 94-point win over Angle Vale in Adelaide Plains A-grade football on Saturday.

The Peckers and Owls both played an attacking brand in the opening term, kicking nine goals between them.

Unfortunately, for Angle Vale, six of them belonged to Balaklava, which led by 22 points at the first change.

The Owls have been much improved this year, and hung tight to trail by only 25 points at half-time.

However, as it has so often this season, Angle Vale fell asleep in the third term and conceded nine goals to see the margin blow out to 64 points at the final change.

The Peckers, led by Shane Moss and Jason McPharlin who kicked eight goals each, continued the punishment and locked away the two premiership points.

Angle Vale coach Troy Treverton was frustrated with his side’s up-and-down performances this year.

“It’s a pretty consistent thing for us, we’re able to play reasonably well in short patches,” he said.

“It probably comes down to inexperience.

“We’re trying to promote a youth policy so we can build something for the next few years.

“It’s part and parcel of the cause.

“The difference between our good and bad is long.”

Angle Vale’s third quarters are of concern, as it has yet to win one all year – conceding 51 goals, 23 behinds and scoring just nine goals and five behinds.

“We’ve tried everything, longer periods out on the grounds, all sorts,” Treverton said.

“I think it’s quite mental, which is causing them (the players) a bit of an issue.

“We need to look at something (to fix it).”

Roosters stamp their authority

Meanwhile, Two Wells’ unbeaten run continued after it thrashed United by 77 points.

The reigning premiers held the Tigers goal-less in the opening half, and the game was done at half-time.

Ty Hocking, Matt Camplin and Shannon Slattery all booted four goals for the victors, with the former finishing as best on ground.

Alex Haughey was the best for the Tigers in a disappointing performance.

Almighty Angus

Magpie Angus Bruggemann’s purple patch of form continued as Mallala defeated Hummocks-Watchman by 46 points.

Bruggemann kicked six goals in the outing, taking his total to 32 in three weeks.

Jake Birchmore was also crucial for the Magpies, while Josh Studham was the Eagles’ best, kicking three majors.

Ram raid

Virginia enjoyed a return to winning ways by belting Hamley Bridge by 161 points.

Brendon Niklaus kicked a lazy seven goals, while Anthony Seccafien added five.

Sam Rosenzweig was the Bombers’ main target in front of goal with two majors, while James Frencken was their best.

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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