KAPUNDA has sent shockwaves through the Barossa, Light & Gawler A-grade football competition with a 64-point demolition of South Gawler on Saturday.
An early goal from South’s Chad Connolly was soon erased as the Bombers turned the tide with waves of relentless running and superb finishing from midfield dynamos Dom Costanzo and Brodhi
Having entered the game with as many as eight players out, the Lions were further restricted when hard ball winner Matt Foldesdy succumbed to an ankle injury in the second term, carried over from the previous week.
Bombers’ captain Mark Cussadia’s day also ended prematurely after copping a falcon while performing a smother, and although it ended his afternoon, it was symbolic of the Kapunda players’ desire to put themselves over the football.
Ruckman Aaron Whistler turned in his best performance as a Bomber, and a number of his team-mates, such as Reece Hocking, have been on an upwards trajectory since their round one loss at Freeling.
South assistant coach Mark Brant was blunt in his assessment.
“That was horrible, with the association bye this week they were going to be having a light week on the track, that’s not going to be happening now,” he said.
While a 33-point half-time deficit isn’t insurmountable for good teams, the Lions needed to find a spark to lift the entire team.
Paul Marschall accepted the challenge by producing a superb third quarter, but didn’t have enough assistance.
South’s hopes were snuffed out when Marschall left the game with an ankle injury of his own, coupled with Kapunda’s blistering six-goal run at the start of the fourth term.
That run included some magic from Costanzo, who danced around a defender after selling him some candy just inside the boundary line, before snapping a stunning goal.
Tom Willoughby followed that with a booming 65-metre bomb to keep the crowd in raptures.
While the Bombers’ stars produced, it was the lesser-known players putting out notable performances.
Sam Pratt may describe himself as the B-grade’s spiritual leader, but he’s proving to be a genuine A-grader presently.
Nick White was one of the Lions’ best, keeping Kapunda sharpshooter Justin Zanandrea scoreless for the game, while Jackson Press was solid in the midfield and finished with three goals.
Kapunda coach Mick McCarthy is pleased with where his team sits ahead of its final two games of the first round.
“I think we’re in a pretty healthy position; obviously, we need to do well in our next two games against Nuri and Central, but I think we can be in the mix going forward,” he said.