The Centralian advocate Tue 27 Aug 2013
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30 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, August 27, 2013 SPORT Minahan Medal winner impossible to pick FOOTBALL Dale Fletcher TOMORROW nights Minahan Medal at TIO Traeger Park count is one of the most wide open fields in recent memory. Expect the winner to come from one of top five sides. A host of players arguably make a case for Central Australias highest football honour. Pioneer captain Jawoyn Cole-Manolis should poll well, especially with the Eagles having lost only one match all season. But Eagles recruit Thomas Gorey should pick up a swag of votes. Whether the umpires reward the key position players will be interesting, with Gorey, South boom recruit Daniel Stafford and Rovers forward Travis King all kicking big bags of goals throughout the season. Rovers ruckman Seth Matson had an outstanding season for the 2012 Premier League winners, but his vote tally could be stolen from Double Blues players Daniel Clarke, Eric Campbell and Luke Adams. Gareth Remfrey also polls well and should finish in the top five, while Abraham Ankers should be the highest vote winner at Federal. South Kangaroos star Alan Dickson remains the wildcard and should poll a lot of votes early in the season. Dickson stood tall for the Blue and White all year, while defend ing Minahan Medallist Charlie Maher only played in four matches and wont be in the running for back-to-back honours. The count starts at 6.30pm with guests Chris Knights, Kamdyn McIntosh and Cadeyn Williams from the Richmond Football Club. Marngrook Footy Show host Grant Hansen is the MC. Vikings survive player losses SOCCER Nick Kossatch AN undermanned MPH Vikings scored an import ant psychological boost with a 2-1 win against a wasteful Verdi. Vikings had just nine players with regulars James Lelliot and Ray Stork injured and Jai Cross, Mark Harvey and Jack Snowdon not available to play. Ray Graham found the back of the net for his second goal at the 85th minute to put the Vikings in front. Verdi dominated most of the day but could not make the most of their chances. Chris Tikoft looked the most dangerous for Verdi and his cracking goal levelled the score at 1-1 after Graham kicked the games first from a penalty at the 20-minute mark. Vikings weathered Verdis general dominance and part-time goalkeeper Richard Farrell made a timely save that prevented a Jayden Dick goal. Verdi player/coach Gio Morelli re-injured his left hamstring, which forced him off the field for the second half. Farrell said the win was a show of character from his charges and all nine contributed to the gutsy win. We usually save our best for this time of the year with finals starting next week, we all played wel l with just nine players, Farrell said. Morelli said it was another game of missed opportunities and the team was not smart with how to take advantage of an opponent with two less players. Demons steal victory FOOTBALL Dale Fletcher South star Charlie Maher gets his kick away against Federals Bradley Turner Picture: CHARLIE LOWSON FEDERAL has come from the clouds to storm into the 2013 TIO CAFL Premier League grand final, defeating South by nine points at TIO Traeger Park on Saturday. The Demons booted the last four goals of the match in the final 10 minutes to steal a 12.9 (81) to 10.12 (72) victory. Federal coach Stephen Brooks had nothing but praise for his side. The boys came back all day and in the end their hard work was rewarded, Brooks said. That was our best win for the year and there is no better time to do it. But the game will be remembered by the umpiring decision which gifted the Demons the matchwinning goal. With Federal holding a threepoint lead and less than two minutes to go, Demons defender Jayden Prior took a big mark on the South goal-line and tensions erupted in the centre square. This resulted in a South trainer sent from the field and Federal midfielder Jai Pumphrey given a free kick 40m from goal. He handballed to Chris Cooper who calmly kicked the Demons into their fifth straight grand final. I dont really know what happened, but the ball went from one end to the other and Coops kicked a good goal, Brooks said. The mark by Prior should go down in history as one to talk about for decades, but unfortunately people will also still be talking about that red card. South coach Darren Talbot said that ill discipline cost his team the match. Our 50m penalties were disappointing and you have to learn from that, Talbot said. The Kangaroos also ran out of legs during a tense final quarter. Our rotations certainly changed when four blokes ran to the bench at once in that last quarter, a disappointed Talbot said. South lost Alan Dickson to a knee injury, which was pivotal. South looked the winner midway through the third quarter as they built a 26-point advantage. But Federal dug deep with a goal to Chris Atkinson and two to Pumphrey in a matter of minutes. Federal had the momentum going into the final quarter but South booted the first goal through Brendan Pearce. But the Demons came again, booting three goals in five minutes to take the lead for the first time since the opening quarter. Celtic looks beyond loss to Scorpions, at a grand final spot SOCCER Nick Kossatch THE return of Scorpions gun midfielder James Thelwell helped it to an impressive 3-1 win over fellow premiership contender Celtic at Ross Park on Sunday. Both teams missed chances early with Celtics Lukas Blom especially dangerous, stopped by the superb work of goalkeeper Jason Canning. Bossey Titit took advantage of a Celtic turnover to find the back of the net. His goal was was against the trend as Celtic had most of the play to that stage. Scorpions were physical and Debo Rauchs clumsy challenge on Celtics Federico Plazotta was an example of the teams intent to put Celtic off its game. Plazotta went off with a shoulder injury and took no further part in the game. Thelwell added further pain when his corner kick led to a brilliantly-timed Titit header. Celtic, unusually for this season, was on the back foot. Despite the best efforts of Steve Jones and Kris Wheeler, Celtic could not penetrate and missed the suspended Dion Bandiera. Ben Hall made most of some overuse by the Scorpion defenders and his goal made it interesting. Celtic sensed an equaliser was not far away, but a booming pass from Rauch found Tap Kulang who then cross-passed to Titit who slotted his third. Thelwell said the result was pleasing. It was really good to be back and we played very well throughout, Thelwell said. Bossey with his goals was great. Celtic president Dave Brooks said while winning was the aim, it is next weeks second semi-final and a spot in the grand final is the one that counts.
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