Home' South Gippsland Sentinel-Times : April 4, 2017 Edition Contents A 10-GOAL haul by new
forward Kael Bergles has
helped DWWWW record a
convincing 98-point win over
Foster at Alberton West.
Originally scheduled to be
played at Foster, the match
was moved to Alberton West
after the Foster show left the
Foster ground damaged.
The Allies hit the first
bounce full of run and Travis
Walker and Jimmy Phillips
put the ball into space for
Bergles to start his season
with the first goal.
The first term set up the
game for the Allies as Antho-
ny Sigeti kicked another.
Foster were relying on its
tall players to make the play,
but fierce tackling in the
backline by Cameron and Lu-
cas McKenzie, Jayden Nolan
and Matija Sigeti starved Fos-
ter of any scoring chances.
In the middle, Phillips and
Darcy Atkins broke clear on
numerous occasions and the
forward line set up Bergles
for more goals.
Foster managed two goals
through Todd Holman and
Joel Hanlon, but by half
time a goal to Max Homer
and two majors to Bergles
had stretched the lead to five
Two goals to Foster by Ton-
er reduced the lead after the
main break, but coach Scott
Anderson took the hand-
brake off and from this point
onwards the Allies slammed
on 12 unanswered goals.
Strong running and superb
tackling saw the Allies hold
possession and send the ball
into a very strong forward
Bergles at full forward, An-
thony Sigeti at centre half
forward and Brandon Nolan
as the secondary target saw
the home side run out con-
The Allies will have the
bye this week before an Eas-
ter Sunday clash with Stony
Creek at Alberton West, while
Foster will travel to Meeniyan
to face MDU.
THE SOUTH GIPPSLAND SENTINEL-TIMES, TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017 - PAGE 71
DWWWW’s new gun recruit Kael Bergles didn’t take long to
get going, booting 10 goals in the Allies’ crushing 98-point
win over Foster at Alberton West.
Bergles’ 10 sparks
huge Allies win
VICTORIA has finalised its Kickstart and All
Nations representative squads ahead of the
2017 Under 15 AFL National Diversity Cham-
pionships next month, with Dalyston’s Jarvis
Kilgour and Wonthaggi Power’s Eros Reid in-
cluded in the squads.
Kilgour will play for the Kickstart Indigenous
team, while Reid will play for the Multicultural
All Nations side.
Following a successful state leadership camp
in Halls Gap, 41 of Victoria’s best Under 15 In-
digenous and Multicultural players will pull on
the Big-V jumper and travel to Blacktown, Syd-
ney for the National Diversity Championships
from April 8 to 13.
Held annually, the National Diversity Cham-
pionships provide a unique opportunity for
213 participants from culturally diverse back-
grounds to represent their state and compete
for the coveted Kickstart and All Nations titles.
For the first time, Victoria will enter stand-
alone representative state sides in the competi-
tion following AFL Tasmania’s decision to sub-
mit its inaugural state teams.
Leading Victoria’s representative squads for
the first time are coaches Jamie Pi (All Nations)
and Peter Dye (Kickstart).
While being new to the roles this season, AFL
Victoria Indigenous Programs Manager Aaron
Davey said both men were the right fit to lead
the next generation of Victorian Indigenous and
“Both Peter and Jamie bring a wealth of ex-
perience to the group, having been involved in
football for a number of years,” Davey said.
“Participation in our Kickstart and All Nation
squads is an important step for the develop-
ment of more Indigenous and Multicultural tal-
ent seen at the elite level and we are proud to
provide our players with the tools to tackle any
challenge life throws at them, both on and off
“All our coaches understand the importance
of embracing our cultural heritage and Jamie
and Peter’s guidance will help players return to
their respective communities as young leaders
and role models for their peers.
“All Nations team manager David Rodan and
I are extremely pleased with the final squads,
and we are looking forward to producing an-
other competitive performance at this year’s
Victoria will take on representative sides
from South Australia, Queensland, NSW/ACT,
Tasmania, Western Australia and Northern Ter-
ritory for the coveted National Under 15 Kick-
start and Under 15 All Nations Cups when the
competition kicks off on April 8.
Kilgour and Reid off to AFL
THORPDALE diligently defeated Mirboo
North by five points in a dour, hard-tackling
and tight-scoring affair at Tigerland on Sat-
Mirboo North's large army of supporters
soon realized the mighty Tigers had a real
contest on their hands in the opening round
of the season.
All afternoon, little separated the teams in
effort or on the scoreboard, as both fought
equally hard in pursuit of victory.
Although forward 50 entries were plenti-
ful, breaking the defensive bulwarks proved
Centre-square traffic was reasonably busy,
but much of the play was taking place on the
bottom wing and flanks.
Buying time and space through the mid-
field came at a premium and there was lim-
ited purchasing power anywhere near either
In the end, the Blues came out on top to
record just their second win over the Tigers
in their past 32 clashes.
Both sides had new looks about them, with
eight Mirboo North and four Thorpdale play-
ers making their senior Mid Gippsland de-
Triple premiership wingman and club
skipper, Damien Turner led Mirboo North
into battle in his 200th senior game for the
The Tigers wore black armbands following
Haley Anderson and Beth Hopcraft's recent
Talented playing coach Nick Brown
scored Thorpdale's opening major, when he
slammed a stylish drop punt through Mirboo
North's new 12m high big white aluminum
sticks, 12 minutes into the match.
Jake Nash quickly replied for the home
side with two goals within 90 seconds.
Mirboo North's four-point advantage at the
first break was reduced to the bare mini-
mum by half time.
Strong performers in the opening half for
the Tigers were Nash, Brayden Wilson, Josh
Taylor, Dwayne Gunn, Tom Bolton and Turner.
For the Blues, Matt Powell, Nick Fairbank,
Kayne O'Connell and Luke Collie were all
contributing well under pressure and feast-
ing on Mirboo North's turnovers.
By the last change, Thorpdale had reso-
lutely edged six points clear and the wind
was at its back for the final quarter.
The closing 30 minutes would see the Ti-
gers and the Blues almost pushing them-
selves beyond the limits of reasonable hu-
A minute into the term, Mirboo North drew
level when first-gamer Cody Rudling cleverly
snapped a goal from close range.
Mitchell Gorman immediately replied for
Thorpdale, before Rudling scored again for
the locals from a tight angle near the bound-
Two minutes later and with light rain fall-
ing, pint-sized forward pocket recruit Scott
Gatehouse marked cleanly and booted his
third major for the Blues.
Thorpdale then jumped 12 points clear
when a 50-metre penalty transported Mar-
cus Brown from the boundary line into the
Mirboo North's untimely and undisciplined
indiscretion, would ultimately contribute to
Jesse Giardina snapped the Tigers' sev-
enth and teammate Zac Kilgower registered
number eight, but it wasn't enough to catch
Thorpdale, whose total of 3.6 for the term
saw it home.
During time-on, Mirboo North's hopes of
a last-gasp win fizzled out when its remain-
ing forward thrusts were repelled by Thorp-
dale's desperate defenders.
In the dying minutes, through plucky per-
sistence and endeavor, Thorpdale system-
atically kept the ball in its forward half and
added two behinds, the last of which came
from Nick Brown.
After narrowly trumping the Tigers, the ju-
bilant Blues had deservedly earned the right
to belt out their club song for the first time
at Mirboo North in 16 years.
Thorpdale 7.15.57 def Mirboo North
Thorpdale Best: M Powell, N Fairbank, K
O'Connell, S Gatehouse, M Gorman, L Col-
Thorpdale Goals: S Gatehouse 3, N Brown
2, M Brown, M Gorman.
Mirboo North Goals: J Nash 2, J Giardina
2, C Rudling 2, Z Kilgower, J Taylor.
Mirboo North Best: J Nash, B Wilson, D
Gunn, D Turner, K Wilson, T Bolton.
Reserves: Mirboo North 10.14 .74 def
Thorpdale 4.7 .31
Fourths: Hill End 7.8 .50 def Mirboo North
Tigers fall short
FORMER Western Bulldogs star Daniel
Giansiracusa will visit the Wonthaggi Pow-
er Football Netball Club this Wednesday as
part of the Toyota Good For Footy program.
The 265-gamer will host a question and
answer session, and there will be a super
clinic for Under 10, Under 12, Under 14
and Youth Girls teams.
There will be inflatable football activities
and a barbecue.
Everyone is welcome to the Wonthaggi
Recreation Reserve from 4.30pm to 8pm.
RIGHT: Former Western Bulldogs star
Daniel Giansiracusa will be a special
guest at the Wonthaggi Power Football
Netball Club this Wednesday.
‘Gia’ visits Power
THE Leongatha Junior Football Club has
helped develop some pretty handy footballers
over the years including Jarryd Roughead
and Dyson Heppell.
There’s every chance a future AFL star is
running around at Parrot Park as the Under
10, 12 and 14 teams prepare for the new sea-
son in the Central Gippsland Junior Football
League which commences on April 23.
The club is fielding one Under 10 teams
and two teams in each of the Under 12 and
Under 14 competitions – Leongatha Green
and Leongatha Gold.
Jareth Hume will coach the Under 10s.
In the Under 12s, Mick Hanily is coaching
the Green team and Tim Bolge the Gold.
Kyle Materia is in charge of Under 14
Green, and Gene VanderZalm has the Under
14 Gold team.
Junior footy club president Mick Hanily
said picking the Green and Gold teams can
be a challenge.
“The aim is to make them is even as pos-
sible because we want to give everyone a fair
“ Obviously brothers play with brothers so
families can stay together. ”
He said last year three of the five teams
reached preliminary finals, and one made it
through to the grand final, so the split was
successful, although Under 12 Green last
year was hit hard by injuries and holidays.
“ We’re still taking registrations and there’s
still room for kids who’d like a game of footy.”
Under 14s train on Thursday nights at the
main ground from 4.40pm and Under 12s
and Under 10s train at 4.30pm on Wednes-
days at the velodrome.
Leongatha’s junior footy teams are raring to go but there’s still room for more kids who’d
like to have a kick. N171417
Little Parrots primed
for new season
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