The South Eastern Times : April 2nd 2015
8 2015 WESTERN BORDER FOOTBALL/NETBALL PREVIEW Demons still smarting Gone out in straight sets in consecutive seasons TWO years of hard work and some great roster game results has gone totally unrewarded for South Gambier come finals time. In consecutive years, South finished inside the top two after the home and away series, giving itself the coveted double chance. South managed to even clinch top spot when North was surprisingly defeated the final round last year. NEW COACH: Brett Exelby has replaced Luke Duncan as the new senior coach at South Gambier. But it all counted for nought for the Demons with a double whammy of straight-sets exits, leaving dejected coach, Luke Duncan at a total loss as to what went wrong. Season 2014 was a sad case of déjà vu from 2013: lose the 2nd semi-final to eventual premier North and then bow out of the flag race a week later in the preliminary against West. Duncan resentfully resigned his post, his place taken by Brett Exelby, who had forged a strong career of his own prior to arriving in the Blue Lake city three seasons ago and has since enhanced his reputation. DIFFERENT ROLE: After playing predominately as a back pocket in recent years, Dion Stratford may have a more on-ball role in 2015. Exelby coached the Western Border interleague team last June with moderate success – finishing second to the KNTFL – in the inaugural South East Zone Carnival and was considered the obvious replacement for Duncan, South and Exelby have hit the ground running in 2015, winning the 10th annual Elastoplast Cup in stunning fashion. After accounting for Casterton/Sandford in the first qualifier, South then humbled KNTFL premier Padthaway by holding the visiting Lions scoreless. South then went on to thrash Millicent in the grand final. The big task now is for South to carry that form into the WBFL roster series ... and then atone for the last two finals series. STAR MIDFIELDER: South Gambier’s dynamic on-baller, Brett O’Neil. Colours: Red and white Emblem: Demons Ground: Blue Lake Sports Park. Dimensions: 178m x 147m Club address: PO Box 362, Mount Gambier, South Australia, 5290 Club phone: (08) 8725-1977 Fax: (08) 8725-9809 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org President: Leigh Winterfield Secretary: Bob Attiwill Assistant coach: Simon Berkefeld 2015 coach: Brett Exelby (first year, replaced by Brett Exelby) Exelby’s WBFL coaching record: not applicable Good Luck to all teams for the 2015 Season 40 Sturt Street, Mount GaMbier Phone 8725 1699 authorised representatives of GWM adviser Services Limited 667403 Reserves coach: Ryan Donovan Under 17 coach: Mick Muhovics Under 15 coach: Justin Munro Under 13 coach: Steven Reid 2014 finish: 3rd, 13 wins, 5 losses, 1 draw 2014 best and fairest: Simon Berkefeld 2014 leading goalkicker: Brett Exelby 75 Premierships: 11 (1974, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005 & 2009) WBFL (Brian Hennessy) Medallists: Barry Smith (1971), Lindsay Bell (1986), Michael Ryan (1996), Brent Howard (2004), Jonathon Copping (2006) & Simon Berkefeld (2011) WBFL leading goalkickers: Brian Norman (75 in 1967 & 76 in 1971), Laurie Dethmore (68 in 1968), Gary Sims (67 in 1973), Michael Timms (113 in 1986), Adam Salmon (73 in 1995), Leigh Capewell (65 in 1997, 101 in 1998 and 69 in 2003) and Peter Harten (74 in 2000). Predicted 2015 finish: 2nd. 8 - Western Border Football and Netball 2015 Season Preview, Thursday, April 2, 2015 DASHING DEMON: Zain King has a promising future at South Gambier. ASSISTANT COACH: Bronson Saffin has been recruited from MSEFL club, Kongorong to South as assistant coach.
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