The 2018 Season

Well here we are back playing footy in the 2018 season

A lot has been happening at the club over summer in case you have not been around to check things out. Pre-season training was really well attended and it has been great to see so many players return to the club plus a lot of new players who have joined us since last season. This has meant that we have a good number of players for both the A’s and B’s

On the Juniors side we have teams in the U18, U14 and U12 age groups as well as the 2 Moddies teams and Auskick at Coromandel and Hawthorndene Primary Schools.

We again have 2 female teams for 2018 and this year we are essentially playing a Hills team format where all teams are Hills based with the exception of Aldinga.

We thank you all for being a part of the Ironbank Cherry Gardens Football Club family in 2018

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Round 1 Wrap Up

Round 1 of the newly formed Under 12 competition saw Ironbank take on Lobethal at home on Friday night.  We started off well with the first goal of the game.  The boys were playing very well against a strong team who had some pretty tall players and were only one point down at half time.  The second half saw us lose momentum but were still able to put up a fight in the last quarter to restrict Lobethal to just the one goal. The team currently has a couple of players unavailable due to injury but welcomed two new players to the club in Tommy Sheridan and Joshua Martin.

Better players on the night were Noah Wilson, Joshua Martin who took a heavy hit in front of the coaches bench and Isaac Szczotka who showed plenty of dash out of the full back line.

On Saturday our seniors were playing Kersbrook however the day started with the U14’s playing against Bridgewater Raiders. In the corresponding game last year gave us a close hard game that we narrowly won.  This year our boys hit the ground running with a first half blitz that gave us an 82 point lead going into the half time break. Our clearance work was outstanding meaning our forwards had plenty of opportunities, with a number of lads kicking multiple goals.  What pleased me most was our teams willingness to use the handball to release team mates in a better position than themselves.  This showed a real maturity, and willingness to play a team first style of footy. Final Score Ironbank 18:11:119 to the Raiders 2:1:13. Follow the link to hear the boys sign the club song

Following the U14’s were the U18 young men in their first game as a team remembering that in 2017 we did not field a Senior Colts team. Kersbrook fielded a very tall and strong team that our boys struggled against and at the end of the game Kersbrook came out clear winners. That being said we are proud of our boys who fought hard all day and we have total confidence that they will do us well this year. 

The B’s were also playing Kersbrook and put on a good show. With Joel Bawden as the newly appointed captain and a number of new players in the team they just got in front in a low scoring first quarter and then held on throughout the game to win by 6 goals. Hear the boys celebrating after the win

So then the A’s came out in a much anticipated first game. Unfortunately things did not go quite as we had wanted and Kersbrook got out to a 4 goal lead at the first break. While there were some good plays from our boys the skills appeared to let them down and there were a number of turnovers that hurt us on the scoreboard. The first quarter seemed to set the scene for the rest of the game and while we had some opportunities in front of goal we did not make the most of them. In the final quarter we got to within 3 goals but then Kersbrook ran over the top and ended up winners by 9 goals. Well it is just round one and we have total confidence in the team going forward.

This week being the first round and also our first home games it was our Members Day where all members got their member packs, free drinks care of Salena Estate Wines

It was also the 20 year reunion for the Premiership side of 1998 season and was good to have many of these past players around the club again. In case you haven’t seen them before here is the Premiership side from 1998!

The team photo of the 1998 Premiers

The team photo of the 1998 Premiers

Following the Senior’s game we had FUDD Gourmet Burgers for the meal and the presentations for all teams.

Round 2 Wrap Up

Round 2 saw the U12’s play away against Mt lofty at Heathfield. Due to illness and holidays we were light on player numbers, luckily we had a new boy Jack Steventon play his first game and Toby and Lachlan from the under 10s fill in.

In wet and windy conditions our boys played quite a competitive game against a team with more senior players than us. We managed to get the ball deep in our forward line numerous times, but not quite able to score. However the boys did have a few passages of great link up footy throughout the game. Brad, Riley and Owen continue to improve as senior players. Best players on the night down back were Isaac and Archie. Noah and Jack S in the middle and Jack K up forward. Although we lost and the boys have some work to do they can hold their heads high as they kept pushing till the end! Thanks Toby and Lachlan for filling in at short notice. Mt Lofty had a good win.

This week our under 14’s travelled to Macclesfield to take on a team we knew would be premiership contenders. With only 15 available players, and 5 of them being under 12’s, our lads brought a strong contested game that made it hard work for our bigger opponents. Playing at centre half back, Zane Lewis had an outstanding game, out marking his opponent and providing plenty of rebound from our defensive end. Conor Lidstone was a contested ball animal, leading by example, playing the Ironbank way.

Overall, our effort couldn’t be questioned and our young group saw where we need to be if we want some finals success this year. Well done Maccelsfield on the win, but our group will be eager to play you again on our home deck. Final Score; Macclesfield 5:5:42 to Ironbank 1:0:6

The Boys working on winning a clearance in the Mini Colts (U14's)

The Boys working on winning a clearance in the Mini Colts (U14's)

Our Senior Colts played Kersbrook on Saturday for the second week in a row, having been defeated in Round 1 by 106 points. With only 17 players taking the field, Garry’s pre-game talk was largely about what was different from the first game and how we could harness those differences to our advantage. Our boys played manfully in horrible conditions throughout the game, incurring a further two injuries which had it down to a 15 a side game. Whilst for most of the day we had as much of the footy as Kersbrook, we were unable to make it count on the scoreboard and ultimately came away with another loss, although the boys sheer determination saw the deficit reduced this week to just 53 points, a great result under the circumstances. Best Players were new player Cory Brown, Club Stalwart James (Jimbo) Hayden, George Grant, Adam (Obi) Walker-Obushak and another new recruit, Ethan Wood. Final Score was Kersbrook 8.14.62 to Ironbank 1.3.9 with Jarrod Thompson our only goal kicker.

The Senior’s played Bridgewater at Bridgewater. The B’s were very strong and held Bridgwater to only 1 goal while kicking 23 goals 19 points. We had a number of goal kickers with Michael Green and Adam Shearwood kicking a bag each. The A’s had a much closer game and even at the end of the 3rd quarter the game could have gone either way with Bridgewater only a couple of goals behind. The boys however put in a strong quarter and kicked away to a 9 goal win.

We enjoyed a beer with Bridgewater after the game and then had presentations at the Bridgewater Hotel.


Round 3 Wrap Up

Round 3 saw the U12’s vs Hahndorf at home. We started off with 13 players plus 3 from Hahndorf in perfect conditions weather wise. Our boys were up against a more experienced team, right from the start we were in for a long night. New first year player Tommy took a couple of nice marks and Finlay had a good solid game. The boys down back weren’t given much rest and defended well. Better players were Max, Josh and clearly vice-captain Josiah who had a stand out game and close to best on ground. Yes we have some work to do however the boys are being competitive  against some good opposition. Hopefully this week we will have 3 back from holidays and boost us against Nairne.

Round 3 saw our under 14’s play Birdwood at home. The focus was to use the dry conditions to our advantage, play fast moving football and play on at every opportunity. The boys responded well and it was evident that they were trying to link up by hand as often as possible. For the second week in a row Zane across half back was outstanding and he was well supported by Isaac (an under 12) and Braedon as our back 6 held up well, only conceding one goal for the game.
Our second and fourth quarters we’re of a high quality, Conor and Tyler were solid around the stoppages and Jacobs tap work in the ruck was playing a key role, meaning we scored 6 goals each time we kicked down the hill. Up forward it was the Ryan (4 goals) and Sam Hill (4 goals) show, but they were well supported by Kelton who tackled, smothered and was vital in keeping the ball in the forward line. Well done lads, Final Score; Ironbank 16:11:107 to Birdwood 1:3:9.
Best Players: Zane Lewis, Sam Scarborough, Tyler Quinn, Conor Lidstone, Sam Hill & Braedon Medder. This Saturday we play Kangarilla/Meadows at Kangarilla. It’s an early one please be there 8:00am.


Our Senior Colts took on a much stronger and more experienced Macclesfield on Saturday, and with two of our best defenders out for the game, were simply outclassed. On the positive side, two new players joined the group and performed very well. Harry Ashwell had an outstanding game, earning himself best on ground with an awesome display of hard running and tackling, finishing the last quarter with a well-deserved goal. Kobey Knight played his first ever game of footy and showed plenty of promise, kicking his first goal from his first attempt up forward. Former player Darcy Hunkin also returned for his first game since the 2016 Grand Final and played a very solid game, earning a spot in the Best Players. Final scores were Macclesfield 17.18.120 to Ironbank 2.9.21 with best players Harry Ashwell, George Grant, Ethan Wood, Corey Brown and Darcy Hunkin. With numbers almost where we need them, this group just needs to work hard on the track and better results will most surely come.

The slightly depleted B’s took on an undefeated Macclesfield outfit who proved to be a bogey team in 2017.  The first quarter was an arm wrestle and our inaccurate kicking on goal allowing Macclesfield to take a small lead at quarter time.  The second and third quarters would prove decisive with our boys willingness to put their head over the ball and run when given the opportunity stretching their older and slower opponents.   Despite more inaccurate goal kicking our 3 quarter time our lead was over 6 goals and Macclesfield was down and out.  Our better fitness in the final quarter saw us run away to win by 77 points with Dan Wilson providing a key target all over the ground and being our best for the game. A very even spread of good players behind him.  With some improvement in our kicking and forward entries we will be well placed to take on top team Birdwood this week.

A’s played against an unbeaten Macclesfield and won unconvincingly by 8 points. At the end of the first quarter we were up by four goals but we were unable to blow them away for the rest of the game. in the last quarter we looked like we were going to take the game away from them but to their credit they hit the front by a couple of goals with 10 minutes to go. Our boys dug deep and ended up with the points. Will Muirden was best on with Levi Grigg not far behind. Matt Burke, Joel van Paridon and Will Vandenberg continued their early season form.

The Open Women’s team played their first game for the season on Sunday at home against Aldinga. It was a beautiful day and our girls played a great game against a team that we have not played before. Although a number of our key players from last season were out for various reasons the put on a good show and came out clear winners with a final score of 11 goals 8, 74 to 4 goals 1, 25.

Round 4 see’s the return of the U16 girls side and they are playing a double header at Kangarilla kicking off at 11.30am followed by the Women at 1pm.


Round 4 Wrap Up

Summary of the weekend’s games.

The U12’s played on Friday night and while they won the second half went down to Nairne. The U14’s won the contested ball but struggled to get on the scoreboard and lost to Kangarilla by 3 goals on Saturday morning.  Our Senior Colts had a few players back and had their first win for the season against Birdwood. Both the B’s and A’s lost their games on the vast deck at Birdwood. We had our opportunities in the B’s to steal the win but came up short in the final minutes however we were convincingly beaten by a well organised and committed Birdwood in the A’s.
On Sunday the U16 girls had their first game for the season at Kangarilla against Mt Barker. With a number of newcomers who have never played footy before they ran out of legs in the end and went down by 4 goals. The Senior Women had a good win against Kangarilla with all girls having an impact at various stages.

Round 4 saw the U12’s travel to Nairne. With some boys back from holidays and Jake Zervase playing his first game for the season we had 16 players. The boys played yet another strong team, which is helping them develop and improve immensely. Owen is continuing to improve his ruck work and played well, as did Archie holding down centre half back repelling many forward thrusts. Noah, Max and Josiah all had Great games. In the 1st and 3rd quarters we had about a 5 minute lapse in concentration in manning up. Thus resulting in a few quick goals to Nairne. However to our boys credit they won the 2nd and last quarter. As I said to the boys after the game I was very proud of them the way that they kept pushing to the final siren. A true sign of a good group of boys having fun playing for themselves, their coach and their Club. Well played boys! Thanks again to Jake, Toby and Lachlan for filling in.

In round four our under 14’s travelled to Kangarilla to play a team we know would be a quality opposition. Throughout the first half we seemed to be winning contested ball and most stoppages but just couldn’t hit the scoreboard.  In a low scoring half, we conceded two goals in very random circumstances, those there will know what I mean! Again our backline through Aaron Thompson and Zane Lewis kept us in the contest, but after being down by only 8 points at three quarter time, to Kangarilla's credit they looked fitter in the last quarter adding two goals and restricting us to only one point. Overall we learned two things. 1) our best is good enough, and 2) we still have a lot of work to do! I’m a believer, we learn more from when we lose than when we win, so hopefully we learn, and come back better prepared next time.

Final Score: Kangarilla 6:5:41 to Ironbank 3:3:21. Best Players: Zane Lewis, Aaron Thompson, Jacob Matheson, Tyler Quinn, Conor Lidstone & Sam Scarborough. Next game we play Nairne at home.

Our Senior Colts were boosted this week by the return of key defenders James Hayden and Tyler Emswiler, as well as former player Nathan Rohrlach, who returned for what would become a very memorable day for both himself and the team as they overcame a weakened Birdwood for their first win of the season. Corey Brown, Harry Ashwell, Luca De-Pasquale and Jacob Farmer all chimed in with a goal each, but it was Nathan Rohrlach, putting on an exhibition of contested marking, pace and poise, that saw him finish with 8 goals for the day and had the boys singing the song with great gusto after the final siren. Best Players were James Hayden, Nathan Rohrlach, George Grant, Cory Brown and Darcy Campbell. It was a great win for the boys who have had a tough start to the season, and with some key personnel still to return from injury, our Senior Colts can expect more days like Saturday throughout the rest of the season. Final Score was Ironbank 12.6.78 defeating Birdwood 6.7.43

The B’s headed to Birdwood knowing they were playing last year's Minor Premiers and current ladder leader who had come off a 46 goal win.  It proved to be the tough and hard contest they we were expecting.  On a perfect day on the vast rolling expanse that is Birdwood Oval the B’s scrapped and fought hard to the very end and with 1 minute 40s left on the clock were just 5 points down. But time ran out with the final result being 8.4 to 6.5. Phil Parkins ran hard all day, Timothy Dean stemmed many attacks, and Sam Whitehead gave the team a focus at Centre Half Forward.  Jimmy Heithersay got plenty of the footy and Matt Smith kicked 4 goals and nearly got the team home in the last quarter when he went into the ruck.  We look forward to our next meeting with them.

The A’s confronted a well organised and committed Birdwood who beat us convincingly 16 goals to 8. Birdwood completely outplayed us in the second quarter and took a substantial lead into halftime. We played reasonably well in the third to close the gap by 4 goals at three quarter time. Unfortunately we could not get early momentum in the last quarter and faded. Elijah was clearly our standout performer.


On Sunday the Ironbank U16 girls started our season off with a double header at Kangarilla V Mount Barker. Our under 16 girls team has 10 girls from last year and 3 new girls that up until 10:30 that morning had not been out to any trainings or met any of their team mates, exciting times ahead we have a team! The game started with the girls wining the ball out of the centre with new rucks of Charlize and Charlee, Ruby and Lauren were getting the ball out of the centre and the girls went into half time ahead 2 goals 4 points – 2 goals 2 points. One of our new players Airley Wells booting 2 goals what a start !! But in the end a bit of fitness and playing with no one on the bench meant the girls were over run towards the end of the game with the final score Ironbank 3 goals 5 points to Mt Barker 7 goals 3 points.

Goal kickers Airley Wells 2, Violet Malzard –Moody 1 goal, both girls kicking their first goals for the club and I hope many more to come. Best players Ruby Farmer, Lauren Hayes, Georgia Chapman, Vanessa Marsh, Airley Wells. Amber, Bridget, Freya, Indi and Makayla all played fantastic. So proud of them all. Next week home at Ironbank  against Murraylands, a double header at home with Open Women’s playing immediately after so come out and support our girls game starts at 11:30am.

A successful start to season 2018 for our Senior Women’s team, with a backup win away against Kangarilla, after a Rnd 1 win vs Aldinga at home the previous week. A sensational start to the game with Fern van Loon –Thomson winning the first ruck tap,  our mid-field roosts the ball forward where Captain Bri Hobbs, while “resting” at full forward [nursing a crook ankle], bolts out of the goal square, takes a diving chest mark, first goal on the scoreboard for the MIGHTY THUNDERERS within the first minute!  And so started a good first quarter for Ironbank.  Most of the play was in Ironbank’s forward half and any forward attacks from Kangarilla were quickly thwarted by the halfback line of Lauren Hegarty, Samara Grimes and Chloe Carman.  Quarter time score…IBCG 4 -1, Kangarilla 0 -0. Second quarter was more of the same with IBCG playing attacking footy. A couple of big hits by Kangarilla on key players, Georgia Kranz,  Fern van Loon-Thomson and CHF Georgia Kempster, slowed the scoring rate. Half-time score…IBCG 6 – 3, Kangarilla 0 – 1. After stinking hot conditions in Rnd 1, the girls were greeted with another warm afternoon for Rnd 2, this may account for the sluggish third quarter. No goals were scored by either side in this quarter. IBCG attacked again in the last quarter, a superb running goal to Olivia Walker-Obushak after some terrific link-up team handball a real highlight. A terrific team game, with all the girls having an impact at various stages.  Another very good win for IBCG, 7.4 46 to 0.3 3points. Next Sunday at THUNDER PARK will see a very big challenge against the also undefeated Murraylands Imperials.


Round 5 Wrap Up

Next Home game is on May 19th and is Ladies Day and Pink Socks Day – please everyone support the club and make this a great day.

Summary of the weekends game.

The U12’s played on Friday night and applied good team pressure throughout the night but were beaten by a strong Onka side. The U14’s fought well in the first half to lead by one point but were unable to hold Nairne in the second half and went down buy 6 goals in the end. The U18 Senior Colts notched up their second win for the season with a strong showing against Kangarilla, winning by 12 goals. The B’s had a huge game against Kangarilla and out played them to run away to a 10 goal win. The A’s put in 4 very good quarters to win convincingly against Kangarilla. The female teams played home against Murraylands. The U16’s lost by a lot but worked hard all game and the Senior Women had a tough physical game but came away with their second win for the season.

Round 5 saw the U12’s play Onkaparinga at home. We had 14 players for the night plus 2 from the opposition. The first quarter saw the boys win the first centre clearance from the opening bounce., with quick precise ball movement deep into our forward line, but just not quite able to hit the score board. The opposition then had plenty of the ball in their forward half for a reasonable amount of time for the rest of the game.  To our boys credit Onkas kicked a large amount of points, due to the constant amount of team pressure in our back line. Ethan continues to read the play well and is taking some great intercept marks . Josh is improving in his first season of footy and is an “in and under” player who doesn’t avoid any contest. Best players on the night Jack K , Max and Archie. Yes another solid defeat on the score board, however if you were watching the game you would agree our boys can hold their heads high. Yet another game against quality opposition where our boys gave it their best.

Our under 14’s hosted Nairne in another game we knew would be a fierce contest. Our first half was outstanding with our determined lads first at the footy against significantly bigger opponents. As a result we led by a point at half time. During the second half their midfield started to get on top and our backline held strong as Nairne threatened to break away.  Josh O’keefe had his best game this season at full back and Aaron Thompson and Zane Lewis were keeping us in it across half back. The last quarter Narine looked fitter, something we must address, and as a result kicked 5 goals to our 1 to win comfortably. Our leaders Conor (2 goals) and Tyler fought hard all game but credit to Nairne they were too good on the day. Our under 12’s ‘playing up’ played well with solid games from Max Matheson (1 goal) and Bradly O’keefe, giving great experience to those lads which will surely benefit them and the club in years to come.

Final score: Ironbank 5:3:33 to Nairne 11:5:71. Best Players: Zane Lewis, Josh O’keefe, Tyler Quinn, Aaron Thompson, Conor Lidstone & Jacob Matheson. Next week a great challenge again against Nairnes other team. Remember, this week both sessions start at 5:30.  See you on the track!

Our Senior Colts were keen to build on last week’s win, and with the focus on pressure and accountability, backed up with a strong win over Kangarilla on our home deck. Tackling pressure was outstanding from the very first bounce, and the boys kept Kangarilla scoreless for the entire first half, eventually running away with a comfortable win. Nathan Rohrlach kicked another 4 goals to see him sitting in 2nd place for over-all goal kickers in the competition, a remarkable achievement from just 2 outings, whilst Josh Spall, Mitchell Taylor and Harry Ashwell all managed 2 goals apiece. Skipper Darcy Campbell, along with Francesco-Luca DePasquale, Ethan Wood and Jacob Farmer all chimed in with single goals to round out a very evenly spread contribution from the entire team. Best Players were Darcy Campbell, James Hayden, Corey Brown, Adam Walker-Obushak and Mitchell Taylor. The boys are growing in both confidence and execution, and look forward to challenging Gumeracha after next week’s bye. Final Scores were Ironbank 14.14.98 defeating Kangarilla 4.1.25.

The Bs knew that not to respond to the Birdwood loss with a strong effort would be to accept mediocrity.  The heat was put on the team's Leaders by the Coach and they stood up brilliantly kicking the first 3 goals of the game.  And despite a few challenges by a competitive Kangarilla, including some 'late' tackles and scuffles, the Bs met every confrontation put to them.  An excellent 5 goals to nothing 3rd term confirmed their superiority. Good games from Tom Watton and Rhys Wooley on their wings and 4 straight goals from Sam Whitehead were highlights among a solid team effort to seal a 10 goal win.

The A’s displayed a 4 quarter effort to win convincingly against Kangarilla. The boys performed the game style that Elijah and I have been asking for and it worked really well. The game was set up in the first half and we went into half time with an 11 goal lead. Brad Smith kicked 6 first half goals but was unable to continue with a hamstring niggle. Unfortunately in the second half Matt Burke suffered a season ending injury damaging his Achilles heel. Best players for the day were Chris Schneider, Joel van Paridon, Rhys van Paridon, Jack Beard and Elijah Ware who also kicked 5 goals. Came away with an over 100 point win.

On Sunday the U16 girls came up against the Murraylands girls and unfortunately they gave us a lesson in playing footy. Our girls kept at it all day but went down by a lot!

This week the Ironbank Ladies (Open Women) were Home vs undefeated Murraylands  F.C. Once again the girls jumped out of the blocks quickly and had 2 goals on the scoreboard in the first few minutes, both goals coming from first gamer Beth Newton. A fantastic start to her Ironbank career, Beth finished with FIVE goals for the game. Julie Schultz was outstanding on the wing, giving plenty of run and drive.  She also peppered the goals with many shots on goal, finishing with TWO. Murraylands came to play and were quite a physical team, regularly initiating contact with the body rather looking to take the ball. As a club we should all be very proud of the way our footy team conducted themselves on the ground. The footy was always their priority as they absorbed all physical contact and consistently out ran them. Once again the girls improving skills set them ahead of their opposition, regularly identifying team mates in the clear and delivering good clean passes that enabled quick ball movement into the forward line. Next round vs Bridgewater at THUNDER PARK,  Sunday 13th 1:00pm. Let’s get as many Ironbank supporters out to cheer the girls on.


Round 6 Wrap Up

Next Home game is on May 19th and is Ladies Day and Pink Socks Day – please everyone support the club and make this a great day.

Also don’t forget to get your tickets for the Quiz Night on May 26th. See the attached flyer

Summary of the weekends game.

The U12’s hosted Echunga on Friday night but went down by 70 to 15. The boys continue to put in a great effort and will surely get a  their first win soon. The Minicolts travelled to Nairne and had a good solid win over the Nairne Bremer White team. The Senior Colts had a bye this week. The seniors were playing one of the strongest teams from the 2017 season, with both Nairne teams playing in the grand final last year, and a club that we have never beaten before. The B’s kicked away in the first quarter but Nairne came back in the second. After half time we broke the game open and came away winners by 14 goals. For the A’s it was a replay of the grand final and unlike that game we had a good start and were evenly matched in the first quarter. We kicked away to a 2 goal lead by halftime and came out after the long break and maintained our pressure to the end of the game, winning by 3 goals. On Sunday our U16 girls travelled to the Balhannah Oval to meet Onkaparinga. Our girls played very well but again went down to a stronger team. In the afternoon the Senior Women hosted Bridgewater who are in their first season of female football. Our girls played a great brand of footy and held them scoreless, winning 94 points to nil.

For Round 6 the U12’s played Echunga on our home deck. Once again we had 14 players plus 2 from Echunga. Echunga had 2 boys who were very tall and could play! Nevertheless our boys had a crack Jack K continues to improve up forward and is starting to read the play and lead to the right spot. Poor Owen rolled his ankle in the second quarter which put him out for the rest of the game. This meant Riley had to ruck for 2 quarters against giants, to his credit he kept competing time after time. Well done Riley! Dylan was a real live wire on the wing and up forward kicking 1 goal. Best players Max who kicked a goal, Noah, Archie and Isaac. This week we hope to welcome back Lucy from injury, Howie and Jack S. This means 17 players of our own. I am confident this should boost our confidence and spirit. I will be away for this week’s match, So Travis our runner will be the coach who I have great confidence in. Play your best and have fun!

Round 6 saw our under 14’s travel to Nairne to play Nairne who had an equal win loss record to us, so we knew this would be a tight one. Our first quarter was the best of the season with our midfielders on top early giving our forwards genuine opportunities. Sam Scarborough was excellent in the contest and many times released our runners with smart, clean handballs to help move the ball quickly. Tyler Quinn’s game was first class, the highlight being a 20m run-down tackle, saving a potential goal.  He is developing as an excellent on field leader and was our best player on the day. Jacobs continues to improve his ruck work and his work ethic was good, but, again it was our ‘super 6’ down back that kept Nairne goalless for 3 quarters. Lots of good players on the day, Sam Hill (3 goals) continues to present well from full forward, and Noah Wilson (an u12) is a great addition this season with his tackle pressure proving really important. Well done lads, a great win, Ironbank 5:4:34 to Nairne 1:6:12 Best Players: Tyler, Aaron, Zane, Conor, Sam Hill, Jacob, Sam Scarborough.

The U18 Senior Colts had a bye this week.

The Bs headed to Nairne knowing they faced last year's Grand Finalists and the team that defeated us convincingly in both clashes in 2017. On a great day for footy and having won the toss we kicked to the scoring end and kicked 4.8 to 0.2 to quarter time. Expectedly, Nairne challenged us in the second term but relentless pressure and tackling around the contest kept us strongly in front. After half time we broke the game open and put into use some of our game plan we trained for over the summer, striding away to a 14 goal victory.  Solid games from Sam Whitehead, Jackson Webb and Matt Smith were highlights among another even team effort.

For the A’s it was a replay of the grand final and unlike that game we had a good start and on the big deck at Nairne we were able to put our game plan into action but were evenly matched in the first quarter. While we continued to apply good pressure around the ground, Nairne were able to get away with good centre clearances and attack their goals but our back line stood strong and using our wings we rebounded consistently and took a 2 goal lead at halftime. The 3rd quarter saw us maintain the 2 goal lead and in the last quarter we got away to a 5 goal lead however Nairne got a couple back and we ended up winning by 3 goals.

Our under 16 girls took a trip to Onka Valley for a mother’s day game of footy. The girls had an amazing training session on Monday night after a footy lesson on the Sunday before. We invited 3 of the open women to come out and volunteer to be crash test dummies and live tackle bags, a big thanks to Lauren H, Georgie K and Shari the girls would have been proud as we all were ,the tackling was awesome!!! But a polished Onkas had us on the day. 8 -9 to Ironbank 1-2 Looking back on the game we won contested ball and the tackle count which was our focus. Goal kicker Makayla first goal for the year and club best players Erin ,Bridget ,Ruby ,Lauren and Ali. All the girls are improving each week and were disappointed we have a bye this week, they can’t wait to redeem ourselves against Mt Barker in 2 weeks.

Round 4 was a home game for the Senior Women vs Bridgewater/Callington, it’s the Raiders first season of Womens AFL.  In contrast, our Ironbank girls have come along in leaps and bounds in this their second season of AFL.  Our girls are reading the play better, their disposals are better, their ability to take the ball off the ground at speed has improved, and after a year of training and playing footy together their teamwork is better. Unfortunately for the Raiders it was a matter of Ironbank by how much, IBCG dominating all over the ground.  This did give us the chance to throw the team around. Defenders moved forward and didn’t disappoint, with goals to Richo, Chels and Brianna all getting a stirring ovation from their team mates. Julie Shultz again showed blistering pace along her wing, also kicking a lazy 4 goals. Oli Walker-Obushak dominated in every position she played, Centre, CHB and kicking two ripper goals from CHF, a very deserving effort of this week’s Best Player. Chloe Carman played a terrific game both on the ball and across half back. Her fearless attack at the ball and her clean skills will be missed for the next 7-8 weeks as she recovers from shoulder surgery, good luck Chloe. All in all it was a terrific team effort, with all players giving their all and playing their role for the team.

IBCG 13 – 16  94 defeated Bridgewater 0 – 0 00. GOALS:  Julie Shultz 4, Olivia Walker-Obushak 2, Samara Grimes 2, Beth Newton, Chelsea Potter, Danelle Richardson, Georgia Kempster, Brianna Paterson 1 each. BEST: Olivia Walker-Obushak, Fern van Loon-Thomson, Alice Hayden, Shari Giles, Beth Newton. Next week’s game is away vs the undefeated Mt Barker, 5:45pm Saturday 19/5 at Mt Barker.


Round 7 Wrap Up

Summary of the weekend’s games.

The U12’s travelled to My Barker and while they played one of their best games they were not able to get goals on the board and ended up losing by 4 goals. Saturday was our Pink Socks Day and Ladies Day. All players from all teams joined in with this Breast Cancer fund raiser. The U14’s had another good win against Mt Barker by 5 goals and then the U18’s took on Gumeracha. At the 3 quarter break the boys had a lot to do, kicking 3 goals against Gumeracha’s 2 points to take the win by 1 point. Both the A’s and B’s had big wins against Gumeracha and a special day for Brad Smith who celebrated his 250th A grade game. The U16 girls had a bye and our Senior Women played their first game under lights, taking on Mt Barker at Mt Barker and coming away with a very good strong win by 8 goals.

Round 7 saw the U12’s travel to Mt Barker on a cold and wet night, although the rain held off for the game which made it more bearable. From the first bounce I could see the boys were switched on as we got the ball forward with some swift direct play, and were able to hold the ball in our forward 50 for most of the quarter, a trend that continued for 4 quarters with most the game spent in our attacking half. Unfortunately we couldn’t make the most of our opportunities with our only goal coming from a great on the run bomb from Josiah in the 3rd, whereas at the other end it seemed that Mt Barker scored a goal with each forward entry. In a night let down by missed goals and marks the boys all did an outstanding job, in particular best performances this year by Jack K, Max, Jack S, Noah, and the surprise packet for the night Brad whose attack on the footy was spot on! Also a special mention to Lucy who was back out with the boys even if it was just as runner it’s good to have her out there. Final score Mt Barker 5.2.32 def Ironbank 1.6.12

Round 7 saw our under 14’s host Mt Barker, who are sitting 5th on the ladder and playing some good footy. After a solid start, it was the tackling pressure, particularly during the second quarter that helped the game swing our way.  As a result we kicked 2 goals and kept Mt Barker scoreless during that quarter. Jayden Adams (2 goals), who played predominately through the midfield had his best game of the season, his elite running capacity really showed in what’s hopefully a taste of more to come for this bottom age under 14. Noah Wilson, again led the way with his tackle pressure setting a great example to his older team mates. Still a huge amount of improvement left in this group, See you Thursday at training. Final Score, Ironbank 6:8:44 to Mt Barker 2:2:14 Best Players, Jayden Adams, Tyler Quinn, Aaron Thompson, Conor Lidstone, Noah Wilson, Max Ashworth

Saturday saw our Senior Colts take on 3rd placed Gumeracha on our home deck – the last side above us on the ladder that we were yet to play, and a challenge the boys were very excited to take on. Unfortunately, things didn’t go our way early, with a number of skill and execution errors costing us the opportunity to stamp our authority on the game, although we were still in the game come quarter time. A stern, but very positive message from Garry at the break saw our boys lift their intensity and take control of the game in the 2nd quarter, running into half-time with the narrowest of leads. The 3rd quarter was a real arm wrestle, with a number of our best players really starting to impact the game, but our poor kicking cost us dearly in front of goals whilst Gumeracha just couldn’t miss, and we went into the last quarter with the best part of a 3 goal deficit. The 4th quarter saw some outstanding play from both sides, but it was Ironbank who were able to win the mental battle and kick 3 goals to Gumeracha’s 2 points and clinch the narrowest of wins – 1 point! Will Ballestrin was outstanding in his first game back since Round 1, finishing with 7 goals, whilst Skipper and Best on Ground, Darcy Campbell chimed in with 2 and Harry Ashwell 1. This was a most courageous comeback from the boys, with injury and illness all sapping their confidence when they needed it most, but the win will stand them in good stead for any future close battles, although the next few weeks should see us win a few more on the trot. Best Players were Darcy Campbell, Will Ballestrin, Cory Brown, George Grant and Harry Ashwell. The final siren saw Ironbank 10.9.69 defeat Gumeracha 10.8.68 and a very relieved group singing the song with just a little more gusto than usual. Well done, Boys.

Despite a high level of optimism about the strength of our B’s playing against a bottom 5 opponent, we did not allow ourselves a complacent start and kicked 7 goals to 0 in the first term. We focused on first hands on the ball, relentless tacking, lifting our eyes with ball in hand and kicking to the advantage of our forwards. Achieving this we led 14 goals to 1 at the half.  Our second half was not quite as good but we strode away to a 22.20 to 2.3 victory. Sam Whitehead was again excellent up forward, with Phil Parkins and Nick Brown getting lots of the footy on their wings. Sadly our best inside mid, Elliott Schipper, suffered a fractured cheekbone and we wish him well on his recovery.

The A’s played Gumeracha and had a convincing 10 goal win. The game was set up in the first half with hard running quality football. At half time the scores were 15 goals to 3. In the second half we copped some injuries and our intensity was not as good as earlier in the game. That said, before the game if you asked, I would take a 10 goal win, I will take that anytime. Leading goal kickers on the day were Brad Smith with 4, should have kicked 8, Elijah with 4. Best players were Daniel Desengo who controlled centre half back with numerous contested marks, Will van Den Berg, Jarrod Tagliaferri & Levi Grigg. Congratulations to Brad Smith (Red Muff) who played his 250th A Grade game.

No Girls U16’s game this week.

Round 5 for the Women’s Team found us playing away in a night game against the undefeated Mt.Barker, in a top of the table clash. It was a danger game for the Thunderers with five girls already having played full games of competitive netball during the day, a few late withdrawals due to sickness and limited numbers on the bench. Once again we were blessed with a blistering start to the game. Two goals in the first couple of minutes, both to Kamille Juanutis who had a sensational first quarter, finishing with four goals for the quarter in a dominant display. Our mid field were fantastic, getting to the ball first and driving the ball forward, Sarah Morgan and Alice Hayden leading by example, never giving the opposition any time or space to gain control of the footy. Ironbank up by four goals at quarter time. As expected from a good side, Mt.Barker came out with more purpose in the second quarter, and the game tightened up to become a struggle for both teams. Mt. Barker probably having the best of the play for the second quarter and most of the third. If not for our defenders attacking any loose balls and getting to the footy before their opponents, Mt.Barker may have clawed back our scoreboard advantage. As it was, the defence lead by Lauren Hegarty, Samara Grimes, Brianna Paterson and the super quick Rachel Liddicoat, and the defensive actions of winger Shari Giles, we were able to hold Mt. Barker goal less until the last quarter. Late goals in the third quarter to Julie Schultz and Kamille gave the Thunderers breathing space going into the last quarter. Ironbank  6-8 to 0-1 at three quarter time. Ironbank peppered the goals in the last term, captain Brianna Hobbs bobbing up in the goal square to finish off some great team work with a goal. Kamille slotting through goal number six, [could have had seven!], was enough to get Ironbank over the line. Final Score IBCG 8 g 8p 56 to Mt Barker 1g 2p 8. As a club, we can be incredibly proud of this footy team. They take pride in playing a clean but hard game of running footy, their skills are improving with every training session, and their knowledge of game play is developing rapidly with each game.

Round 6 finds us travelling to Aldinga to play the improving Aldinga Sharks, this will be another test, another challenge for your IRONBANK LADIES FOOTY TEAM.


Round 8 Wrap Up

Last Saturday night was the club Quiz Night. A big Thunderer’s thank you to Matt Smith (Nappies) who organised everything and to all the sponsors who sponsored each round or provided items for the silent auction. The night was a great success with close to 200 people scratching their heads to answer some pretty tough questions and bidding on a huge number of items. Hope everyone enjoyed themselves. We raised close to $7,000 from the night which is great for the club.

Our B’s team got together and had a photo taken to get involved with the dialogue of reconciliation week by supporting the #standtogether campaign.

For the Indigenous round and reconciliation week the B's took a team photo for the #StandTogether campaign

For the Indigenous round and reconciliation week the B's took a team photo for the #StandTogether campaign

Summary of last weekend’s games.

Our U10 Moddies team have had a couple of tough weeks against strong opposition but this week came up against Birdwood and played well scoring 8 goals. The U12’s took on second place Uraidla at home and while they played one of their best games Uraidla over ran them in the end. The U14’s had an 8 goal win over Bridgewater-Callington at Gumeracha and played fast attacking footy. The U18’s hosted Maccy at Meadows and with a number of injuries and outs we had depleted numbers and were blown out of the water in the first quarter which we were not able to come back from and went down by 13 goals in the end. The B’s turned up the heat on Meadows at their home ground and ran away with a nearly 24 goal win. The A's played a strong first quarter but then played average footy for the rest of the game and came away with an 8 goal win that probably should have been a lot more. Our U16 girls player Mt Barker and had their first win ever since the team was formed. These girls are so inspirational with their endeavour and willingness to learn and play great footy and this is something everyone should be proud of. Well done girls! The Senior Women travelled to Aldinga and came away with a 3 goal win.

 Round 8 Wrap Up

After a few tough weeks against the likes of Blackwood and Hahndorf, the U10 Moddies team took on Birdwood, who like us were struggling to not only put a win on the board, but also goals. Numerous forward entries resulted in the Birdwood defenders being put under pressure, which allowed Ironbank to put multiple scores on the board. A pattern which would continue for most of the night. The brothers Tarcan and Phoenix Kupsch were a constant threat all night along with Jack Desteno who, if he had his kicking boots on would have kicked a big bag of goals. The return of Bianca Bilsborow added some height around the ground and with Caiden Szczotka finally playing his first game for the club, we were able to field 11 players of our own and not have to borrow from the opposition, even with 3 absent due to injury/illness and unavailability. After the game, the team made an attempt of singing the club song, which is something that will need to be worked on throughout the season. Goal scorers: Tarcan 3, Caiden 2 and singles to Finlay, Jack and Oli Steventon. Best players: Caiden, Oli and Phoenix

Round 8 the U12’s took on 2nd placed Uraidla at home. Once again we had 14 players plus 2 from Uraidla. The first quarter was a pretty even contest in which we kicked a goal. In the second we had plenty of the ball but just couldn’t manage to score and Uraidla did. Third quarter was a ripper with us putting two more goals on the scoreboard. The last quarter although we were still competitive Uraidla ran out the game better than us. Although we went down by seven goals I believe the boys are still improving each week. A good effort kicking three goals against the second team! Jack S in his first year of footy is showing plenty of courage and dash. Finlay who is our youngest player set up one of our goals with play of the match. He had the ball around wing half forward with two opposition players chasing him, rather than panicking and blazing away he lifted his eyes and found Jack K on the lead with a perfect kick. Well done Finlay. Best players Noah, Max, Ethan and Jack K. Thanks to the Uraidla boys who played for us, rather than just being there they actually had a go. This week we play Birdwood. I believe if our boys play their best we can have our first win of the season.

Round 8 saw the Under 14’s play Bridgewater-Callington at Gumeracha. With clear skies the instructions were to play fast attacking footy, looking to bring the ball into the corridor as we move forward.  This group always respond well to instruction and this week the ‘corridor’ focus was evident as our half backs linked up with our midfielders through the middle beautifully. Max Ashworth had his best game for the club, and his run and carry from half back was excellent.  Joining him on the other back flank was Aaron Thompson who continued to have an outstanding season, and early on when Bridgewater challenged Aaron supported his younger defenders well. Our midfield runners of Jayden Adams (3 Goals) and Tyler Quinn (4 goals) were fed well by some outstanding palm work in the ruck by Jacob Matheson.  Conor Lidstone’s second half was solid as he started to win some contested ball as the game tilted in our favour. Very happy with this one, lads played all the way to the final siren where we kicked 5 goals to zip in the fourth. Final Score: Bridgewater-Callington 3:2:20 to Ironbank 11:4:70 Best Players: Tyler, Aaron, Jayden, Max Ashworth, & Josh.

Saturday saw the unusual situation of our Senior Colts hosting Macclesfield in a home game at Meadows. Depleted by injuries and ‘outs’, we travelled to Meadows with only 16 Under 18’s, but Zac Campbell stepped up and allowed us one on the bench in a 16-a-side hit out against a much bigger, stronger and classier opposition. We were blown out of the water in the first quarter with Macclesfield booting 7 goals to our 1, and never really recovered, although we were more competitive in the second half. Final Scores were Macclesfield 17.12.144 to Ironbank 4.11.35. Will Ballestrin kicked 2 goals and George Grant and Mitch Taylor chimed in with singles. Best Players were George Grant, Joshua Spall, Jarrod Thompson, Darcy Campbell and Ethan Wood. Whilst it was a disappointing end to our recent run of wins, there were still plenty of positives to take out of the game, none more so than the spirit in which our boys approach their footy, a fact re-iterated by Skipper Darcy Campbell in the post-game wrap up and received to resounding applause from everyone in the room. Next week sees us take on Kangarilla at home, and the boys should find themselves back in the winner’s circle again.

Meadows knocked our B’s out of the finals in 2017 in a nail biting Elimination Final. But the Meadows of 2018 are not the same team. And nor are we. Respectfully, we expected to win well and flew out of the blocks with a 9 goal to 0 first quarter. We had a number of things we attempted to work on as we have one eye on the tougher competition in the second half of the season.  Meadows fought hard in the 2nd & 3rd quarters but by the final siren we won 22.12 to 2.2.  Taking time when kicking for goal is a massive value for us and Michael Green proved it's worth by kicking 11.0!!!  Jack Light repelled most attacks across half back and Jackson Webb got plenty of ball while organising our midfield.

The A’s had a 15 goal to 7 win against Meadows. We started well with a 6 goal first quarter but for the rest of the game it was not very memorable. Mark Paget at 6 foot 7 made his Ironbank debut as our Ruck and will be a great addition to our team and the club. Best players for the day were Joel van Paridon, continuing his great form, Michael O’Sullivan, Rhys van Paridon, James Cross and Jarod Tagliaferri who also kicked 4 goals.

The U16 Girls took a trip to Mt Barker to  play a team we played in our first game of the season which we lost by 3 goals too, but the girls were convinced we can beat them. The girls were focused and ready for a hard game we had a couple of girls pull out so we ran on with 12 girls barker had 15 players (3 on the bench). The first quarter was tight with Barker 1-4 to Ironbank 1-2  The second quarter we didn’t score and Barker scored another goal  so we were down 1-2 to barker 2-5 Half time came and we swopped a couple of players around, Violet in Ruck and Makayla to full forward and Erin to centre half back and the girls lifted and we kicked 2 goals 1 to zero, an awesome effort.  The girls came in with confidence and a real focus to run out and win. The last quarter was a tight one, Mt Barker kicked a goal early and took the lead then Ruby booted a long goal and the girls held on for their first win. I have always been proud of these girls but Sunday showed what grit and determination these girls have!! They have slogged it out for a year and a half without a win and finally they get rewarded for all the effort. Best players - there was plenty but I had to choose 6, Best was Ruby ,Erin, Lauren, Ali, Charlize and Freya. Goal kickers  Makayla 2 goals and Ruby 2 goals. Next week we have Onkas at home at 11 30 come out and show your support to our fantastic under 16 girls  

Round 6 found the women’s team on the road again, this week the challenge was against the much improved Aldinga Sharks. Our previous meeting had the Thunderer’s winning comfortably 11-8 to 4-1, but the girls knew that this was going to be a much harder game. The Sharks had the ball locked in their forward zone for most of the first quarter, but the Thunderer’s defence held strong. Terrific defensive efforts from Bridget Morgan and Danelle Richardson on the last line kept the Sharks goal less. Eventually Ironbank were able to break through the Aldinga mid-field, and went coast to coast. Skipper Bri Hobbs taking a hanger in the goal square, playing on and snapping truly for our first goal. The second quarter found Ironbank with more of the play. This came from the bullocking work in the mid-field, ably lead by Oli Walker-Obushak and Sarah Morgan, both of whom can lay bone jarring tackles that rattle the teeth of the opposition. Shari Giles work as a defensive winger is sublime, she takes intercept mark after intercept mark, and her run and carry is a huge part of our success this season. In only her fourth game of footy, Beth Thompson-Newton played multiple on field roles, and her athleticism and natural competitiveness makes her a wonderful asset to this team. The third quarter was again a tight tussle with both teams having a share of the play. Ironbank’s team work and polish were the difference between the sides. Oli capping off some hard inside work to find just enough time and space to let rip with two long bomb goals at the end of the quarter. Ironbank were able to hit the scoreboard early in the last term, Kamille getting on the end of a clever pass from the skipper and kicking the only goal of the last quarter. It was enough for the THUNDERERS to hold the Sharks at bay and run out winners by a tight 20 pts. This week we return home to THUNDER PARK as we take on Kangarilla. Game time is 1:00 on Sunday 3rd of June. Do yourself a favour, and get along and cheer on your WONDERFUL IRONBANK LADIES FOOTY TEAM.


Round 9 Wrap Up

This weekend is a bye due to the long weekend and the interleague competition at Murray Bridge. A number of our senior players have been enlisted for the Div 2 HFL team so we wish them the best.

The following weekend all but the U10 Moddies games are played away so the next home games will not be until the weekend of June 22nd to 24th.

Summary of last weekend’s games.

The U12’s had the long drive to Birdwood and while we had a couple of players returning there were just as many outs and the team is still looking for that first win of the season. The U14’s came up against the very strong Maccy team (who we end up playing 4 times this season) and went down by 6 goals. The Senior Colts started well but could not maintain 4 quarters of footy and went down to Kangarilla at home. The A’s and B’s were at home to Torrens Valley who have struggled all year and both our senior teams had big wins which helps our percentages at the end of the first half of the season. Both female teams played home in beautiful weather on Sunday with the U16’s having a tough game against Onka’s but the Women having a good win against Kangarilla.

 Round 9 Wrap Up

Round 9 for the U12’s was away, just a short trip to Birdwood for a 7pm game on a frosty night. We welcomed back Lucy for her first game of the season returning from a broken arm, as well as Howie from an extended holiday. Unfortunately Isaac, Tommy and Jack S were sick and Jack K played injured. Birdwood gave us 2 players so we had 16. Although the boys and Lucy were quite competitive for most of the match they had a bit of an off night. We worked to get it to the forward line but struggled to keep it there. The backline and midfield did a good job to keep Birdwood from getting a higher score although we ended up losing by about fifty odd points. Ethan is reading the play well in the backline and is taking good intercept marks. Archie played 2 quarters on the ball and did quite well. He now knows what level of fitness is needed if he wishes to play there regularly. Best players Finlay, Josiah and Max. Our next game is away vs Lobethal after this week’s bye.

This week our under 14’s travelled to Macclesfield to play the undefeated Macclesfield side.  Our effort and intensity was outstanding against our bigger opponents where we matched them well for three quarters. Down back Braedon Medder had his best game for the season, and our ‘swingman’ Sam Hill played a role down back with Zane out injured. Was a good test for our group, and I’m still convinced our best is good enough. Final Score: Ironbank; 1:0:6 to Macclesfield 7:7:49. Best Players: Conor, Jacob, Aaron, Tyler, Josh & Sam Scarborough 

Our Senior Colts approached this week’s home game against Kangarilla with the expectation of a win, and whilst we got away to a promising start, it was not too long before the wheels fell off. Our lads were forthright in the first quarter, kicking away to a 3 goal lead at the first break, and whilst Kangarilla came back at us during the second quarter, booting four goals to our two, we still went into half time with a slender lead. Unfortunately, the cracks that had appeared in our discipline and will to win the footy throughout the first half, widened into crevasses during the 3rd, as Kangarilla sniffed the opportunity and booted 5 goals to our solitary effort, leading by 3 goals heading into the final quarter. Emotionally and physically wilted, the boys allowed themselves to be completely outclassed throughout the final stanza, with Kangarilla booting 8 goals to romp home 17.7.109 to Ironbank 8.4.52. Our Goal Kickers were Will Ballestrin with 3, Skipper Darcy Campbell with 2, Nathan Rorhlach 2, and Best on Ground, Harry Ashwell with 1. Best Players were Harry Ashwell, Joshua Spall – outstanding in defence, Darcy Campbell, Will Ballestrin and Dylan (Shady) Scarborough. Next week’s bye will certainly allow some battered bodies the rest they need, but our boys will need to do some serious soul-searching if they are serious about playing a part in the pointy end of the season. Let’s hope the break is just what they need.

The B’s finished the first half of the season with a 27.13 to 1.0 victory at home. This leaves us equal top with 8 wins 1 loss at the break. The team worked on its intent to find team mates with precision and in many cases this led to some nice passages of play. Our next clash against Kersbrook, who are equal top with us, leaps to mind. All our forwards kicked bags of goals, but Angus Bell was a stand out with 5 goals, and Rhys Wooley and Caleb Grigg who ran hard all day with good vision and links of play.

The A’s took on Torrens Valley, who at the start of the season many people thought they would have folded by now. We won convincingly scoring 33 goals to 4, however we let ourselves down with our accuracy scoring 28 points including 10 in the last quarter. We were slow to start in the 1st quarter, controlled the second, was good in the third and as mentioned before our last quarter was tarnished by our inaccurate kicking at goal. major goal kickers were returning Daniel Philip with 7, Joel van Paridon with 7 and Levi Grigg with 5 (only 1 point this week). 13 players were able to kick goals this week. Best players from 1st to 5th were Joel, Mark Paget dominated the ruck, Levi Grigg, Rhys van Paridon and returning after a couple of weeks off Will Muirden who also kicked 4 goals.

Sunday the U16 girls played Onkas at home. The day started bad with 7 goals to zero first quarter but to the girls credit they held them to 7 goals to 1 for the next 3 quarters. We had a couple of injuries through the day but onkas played better football. Ali kicked our only goal. Best players were Bridget ,Lauren ,Erin ,Ali and Georgia. Thanks to Tara who played last quarter when we had a couple of go down. The girls fought hard and with Tara out and Ruby getting smashed at the first bounce and Ali not 100% after head knock it was a gutsy effort in the second half so well done girls and enjoy the break . A big test after the break the undefeated Murrylands at Murry Bridge on the 17th await us but I know the girls will try hard a do the club proud.

Round 7 found a return battle for the Women’s team against Kangarilla at home, and THUNDER PARK was bathed in beautiful sunshine for the game. It was a total four quarter effort from all of our Ironbank girls. Unfortunately for Kangarilla, they were out classed all over the ground. Shari Giles was the stand out performer for the day, 6 classy goals and many intercept marks all over the ground. Olivia Walker-Obushak continued her terrific form of the last few weeks with another dominating game through the mid-field. Fern van Loon-Thomson has been a stand out in ruck each and every week and is improving her understanding of her ruck craft every game. Captain Brianna Hobbs plays every game as if it was her last, total commitment at every contest she goes to, and is bringing her team mates into the game with her, great to watch. It was a welcome return for Georgie Kranz, a talented sportswoman who is a sensation on the footy field, and our team is better with her in it. Georgie had a great game slotting through four goals from a forward pocket. A terrific game from all our girls. Finals scores IBCG: 20 – 17 (137) to Kangarilla: 1 – 2 (8). Goal Scorers: Shari Giles 6; Georgie Kranz, Brianna Hobbs 4 each; Olivia Walker-Obushak, Kamille Jaunutis 2 each; Lauren Hegarty, Chelsea Johnston 1each. Best Players: Shari Giles, Olivia Walker-Obushak, Fern van Loon-Thomson, Brianna Hobbs, Georgie Kranz. Next round finds us travelling up the South-Eastern freeway to Murray Bridge as we take on Murraylands at their home ground on Friday 15th @ 7:00. We’d love as much support and noise as we can get.

Round 10 Wrap Up

In the long weekend Interleague clash at Le Messurier oval at Murray Bridge, the division two HFL representative side proved too strong for the gallant Mallee team, running out winners  16.15-111 to 6.9-45.  Ironbank were well represented in the side with Sam Witt, Joel van Paridon and Levi Grigg contributing strongly to the team’s performance playing high tempo football all day. Hills  jumped out early and had Mallee on the back foot with a four goal to one opening term. The Mallee side fought hard throughout the match, showing glimpses of what they were capable of, but the Hills side were consistently disciplined in their match plan and skills to run out comfortable winners. Well done to the Ironbank boys - you did our club proud. Congratulations to Levi Grigg who won the B&F for the game against the Mallee. Attached is a photo of the HFL Div 2 team.

Summary of last weekend’s games.

The U12’s came up against Lobethal on Friday night and played well but lost by just over 1 goal. Also playing their only night double header this season both female teams travelled to Murray Bridge to play the Murraylands club. Our U16’s were outplayed and went down by a lot however the senior women had another win and remain unbeaten this season. On Saturday morning the U14’s travelled to Birdwood and had a big win, 92 to 9. The Senior Colts fielded a bruised and battered team of 16 players against Kersbrook and gave it their best but lost by just over 5 goals. The weather at Kersbrook for the seniors turned dirty and it was a cold and wet slog which resulted in low scoring games. The B’s had a come from behind last quarter to win by 7 points and the A’s had a tight finish to just get over the line by 1 straight kick.

 Round 10 Wrap Up

Round 10 the U12’s travelled to Lobethal on a cold drizzly night. We only had 13 players, so Lobethal gave us 4 of their players for 17 on 17. This worked out well as it’s a rather large oval. Our team was switched on from the start and got the footy forward regularly. We managed to keep the ball out of our backline the whole quarter whilst kicking 2 goals 1. Clearly our best first quarter for the season with all players contributing well. The second and third quarters Lobethal got their game going and scored 4 goals. We were quite competitive in those two quarters, but just couldn’t get the momentum our way. The 4th was back on our terms and we won the quarter with great attacking footy. Brad and Owen continue to improve and both were involved in pivotal moments of play where we scored. Archie, Max and Noah continue to dominate oppositions and played ripping games. Great effort and well played boys! Best players Archie, Max, Noah, Josiah and Josh. We just lost in a close contest in a game that could have gone either way. I am really proud of the effort the team produces each week with such low player numbers. Finally I would like to acknowledge the players from Lobethal who played for us, the way in which they played you would think that they were Thunderer’s. Thank you Lobethal for a good game.

Round 10 saw our under 14’s play Birdwood, in Birdwood.  Some injuries to key players meant opportunities for lads to step up and play key roles through the midfield and across half back. The first quarter we kept Birdwood goal-less, and hit the scoreboard 7 times ourselves. From here on our contested ball work and desire was solid ensuring we gave our opposition no easy possessions.  I am seeing significant improvements in Kelton Sowerby’s game, as he learns to put himself in the right position more and more. During the third quarter we kicked six goals with Jayden and Conor well on top through the stoppages, and Jacob well and truly beating his opponent in the ruck. Overall a solid performance.  Very proud how our lads didn’t respond to any of Birdwoods negative tactics and just played good hard footy. Final Score: Birdwood 1:3:9 to Ironbank 14:8:92 Best Players: Conor, Tyler, Jayden, Ryan, Jacob & Sam S. Goals: Ryan & Jayden 3, Sam H & Tyler 2, Jacob, Conor, Max A and Michael 1.

With Zac Campbell playing up, our Senior Colts fielded 16 bruised and battered bodies against an equally depleted Kersbrook in a wet and windy slog on their home deck. Our lads were slow out the blocks, with Kersbrook dominating the first ten minutes of the game, but were able to settle and control much of the last half of the first quarter. The second quarter saw some good hard football from both sides, with Skipper Darcy Campbell slotting our first goal and the boys continuing to control their fair share of the play, but Kersbrook were able to take a four goal lead into the main break. Our intensity began to drop off in the third quarter, with injury and exhaustion beginning to take their toll on our leading players. Nathan Rorlach’s goal lifted the boys spirits, and despite missing four crucial shots on goal, we were still able to hold Kersbrook to a solitary goal for the quarter and keep ourselves in the game. The boys gave it their best in the last quarter, with Zac Campbell and Jarrod Thompson tackling hard around the stoppages, and Joshua Spall and James Hayden both defending brilliantly against Kersbrook’s relentless pressure on goals. Another goal from Nathan Rohrlach was not enough to lift the lads up as it had in the third quarter, and Kersbrook were able to kick three goals and take the game 9.4.58 to Ironbank 3.8.26. Best players were Harry Ashwell, George Grant, Ethan Wood, Jarrod Thompson and Joshua Spall. Next week’s bye will give some tired bodies a chance to heal, and hopefully with a few players to come back, we can get back to playing our best football in the weeks ahead.

The Bs had a great victory away at Kersbrook on a cold, wet windy day. A win to savour!  Down 3 goals at half time in difficult conditions, and following our worst quarter of the year, things were bleak.  But a couple of positional changes and a new attitude in the 3rd put us in with a chance at 3 quarter time. We were first to the ball, played a wet weather "territory" game, and fought hard. Coming out of the 3 quarter time huddle fired up, we got reward for effort with the breeze in the last, achieving a confidence boosting 7 'behind' victory against a premiership contender. Tom Watton was simply brilliant when it counted and our leaders in Andy Adams and Joel Bawden crucial in our 6.11 to 6.4 result.

The A’s ventured out on the long road trip to an undefeated Kersbrook and came home with a 1 goal win with the scores being 6.9 45 to 4.15 39. It rained on and off all day with icy windy conditions making the game very scrappy. Overall the boys were tough at the contest and made the most of the scoring opportunities presented. I was extremely pleased with our last quarter, as we started with a 2 point lead but was going against the breeze. We scored 3 goals in the last with Mark Paget scoring an unbelievable checkside goal and Levi Grigg scoring the winner. Best players for the day were Levi Grigg with 2 goals, Mark Paget also with 2 goals, Rhys van Paridon, Dave Parkins and Scotty Walter.

Friday night the U16 girls travelled to Murry bridge and faced the undefeated Murrylands  who beat us last time by 28 goals so it was going to be a challenge. From the start with only 11 players and we struggled but the girls battled through till the final siren. The plus was we had improved we only lost by 20 goals. The ground at imperials is massive and with 11 girls they ran and gave it everything. Best players Ruby ,Bridget Lauren, violet and Freya. Tara laid some great tackles also Indy Macca, Vanessa and Charlize ran hard all night. Izzy had a great second game and has improved. Next week we hope to have a few more girls as we face Onkas at Balhannah.

Round 8 and The Women were on the road to Murray Bridge for a Friday night game against the Murrayland Swans. Conditions were bitterly cold, but not the bone freezing winds and rain that the Hills were copping that night! Ironbank attacked right from the start of the game, and had most of the play in their forward half, but weren’t able to gain any advantage on the scoreboard, kicking three successive points. Finally Beth Newton popped up in a scrum on the goal line and snapped truly for the first goal. Murraylands tried hard to move the ball into their forward line but were constantly thwarted by the Ironbank defensive unit of Brigid Morgan, Danelle Richardson, Brianna Paterson, Lana Freytag, Rachel Liddicoat and Lauren Hegarty. Ironbank was able to get another goal late in the quarter through Kamille Jaunutis, who would end up with three majors for the game. The second quarter was dominated by Ironbank, with Murraylands hardly getting the ball past our half back line. Goals were still hard to come by and seven points were kicked by our girls. Two very strong overhead marks taken by our centre player, Olivia Walker-Obushak, directly in front of goals resulted in Ironbank stretching its lead at half time. Ironbank 4 – 10, Murraylands 0 – 0. The third quarter was more of the same, Ironbank with most of the play but unable to capitalise on the scoreboard, kicking 1 goal 4 points. Murraylands finally on the scoreboard with an umpire assisted goal late in the quarter. In the last quarter, to get some of the defenders warm, backs were moved forward and forwards moved to defence. Brianna Paterson had multiple shots at goal unlucky not to score a major, but Liddicoat and Richardson kicking team lifting goals each. Another terrific team game from your Ironbank Ladies. Round 9 finds us up against Bridgewater Raiders at Bridgewater Oval, Sunday 23rd June, 1:00pm. Do yourself a favour and come out and support our SENSATIONAL LADIES FOOTY TEAM in their next challenge for 2018.

Round 11 Wrap Up

Summary of last weekend’s games.

The U12’s played at home on Friday night against Mt Lofty and had one of their best games so far coming away with a draw, 5 goals 2 points apiece. Well done lads! The U14’s played 3 really good quarters of footy at home on Saturday morning but fell away in the last quarter and went down to Kangarilla/Meadows by 10 points. The U18’s had a bye. The seniors played Bridgewater at home and both teams coming away with good wins. The B’s were switched on from the very start and held Bridgewater goalless for the game winning by more than 28 goals. The A’s started well and held an 8 goal lead by halftime. Bridgewater held their own for the second half and we ended up winning 21 goals to 12. The U16 girls came up against Onka’s and as usual played their hearts out but with low numbers of players again struggled towards the end of the game and got done by 6 goals. The women played and beat Bridgewater in a hard fought win, on what was a heavy ground, by nearly 8 goals.

 This week the U10 Moddies are playing home on Friday night at 7pm and the 2 female teams are playing home on Sunday, the U16’s at 11.30 and the Women at 1pm. The U18’s we have had to forfeit due to injuries and the U14’s and seniors are at Maccy on Saturday.

 Round 11 Wrap Up

Round 11 for our U12’s at home vs Mount lofty. Perfect conditions clear night with no wind. We started off with 15 players vs 15. Our boys came out switched on from the start like the week before. Jack k  in the ruck was doing well and subsequently our mids Max, Noah and Brad got the ball forward numerous times. We ended the quarter with 2 goals, both although not kicked by either of our tall forwards Riley and Owen. They each were involved doing the team thing and getting the ball to a player in a better position for a shot on goals. Well done boys. 2nd quarter was another good effort from our boys, whilst the opposition was also playing well. Unfortunately for Riley he was injured in a contest and had a trip in an ambulance, Luckily he is ok and no major damage. So we were a player down for half of the 2nd quarter. The 3rd we were still having a crack 14vs 14. The boys just couldn’t manage to kick any goals, certainly not through lack of effort. While Mount lofty did and ended up a goal in front at 3 quarter time. The last quarter was a real cracker, Mount lofty kicked the first. Our boys showed real character and managed to kick the next 2 goals. The boys down back stopped 3 or 4 very gettable scoring opportunities late in the quarter, by determination, playing in front and not giving in. The siren went. A draw 5-2 a piece. Wow what a game from both teams! Isaac at full back played his roll well and saved our bacon numerous times, while Howie up forward had a breakout game where he marked everything that came his way. Keep it up boys well done. Best players. Clearly 2 boys stood out, but I won’t mention them as they should know who they are. I will say though everyone played very well and did everything asked of them. Finally I would like to thank Lachlan from the under 10s who played for us. He kicked 1 of our goals and easily matched it with the bigger boys and played as well the rest of the team. Great game and well played boys. Thanks again to Mount lofty for a great game.

Round 11 saw our under 14’s host Kangarilla/Meadows in a third versus fourth clash. In a high quality game of football, our intensity, particularly for the first three quarters was outstanding and we put ourselves in a good position to win this game.  With the addition of first gamer Jayden Rea, playing his role across half back and Ryan Scovell looking dangerous up forward, we went into the final break with a 12 point lead. Unfortunately, the intensity we brought for three quarters wasn’t matched in the final term, and to Kangarilla/Meadows credit they outplayed us to get the win.  Once again, we showed our best is good enough to match it with the best teams in the competition, we just need four quarter of 100% team effort.  We will get there. Final score: Ironbank 7:1:43 to Kangarilla/Meadows 7:10:53 Best players: Ryan, Tyler, Jayden Rea, Conor, Zane, Noah

The U18’s had a bye this week

Due to our extraordinary depth the B’s had 8 changes to our side this week, many not forced.  We keep trying to give as many blokes a run and no matter our mix, our side is strong week after week.  Headaches ahead at finals time for the coaches!?  Anyway those who took the field this week were switched on from the first ball up and we strode ahead with a 9 goal to 0 term.  We kicked 7 in the second, and by games end had kicked 28 goals.  Despite having a few set shots on goal, Bridgewater went goalless for the match.  We have Macclesfield this week but we have one eye on Birdwood at home on the 14th July for the Courier Cup.  Chris Morgan, Ben Wilson and Tom Watton each had good days.

The A’s faced a Bridgewater team that on paper had certainly improved from the first round. We started the game well leading at quarter time 5 goals to one, in the second quarter Bridgewater challenged early, only for us to pull away later in the quarter to lead by 8 goals. The game continued like this for the remainder of the game with the final scores being 21 goals to 12. Best players were Levi Grigg also with 4 goals, Tagliaferri off the half back flank, Desengo, Ben Thomas, with his best game for the year and Josh Rosman.

The Ironbank U16 girls came up against Onkas at Balhannah. We started very well with both sides in a tuff fight. We scored  1 goal 1 point to onkas 1 goal 2 points. The second quarter we wasted shots kicking 5 points and Onkas kicked 3 goals 3 points. In the third quarter we lost Ali with a massive head knock which lost some time with an ambulance called out (she is all good now). The last quarter saw us a couple of players down and Onkas ran away with the game 7 goals 9 points to our 1 goal 6 points. The lone goal kicker was Lauren and best players were Lauren, Ali, Bridget, Ruby and Freya. 2 home games await us so bring on Murray lands

Round 9 and The Women were playing Bridgewater at Bridgewater on Sunday. It was heavy going and a hard fought win to the women. Our captain Bri Hobbs was taken off to hospital with a suspected broken ankle (ended up being torn ligaments and very swollen now). The girls had 4 good quarters with Lauren kicking 5 goals and overall a win by nearly 8 goals. Best players were Lauren, Olivia, Sarah, Samara and Jess.

Round 12 Wrap Up

Summary of last weekend’s games.

The U12’s played Hahndorf away on Friday night on a cold wet night and with only 11 players. With Hahndorf lending us 3 players we made a game of it and the boys all played well but went down to a stronger team. The U14’s played Maccy for the 3rd time so far this season and struggled against the much larger and older opposition. They made a fight of it but went down by a few goals. The U18’s had to forfeit this week due to not having enough fit players to field a team. The seniors were also at Macclesfield and both teams came away with good wins although both coaches believe we could and should have played better. On Sunday the U16 girls came up against the top team, Murrayland’s who have smashed us in previous games. Murrayland’s lent us a few players and made a good game of it and we ended up going down by 8 goals which is a much more competitive game that previous. The women played home against Mt Barker and maintained their unbeaten record this season.

 This week all the teams have a bye except for our U10 moddies on Friday night at Hahndorf at 7.30pm and our women's team who are playing on Sunday at home at 1pm. The BBQ and Bar will be open so do yourself a favour and get up to the club and support them.

 Round 12 Wrap Up

Round 12 for our U12’s vs Hahndorf away. We arrived at Hahndorf on a cold wet night with only 11 players. Hahndorf loaned us 3, so it was 14 vs 14. Our team had a great start and won the first clearance out of the center resulting with the ball in our forward line. Soon after Archie received a free kick in front of goal and converted. This was a wakeup call to Hahndorf who are 3rd on the ladder and subsequently got their game going. In what turned out a long tough night going down 12 – 12 to 1 – 0 is not a true indication of how well our team plays the game! Just like any AFL team if you take out some key players you will always struggle against quality opposition. Our midfield and defense battled well for most of the night, while our forwards tried hard with little opportunity. Dylan continues to improve and increase his contested ball possessions, while Jack S is improving in chasing and defensive pressure. Keep it up boys well done! On a night when not much went our way Ethan stood up and played his best game of the season. He played 3 quarters in defense and 1 in the middle, numerous times he read the play and intercepted the ball whilst also being in many contests. Congratulations on a great game Ethan. Best players- Ethan, Finlay, Archie and Max. Enjoy the week off

Round 12 saw the under 14’s play top of the table Macclesfield for the third time this season. As I’ve come to expect with this group of lads, our effort and desire was outstanding, but again the bigger bodies of the Maccy players proved to be the difference. I was really encouraged by the development of Bradyn, Kelton and Sam Hill, all playing their role for the team. Our midfield brigade of Conor, Tyler, Jacob and Sam Scarborough also had solid games showing they can match it with older, bigger opponents. Moving forward, some sore boys can recover as we enjoy the break and prepare for Nairne at home next week. Final Score: Macclesfield 9:7:61 to Ironbank 1:2:8 Best Players: Tyler, Ryan, Zane, Sam H, Bradyn.

Unfortunately the U18’s had to forfeit this week due to too many injuries. We were unable to secure enough players to field a team.

The B-grade had to work hard for their win last week against a determined Macclesfield eventually running out winners 9.11-65 to 1.3-9. With 7 changes to the side, it took the boys a while to settle and the first couple of quarters featured skill errors for both sides. Spectators had little to cheer about with each team kicking only one goal in the first half. Ironbank steadied in the third term and started to string together some better passages of play with Jimmy Heithersay sparking the boys in to action and kicking 3 goals for the day. Phil Parkins provided good run and carry and Caleb Grigg picked up a lot of valuable touches. Chris Morgan and Nick Brown were among the other standout players for the day. The Bs now turn their attention to the Birdwood game after the bye weekend and will be looking to make a stronger start from the first bounce.  

The A’s played Macclesfield who have been struggling of late and we had a comfortable 55 point win, which was set up by an 8 goal to 1 second quarter. Our first quarter was marred by sub standard skills which fortunately we turned around in the second quarter. The second half was a reasonably even contest, however we could have stretched the margin but we were inaccurate in front of goals. Best players for the day were Michael O’Sullivan, on ball, Tagliaferri again on the back flank, Joel van Paridon, continuing a great season, Josh Rosman on the wing and Mark Paget. Major goal kickers were Daniel Philip with 5, should have been 8, Will Balestrin with 3 in his second game and Geoff Munn with 3, should have been at least 5.

Sunday at home the U16 girls faced the might of Murry lands a team that has beaten us by 28 goals and 20 goals so we have improved as the year has gone on. But as fate would have it we had Violet, Ali and Charlize all overseas on holidays, 3 girls who were working and 2 who rang up sick so we had 8 girls and not looking great. After conversation with Murry lands  they agreed to lend us 4 girls so we could play a game. The first quarter and it was tight we kicked 1 point to 4 goals 3 points and the second quarter they kicked 4 goals. Half time saw the girls come in with some determination and Makayla kick a goal and the girls lifted the third quarter was tight with 2 goals. For the last quarter the Murry lands girls ask to play with us again which gave everyone a real lift and we kicked 3 goals to their 2 goals. The final score Murry lands 12 goals 15 to Ironbank 4 goals 4 and an amazing end to a game played in great spirit by both teams. Goal kickers Makayla, Vanessa, Amber and Bridget. Best players Ruby, Holly, Bridget, Izzy and Indy

The Women’s team played at home against Mt Barker. Before the first bounce the team had already run into some troubles. With a team list of only 13 girls the Thunder had to face their first loss of the year to their toughest opponent yet; the league Rule book. A game must be forfeited if a team cannot field a side of 14 players. Fortunately we had an ace in the hole: Dave Farmer and his merry band of merry women. Ruby Farmer, Mikayla Mackereth and Indigo Platt donated their time and efforts to help get us across the line. So a huge thank you to those 3 for answering the call up at the last minute. I think it goes without saying that not only is Oli one of our most talented players, but she is one of our most consistent players too. She continues to turn in some of the best and most exciting footy we can hope to see anywhere. Like a bull in a china shop, her ferocity leaves her opponents trembling and her teammates inspired. It seems even putting her into the ruck near the end of the game was not enough to throw her off her game. Lauren Hegarty was the de-facto commander in chief for today in the absence of Bri, alongside co-commander Olivia, and although her pre game rev up speech left much to be desired, it was her leadership during the game that put her into the best players on the day. Her presence across the half back as the general of the defensive play helped to restrict the Roos to just a single goal for the day. A champion effort for a champion player. Let's just talk about the under 16s girls for another moment. Macca provided some great forward pressure and presence. Laying tackles and giving off great hand passes. Indy went hard at the ball laying tackles and bumps, taking marks and providing lots of run and carry with the ball. But it was Ruby who was the stand out, kicking two thirds of the teams goals and so much more. Her intensity and aggression at the ball rivalled those of players many years older, and yet she played with such courage and grace. Breaking tackles, providing excellent shepherds and out-bodying girls bigger and taller than her. We can’t wait for more out of her in the future when she makes her full time debut into the senior side. Theres so much more I could say but this report has already gone on for long enough so let’s just get a few mentions around the ground. Georgia Kranz trying to punch the football into orbit was a good laugh for us on the bench and her as well, but her clearances off the backline and down the wing was seriously impressive. Emma Potter also had some great run-and-carry moments throughout the game, as her game continues to improve throughout the year. Kamille Cerise spinning like a tornado out of multiple tackles was impressive, but not as impressive as the amount of times she gave a handball off to her teammates instead of a 30m snap on goal. In my notes I wrote down Sarah Morgan's name alongside the notes "rolling rolling rolling - Limp Bizkit" which I’m sure at the time made sense to me and was probably really funny but now i can't make sense of it. So for now let’s reminisce on the spear tackle that could’ve levelled a building and the apology and pat on the back from both parties afterwards. One final special mention to Fern who dominated the ruck almost the entire day by herself which created all the momentum for our midfield to get the clearances into the forward lines. Ironbank Thunderer’s (6-8-44) vs (1-4-10) The BarkerRoos. Goal Kickers: Ruby Farmer 4, Olivia Walker-Obushak 1, Beth Thomson Newton 1. Best Players: Oli, Ruby, Lauren Hegarty, Sarah Morgan, Fern Thomson