Auskick is off and running on Sunday morning’s.  The kids have been blessed with great weather to start, and this week was great to see a couple of our A Grade players (Casey Thomas & Andrew Wright) out helping this critical football pathway program that is vital to the future of the club.  If you have a youngster who is interested in getting involved in our great game visit and Register at: www.aflauskick.com.au, there are still 6 of the scheduled 9 sessions remaining.

The Under 13 Gold kicked off the round under the new lights on Friday night against Nuriootpa.  On Saturday morning we had the 2 Under 9’s and Under 11’s at Princess Park.  All games were played in great spirit, and a big thanks to Taz McCulloch for helping out with the umpiring.  On the dogtrack the Under 13 Black commenced the day against South Gawler under glorious sunshine.

 After a loss last week our 4th placed Under 15’s were looking to get back on the winning board against 6th placed South.  It was a dominant display, the boys shared the footy really well and were in control of the match from the first bounce, winning by 112 points.  Trey Mason was judged best on ground, with Blayke Lane, Luke Johnson (5 goals), Brad Pilkington, Caleb Manfield and Brandon Hubbard (3 goals) also playing well.

Our Under 17’s who were 4 placed, came up against 3rd placed South.  Was a reasonably tight contest in the first half, with South going into the main break 12 points up.  Our boys struggled to match it with South in the 2nd half, and South ran out winners in the end by 43 points.  In form Brandon Downie was named best, whilst others to play well were Matt Stewart, Adrian Connelly, Sean Maher, Patrick Barns-Tripp and Nikalaus Chandler.  Having played most of the top sides in the first 5 rounds, the boys will be looking to string some wins together and stay in touch with the top 4.

The Reserves continued on their winning way.  Jordan Neat dominated the first term with 3 goals, with plenty of supply from the mid field that got on top early. Cam Maher (awarded best & 4 goals) and Adam Cox were everywhere, Rhys Kalic and Luke Edwards (4 goals) also had plenty of it.  Others to pay well were Zach Kerr and Jon Hallion, whilst Arran Fox chipped in with 3 goals.  A 94 point win was a great team effort.

Playing for the Tom Symes Cup (with both sides undefeated and sitting 1st and 2nd on the ladder) and Joel Latimer’s 100th game, the A grade game got off to a great start, kicking 6 goals to 1 and leading by 36 points at quarter time.  Craig Jamar was dominating the ruck, and our mid field was on top.  This was the end of Centrals domination and South played the better football during the 2nd quarter, and had reduced the deficit to 23 points at ½ time.  This continued into the 3rd quarter, and by ¾ time Centrals held a lead of only 4 points.  The last quarter was a see sawing quarter of football with Centrals extending it’s lead mid way though the last quarter, but South kept coming.  In a thrilling finish that included some posters the match finished in a draw (the first between the 2 clubs since the 1979 Grand Final) with the ball in South’s 50m arc.  Thanks to South for staying around for presentation of the Tom Symes Cup, which will remain with Centrals due to us holding it from our win in 2013.  Charlie Molyneux was again outstanding, with others to contribute being Daniel Stanley, Corey Solly (doing a great job on Heath Lawry), Brad Mercer (6 goals), and Craig Jamar.

Club Person/s of the week was awarded to Darryl King and Ian Millen for the great work they do week in, week out in regards to fund raising. A reminder to those who are still to pay their player auction, can we try and tidy this up over the next 2 weeks.  Oldy’s syndicate picked up the A Grade money for the 2nd time in 2 weeks.

This week we host Freeling, and hope to bounce back in the A Grade.  Thanks to Freeling for agreeing to the fixture change earlier in the year, which was due to us hosting a round of the Australian Rally Championships on August 2nd.

Diary Dates:

May 24th May versus Freeling at home.

May 31st May versus Angaston at home – Shuffle night at the clubrooms

July 26th – Goods & Services Auction at Starplex (can GCSC commence tracking down Auction items)