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Central Eyre




14.12 (96)

West Coast Hawks




12.8 (80)

Best - Central Eyre: K Sampson, B Grocke, W O'Brien, M Grocke, J Beard, M Sampson. West Coast Hawks: V Cash, T Montgomery, M Wheaton, J McEvoy, L Carey. Goals - Central Eyre: K Sampson, R Sampson 3, M Grocke 2, M Sampson, C O’Brien, B Hegarty, J Biggs, T McKenna, M Beinke. West Coast Hawks: L Carey 4, A Whitford 3, J Danis 2, M Box, C McCullam, J McGilvray.

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Mid West League Preliminary Finals Preview

Kyancutta 30 August 2008

The penultimate final will be held this week at Kyancutta, with the final berth for the Grand Finals to be decided.  Will it be the vanquished from last week, or the confidence that comes from winning the 1st semi final which come out on top? 

A Grade

Wirrulla will meet Wudinna United.  Wudinna United hold two wins from their three meetings during the year, but Wirrulla played the more consistent football for the balance of the year seeing them gain second spot.  Don’t be fooled by Wirrulla’s poor form last week, the Hawks jumped them, but the Bombers have high expectations and the talent to go with it.

Both sides will fancy their chances for different reasons.  The Bombers have a good and well balanced side, welcoming back Ryan Watson (if released from Port Adelaide) and Tyler Baldock. The Magpies will regain speedster Craig Watson for the clash.

The importance of fast starts has been underlined in this year’s finals series again, and therefore any side kicking against any wind in the first quarter will need to be mindful of this.

There will be great match ups over the ground, Mark North v Tyler Baldock in Ruck, Centre duals will see Ryan Watson, Jarrod Parker and Yanni Retsas against Ryan DuBois, Craig Watson and Ryan Cummings.

Wirrulla have a great forward line, who will kick the goals if the ball gets there,  Simon Webb, Troy Olsen, Craig Johnson are awesome, and will challenge the evergreen Simon Petty, Troy Klante and Ryan Helling.  Dan Foster looms as a key for the Magpies, with Simon Riddle likely to get the nod here.

Both sides like to run the ball, and both are susceptible to disposal errors, which must be avoided at all costs.

Wirrulla will deservedly start a warm favourite despite their loss last week, they will have regrouped and examined the need for increased finals intensity.  Wudinna United know they have a good record against the Bombers and will challenge strongly, using leg speed as their primary weapon.  Expect an entertaining a close fought battle, as there are huge stakes here and both sides saw the Hawks stumble at the final hurdle in 2007 in similar circumstances.

B Grade

Wirrulla will meet a West Coast Hawks outfit bolstered by the return of several key players.  Wirrullla has held sway winning all prior meetings, but expect this to be closer.  Andrew Patterson, Josh Norman and Dale Murphy looms as keys.  The Hawks will see several A experienced players back, with James Almering, Alan Burge likely to starts, young Graeme Montgomerie threatening up forward and Jarrod Freeman in the ruck.  Wirrulla will hold the edge in height and aerial duals, and Hawks likely to have the leg speed.  Again an early break is critical, and Wirrulla would like to lead at three quarter time where the Hawks should come home the faster of the two.

The Bombers are favoured in a tight match to revisit the Tigers in the Grand final.


Wudinna United vs Central Eyre in the battle of neighboring clubs and school bragging rights for the balance of the year.  Wudinna United hold the honors two games to one in their meetings this year, but this is at the home of the Bulldog and they will throw everything at this game.  Josh Boylan and Tyson Jackson lead the big man strength of the Magpies, with Nick Wedding showing sticky fingers in marking contests, Stefan Wilkins welcomed back up forward, Jonty Seal all over the ground ready to go.  The Bulldogs look to Jake Bruce and Tasman Fitzgerald to gain ascendancy in the centre, Martin Dorward at Centre Half Forward, Micah Van Loon and Tyler Chapman all having exceptional skills and energy.

Wudinna United start slight favourite but this game could go either way, and it is unlikely that either team will walk off not having given their all.

Only one week of football will remain in season 2008 after this week, with the hopes and dreams of some clubs still alive for another seven days.


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Program - Season 2008    
Teams first named are home games
Date Teams Venue  
Round One      
12th Apr  Western Districts v West Coast Hawks Poochera  
  Wirrulla v Elliston Wirrulla  
  Wudinna United v Central Eyre Wudinna  
19th Apr Central Eyre v Wirrulla Kyancutta  
  Elliston v Western Districts Elliston  
  West Coast Hawks v Wudinna United Streaky Bay  
23rd/24th April Country Youth Football Championships (u17) Adelaide  
26th Apr Western Districts v Central Eyre Poochera  
  West Coast Hawks v Elliston Streaky Bay  
  Wirrulla v Wudinna United Wirrulla  
3rd May Central Eyre v West Coast Hawks Warramboo  
  Wudinna United v Elliston Wudinna  
  Wirrulla v Western Districts Wirrulla  
10th May Elliston v Central Eyre Elliston  
  Western Districts v Wudinna United Minnipa  
  West Coast Hawks v Wirrulla Piednippie  
17th May Mid West v Far West Streaky Bay  
Round Two      
24th May West Coast Hawks v Western Districts Streaky Bay  
  Elliston v Wirrulla Elliston  
  Central Eyre v Wudinna United Warramboo  
25th May Eyre Regional Netball Carnival (Round Robin) Lock  
31st May Wirrulla v Central Eyre Wirrulla  
  Western Districts v Elliston Minnipa  
  Wudinna United v West Coast Hawks Wudinna  
7th June Mortlock Shield/ Netball Country Carnival Port Lincoln/ Adelaide
8th June Pt Adelaide Cup/ Netball Country Carnival Port Lincoln/ Adelaide
9th June Mortlock Shield/ Netball Country Carnival Port Lincoln/ Adelaide
14th June Central Eyre v Western Districts Kyancutta  
  Elliston v West Coast Hawks Elliston  
  Wudinna United v Wirrulla Wudinna  
21st June West Coast Hawks v Central Eyre Piednippie  
  Elliston v Wudinna United Elliston  
  Western Districts v Wirrulla Poochera  
28th June Central Eyre v Elliston Kyancutta  
  Wudinna United v Western Districts Wudinna  
  Wirrulla v West Coast Hawks Wirrulla  
Round Three      
5th July Kinlough/Pedler Cups Lock  
5th/6th July State Country Football Championships Berri  
9th/10th July Regional Netball Championships Adelaide  
12th July Western Districts v West Coast Hawks Minnipa  
  Wirrulla v Elliston Wirrulla  
  Wudinna United v Central Eyre Wudinna  
14th-19th July Intrastate Under 15s Football Championship Adelaide  
19th July Central Eyre v Wirrulla Warramboo  
  Elliston v Western Districts Elliston  
  West Coast Hawks v Wudinna United Piednippie  
26th July Western Districts v Central Eyre Minnipa  
  West Coast Hawks v Elliston Piednippie  
  Wirrulla v Wudinna United Wirrulla  
26th July SACFL v VCFL Shepperdton  
2nd Aug Central Eyre v West Coast Hawks Kyancutta  
  Wudinna United v Elliston Wudinna  
  Wirrulla v Western Districts Wirrulla  
9th Aug Elliston v Central Eyre Elliston  
  Western Districts v Wudinna United Poochera  
  West Coast Hawks v Wirrulla Streaky Bay  
16th Aug 1st Semi Final  (Host: West Coast Hawks) Piednippie  
16th Aug MWFL Medal Counts Piednippie  
23rd Aug 2nd Semi Final (Host: Western Districts) Minnipa  
30th Aug Preliminary Final (Host: Central Eyre) Kyancutta  
6th Sep Grand Final (Host: Wudinna United) Wudinna  
2008 Public Holidays/ Events School Holidays  
10-Mar Adelaide Cup (Monday) 12 Apr - 27 Apr  
21-Mar Good Friday 05 Jul - 20 Jul  
22-Mar Easter Saturday 27 Sep - 12 Oct  
24-Mar Easter Monday 13 Dec -  
25-Apr Anzac Day  (Tuesday)    
9-Jun Queens Birthday (Monday)    
28-Sep Wudinna Show    
Venue Summary (Number of Games) Home Club Home
Kyancutta  4 games plus Preliminary Final    
Warramboo 3 games Central Eyre 7
Elliston 7 games Elliston 7
Streaky Bay 4 games      
Piednippie 4 games plus 1st Semi Final West Coast Hawks 8
Poochera 4 games    
Minnipa 4 games plus 2nd Semi Final Western Districts 8
Wirrulla 8 games  Wirrulla 8
Wudinna 7 games plus Grand Final Wudinna United 7



The Mid West Football League Grand Final was played at Elliston in blustery conditions on the   weekend.  The ground was in excellent condition and the club house end was favoured by a “four to five goal” wind for most of the day.  Congratulations and well done must go to the hosts, Elliston.  The day was well catered and managed, making a top day for all.


The poised and highly skilled West Coast Hawks side were meeting a Central Eyre side with little to lose, already having won plenty of respect for a great finals series.  The toss was won by Central Eyre which was a critical bit of luck, as the fact that they were kicking with a wind that had the potential to change direction during the day, had everyone up and taking notice.


After an arm wrestle in the first ten minutes, with both sides looking to assert pressure and both sides scoring majors, the Bulldogs started to pile the score on the board.  Martin Grocke and Jesse Stringer were winning plenty of ball across the centre and with Matt Sampson prominent, the ball was constantly heading into Central Eyre’s forward area.  Fourteen scoring shots for a return of 6.8, and two out on the full indicated the amount of time the Bulldogs spent in attack.  The Hawks managed two goals into the strong breeze, and this wasn’t a bad result, with the game very much alive at quarter time and the Hawks to Kick with the wind trailing by 32 points.


At the start of the second quarter, quick goals came to the Hawks and they were on the chase.  Luke Carey was providing a target at full forward, Jasin McGilvray and Casey McCullam dangerous across half forward, Tyson Montgomerie and Dillon Montmoerie were dominating out in the middle.  Central Eyre were not to be denied however and worked the ball wonderfully into the wind, managing to kick four straight goals, by playing a well disciplined and drilled game plan. Kane Sampson and Ryan Sampson both providing targets, using the ball well when they had it.  Britt Grocke was playing loose in defence and gathered many possessions, reading the ball immaculately and ensuring that forward space was filled giving the Hawks no room to run. The Bulldogs were up at the main break by 22 points, which had everyone saying “Could they keep it up?”


The third quarter saw Central Eyre out of the blocks early, kicking quick goals and more significantly the wind starting to change around to cross the ground. Kicking four goals to one for the quarter, the Bulldogs had a surprisingly commanding 41 point lead going into the last quarter and were set for a major upset.


The Hawks have been undefeated all year and no club gets to that position without a pride and passion to win, but now was the time for them to show their qualities.  It wasn’t to be though as holding on grimly, the Bulldogs hugged the outer boundary, using what was now a strong cross breeze to keep out the fast finishing Hawks. They tried desperately to bring the ball towards the centre and did so regularly enough to cause a real doubt in everyones mind as to whether the lead was big enough. Adding 4.2 to 0.1 in the last quarter was not enough from the Hawks, as Central Eyre were just too far in front and went on the record a well deserved 16 point victory. For the losers, Luke Carey was a target all day, and his four goals in the conditions was a great effort. Wade O’Brien was his direct opponent and also played extremely well, this contest alone was worth traveling a long distance to see.


Others to play well for the victorious Bulldogs were John Beard on the wing, who capped an outstanding finals series for himself, his courageous efforts well beyond the call of duty. Matty Sampson was also wonderful, mature well above his beyond his age, Mark Fridd is another who has stood up all finals and will be well proud of his efforts.  Four young guns in Jaseton Heath, Jesse Stringer, Zac Fitzgerald and Ty McKenna played excellent football and helped nullify a perceived Hawks pace advantage.


For the gallant Hawks, Vincent Cash at half back was great all day having to do the job on Kane Sampson, while Tyson Montgomerie in the Centre didn’t give up and had a big impact. Michael Wheaton ran hard carrying the ball across lines, while veteran Jason McEvoy also played well.


It is difficult to come out of a Grand Final with a loss and see many positives, but the Hawks have been the seasons pacesetters, playing a wonderful fast running open style of play that was hindered by the limited confines of the Elliston Oval.  Central Eyre must be congratulated, they had completed their homework and matched up with thefar more favoured opponents extremely well.  Lead by the old masters brothers the Sampsons, Kane and Ryan, the Grockes, Britt and Martin and the O’Briens, Wade, Brett and Craig, they engineered a victory that will be well remembered for many years to come.  The Bulldogs remained disciplined when imposing their physical presence, and this could well be the major reason that they won.  After the ultimate success in his first season as Coach, David Bower will be smiling well into the summer.


Congratulations Central Eyre, MWFL Premiers 2007

GRAND FINAL SCORE from Elliston on September 8, 2007

Central Eyre




14.12 (96)

West Coast Hawks




12.8 (80)

Best - Central Eyre: K Sampson, B Grocke, W O'Brien, M Grocke, J Beard, M Sampson. West Coast Hawks: V Cash, T Montgomery, M Wheaton, J McEvoy, L Carey. Goals - Central Eyre: K Sampson, R Sampson 3, M Grocke 2, M Sampson, C O’Brien, B Hegarty, J Biggs, T McKenna, M Beinke. West Coast Hawks: L Carey 4, A Whitford 3, J Danis 2, M Box, C McCullam, J McGilvray.



2nd Semi Final Previews

1st Semi Final Results

Mail Medal goes to Brayden Holmes

Round 15, August 9, 2008

Round 14, August 2, 2008

Round 13 - July 26, 2008

Round 12 - July 19, 2008

Round 11 - July 12, 2008

Round 10 scores - June 28, 2008

Round 9 - June 21, 2008

Rex Foster reaches 350 Games

Round 8 Scores - June 14, 2008

Mid West comes third in Mortlock Shield

Round Seven Scores - May 31, 2008

Round Six Scores - May 24, 2008

Round Five Scores - May 10, 2008

Round Four Scores - May 3, 2008

Round Three Scores - April 26, 2008

Round Two Scores - April 19, 2008

Clearances to April 16, 2008

Round One Scores - April 12, 2008

Season Preview

Ladders after Rd 15


West Coast Hawks 26 66.99%
Wirrulla 20 55.41%
Central Eyre 18 53.93%
Wudinna United 16 50.08%
Elliston 8 35.10%
Western Districts 2 37.33%


Western Districts 28 74.87%
Wirrulla 26 70.97%
West Coast Hawks 18 61.46%
Central Eyre 10 33.15%
Wudinna United 4 26.95%
Elliston 4 23.27%


West Coast Hawks 26 80.01%
Wudinna United 26 73.17%
Central Eyre 20 54.65%
Elliston 10 45.61%
Wirrulla 6 26.81%
Western Districts 2 17.48%