Thunder rumbles the Lakers

Last Saturday saw the Lakers travel off the mountain to take on Yarra Glen at the Yarra Glen Showgrounds, the scene of Kinglake's last premiership win in 1994.


Last Saturday saw the Lakers travel off the mountain to take on Yarra Glen at the Yarra Glen Showgrounds, the scene of Kinglake’s last premiership win in 1994.

Unfortunately, Yarra Glen was the better side of the day and ran Kinglake off their feet on a ground that is wider than it is long.

The Kinglake seniors staged a second-half comeback that wasn’t quite enough to get them over the line. They certainly reduced the Thunder’s winning margin by less than it could have been.

Kinglake met Yarra Glen earlier this year at Kinglake with the seniors winning by 27 points and the reserves being beaten by 25 points.

The reserves are yet to win a game against Yarra Glen, with the seniors having one win and one loss from their encounters this year.


Next Sunday 13 July is a big day for the Kinglake Football/Netball Club – possibly Kinglake’s biggest ever fundraiser – with the Yamaha sponsored Reverse Draw Day with a chance to win a Yamaha WR 450 motorbike valued at $12,000.

There will be special guests Brendan Fevola, Kinglake’s own Rowan ‘Darky’ Francis, actor Kinglake footballer, and 2002 Comedian of The Year Pommy Johnson.

To purchase tickets call Adrian on 0419 768 181 or Andy on 0419 313 619. Tickets will sell fast, so you’d better be quick.

Your ticket entitles you to entry on the day for two people, free beer, wine, soft drink and half-price spirits from 12pm until 4pm.

Finger food will be available and there will be a DJ, sports memorabilia and more.

Most of Kinglake will be there. Will you?


A number of changes were made with 11 senior players out for various reasons.

Yarra Glen got off to a great start, keeping Kinglake to just four behinds for the first half.

After half-time Kinglake staged a comeback and got within three goals but it wasn’t enough to catch Yarra Glen who were winners in the end.

This leaves Kinglake sitting in fifth position, but only on percentage alone with both Kinglake and the sixth-placed Belgrave with seven wins, five losses.

Kinglake must beat Alexandra next week to keep their finals hopes alive and stay in the top five.

KINGLAKE    0.3   0.4   7.5    11.7 (73)
GOALS: Brenton Styles 4, Brent Gallichio 2, Michael Nott 2, Damian Pywell 2, Steve Hurst.
BEST: Alexandra Carpenter, James Walker, Adam Butterworth, Kevin Smith.


The reserves started poorly and it was Yarra Glen’s inaccuracy and Kinglake’s backline pressure that prevented Yarra Glen from getting on top in the first half.

Kinglake went into the half-time break with a one-point lead they were lucky to have.

Unfortunately Kinglake reserve’s “lack of fitness, failure to man up and work for our team,” the reserves coach said.

It let Yarra Glen back into the game and once they got a run-on, they kept it up, playing wide on the wings and really make Kinglake work hard to return the football to the centre corridor.

It wasn’t to be with Yarra Glen winning by 8 points.

Kinglake (reserves) still sit in third position on the ladder, with eight wins and four losses.

Kinglake sits one game clear of fourth-placed Yarra Glen.

KINGLAKE:   3.1    5.2    6.5    9.5 (59)
GOALS: Cameron Caine 3, James Morgan 2, Ashley Grundy 2, Daniel Hamilton, Glen Jenkins.
BEST: Darryn O’Keefe, James Morgan, Cameron Caine, Darren McCumber.

YARRA GLEN:   1.4   4.7    7.9    9.13 (67)

First published Whittlesea Review, 8 July 2008, p. 12. Read the original.
Grammatical errors corrected since first publication.