Tigers take glory

Scotchtown made an impact during Circular Head Football Association’s twilight tournament – the Lightning Premiership – to take the title at the Smithton Recreation Ground on Saturday. Scotchtown player Kieren Baldock weaves his way out of the clutches of Forest Stanley. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

CHFA. Scotchtown have taken out Circular Head Football Association’s season opening tournament, the Lightning Premiership.

Playing 10 minutes halves under lights at the Smithton Recreation Ground on Saturday, Irishtown and Redpa kicked off the first game with Irishtown winning 2.1.13 to no response from their opponents.

Game two saw Forest Stanley edge ahead of Scotchtown with a 3.2.20 to 2.2.14 final score, before Scotchtown defeated Redpa 2.4.16 to 1.2.8.

The fourth game saw Irishtown defeat Forest Stanley 3.4.22 to 1.1.7 before Scotchtown claimed their Lightning Premiership glory with a 2.1.13 victory over Irishtown 1.0.6.

The first look at the season ahead shows level competition, and most coaches will agree.

“It looks like it is going to be a good even comp this year,” Irishtown coach Jason Gofton says.

“Best players were hard to single out as we had different players every match, a mixture of Seniors and Reserves, but all in all I would say a good team effort.”

Forest Stanley coach Mark Kearnes said he ran a distinct squad and also found the competition to be relatively even.

“We played a lot of players through a lot of different positions and got a good look at our new recruits,” he said and now looks ahead to the season’s challenges: “We will begin to build our fitness now, aiming to peak towards the end of the year.”

Redpa coach Stafford Ives-Heres said his squad showed good pace in a highly contested match against Irishtown but struggled to find their target. He also cautioned his players against overusing handballs in defence.

“After the Lightning Premiership I think all teams, on their day, can beat any team,” he said.

“Scotchtown was too experienced for Redpa but I think on a dry football day our youth will help to [create] a different result.

“This is the most even comp in the CHFA for a long time and this year there will be some great games.”

In Under 16s Lightning Premiership action, Redpa took out the title ahead of Irishtown with an uncontested eight goal, five point haul.

Redpa defeated Irishtown in game one, 5.7.37 to 1.1.7 while Forest Stanley finished ahead of Scotchtown 2.4.16 to 2.3.15 in game two. Game three saw Redpa prevent Scotchtown from impacting the score board while kicking 11.4.70 themselves and in game four, Irishtown won out against Forest Stanley 9.4.58 to no response.

Circular Head Football Association’s first round will begin this weekend when Irishtown host Scotchtown and Forest Stanley meet with Redpa.

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