Lehmann factor takes Bulls to home ground victory

After snatching a low mark in front of Kangas' Drew Willcocks, Mt Barkers’ Sam Lehmann plays on to take a quick goal just before the half-time siren. (Geoff Vivian)

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Sam Lehmann had plenty of opportunity to score in his 250th game for Mount Barker on Saturday, booting four clean goals and no behinds from full forward and centre half forward.

The Bulls dominated all four quarters against the Kangas at Sounness Park, with the visitors scoring a single goal in the first quarter, two each in the second and third, and just three behinds in the fourth.

Mt Barker coach Brad Hook put much of their success to the fact they fielded a “really good side”.

“It was probably our best 22 we had this season,” he said.

“We had a couple of guys come back from injury and a couple of guys playing their first or second games of the season.”

The Leymann factor

And of course it was impossible to discount the Lehmann factor in the Bulls’ victory.

“We only play 15 games a season so for him to rack up 250 games is a testament to his commitment and preparation,” Hook said.

“He is the heart and soul of the Barker footy club and probably one of the most respected in the whole GSFL.”

Kangas “young team”

Kangas coach Leigh Hislop said the Bulls were truly “up and about” because of Lehmann’s presence.

“Unfortunately we had a pretty young team and weren’t able to bounce back in time,” he said.

“Although we lost against Mt Barker we have still got a good young crew and I expect we will upset a few before the end of the season.”

After the final siren Mt Barker walked away with a score of 16.10 (106) to North Albany’s 5.11 (41).

This Saturday the newly-invigorated Bulls face the Royals, also at home, while North Albany play Railways at Tigerland on Sunday.

Other matches

At Centennial Oval, Denmark Walpole suffered an even more crushing defeat in an away game against the Royals, scoring just a single goal in the first quarter with a final score of 18.16 (124) to 1.4 (10).

On Sunday at Tigerland, Railways 13.13 (91) defeated Albany 7.7 (49) placing the Tigers into first position on the GSFL League Ladder.

The ladder

The Ladder now reads 1: Railways, 2: Royals, 3: Denmark Walpole, 4: Mount Barker, 5: Albany, 6: North Albany.

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