Andamooka and Hornridge remember Troy Gum with memorial trophy

RESPECT: Players from both Hornridge and Andamooka had a minute s silence for the Troy Gum Memorial Trophy match.

Andamooka and Hornridge remembered the passing of friend and teammate Troy Gum with one minute’s silence before clashing in the Troy Gum Memorial Trophy match.

The game, now an annual tradition, pays a homage to a man tragically taken by cancer two years ago.

Troy grew up in Roxby playing football for Hornridge and was affiliated through friendship with the Andamooka football team.

The game as the french say was “a fait accompli”.

I suppose that is a fancy way of saying “yep, knew Andamooka were going to get their backside’s kicked”.

The 1.4-10 to 20.12-132 final score, however, doesn’t reflect the courage shown by the Andamooka boys despite the shellacking.

Kangaroos coach Craig Whyatt reflected on a season that demonstrated Andamooka’s inability to match it with the rest of the league, yet was pleased that under the circumstances his team had the courage to duke it out irrespective of the what the scoreboard was telling them.

While most teams had their fair share of injuries and absent players, arguably Andamooka suffered the most.

So for Whyatt and his band of brothers it’s the end of a forgettable season.

Hornridge on the other hand are major contenders in this year’s finals, however, while they might of got some match practice in against the hapless ‘Roos, they cannot afford to bask too long, if at all, in Saturday’s victory.

When the game is broken down, Andamooka kept a much stronger and aggressive Magpies to four goals in the first quarter and in the third the ‘Roos clipped a flatfooted Magpie run by only conceding four goals.

The truth of it is the ‘Pies should have slotted at least another four or six plus, against a Kangaroos side that had little or no run off the bench and inferior football skills.

The point is, Hornridge cannot afford to stray off the path and must play four quarters of consistent football.

If they are stalled by a depleted team such as Andamooka, imagine what a well oiled Roxby Districts, an unpredictable Olympic Dam, or if Coober Pedy manage to present its best side, will do to them if they stray too far from coach Mitchell’s plan.

DODGE: Hornridge’s Clayton Millard dodges defenders during his side’s win on Saturday.