2018 Mortgage Choice Hills Football League Division 1 Elimination Final – Echunga v Blackwood

2018 Mortgage Choice Hills Football League Division 1 Elimination Final – Echunga v Blackwood, live from Able Storage Oval, Mount Barker, Sunday 2 September @ 2pm.

Another close, hard fought game between two quality sides. Reigning premiers Blackwood have been consistent performers all year. Echunga’s journey to the Finals hasn’t been quite as smooth as Blackwood’s due to a bout of early season injuries, but they regained strength at the pointy end of the season.

This match was pretty even all the way through, with a clear result only becoming apparent as the fourth quarter unfolded. Overall, both sides can hold their heads up high for digging deep when it mattered. Congrats to Blackwood, who move into the 1st Semi Final. Commiserations to Echunga, who’ll no doubt build on their strong finish to 2018 to carry them into 2019.

Thanks to Fi Zevenboom for the pic. We still don’t know how she does it, but Fi’s shots are always top notch … and speaking of top notch visuals, you can watch this match, as well as listen. Could this be a hint of things to come next year?

2018 Mortgage Choice Hills Football League Division 2 2nd Semi Final – Kersbrook v Ironbank

2018 Mortgage Choice Hills Football League Division 2 2nd Semi Final – Kersbrook v Ironbank. Live from Birdwood Oval, Saturday 1 September 2018 @ 2pm. The Dream Maker headed out to the Velodrome for the first time this season and saw some quality footy being played by Div 2’s top A Grade teams. Ironbank’s exciting young team continued to impress, but was it good enough to beat the Bookers and their four solid quarters of high intensity football?

Speaking of high intensity, our own Rob Shearwood put forth some analysis at the end of the match. For those not in the know, Rob is a former football manager at the club. He has insight that few others have, and is worth listening to, so stick around until the very end.

As an added bonus, Collo rejoined the team after doing a quick lap of Australia. Welcome back, Collo!

2018 Mortgage Choice Hills Football League Division 2 Elimination Final – Raiders v Birdwood

2018 Mortgage Choice Hills Football League Division 2 Elimination Final – Raiders v Birdwood. This is another first for HFL Media, with Sunday HFL Finals Footy being broadcast LIVE for the first time.

The home of the Rams turned on sensational weather for this clash, and the Dream Maker was in the box seat to enjoy a hard fought battle between the Roosters and the Raiders. It wasn’t just the ground that Nairne Bremer provided: we also managed to secure the services of the Rams’ A Grade coach, Daniel Lackenby. Lackers brought great perspective to this game, and was able to get into the hard to reach places around Thomas International Foods Oval.

It was a close match, with intensity shown by both sides from the opening bounce to the final siren. Relive this battle royale right here.

2018 Mortgage Choice Hills Football League Division 2 Qualifying Final – Ironbank v Nairne Bremer

2018 Mortgage Choice Hills Football League Division 2 Qualifying Final – Ironbank v Nairne Bremer. This was another first for HFL Media as the Dream Maker went to Kersbrook to call the 2018 Division 2 Qualifying Final between Ironbank and Nairne Bremer. Kersy turned on magnificent weather for this clash, and the Dream Maker was in the box seat to enjoy some footy at the HFL’s northernmost outpost.

The Thunderers have enjoyed a strong season this year, and are shaping up as a real contender for the 2018 Div 2 Premiership. It was this form that took the Thunderers to a convincing win over the Rams.

For this match, we were privileged to have the Bridgewater-Callington Raiders’ Grade A coach, Rian Nelson. We continue to be impressed with the calibre of commentating talent waiting in the wings of the HFL, and Rian is no exception. Hear him (and the usual gang) right here.

hillsfooty.com and Lofty brings you more finals action than ever before, with a total of 8 HFL finals games being called by our award-winning Call Of The Wild Team during the 2018 Mortgage Choice Hills Football League finals series.

2018 Mortgage Choice Hills Football League Division 1, Round 17 – Mount Barker v Hahndorf

It was a big day at Howard Lane in the penultimate round of the 2018 Mortgage Choice Hills Football League Division 1. This top of the table clash was always going to be interesting, with added spice coming from Hahndorf’s Darcy “Hurricane” Hourigan kicking his 100th goal for the season.  Hurricane didn’t stop there; he kicked 5 goals in total to bring this year’s tally to 103.

This performance seemed to be the gee-up that the Magpies needed to take control of this match.  With a depleted side, and some unpredictable weather, the Roos had their work cut out for them.  Hear this match again, right here.

Both of these teams are in the 2018 HFL Division1 Finals series, but when will they meet?  And where?  Keep following hillsfooty.com and listening to our coverage on HFL Media to find out.  Thanks to Hahndorf Football Club for the pic.

HFL’s Call Of The Wild gets a gong at the 2018 SACBA Bilby Awards!

The HFL Media crew hasn’t even finished its first season of HFL coverage yet, and we’re already kicking goals. Well, this may be more of a behind, but we’re still on the scoreboard.

Our community broadcasting partner, Lofty Community Media, won the runner-up award at the 2018 SACBA Bilby Awards for Best Sports Coverage. SACBA, or the South Australian Community Broadcasters Association, is the peak body for community broadcasting in SA. There are over 30 member organisations in SACBA, so to come second in our first year is a huge honour.

With Lofty firing up its FM transmissions later this year, maybe we’ll kick a bit straighter next year as live and local footy returns to the airwaves in 2019.

Collecting this Bilby is Tony “The Colonel” Sander. The rest of the HFL Media crew let him out of the techno kitchen for a bit to go and receive the prize. Note The Colonel’s winter coat, which is at its most bushy at this time of year.