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REMEMBERING 2007

Next Saturday June 10th we are holding a 2007 Premiership Reunion as part of our Pre-Match Luncheon. Many 2007 Premiership heroes will be in attendance. As we lead into next weekend Club Historian Robert Laidlaw looks at the year that was 2007...

THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD
By Robert Laidlaw
The 2007 premiership year for Central District in the SANFL was not only the club's most successful season in the win-loss column, it was a signal of the changing of the guard, with an influx of new personnel that started a four-year winning flag run.
After winning five premiership in six season, from 2000-05, with four flags against the Eagles, the Bulldogs lost numerous players and struggled in 2006 to regroup, although playing off in the grand final – a losing effort against Woodville West Torrens.
A recruiting campaign saw Tasmanians Ian Callinan and Nathan Grima, Victorians Heath Lawry and Ryan Williams (via Port Power draft), Trent Goodrem (NSW), Lee Spurr (Queensland) and Charles Slattery from West Adelaide join the club in 2007.
And a few players were coming up through Central's junior program, including Daniel Havelberg, Alan Obst and Jonathon Giles, while Andrew Hayes (Sydney) and Chad O'Sullivan (Victoria/WA) joined in 2006.
The Bulldogs opened the season with eight consecutive victories, before going down by seven points to Sturt at Unley, then won seven straight, including a record 34-7 to 8-5 win at home against Norwood, where Havelberg booted 14 goals and just one point.
A comprehensive 35-point loss to North at Prospect was a let-down, but Central won its final three minor round games and the second semi against the Roosters by 20 points to qualify for its eighth consecutive grand final.
With five goals in the first term, to just two from North, the Dogs set up their victory, restricting the Roosters to just single goals in each of the final three quarters, to run out convincing 16-11 to 5-12 winners.
There was some controversy late in the game, when James Gowans appeared to go completely mad, chasing down North's Shane Schubert, and belting him, which resulted in his being reported, and also taking him out of contention for the Jack Oatey Medal.
Video footage from behind the northern goals discovered by media personality Mark Soderstrom, showed why Gowans acted the way he did, and led to a reduced sentence, with just a three game suspension.
And while James Gowans was rated highly for his performance in the grand final, so was his twin sibling Chris, who kept it in the family by being awarded the medal as best on ground.
Matthew Slade and Paul Thomas were co-captains for Roy Laird – who coached his fourth premiership in five season – while Jason Mackenzie was vice captain.
Livewire forward Elijah Ware played his 50th league game earlier in the season, while Brad Symes notched up his 50th in the second semi – before playing in Port Power's record 119-point AFL grand final loss to Geelong, then in the Dogs success another week later.
Through the season Central beat West Adelaide at Berri in early June, a game where Daniel Schell notched up his 100th for the club, a milestone matched by Thomas later that month, in the Dogs 158-point shellacking of Norwood.
In Central's four-flag reign from 2007, nine players were members of all successes – James Gowans, Chris Gowans, Daniel Schell, Yves Sibenaler, Jason Mackenzie, Paul Thomas, Ian Callinan, Scott Dutschke and Andrew Hayes.
Five players from the 2007 premiership side added two more through the streak, Matthew Slade (eight total), Richard Cochrane (six), Daniel Havelberg, Heath Lawry and Chad O'Sullivan.
There were four players who only tasted one flag with the Bulldogs, which was 2007, Alan Obst, Charles Slattery, Nathan Grima and Jonathan Griffin, and three who played in multiple premierships in split seasons, Elijah Ware (also 2004 and 2008), Adam Switala (2003 and 2009) and Brad Symes (2005).
RESULT:
Central District 5-2 8-4 11-6 16-11 (107)
North Adelaide 2-3 3-6 4-9 5-12 (42)
Goals: Callinan 4, Obst 2, Havelberg 2, J. Gowans 2, Dutschke 2, C. Gowans, Hayes, Thomas, Cochrane.
 

THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD

By Robert Laidlaw

The 2007 premiership year for Central District in the SANFL was not only the club's most successful season in the win-loss column, it was a signal of the changing of the guard, with an influx of new personnel that started a four-year winning flag run.

After winning five premiership in six season, from 2000-05, with four flags against the Eagles, the Bulldogs lost numerous players and struggled in 2006 to regroup, although playing off in the grand final – a losing effort against Woodville West Torrens.

A recruiting campaign saw Tasmanians Ian Callinan and Nathan Grima, Victorians Heath Lawry and Ryan Williams (via Port Power draft), Trent Goodrem (NSW), Lee Spurr (Queensland) and Charles Slattery from West Adelaide join the club in 2007.

And a few players were coming up through Central's junior program, including Daniel Havelberg, Alan Obst and Jonathon Giles, while Andrew Hayes (Sydney) and Chad O'Sullivan (Victoria/WA) joined in 2006.

The Bulldogs opened the season with eight consecutive victories, before going down by seven points to Sturt at Unley, then won seven straight, including a record 34-7 to 8-5 win at home against Norwood, where Havelberg booted 14 goals and just one point.

A comprehensive 35-point loss to North at Prospect was a let-down, but Central won its final three minor round games and the second semi against the Roosters by 20 points to qualify for its eighth consecutive grand final.

With five goals in the first term, to just two from North, the Dogs set up their victory, restricting the Roosters to just single goals in each of the final three quarters, to run out convincing 16-11 to 5-12 winners.

There was some controversy late in the game, when James Gowans appeared to go completely mad, chasing down North's Shane Schubert, and belting him, which resulted in his being reported, and also taking him out of contention for the Jack Oatey Medal.

Video footage from behind the northern goals discovered by media personality Mark Soderstrom, showed why Gowans acted the way he did, and led to a reduced sentence, with just a three game suspension.

And while James Gowans was rated highly for his performance in the grand final, so was his twin sibling Chris, who kept it in the family by being awarded the medal as best on ground.

Matthew Slade and Paul Thomas were co-captains for Roy Laird – who coached his fourth premiership in five season – while Jason Mackenzie was vice captain.

Livewire forward Elijah Ware played his 50th league game earlier in the season, while Brad Symes notched up his 50th in the second semi – before playing in Port Power's record 119-point AFL grand final loss to Geelong, then in the Dogs success another week later.

Through the season Central beat West Adelaide at Berri in early June, a game where Daniel Schell notched up his 100th for the club, a milestone matched by Thomas later that month, in the Dogs 158-point shellacking of Norwood.

In Central's four-flag reign from 2007, nine players were members of all successes – James Gowans, Chris Gowans, Daniel Schell, Yves Sibenaler, Jason Mackenzie, Paul Thomas, Ian Callinan, Scott Dutschke and Andrew Hayes.

Five players from the 2007 premiership side added two more through the streak, Matthew Slade (eight total), Richard Cochrane (six), Daniel Havelberg, Heath Lawry and Chad O'Sullivan.

There were four players who only tasted one flag with the Bulldogs, which was 2007, Alan Obst, Charles Slattery, Nathan Grima and Jonathan Griffin, and three who played in multiple premierships in split seasons, Elijah Ware (also 2004 and 2008), Adam Switala (2003 and 2009) and Brad Symes (2005).

RESULT:

Central District 5-2 8-4 11-6 16-11 (107)

North Adelaide 2-3 3-6 4-9 5-12 (42)

Goals: Callinan 4, Obst 2, Havelberg 2, J. Gowans 2, Dutschke 2, C. Gowans, Hayes, Thomas, Cochrane.

TO SEE A VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS PACKAGE OF THE 2007 SANFL GRAND FINAL CLICK HERE
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The 2007 Premiership will be celebrated at next week's Home Match Luncheon (10th June) with many 2007 Premiership heroes returning for our Luncheon and Match Day against Sturt. To read more information about booking into the luncheon click here

HEAR A RADIO PODCAST:

To hear a podcast of Olympian Sean Carlin and CDFC Historian Robert Laidlaw talking about CDFC and 2007 click here

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