Wearing their red and gold uniforms of yesteryear Barmera Monash provided a crowd that included a lot of people from the club`s past with a splendid display against Loxton on Saturday winning at the Lakeside Oval 19-18 (132) to 11-7 (73). Dillon Millard again starred for the Roos cum ‘Pelicans’ while Jack Selfe and Michael Smart were also amongst the best of a very good unit. For the absentee plagued Tigers ‘Mr Reliables’ Leigh Kruger, Nick Uren and Chris Papageorgiou were best
At Panther Park Loxton North won in courageous style against Renmark. Trailing by 5 points at half time and with its interchange bench without any fit players the home side built up a good lead in the third stanza then held on desperately to withstand a big Rover finish to win by six points 14-8 (92) to 12-14 (86). For North Jordan Hentschke, Anton Cook and Joel worsfold were outstanding while for Renmark Trevor Thorpe, Shane Walker and Drew Gallard did best. Again poor kicking for goal cost the Rovers dearly.
At Waikerie the Magpies had to work hard to defeat Berri in a lack lustre contest 11-15 (81) to 9-3 (57). Adam Braendler and Tim Bevan continued to star for Waikerie with Elliott Modra playing one of his best games and for the Demons Adam Beauchamp, Adam Willson and Josh Woolston were prominent.
The A grade premiership ladder is still in the blender as far as the double chance is concerned. Loxton North`s brave win kept it on top where it is followed by Waikerie both on 18 points. Barmera Monash continues to surge and with its superior percentage leads Renmark in third and fourth spot both on 16 points.
Meanwhile in the MALLEE LEAGUE all the talk prior to Saturday`s matches was about the battle for fourth spot with Karoonda on 8 points and to play top side BDT and Murrayville on 6 points to be favourite in lining up against Karoonda.
Well the battle was settled in Saturday`s matches. Karoonda defeated BDT 23-16 (154) to 8-7 (55). Repeating Karoonda defeated BDT by 99 points. At the same time Pinnaroo defeated Murrayville 15-8 (98) to 12-12 (84). In the third game Lameroo stitched up the double chance by beating rival Peake 11-13 (79) to 11-11 (77).
In the Magpies versus Crows super sized upset Karoonda was best served in a great team effort by consistent Zakk Bullard, Ben Quinn, Todd Boughen and with 6 goals W Luckett while for BDT the standouts were Josh Richardson, Braden Kennett and Lachie Richardson. In Pinnaroo`s win over Murrayville Wade Nickolls scored 5 goals and best players were acknowledged as Alex Keough, Jaimen Stringer and L Pye. Murrayville`s best were Rian Crane, Kevin Wyatt and Jesse Vass. For Lameroo in its two point win in a thriller against Peake Scott Fischer, Mark Benham and Josh Ridgway were outstanding while Peake`s best were Darren Hare, Matthew Whitford and B Woodhouse.