Nobody in their right mind would have suggested a few weeks ago that Barmera United`s tearaway start to the season would end and by round eleven it would have slumped to third place, three points behind defending champion Berri River Rangers and one in arrears of Renmark Olympic.
But after successive defeats at the hands of Berri and Renmark that is indeed where it sits.
With three rounds of matches remaining in the premiership season that means that all sides are still to play each other once in the four team competition so ‘hold the bus’ there is still some distance to travel.
Barmera has now lost its last two games by only one goal, to Berri and Renmark.
In Sunday`s the Pelicans ran into Olympic`s sharp shooters Bari (two goals) and Hari (one) really on song and in a thrilling contest went down 3-2.
Full backs Tarqin Frahn and Jesse Kahlon were outstanding for Renmark while for Barmera Daniel Anderson and Rhys Barber and one of the goal scorers Jim Fournaros worked overtime to try to get their side up.
In the other game Berri, anxious to improve its goal difference certainly did with a 13-0 demolition of Loxton.
One of the real candidates for the Steve Poutakis Medal, the super consistent Russel Frankel, Marcus Drogemuller with four goals, Walter Monoja and the brilliant Edmond Grosser were the best of a up and about Rangers’ unit.
For Loxton veteran mid fielder Stan Antonopoulos and French winger Stephane Raynard did best.
In the Women`s Open competition Berri looks well on its way to a premiership with another consistent performer Marnie Stewart and Ebony Hoffmann leading it to a 4-2 win against Loxton (Hayley Haigh).
In the other game Renmark Elif Sen, Rhianne Williams defeated Barmera (Ellen Ryan-Colta, Steph Karagiannis) 4-1.