Likely premiers in Riverland A Grade Hockey remain camouflaged after last weekend`s results.
Arguably the most improved team in 2015 the Waikerie Women with a new never say die attitude amongst its blending of juniors and experienced players kept the Renmark defence of stalwarts Bec Keynes and Sally Giles busy early but opportunities to score went begging. Long balls into Renmark`s attack then brought the ‘Juliett Mallinson’ factor into play and the game suddenly became a high scoring affair. Renmark with Mallinson scoring four goals got two clear at one stage but Waikerie never gave up and the final score was Renmark 5 to Waikerie 4. Alison Giles scored Renmark’s other goal with it’s best players Amy Evans, Hayley Edmonds and Kylie Radloff. Waikerie’s goals came from Ashleigh Baker 2, Trinity Schmidt and Emma Vallelonga and its best players were outstanding junior Justice Ebert, Carlye Way and Baker.
In the other Women`s match between Berri and Loxton the first half was extremely tight with the score 0-0 at half time. Berri could claim an edge in opportunities as Naomi Weatherald and Jane Menzel provided opportunities for Kira McMahon, Carina Turner and Bailey Hibberd in attack but Billie Jo Hammerstein and form defenders Louise Paschke, Haylee Symens and Louise Smith helf firm for Loxton. Erin Noack broke the drought with an early second half goal for Berri and the reigning premier lifted with Brooke Kelly having a great game attacking from defence and combining with Weatherald and Menzel to pepper their team`s attacking circle. Finally it paid dividends with Kris Weir scoring her first A Grade goal for the season. with 10 minutes remaining Hammerstein did find Amy Oxlade for a Loxton goal but the rest of the contest was a stalemate with both teams missing the chance from a penalty corner. Best for Berri were Weatherald, Jane Hustler and Jen Kiel and for Loxton Oxlade, Samantha Pearn and Hammerstein.
In A Men Waikerie`s talented team ran riot against Renmark and a scoring spree saw a 9-1 result. The well drilled structure that sent Waikerie players running into gaps was the feature of a fine team display. Rowan Hope, a very strong and experienced player for Waikerie, tormented the Renmark defence throughout and ended up with 4 goals with Austin Hollamby and Jason Redemski each 2 and Jason Haese 1. Shaun Pick has been welcomed back into the Waikerie side and was at the head of the best player list but there were plenty of candidates with Clayton Hollamby and Rowan Kleemann joining him. APW could have sufficed. Renmark obviously was under constant bombardment but did salvage a consulation goal from its best player Jayden Bruce. Oliver Coats worked overtime as goalkeeper, Dan Shawyer’s experience saw him find plenty of the ball, Josh Fielke and Troy Parker tried hard but generally it was too many against too few in a one sided contest.
The Loxton and Berri clash was exactly the opposite. The improved Berri unit had Loxton under early pressure via Jarryd Roberts, Tim Trewren and Brett Stokes and a reward came as Roly Beviss got a goal to pump his side up even further. With the game played at a frantic pace Beau Delaine and Anthony Segui added to the Berri cause. Loxton is a proud side however and led by Steven Trezise and Tim Pallen numerous scoring opportunities were created only to run into Berri ‘keeper Tony Halupka playing one of the games of his life. It was not a game not for the feint hearted after Trezise equalled the score for Loxton on the back of some strong play from Karl Hennig, Nathan Fielke and Jimmy Lange. These players continued to push Loxton forward but Halupka, Stokes and Ashley Roberts held firm and against the run of play it was Berri that went ahead as Delaine slotted one past Dan Schubert. Play seesawed until Robin Schaeffer made it 2-2 for Loxton. Berri came again unluckily hitting the cross bar and thwarted on many occasions by Dan Schubert’s brilliant saves in goal. Loxton then had Jimmy Lange run the ball along the baseline and put it into the back of the net to grab the victory 3-2 but this had been a clash between two very even teams. Trezise, Jimmy Lange and Schaeffer were best for Loxton and Trewren, Roberts and Stokes for Berri.
In other Women’s Grades Berri with 3 goals from Ally Thomas defeated Waikerie 5-1 in B Grade. Kristen Hibberd, Nalani Milne and Chloe Passmore starred for Berri and Rosie Lawson, Bethany Smith and Bonnie Dolphin were best for Waikerie. In Under 18 Berri with 3 goals from Kira McMahon won 5-0 against Loxton. McMahon, Tori Martin and Emily Clarke played well for Berri and Mare Hartwig, Rebecca Langham and Olivia Vivian for Loxton. Waikerie defeated Renmark on a forfeit.
Men’s B Grade saw Waikerie win a keen contest 3-2 over Renmark. Darren Brewer scored 2 of Waikerie`s goals with best players Damon Perks, Hayward Paynter and John Newsham while Renmark`s best were Hamish Eske, Wayne Fitzgerald and Michael Bruce. Loxton also won 3-2 against Berri. Daniel Quirke goaled twice for Loxton and was his team`s best player with support from Roger Gow and Kieran Beer. Best for Berri were Jason Bowers, Brady Martin and Jessie Passmore. In Under 18 Men Loxton (Zac Albrecht, Joel McDonough, Zac Wagenet best) 4 beat Berri (Jarryd Roberts, Brady Martin, Jamie Frazer) 2 and Renmark with 2 goals each to Ben Duggin and James Hutchins won 5-3 against Waikerie (Austin Hollamby 2 goals). Best for Renmark were Oliver Coats, Matt Giles and James Hutchins and for Waikerie Aden Hocking, Clayton Hollamby and Chris Tyler. Berri won 3-0 against Loxton in Under 15 with 2 goals from Jesse Passmore and best players Jack Muscat, Josh Ridley and Jordan Burgess. Loxton was best served by Joel Hopper, Liam Abrahamson and Joseph Mee. Waikerie like their A Grade Men went on a scoring spree against Renmark to win 13-0. Daniel Schmidt scored 5 goals and Nathan Schmidt 3, George Fulwood and Mitchell Rayner each 2 for Waikerie with best players named as Nathan Schmidt, Zacchaeus Brewer and George Fullwood.
In the Under 12 Mixed competition Waikerie Black with Ethan Rayner scoring 4 goals and Jachon Brewer 1 defeated Berri 5-1. It was an allround team effort from Waikerie Black while for Berri Stefan Kudra, Madisom Martin and Nalani Milne were best and Lachy Stokes scored the goal. Renmark with Jay Botten and Kydan Radloff the goal scorers won 2-1 from Waikerie White where Natalia Hockng was the goal scorer. It was a very even contest with all players involved praised for their efforts.