Barmera Monash defeated Waikerie by one point after a genuine arm wrestle in Riverland A Grade Football last Saturday.
The Roos trailed Waikerie by 6 and 7 points at the first two intervals but had hit the lead by 11 at three quarter time before hanging on grimly to win 10.12 (72) to 10.11 (71).
Luke Thomas, Dudley Campbell, Jake Smith, Richard O’Grady, Ben Drogemuller, Murray Middleton and Brodie Kollmann with 4 goals played big parts in the Barmera Monash win while the Magpies also had a host of contributors including Gerard Dutton, Tim Bevan, Joel Fladrich, Ben Woodhouse, Ryan Shaw and Clark McCatty.
Berri also engaged in an intense battle against Loxton North.The Demons led by 7 and 4 points at the end of the first two quarters then broke clear to be 29 points clear at the next break. The Panthers then hit back hard and in the end finished up going down 13.10 (88) to an inaccurate 10.16 (76). 3 goals 7 in the final term did not help the North cause. Adam Grose and Steve Raeder both scored 4 goals for the Demons.
There has been quite some conjecture about the best players for Berri but despite some supposedly other expert opinions the better players from the club list were Adam Beauchamp, Dylan Eleftheriadis, Scott Mumford, Darren Marner, Raeder and Grose. For Loxton North Nathan Brown yet again, Luke Worsfold, Ryan Gray, Andrew Baker, Josh Nelson and Lachie Hentschke showed the way.
At Loxton the Tigers had a reunion day and the many visitors would have been encouraged that their team shook off a horrid season for a time to score 7.5 to Renmark’s 4.2 in an entertaining second term to hit the front by a point. However the Rovers, now hot in the trail of a finals’ appearance, regrouped and drew away by 35 points at the last break and went on to win 19.14 (128) to 14.9 (93). The Blue and Whites had a lot of contributors but non better than Jaryd Rowe (4 goals), Matt Woolford, Zac Gartery, Lachie Lellmann, Tim Blight and Ashley Lindner. Roley Boon booted 5 goals. For Loxton Brad Coles was best and contributed 4 goals, Aaron Jachmann, Michael Kirk, Jason Turner, new recruit Ryan Borowski and Joel Brown played well. Nathan Flight supplied 3 goals.
There were also a couple of close matches in B Grade. Loxton North trailed Berri by 8 points but got up to win 10.8 (68) to 10.3 (63) and Barmera Monash also was in arrears in the first two terms but recovered to grab the points from Waikerie 11.5 (71) to 9.7 (61).