The description ‘awesome’ found its way into reports on the performance of a full strength Loxton A grade women`s side when it demolished a very young Berri team 11-0 at Glassey Park last Friday night.
Loxton simply had too much overall strength for an opponent that had some promising patches but could not breach a defence led by goalkeeper Tracy Townsend, and Louse Smith while further afield “General” Billie Jo Hammerstein, with Shyanne Bonney, Steph Baird, Eloise Hampel,Tara Allister and others ensured that Berri goalkeeper Kerri Miles had to work overtime.
Other players to battle gamely against the odds for Berri were Kira McMahon , Jen Kiel and Charlotte Dominic.
Meanwhile the other women`s game played at Waikerie on Sunday was much closer but it was Renmark that grabbed the win 2-0 and introduced a number of promising juniors into its ranks in the process.
Ashleigh Mallinson, in her debut and scoring a goal, Brooke Webb and Chloe Weigall all made the transition from juniors to seniors in style in a pressure game that was played desperately between the midfields. Waikerie tried everything through the efforts of Lisa Redemski, Carlye Waye and Anna Kroehn but could not match Renmark`s early goal and it was in fact the visiting team that grabbed a sealer from Jamie Butters in the closing stages.
Better players for Renmark included Sibel Huseyin, Amy Stanton and rookies Mallinson and Webb.
In the weekend`s first men`s game on Friday night the Loxton men gave their club a winning double by defeating Berri 4-1 in a contest that perhaps did not reflect Berri`s inspired challenge.
With Berri goalkeeper Tony Halupka continuing his brilliant 2013 form and solid support from Scott Stokes and Sam Walladge in defence Loxton`s constant push forward via Matt Hammond and Ryan Hentschke was often thwarted and it needed players like Steven Trezise, Michael Lange and Tim Pannell to really step up for it to grab a 2-0 lead at half time.
Berri never lost endeavour after that and the hard running of youngsters Dylan Couzner and Brady Martin was rewarded with a Matt Reeks goal only for Loxton`s Karl Hennig to score another late for a three goal victory.
Lange, Hentschke and Hammond and Stokes, Walladge and Halupka were the respective best players.
Next day at Waikerie the home side reigning premier and emerging Renmark played out a 2-2 draw.
Both sides started as if they were in a hurry to finish and to catch a bus but after desperate defence from Waikerie`s Michael Camilleri and Jason Redemski and Renmark`s brilliant goalkeeper Stephen Cresp and Martin Tucker blunted any scoring it was Aden Shaw who put the visitor up by a goal at the 15 minute mark.
The even contest continued into the second half until 15 minutes from time a Redemski goal tied the scores only for Shaw to get on the end of some good play to put Renmark a goal up again and as it continued to attack from the midfield it looked almost home and hosed.
But the 2012 champion was not finished and in a do or die effort it was coach Ryan Edwards that put the ball under the keeper`s pads to tie an entertaining game up.
Waikerie`s best were Austin Hollamby, Stephen Lawson and Camilleri and Renmark`s Callum Benda, Corbin Bartsch and Tucker.
Down through the grades there was a 1-1 draw between Renmark ( Michelle Hobby best) and Waikerie (Rosie Lawson) in women`s B grade and the same two clubs also drew in Under 18 women 2-2 with Janine Frost best for Waikerie and Brooke Webb for Renmark.
Individually in Under 15 men Jake Seekamp scored four goals for Berri in its 5-0 win against Loxton and Ben Duggin also four as Renmark defeated Waikerie 4-0.
THIS WEEKEND in round seven Berri plays Waikerie in both A grade games at Glassey Park on Friday night and then it is back to the same venue on Saturday when Renmark hosts Loxton amongst a full day of hockey.
‘Hooked Into Hockey’ is scheduled for 11am then later in the day at 5pm that rivalry that usually produces a tie between the A grade Renmark and Loxton women is on again.