Renmark is emerging! Two A grade victories against Loxton`s two ladder leading sides last weekend suggests the ‘Brett Stokes Plan’ implemented last season is working.
And keep an eye on Berri as there are some encouraging things happening there, particularly amongst some outstanding juniors.
Looking at Friday night`s games first round eight starts with Berri playing Renmark, the men at 7pm and women at 8-30, at Glassey Park.
In the men`s game you would expect Stokes, goal keeper Steven Cresp, Callum Benda and Martin Tucker to be part of a Renmark victory despite Berri have outstanding goal keeper Tony Halupka, Matt Reeks and Scott Stokes in good touch.
The women`s game looks a real toss up after Kris Weir and Jen Kiel combined with rookies Ada Walladge, Emma Goold, Charlotte Dominic and Kira McMahon last week to inspire Berri to its best effort for some time. But Renmark has evergreen Danielle Weeks, Sibel Huseyin, Sally Giles, Jamie Butters and super junior Juliett Mallinson in form and it might just outpoint the young Berri unit.
On Saturday at Loxton on turf the home club hosts Waikerie.
Loxton more than any other teams are effected by the availability or not of a large contingent of its players travelling to the city to play.
In the men`s game at 2pm the clash between these two clubs has always been intense in recent years. Coming off last week`s defeat Loxton will be fired up and with Tim Pannell, Karl Hennig, Ryan Hentschke and Zac Bartsch showing the way it may just finish in front. The brilliance of Rowan Hope and presence of Jason Redemski, Brenton and Mark Kroehn  in the reigning premier`s lineup guarantees a great clash however.
It is rumoured that for the second week in a row the Loxton women`s team will be under full strength but nevertheless with Billie Jo Hammerstein, Louise Smith, Tracy Townsend and Gillian Bartsch in residence it should defeat  Waikerie in the late game at 3-30pm. Waikerie will be looking to get a lift in form via players including Carlye Waye, Miriam Kroehn, Janine Frost and Ashleigh Baker.