With only a catch up Independent game between Blanchetown Swan Reach and Cobdogla played last weekend in the RIVERLAND LEAGUE most clubs gave players the chance to freshen up for the business end of the season while no doubt a lot of followers used the time to get things in order around the house so that leave passes become a formality for the finals.
In that game at Cobdogla 2012 premier BSR confirmed even further that it is primed for a full on defence of its title from a prime ‘double chance’ position.
BSR defeated the up and about Eagles 19-9 (128) to 10-5 (65) after leading by only four points following a keenly fought first half.
Dale Payne, Troy Cowland with five goals and Greg Sobey were best for the Redbacks while for the home side Mitch Winen and Ben Crosbie starred and there were four goals each to Darrell Tilbrook and Anthony Lippis.
Meanwhile down in the MALLEE COMPETITION it seems Karoonda and Lameroo both grabbed ‘Get out of jail’ cards from a monopoly set to somehow manufacture victories that may be crucial to their 2013 chances.
Karoonda in second position but under threat from Lameroo, third, for the double chance trailed Peake 8-8 (56) to 7-10 (52) at the last change but dug deep to win 10-13 (73) to 9-9 (63). Peake also was desperate for a win to avoid being over taken by Pinnaroo and falling to the ‘wooden spoon’ position and this reflected in their strong performance.
Best players for the Magpies were Graetz, Quinn and Corey Knight while for Peake Gabe Phillips, Baker and Jaensch did best.
Lameroo with second position the aim was in more trouble than Houdini against Pinnaroo, trying to get off the bottom of the ladder, at quarter time being down 7-4 to 0-1 and was still in arrears at the turn for home, by 22 points, 10-6 to 6-8.
But not for the first time this seasons the Hawks fought their way out of trouble and with Billy McNeilly, Walker and Thorpe completing good afternoons kept Pinnaroo scoreless in the final term to win 11-11 (77) to 10-6 (66).
Boseley, Bennetts and Cook starred for Pinnaroo.
In the other game the BDT show with the Richardsons and Keller the stars in a star studded lineup rolled on with a 18-17 (115) to 4-7 (31) win over Murrayville.
Murrayville`s best were Sporn, Vessali and McCormick.
With only this Saturday`s matches remaining in the minor round the undefeated BDT Crows have 28 points with Karoonda second on 16 with a percentage of 51.32, Lameroo third (49.13) and Murrayville fourth on 12.
Although Karoonda`s superior percentage over Lameroo gives it the inside running to hold onto second spot this week most of the interest will centre on the Peake versus Lameroo and Karoonda versus BDT matches.
Peake`s game at home and the result of Murrayville’s clash with Pinnaroo however are also interesting.
At this stage Peake has eight points and a percentage of 42.08 in fifth position and at the bottom of the ladder Pinnaroo six points (41.68).