Reigning premier Lyrup inflicted the first defeat of the season on Browns Well at Paruna in Independent Football on Saturday by a solitary point in a thrilling finish.
For much of the journey the pacy Lions were comfortably placed leading 5.3 to 1.1, 8.8 to 4.4 and 9.9 to 6.6 at the intervals but the home side stormed home kicking 8.2 to 5.0 in a high scoring final quarter to leave Lyrup with just enough in the bank to hold on for a win.
In view of Browns Well’s overall player depth and talent this has to be considered an ‘upset’ that has injected more life into the competition.
The Lion’s hierachy had obviously done their homework on the high flying Bombers, amongst important features of its effort keeping Bombers’ ‘Superboot’ Jesse Smith to only 3 goals.
Outstanding for Lyrup were Will Carr, A Abdulla, Aaron Mills and Dave Grenfell. Grenfell and Dean Hill booted 3 goals each.
For Browns Well Tate Sharman, Hamish Sandford, Brian Hampel and Shane Schubert all played well. Brok Schubert scored 4 goals.
Both Paringa and Wunkar won their matches against Blanchetown Swan Reach and Cobdogla comfortably.
Paringa led the Redbacks by 16, 27, 29 points before winning 13-11 (89) to 4.6 (30) with a strong final term.
Renmark recruit Brodie Roesler was the Swans’ best with 4 goals, Joel Watson, Thomas Frahn and Dale Salmon also played well.
For BSR consistent Andrew Bajszi, Jed Martinson, Kyle Coleman and Steven Bajszi did best.
Wunkar applied the pressure to Cobdogla early to lead 5.9 to 1.2 at the first interval and went on to win 15.21 (111) to 5.5 (35).
For the Bulldogs Kane Petch continued his terrific 2016 and Daniel Hampel, Harley Bennell and Simon Hucks had good afternoons. G Abdulla, Marlon Abdulla, Jordan Roissetter and Jarrade Abdulla did best for the Eagles.
Finally Sedan Cambrai increased its finals’ hopes with a convincing victory against Ramco leading by 8 points at quarter time, being all square at the long break, back in front by 7 at the final change and in the end successful, in business like fashion, 11.10 (76) to 10.4 (64).
For the Magpies Harley Hansen contributed 4 goals and was named second best behind Jacob Grieger followed by James Kain and Jack Schultz.
Ramco was best served by Michael Draper, P O’Hara, Luke Hart and Brenton Reidy with Robert O’Gorman and Andrew Pryor both scoring 4 goals.