Does this warrant the ‘Upset Of The Season’ award?
In fact call in the stewards perhaps?
At the end of the minor round in the MALLEE LEAGUE Border Downs Tintinara sat on top of the A grade ladder undefeated after 15 games and with a percentage that made it an almost unbackable favourite for the flag 72.67.
Lameroo on the other hand had scraped into second position after winning eight and losing seven of its matches and with a percentage of 49.53.
These two teams met in last Saturday`s Preliminary Final at Peake with BDT having won in earlier 2013 meetings between the two sides by 75, 74 and 78 points.
Saturday`s Result –Lameroo 13-11 (89) to 12-11 (83).
Ironically after Lameroo had become ‘famous’ for its match winning last terms in 2013 it was its match winning first three quarters that told in this outing.
Lameroo led by 20, six and 46 points at the breaks and then had to withstand a 6-5 to 0-1 burst from the Crows in the final term to grab direct entry into the Grand Final.
For the Hawks there were many stars. There had to be to bring down the sizzling hot premiership favourite.
Deserving special mention were Josh Ridgway with three crucial goals, Shaw, Shaun Walker, Caulfield, Haydon Thorpe and lion hearted ruckman Ben Grieger.
For BDT evergreen Josh Keller with three goals, Brock and Butler were named best.
Back in the RIVERLAND A GRADE competition the last of the minor round matches were played but at Waikerie the Magpies and Barmera Monash started ‘finals style’ football early with a tremendous game that was won by the home side 18-7 (115) to 16-15 (111).
Both sides gave it their all with Waikerie best served by Steve Braun, Jim Thomson with five goals and Craig Miller with six and for a ‘wounded’ Roos lineup Matt Leyson, Sam Elliott and Jake Smith were best.
At Panther Park Loxton North cruised towards this coming Saturday`s Second Semi Final at Barmera against the Roos with a 22-11 (143) to 6-5 (41) win over bottom side Berri.
Panther players lined up for the best player list but with Tom Stevenson, Anton Cook and Michael Scott demanding top billing while for the Demons Ryan Porter, Steve Raeder and Darren Marner finished 2013 best.
In the other game at Renmark the Rovers left the season with a message for their supporters that having introduced a number of youngsters to top level they were not far away from being a finals side in 2013.
Renmark 14-13 (97), with Jaryd Rowe, Trevor Thorpe and Ryan Axon leading the way, defeated fourth placed Loxton (Bennet Copping, Nick Uren, Tom Butler) 12-12 (84).
Also last weekend the INDEPENDENTS started their major round.
On Saturday in the Second Semi Final at Ramco 2012 premier Blanchetown Swan Reach defeated Paringa, a firm favourite for the flag for much of the season, for the second week in a row.
Only this time the margin was much greater as led strongly by Dale Payne, Troy Cowland and with eight goals Jed Martinson the Redbacks really put the bite on the Swans (Sam Frahn, Tristan Jackson and Jamie Gudgeon) 17-17 (119) to 6-9 (45).
Then on Sunday in the elimination First Semi Final at Wunkar two other Mallee clubs East Murray and Browns Well entertained a good crowd in a thrilling contest.
In the end East Murray just kept clear of an inaccurate Bombers to win by twelve points 12-11 (83) to 9-17 (71) with the difference in the two sides undoubtably Tigers` captain Chris Rudiger who roamed far and wide and kicked five goals in a best on ground performance.
Ellis James, Zac Schubert and Hayden Francis also did a lot of hard work for East Murray while for Browns Well mobile big men Matthew and Brian Hampel did everything to get their side over the line while Troy Braun and Jock McNeill were also outstanding.