After his team’s emphatic 6-2 win at home against Loxton United on Sunday Berri River Rangers coach Matt Thiele said ” it was a fantastic result for the boys. It was the first time in four rounds that we had substitutes to call on and that made a difference. Dylan Eleftheriadis was fantastic with the hold up play and his finishing in front of goal was top drawer, finishing with four goals. The return of key player Chris Evans from a hamstring injury was welcome as he oozed calmness at the back. Newcomers in backpackers Steve McKay, who was a rock in defence, and Louis McIvor, who came off the bench and really performed well with two screamer goals the result of his expert finishing”. This was probably Rangers best performance in 2015 so far. Juniors Jasper Hoffmann, Aiden Erceg and Peter Constas also made solid contributions. Rangers’ goals came from Eleftheriadis 4, McIver 2 and for Loxton Geordie Franks scored one in each half. Best for Berri were Eleftheriadis, Evan and McIvor and for Loxton Tom Tyler and Aidan Spilsbury.
In the other game Barmera United defeated Renmark Olympic 5-2 but needed to dig deep with a very disciplined display to hold off an under manned opponent that had come to play. For Barmera Sam Atkins scored twice, Martin Barber, Anthony Ielasi and Riley Wallace each once and best players were acknowledged as Riley Wallace and Blake Guppy. Brock Van Der Biezen, was solid in goals and captain Josh Tsorotiotis and Rhys Barber strong contributors to a good team effort. With Renmark captain Lenny Gadaleta playing coach in the absence of Nick Sotiroulis Renmark trailed 2-1 at half time but could not run the game out despite everyone trying to the end. Hari Sahota scored the 2 goals with the best players Tarquin Frahn and Iby Djurdjinovic.
In the Open Women’s Grade Loxton retained top position with a 2-0 win over Berri. Back from a serious ankle injury Cody Hammerstein was straight into form for Loxton while Chelsea McPherson was also outstanding and Chelsea Hopper and Patty Fournarous Carney supplied the goals. For Berri Renee Hronopoulos and Emma Treloar were named best and substitute goal keeper Nat Westley and Sammy Hauptman worked extremely hard. A goal from JiJi Mitchell was enough to give Barmera a 1-0 victory in a tight game against Renmark. Best players for Barmera, one point behind Loxton, were Zanna Fournaros and Louise Monaco and for Renmark Cindy Quach and Suhkdeep Kahlon with excellent efforts in defence.
In B Grade two goals to Paramveer Sandhar gave Renmark a 2-1 win over Barmera whose goal came from Rhys Barber and in Under 16 Barmera (Riley Wallace 2 goals, Blake Guppy 1, best Riley Wallace, Richard Mitchell) won 3-2 in a keen contest against Berri (Jason Westley best with 2 goals, Adam Drogemuller).
To Under 14 Berri No 2 defeated Berri No 1 9-1. Jason Westley completed a big day out with another best player ranking with 5 goals, Kade Harkins, scored twice, Aiden Erceg (best) and A Pipinis once for No 2 while Ondre Hunyardi scored the No 1 goal and along with Adam Roy was named in the best players. Loxton (Alec Kudra 8 goals and best, Ashton and Declan Kershaw each 3 goals, Will Miller 2, other best Meaghan Evans, Talyn Eagle) won 17-2 against Barmera (Jack Monaco and K Goldsworthy , 1 goal, best and Leon Drogaris 1 goal). In a very tight struggle Barmera No 1 just edged out Renmark 2-1. George Fournaros and Dimitri Kanakaris scored the Barmera goals and B Schultze goaled for Renmark. Best players were Zanna Fournaros, Eric Centifanti (Barmera No 1) and M Cant and V Coombe (Renmark).
Renmark won 3-1 against Berri No 2 in Under 12′s. Renmark goals came from Jordan Rover 2 and L Simms 1 and for Berri J Shawyer. Best for Renmark were Frank Lever and Jaylen Gartner and for Berri M Foulds and S Sowkath Ali. 6-0 was the score as Berri No 1 accounted for Barmera. Thomas Pipinis 3, Peter Hronopoulos, Luke Zanetic, Rory Marone scored the Berri No 1 goals. Thomas Pipinis was outstanding for Berri No 1 and Eric Centofanti and Tessie Mitchell played well for Barmera.