Waikerie 15-13 (103) defeated Barmera Monash 12-13 (85).
Pre season Waikerie was installed as premiership favourite in a lot of people`s eyes but in the first round of matches nothing really seemed to happen to support those opinions. But looking back though the Magpies with a number of new faces and changes to its lineup did get within 27five points of the defending champion Barmera Monash in the first game of the season so perhaps we should have taken more notice of that as no other side got within a Bull`s Roar of the Roos over the next four Saturdays. Last Saturday Waikerie gave the competition a real boost when in a tremendous game of football in which it led by three points at the first break, trailed by the same margin at half time, got back in front by five points at the turn for home before finishing strongly to win a classic arm wrestle by 18 points. What a fine reflection on Riverland Football this was and the clash had many stars. For the Magpies versatile Glen Schreiber was sensational, Aaron Thompson, consistent Tim Bevan, Dylan Morphett, Luke Exton and Reid Beeching not far behind. For the Roos Sam Elliott, Jake Smith, Marc Elliott and Tyler Baldock with five goals were outstanding.
Loxton North 17-17 (119) defeated Berri 12-12 (84)
The scores may suggest that this contest was all one way trafffic but that was not the case as the Demons were often snapping away at the Panthers` heels, in fact at one stage in the second term got nearly three goals clear and had the home side under pressure. But the ‘Ryan Proud Show’ opened at that stage and quickly restored order for North and it went on to a 35 point win. Proud`s five goals and big performances from impressive newcomer Jeremy Sumner and Michael Scott put them high in the Panthers` honours list while for the Demons Jamie Milburn continued a good vein of form and Michael Voight and Rory Correll were repeatedly under notice.
Loxton 12-6 (78) defeated Renmark 8-12 60).
Scores were locked at 4-5 (29) each at half time at Renmark and the visitors looked in strife during the third stanza with numbers reduced by injury and the Rovers in front and with Shane Walker, Nick Gillard and Trevor Thorpe having good games moving like winners. Premiership points wise this was potentially a season defining game for both clubs and it was Loxton that dug deep to restore a lead at three quarter time and then to hang on grimly until the finishing line. Named best for the Tigers were Raph Liddle with a powerhouse effort in defence, Leigh Kruger and Benet Copping.
THIS WEEK will see teams in the top half of the ladder meet those in the bottom half and if we look at last Saturday`s results there may be some pain inflicted unless there is a marked turn around in form. Loxton will meet a really fired up Roo camp and the only real advantage the Tigers appear to have is that the game is in their own lair. Berri and Waikerie have a history of close encounters at Berri but the Demons run into a Magpie side that is really flying high now. Renmark at home to Loxton North could be the match of the day if you believe what we are hearing that this Rover lineup is capable of far more than results show as at this time.
How long since this competition has produced such a day as Saturday? Two winning margins of one point, Moorook Kingston possibly confirming that it is the real deal and former Waikerie forward Steve Hefford booting 17 of Ramco`s 24 goals.
East Murray 12-13 (85) defeated Paringa 12-12 (84).
A sensational game with the Tigers continuing as ‘surprise packets’. Paringa led by 11, 5 and 12 points at the intervals but were just run down by the home side by the time the final siren sounded. East Murray`s ‘Twin Peaks’ Chris Rudiger and Blake Milich along with Ben Whitehead were sensational while for the Swans Jonathon Wood, Sam Frahn and Nathan Schumann (4 goals) gave their all.
Blanchetown Swan Reach 16-8 (104) defeated Browns Well 15-13 (103).
A week is sure a long time in football. Seven days after inaccuracy (5 goals 21 behinds) contributed to BSR`s loss to East Murray its accuracy got it over the line by a whisker on Saturday. The Bombers had their chances being 32 points to the good at half time but the reigning premier just pegged them back in the nick of time. Kyle Coleman, Dale Payne and Troy Cowland stood out for BSR and Hamish Sandford, Geordie Franks and Brad Williams for Browns Well.
Moorook Kingston 19-12 (126) defeated Cobdogla 6-10 (46).
Predictions suggested this clash would be close. The Warriors had their fitness queried after collapsing against Paringa in the previous outing but led by Jacob Harris, Chris Hughes (5 goals) and Jack Barker they were really up and about in crushing the Eagles who were without a number of their Big Guns. Robbie Vagg did everything he could too fire his side up while Thomas De Jager and Nathan Gregory also toiled hard.
Ramco 24-12 (156) defeated Wunkar 9-8 (62)
It is obvious that the Bulldogs are struggling but last season`s grand finalist Ramco is back in town and with a dangerous forward like Steve Hefford will be a threat to all opponents. Apart from Hefford with his 17 big ones Cameron Hawke continued his match winning form and Daniel Donnely was in good touch. For Wunkar Samuel Obst, Nathan Hentschke and Rhys Heinrich worked tirelessly throughout.
Waikerie (Lance Twigden, Jakob Hahn, Michael Beelitz) 17-11 (113) d. Barmera Monash (Nigel Dillon, Darrin Warren, Nick Kuhn) 7-6 (48).
Loxton North (Adrian Abdulla, Josh Deren, Jake Albrecht 7 goals) 24-13 (157) d. Berri (Ben Frankel, David Centofanti, Greg Eisenberg) 4-3 (27).
Renmark (Ben Harding, Michael Smith, Daniel Minther) 9-7 (61) d. Loxton (Grant Dahlitz, Wade Pritchard, Jarrod Milich) 8-5 (53)..
Waikerie (Clark McCatty, Bradley Truscott Stefan Mazzeo 5 goals) 12-7 (79) d. Barmera Monash (Dylan Klingbiel, Sam Butterworth, Jesse Bannister) 9-6 (60).
Berri (Jake Kemp, Callan Thiele, Adam Knight) 8-8 (56) d. Loxton North (Tyler Oxlade, Zac Russell, Rhys McKenzie) 8-6 (54).
—The Demons came from behind at half time to grab the win in a thrilling contest.
Renmark (Charlie Wiese, Ethan Cinc, Ben Pater) 8-8 (56) d. Loxton (Adam Proud, Che Lange, Edward Ackland) 7-8 (58).
—Another cracking game with the Rovers just holding on against a fast finishing Loxton.
Barmera Monash (Steve Burton 7 goals, Matthew Wilden, Jack Albrecht) 20-6 (126) d. Waikerie (Wes Carter, Jasman Singh, Joshua Liebich) 4-5 (29).
Loxton North (Jonty Inglis, Shane Cook, Ceejay Inglis) 11-12 (78) d. Berri (Ben Cmrlec, Braden Page, Joshua Kleinig) 2-2 (14).
Renmark (Brodie Roesler 6 goals, Nathan Zunic, Lachlan Lellmann) 17-14 (116) d. Loxton (Jesse Will, Drew Kassulke, Bradon Dunning) 1-0 (6).
Waikerie (Kaleb Kuchel, Jarrad Bee, Jack Burgemeister) 7-8 (50) d. Barmera Monash (Sam Ferguson, Dillon Vandergiessen, Mitch Wellington) 2-4 (16).
Berri (Nathan Mayne, Foti Pipinis, Jake Crase) 6-5 (41) d. Loxton North (Zane Lueth, Jordan Smith, Luke Gray) 3-5 (23).
Loxton (Ross Romeo, Lachlan Bradley, William Gutsche) 9-7 (61) d. Renmark (Nicholas Wilkinson, Dion Brauer, Kel Morath) 3-1 (19).
Independent Under 17
Cobdogla (Tyson Andrews, Lochlan Morrison, Nikki Andrews) 20-12 (132) d. Moorook Kingston (Jack Albrecht, Lulfegang Tylorvelvelt, Callan Beames) 3-1 (19).
BSR (Allan Eichler, Blake Webster, Kyle Lambe) 10-4 (64) d. Browns Well (Brandon Martin, Jacob Atkins, Jesse Wedding) 7-6 (48).