In shocking conditions for football, wet and cold, Barmera Monash moved into second position on the ladder with a win over rival Waikerie at Barmera on Saturday.
Loxton North now heads the ladder on 22 points clear of Barmera Monash 20, Waikerie 18 and Renmark 18. But the race for second spot is not over as in the fhe final matches in the minor round next Saturday Barmera Monash is at home to Loxton North, Waikerie plays bottom side Loxton at Waikerie and Renmark is at home to Berri. Barmera Monash enjoys what could be a deciding factor, a percentage advantage over Waikerie and Renmark 57.56 to 54.30 and 54.29.
In Saturday`s clash at the Lakeside Oval the home side led by one point at quarter time, Waikerie by two at the long break, the Roos by five at three quarter time before they held the Magpies scoreless in the final stanza to win 8-14 (67) to 7-4 (46). Outstanding players for Barmera Monash were Aaron Dart, Matt Leyson and Mal Greenwood while young Steve Burton really arrived at this level with three crucial goals. Waikerie`s best were Michael Bratton, Matt Butcher and Tim Bevan.
At Berri Loxton North won 8-13 (61) against the Demons 1-9 (15). Andrew Tullett, Blake Hentschke and Michael handled the tough conditions best for the Panthers while for Berri Adam Willson, Rory Correll and Adam Beauchamp continued to bore in.
The result at Loxton was Renmark 18-12 (120) to Loxton 11-12 (78) as something of a shoot out belied the cold, the wind and the rain. The visitor was out of the starting gates like a rocket and although it did face a Tiger fight back in term two was never seriously challenged. Best for the rovers were Ben Harding, Drew Gallard and Russell Menz and for Loxton Chris Papageorgiou, Michael Kirk and Adam Proud.