Renmark and Moorook Kingston have been talking up their chances in their respective A grades for season 2014 and early indications are that their deeds on field warrant any such confidence.
The Rovers on Saturday did what good sides do. After an acknowledged good side Barmera Monash had overcome an early deficit to level the scores at 7-7 (49) apiece at half time Renmark had Trevor Thorpe, Nathan Farr, Shaun Walker and many others fire up in sensational fashion to bring the Roos down 20-15 (135) to 10-15 (75). It was a rare trouncing for Barmera Monash in the end with its better players harder to find but including Josh Buchecker, Dillon Millard and Zac Butterworth.
Loxton North also did what good sides do.It shrugged off an inconsistent start to 2014 to out run Waikerie at Waikerie and build up an impressive five goal lead at the last change and then dug deep to defend its lead under a spirited Magpie attack and win 14-14 (98) to 13-6 (84). Skipper Josh Nelson, Ryan Proud and Andrew Hume were the Panthers`best while for the home side, unfortunate to lose form man Glen Schrieber with injury early, the stand outs were Chris Mudge, Craig Miller and Reid Beeching.
Meanwhile at Loxton Berri also did what good sides do. It was four goals up at half time, Loxton levelled the scores with a fight back early in the final term but with stalwarts Darren Marner, Peter Safralidis and Adam Beauchamp and exciting rookie Nick Hankin completing a good day at the office the Demons steadied to win 17-9 (111) to 13-7 (85). Best for the Tigers were Chris Papageorgeo,Mark Thiele and Ryan Nickolls with 6 goals.
In the INDEPENDENTS Moorook Kingston was also super impressive against Paringa, the reigning champion at Paringa. In a professional manner the Warriors led by 2, 14 and 6 points at the changes before running out the winner 14-12 (96) to 10-11 (71). Best for M-K were Travis Voigt who travelled from Adelaide for his second outing for the season and kicked 8 match deciding goals, Matt Morrell and Terry Packer continued their stellar form while Len Campbell kicked 5 majors. For the Swans, Jono wood, Andrew Lloyd and Joel Watson kept their side right in the battle.
Amongst other matches Lyrup is just not back in the competition it is also right in the premiership race. It travelled to Paruna on Saturday and brought the Browns Well Bombers down leading at each break and finally succeeding 14-10 (94) to 12-7 (79). Much travelled and highly effective Marcus Owen was best for the Lions along with Ben Tanner and James Abdulla while for the home side Bradley Hoffmann, Craig Hyde and Digby McNiel tried desperately to hold off the Bombers`second defeat in a row.
Wunkar welcomed their coach Mick Durdin back after his recent accident and he would have liked what he saw including former star Nathan Brown back in the Bulldog guernsey and along with Shane Schulz with 9 goals Nathan Hentschke and many of the youngsters in the lineup engineering a 30-17 (197) to 6-8 (44)victory over Ramco. Best for the Roosters were the returning Max Baddack, Mark McDonald and Luke Hart.
In the final game Blanchetown Swan Reach 28-16 (184) was too good for Cobdogla 10-3 (63). Outstanding for the Redbacks were Chris Giles with 7 goals, Troy Cowland, Brett McPherson 6 goals and David Waechter while for the Eagles Zac Walker, Deane Mitchell and Thomas DeJager did best.
So on results so far we have seemingly with definite finals`s prospects. Paringa, BSR, Moorook Kingston, Lyrup, Browns Well and now Wunkar. With six not fitting into four that makes 2014 Independent Football ‘special’.