After a pretty good result last week in difficult challenges Tipsy didn`t do too bad. BSR`s win over Browns Well in the Independent Football and Waikerie`s success in the men`s hockey against Loxton brought him undone but he did get the suggested draw between Loxton and Renmark in women`s hockey right.
Not bad in the individual stakes either with Best and Fairest winners Terry Packer, Haydon Thorpe and Hannah Lehmann all amongst his ‘chances’ in their respective sports.
Now to this weekend.
Firstly to the A1 NETBALL GRAND FINAL at Renmark on Friday night. Loxton versus Renmark for the 12th season in a row. In the 11 so far Loxton leads 6-5.This is a tough decision even though Loxton has gained the upper hand as the season has progressed with Renmark losing some key players including skipper Denika Gartery with injury. Renmark coach Ann Noack has faced big challenges before and triumphed. Loxton`s victory in the second semi final was convincing and some say the very even unit still had a bit in hand. But no this game will be much closer. Loxton in a thriller.
In the INDEPENDENT FOOTBALL GRAND FINAL Moorook Kingston meets Blanchetown Swan Reach at Paruna. The Warriors won the second semi final reasonably comfortably but two things have happened since then. Firstly Moorook Kingston`s Duthie Medalist Terry Packer has injured a knee. Also BSR showed that with its number one player Dale Payne having a few runs since his injury its effort against Browns Well a week ago was probably its best for the season. Remember the 2013 “best ever” Independent Grand Final when Paringa just pipped BSR at the post? Tipsy can see a similar game to end 2014 with Moorook Kingston just grabbing the flag.
The A GRADE PRELIMINARY FINAL between Loxton North and Waikerie also looks like being a cracker of a game. Waikerie`s second half in the first semi final was impressive with Steve Braun and Glen Schrieber back where they belong in the key defensive posts. A day earlier North`s form really was not all that bad but it struck Barmera Monash running red hot. Jim Thomson is a threat to the Panthers as he keeps on scoring big bags of goals. But for the Panthers big Barry Kaesler might just be poised to really hit his straps like he did in last season`s finals. In a real toss of the coin Loxton North are Tipsy`s choice with just a little more ‘run’.
In the MALLEE LEAGUE PRELIMINARY FINAL newcomers to the major round Peake run into a shell shocked minor premier Lameroo–belted by BDT last week. A lot will depend on whether Peake will have all of its big guns on deck and fit. Lameroo is a proud club and its a sure bet it will react to last Saturday`s pounding. React enough to just get over Peake and get another crack at BDT for the flag.
Decisions, decisions–will have to take a break and study the hockey form.