Renmark Rovers regained its top position on the RIVERLAND A GRADE ladder when both Loxton North and Waikerie went down in their matches on Saturday.
With the three teams locked on 14 points followed by Barmera Monash on 10 Renmark`s 9-21 (75) to 7-3 (45) win over Berri sent the Rovers back to the lead on the table. Renmark had kicked 8-8 at half time but despite poor kicking for goal in the second half (1-13) and a five goal burst by the Demons in the final term it was never threatened.Best players named for Renmark were Trevor Thorpe, who must be working himself into the Whillas Medal favourites, Russell Menz and Adam Clutton. Stand outs for Berri were Michael Voigt, Sam Atkins and Darren Marner.
At Barmera the Roos closed in on the top three and saw Loxton North lose ground with a 16-19 (115) to 11-9 (75) win. Barmera Monash has had the wood on the Panthers in recent seasons apart from that biggest game of the season in 2013. The home side led at each change including by 8 points at three quarter time but with wingman Ben Drogemuller, Jake Smith, skipper Matt Leyson and five goal man Adam Grose having good afternoons the winning margin extended to a comfortable 40 points. Best for the Panthers were Scott Meneghetti, Jordan Hentschke and Josh Nelson.
At Loxton the Tigers scored its second boilover in as many weeks following its upset victory over Renmark with another over Waikerie, 14-9 (93) to 11-10 (76). The Magpies were up by six points at the long break but the home side with Ash Montgomery with a superb display of marking, Tom Taheny and young Brok Schubert leading the way ground out their second win for 2014. Named best for Waikerie as it also lost valuable ground on the ladder were Matt Butcher, Tristan Geehman and Tim Bevan.
The ‘double chance’ teams remain well hidden.
In the INDEPENDENT competition the battle for places in the final four is on in earnest and after Saturday Moorook Kingston 20 points, Blanchetown Swan Reach 18, Wunkar 14, Browns Well 12 hold the high ground with Paringa and Lyrup both on 10 just below them.
Cobdogla with its shocking luck with injuries had to forfeit to BSR but in other games Browns Well, after trailing by 8 points at half time, kicked 11 goals to 8 thereafter to defeat Lyrup 13-8 (86) to 11-9 (75). Best for the Bombers were Tate Sharman, Hamish Sanford and Marcus Mawe and for the Lions Craig McGorman, Steve Raeder, Lee Verrall and with 7 goals Dean Hill..
At Moorook the home side led at every change against Paringa and won comfortably 19-16 (130) to 10-11 (71). Matt Morrell, Sam Hirschi and Terry Packer continued to shine for Moorook Kingston while Anthony Pierri booted another six majors while for the Swans their best were Andrew Lloyd, Isaac Frahn and Aaron Tripney.
Wunkar 17-15 (117) gained valuable points with another impressive win against Ramco 8-5 (53). For the Bulldogs Brenton Reid was BOG with 7 goals with solid support from Daniel Hampel and Adrian Lovegrove and for the Roosters Max Baddack, Mark McDonald and Luke Hart did best.
Meanwhile in the MALLEE LEAGUE BDT (18 points), Lameroo (16) and Peake (14) all consolidated in the top three positions while the erratic Karoonda (8) remained precariouslyplaced in fourth spot just ahead of Murrayville (6).
On Saturday BDT defeated Pinnaroo 17-16 (118) to 10-6 (66) with the Crows well led be Patrick Barrett, Josh Richardson, both with 5 goals and Lachy Richardson and Pinnaroo best served by Jaimen Stringer, Heath Boseley and Alex Keough.
Lameroo led Karoonda by only three points at half time but 7-4 to 1-2 in the second half took it to a 19-8 (122) to 11-13 (79) win. Scott Fischer, Haydon Thorpe and Josh Ridgway, 4 goals, were outstanding for the Hawks while for Karoonda consistent Zakk Bullard, Jarred Graetz, Josh Rosenzweig and with 7 goals Luke Hocking were prominent.
Peake meantime turned a two point advantage at the half way mark into a 12-18 (90) to 8-13 (61) win over Murrayville. For Peake R Hart, Shane Heinrich and Matthew Whitford were named best and for Murrayville it was Clayton Sporn, Jesse Vass and Sam Mader.