Following yesterday’s matches Loxton (58.12%), Waikerie (53.56) and Loxton North (50.7) are separated only by percentage with 16 points at the top of the RFL “A” Grade ladder. Early season leader Berri is next on 14 points (55.20) with Barmera Monash fifth with 12 points (53.18) and Renmark on 4 points.
After a bye next weekend only three rounds of matches remain.
In round 14— Berri is at home to Waikerie, Loxton to Renmark and Barmera Monash to Loxton North.
In round 15 —Loxton North hosts Waikerie, Barmera Monash is at home to Loxton and Renmark to Berri.
In the often controversial “extra” round (round 16) Waikerie welcomes Barmera Monash, Loxton North greets Renmark and Berri is at home to Loxton.
Percentage could be in fact a deciding factor in the double chance and the composition of the final four. As well, while Renmark’s current form does not suggest as much, at its best it is capable of causing an upset to influence the situation.
Loxton lost its grip on the minor premiership with its second loss in as many weeks on Saturday. At Waikerie the Magpies, getting their best players back on the park at the right time led at each change against Loxton and despite inaccuracy in shooting for goal won an entertaining game 9-19 (73) to 10-6 (66). Showing some form Amos Frank booted 3 goals for the home side with other outstanding players Steven Braun, Jackson Sutton, Craig Miller and Tim Bevan. Loxton, missing a number of key players, were best served by Mark Thiele, Raph Liddle (4 goals), Nathan Petersen-Gray, Ryan Nickolls and Tom Taheny.
At Renmark Barmera Monash continued to frustrate its supporters in a hot and cold 2015. With Frank Ferenci finally living up to his pre season hype with a Best on Ground billing and 6 goals, Heath Stableford kicking 5 and Adam Grose and Matt Wutke each 4 the Roos put on a clinic to defeat the Rovers 24-9 (153) to 9-5 (59). Others to star for Barmera Monash included Murray Middleton and its rookies Ben Drogemuller and Jack Albrecht. For Renmark consistent Matthew Halsey, Trevor Thorpe, Tim Blight (4 goals), Jaryd Rowe and Lachlan Lellmann all worked hard.
At Panther Park Loxton North engaged in an arm wrestle with Berri and when it led by 19 points at the last change its supporters were still nervous with the Demons to have the use of a stiff breeze in the last term. But with Ian Worsfold, Matt Woolford, Ryan Gray, Josh Voigt, Michael Arnold and Matthew Lidgerwood (3 goals) completing good afternoons the Panthers held on convincingly 12-10 (82) to 9-6 (60). Best for the Demons were Peter Safralidis, Adam Beauchamp, Liam Hayes, Greg White and Nick Hankin.