In the INDEPENDENT FOOTBALL Semi Finals last weekend Moorook Kingston moved straight into the Grand Final with a 14-9 (93) to 9-6 (60) victory over Blanchetown Swan Reach in the Second Semi Final on Saturday and on Sunday Browns Well defeated Wunkar 18-15 (123) to 9-13 (67) in the elimination First Semi Final.
BSR will now face the Bombers in next week`s Preliminary Final.
In the Second Semi Final Moorook Kingston always had control against BSR with an abundance of stars including ball magnet Matt Morrell, Sam Hirschi, Kym Sampson and with four goals, Anthony Pierri.
For BSR the stand outs were Brandon Kurtz, Dale Payne and Samson Marks.
The first Semi Final went to the Bombers because they were simply too big in body and strength for the young Bulldogs’ lineup. Wunkar was still in touch at the half way mark but was outscored 10-11 to 4-4 over the last two quarters with Brian Hampel, Troy Braun, Tate Sharman and with 5 goals Jesse Smith the best of a very impressive unit. For Wunkar it’s much improved season ended with Liam Hentschke, Ian and Luke Worsfold fighting to the very end
The Bombers on Sunday`s form loom as a huge threat to the Redbacks.
In the A GRADE competition the most significant aspect to come out of a nearly ‘dead’ rubber was Loxton North`s last term into the breeze against Barmera Monash when it scored 6-0 to 1-8 to win 14-13 (91) to 7-20 (62). That was premiership stuff although the Roos` kicking for goal was not. Best for the Panthers were Ben Walter, Andrew Tullett and Scott Meneghetti and for Barmera Monash Sam Butterworth, Murray Middleton and Kade Boase.
The game was a dress rehearsal for this weekend`s Second Semi Final.
Both Waikerie and Renmark had solid victories as they prepared for this week`s First Semi Final.
Waikerie 15-21 (111) won after a slow start against Loxton 7-6 (48). 6-4 of the Tigers’ score came in a very impressive first term but after that a tough season ended with flat tyres. Named best for the Magpies were Shaun Steele, Tristan Geehman and Jim Thomson (7 goals) and for Loxton Chris Papageorgiou, Nick Uren and Ash Montgomery.
Renmark meanwhile had a similar victory 15-18 (108) against Berri 9-8 (62). For the Rovers Russell Menz, Ash Lindner and Brandon Persinos were prominent throughout while 2014 ended for the Demons while consistent Adam Beauchamp, promising junior Nick Hankin and Dan Wilson the stand outs.