Cold and windy weather and patchy rain made life difficult in local football on Saturday.
In RIVERLAND A GRADE Loxton North, with an impressive win over Renmark, leapt above neighbour Loxton into double chance territory on the ladder and at the same time pretty much killed the Rovers` chances of finals action.
The Panther line up has looked a pennant possibility from day one of season 2013 but now with Barry Kaesler back in goal kicking form and young Nathan Brown returning from West Adelaide is even stronger.
A blistering 8-4 to 0-1 opening on Saturday as good as settled the result early and with Kaesler with seven goals, Michael Arnold. Josh Voigt and Andew Baker the best of a very even group the home side made Panther Park its own and won (17-14 (116) to Renmark 5-3 (33).
This was possibly the most disappointing day for Renmark this season despite the strong performances of Shane Walker, Josh Warnock and Jaryd Rowe..
At Barmera the Roos reversed the result of their previous clash with the Tigers and after leading by six points at half time went on their merry way to win 11-13 (79) to 7-5 (47).
Barmera Monash is playing confidently with every member of the team simply doing their job but it has to be acknowledged that Dillon Millard and Michael Smart are the ‘match winners’ in their recent form. Jake Smith was also a key factor in this win while for the Tigers best players were harder to find and the stand outs were probably Bryce Williams, Mitch Fazekas and Raph Liddle.
Waikerie at home converted a 34 point advantage at quarter time into a 13-11 (89) to 4-10 (34) win over Berri.
Damian Stevens was back to his ball magnet best for the Magpies with Luke Exton and Tim Bevan also high in the best player rankings.
A word on Berri. It is certainly having a red hot go every week but simply lacks the depth on its player list to challenge the top sides.
You cannot fault the efforts of players like Darren Marner, Adam Beauchamp, Jake Langdon and Peter Safralidis.
In the INDEPENDENT GRADE the final four now looks settled after top side Paringa seemingly ended Moorook Kingston`s September plans 11-13 (79) to 4-8 (32) and Browns Well continued to impress with a 25-21 (171) to 6-6 (42) win over Wunkar.
Sam and Tom Frahn starred for the Swans in their efficient job on a Moorook Kingston that has a list that according to people in the know ‘looks good enough to win a premiership’.
Consistent pair Kenny Wright and Matt Morrell gave the Warrior cause everything on Saturday.
In the Bombers big win over Wunkar Geordie Franks booted fifteen goals and another consistent duo Brad Williams and Michael Reichstein were in everything.The Bulldogs were best served by Sam Obst and Rhys Heinrich.
In other matches Blanchetown Swan Reach,with a lot more support for Troy Cowland (4 goals) and Dale Payne, at last kicked a score that suggested a strong defence of its title is not completely out of the question.
The Redbacks won 16-17(113) to East Murray`s 9-11(65) which begs a question about the Tigers` future in 2013.
Disputing premiership favoritism only a fortnight or so ago East Murray has lost heavily for two weeks on end. Chris Rudiger and Hayden Francis did best in this outing.
Meanwhile the wounded Eagles are flying again with a thrilling four point win over Ramco 10-9 (69) to 10-5 (65) that was set up by a 6-6 to 0-0 start.
For Cobdogla Anthony Lippis contributed five majors and John Farr and Jordan Roissetter were the stand outs while for the Ramco Roosters Grant Francis and Daniel Donelly were high in their best.
The three teams to chase BDT for the 2013 premiership appear settled at Karoonda, Lamerroo and Murrayville despite Peake`s upset win over Murrayville 9-18 (72) to 6-6 (42).
Shane Heinrich and Michael Baker starred for Peake in its victory that has a lot of people asking ‘what might have been?’ Vass, Cronin and McCormick did best for Murrayville as its dismal form continued.
At Lameroo the home side led by four points at the last change but in a torrid last stanza Karoonda battled its way to a crucial victory by three goals 18-7 (115) to 15-7 (97).
Andrews, Graetz and Ben Quinn stood out for the Magpies while Corey Knight kicked five goals.
Billy McNeilly, Matt Ridgway and Shane Walker with seven goals were the front runners for the Hawks.
In the final game it was BDT 20-12 (132), with Josh Richardson, Chris Gregory and Shane Binns (9 Goals) outstanding, that won by the length of the straight from Pinnaroo 8-3 (51).
Pinnaroo`s best were again Tyron Bennetts and Alez Keough.