Southern Saints collect another B grade crown

Eudunda Robertstown's reserve premiership team celebrate their victory after taking care of the Cats in the final quarter.

Eudunda Robertstown's reserve premiership team celebrate their victory after taking care of the Cats in the final quarter.

While the 60-point margin suggested the North Eastern B grade grand final was a one-sided, easy to win affair, it was anything but.

Deep in the third quarter only five points separated the combatants, with the scores at 5.9 to 5.4. 

This left the crowd biting there nails and sitting on the edge of the seats.

Then Eudunda-Robertstown kicked 10 goals, while the Cats could only manage a single major, giving the Saints a resounding 15.10 (100) to 6.4 (40) victory.  

Three-time premiership veteran and club legend Stephen Geister said it was the best reserves side he had been involved in.

“It was Michael Zerner’s first senior flag and Richie’s (Schmidt) first since back in the Robertstown days,” Geister said.

The Cats' Robbie Wandel played his final game for Blyth/Snowtown.

The Cats' Robbie Wandel played his final game for Blyth/Snowtown.

“We kicked a couple of late goals in the third quarter which helped. 

“Moving Corey (Ah Chee) up forward changed our structures in the last quarter, which helped.  

“We missed a few early in the game and they had a fair bit of the ball. 

“Our defence stood up well.” 

In a successful period at this level, it was the Saints fourth flag for B grade since 2010. 

The club enjoyed back-to-back successes in 2011 and 2012 and now another pair of victories in 2015 and this year. 

Saints coach Adam Zerner and acting captain Shane Waldhuter lift the shield high.

Saints coach Adam Zerner and acting captain Shane Waldhuter lift the shield high.

Among the strong contributors for the premiers was best on ground trophy winner Nathan Freeman, the highly experienced Richard Schmidt and Dale Button. 

Acting captain Shane Waldhuter worked hard and did a great job all game for the Saints, while ruckman Brett Prior gave his midfielders first use at the stoppages. 

Avenues to goal were plentiful especially in the final 40 minutes of the contest.  

Forward Stephen Geister and Dale Button both kicked three majors in the win. 

The quartet for Richard Schmidt, NEFL reserves leading goal kicker Michael Zerner, Simon Schmidt and the classy Kip Dunstan each kicked two goals. 

For Blyth/Snowtown veteran Alexander ‘AJ’ Wood was stoic in defence, while Callen Kennett gave a target as a key forward.  

NEFL B grade medal runner-up Tyson Eime and William Harris had their share of opportunities, while James Henderson and Cory Stirling were solid all game. 

For the Cats Justin Zweck kicked a trice, while Callen Kennett snaffled a pair of majors. 

Acting captain Shane Waldhuter worked hard all game for the Saints, while ruckman Brett Prior gave his midfielders first use at the stoppages.

Dale Button breaks through a defensive push for Eudunda-Robertstown in the B grade grand final.

Dale Button breaks through a defensive push for Eudunda-Robertstown in the B grade grand final.

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