Brook roosts on top

Orroroo's Luke Bowman kicked six goals last Saturday.
Orroroo's Luke Bowman kicked six goals last Saturday.

Top played bottom of the Northern Areas football ladder on the weekend and the difference between the two sides was reflected in the final score line at The Brook.

Exactly 10 goals up at half time, after an eight goal second term, the Roosters would go on to collected victory by 89 points kicking 20.8 (128) to BMW’s 5.9 (39).

On ball in the game, Luke Seymour produced an excellent individual performance.

Both Campbell Combe and Luke Kapitola played in defence performing strongly in their unusual roles.

Ben Arbon, at centre half forward in this game, was a good target and covered a lot of territory.

Bradley Eagle was used at centre half back and was equally influential. 

Former SANFL Magpie Luke Slattery kicked five goals straight from his half forward flank while full forward Daniel Hill finished with 5.1

Being coach of BMW hasn’t affected Jake Keller’s performance as a player.

Lions on-baller Matt Griffiths had plenty of the “pill”, while Graham Cooke, Braden Battersby and Jamie Robinson all had moments.

Crystal Brook coach Shane Arbon said:

“We had a few late withdrawals and a couple we were trying to look after a bit. 

“Deciding to make a few positional changes we were happy with the way the boys handled these new roles.

“I was impressed with BMWs intensity and competitiveness and willingness to have a crack at times in this game.

“Our forward entries were poor in the third quarter and his is something will need to address in the coming weeks.

“Teenager in his first year of senior footy, Larry Klingner, playing off a half back flank collected the MAC game changer award for this game.

Orroroo's Brodie O'Dea finished with a handful of behinds.

Orroroo's Brodie O'Dea finished with a handful of behinds.

Broughton Mundoora v Southern Flinders

In the clash of Broughton Oval between the Eagles and the third-placed Tigers, the hosts were slow off the mark and 26 points down at the first break.

This was completely reversed in the second quarter when Broughton Mundoora kicked five goals and a couple of behinds, to no score.

They took their second quarter effort and coupled it with a strong third quarter performance and ran out winners by 20 points.

The final score was Broughton Mundoora 11.9 (75) defeating Southern Flinders 8.7 (55)

Evergreen veteran Andrew Wilson collected the MAC medal.

He played in the back pocket and his one-on-one contested work was fantastic, taking a number of strong marks.

Skipper Tommy Button worked hard all day as did fellow midfielders Nick Hewitt and Ben O'Donohue, giving the Eagles some real grunt around the ball.

Broughton Mundoora’s key forward Christopher Elliott finished with four goals while Ben O'Donohue claimed three and Justin Tiller finished with two goals.

From the Southern Flinders and fresh from Central Zone duties Tigers Ziek Kay was dangerous up forward all day, kicking two goals.

Lachlan Pole in ruck, defender Tai Martin-Page, and young gun Shane Ballantyne all played strong games, while Shane Woolford and Luke O'Connor were noteworthy.

Broughton-Mundoora coach Rian Crane:

“There was a modest two-to-three goal breeze towards the netball courts or southern end of the ground.

“Southern Flinders got their hands on the football early and caught us out of bit.

“They played a ‘run and gun’ style.

 “We started to get on top late in the first quarter and got our running game going.

“Our second and third quarters were definitely our best terms.

“We started to play our best running footy in the second and third quarters - putting two consecutive quarters of football together made a difference.”

Southern Flinders' Shane Ballantyne shows real intensity.

Southern Flinders' Shane Ballantyne shows real intensity.

Orroroo v Jamestown Peterborough

Orroroo stamped its authority on the game and gave themselves a three-game advantage on their opponents with seven rounds left.  

Collecting a handsome 55-point victory in the end the Roos were only two goals up at half-time against Jamestown- Peterborough.

After an entertaining first couple of quarters, the Roos set up the win in the premiership (third) quarter and then finished off with 4.7 to single goal in the last.

A good indication of Orroroo’s dominance is they had 31 scoring shots to 16, nearly double their opponents.

The final score was Orroroo 17.14 (116) defeating Jamestown Peterborough 9.7 (61).

 Around the ball Orroroo’s Ben Reid and Darren Hughes with both effective ball winners and had a telling influence on the game. 

Key forwards Luke Bowman and Declan Duffy kicked 10 goals between them.

Bowman finished with a season-high haul of six goals and Daffy at centre half-forward finished with four.

Andrew Catford and coach Luke Ellery both chimed in with a brace.

The standout player for Jamestown Peterborough was Ben Woodhill, who was consistent and contributed across the entire game.

Paul Kelly was conspicuous on his wing while Greg Farr, Patrick McInerney and Patrick Clark all had their moment as well.

Bernie Kelly finished with two goals for Jamestown Peterborough

Orroroo coach Luke Ellery:

“It was the most pleasing win for the year.

“We were a couple of goals up at half-time and I set the challenge for the boys to finish off the game strongly and turn the screws in the third quarter to put a gap between the two teams.

“It was great to see that we got a good even contribution from all. 

“Our class it really clicked after half-time with efficiency ball use and willing to willingness to share it was a feature.

“Our defence was solid all day with Jordan Chapman and Damian Ellery or are both playing significant roles.

“We were a bit at inaccurate especially in the last quarter kicking 4.7.

“I was one of the culprits myself kicked three points myself and Brodie O'Dea finished with a handful of behinds as well.”

                                                                                                                                                                                  – Peter Argent