In the top of the table fixture at Redhill Oval, the Hawks were scoreless at quarter time and still found a way to collect a nine-point victory over main premiership rivals, the BSR Tigers.
From ‘Donuts’ on the scoreboard at the quarter time break, the Hawks were just seven points down at half-time and set up the victory with three goals against the breeze in the third term.
At the last interval BSR had a slender one-point lead, but RSMU came home the strongest to collect an important win, making an important statement about their flag hopes.
RMSU kicked 10.11 (71) to BSR 9.8 (62) – but the margin was closer than expected – through a late Tigers goal.
Former Nuriootpa Tiger William Nicholls was outstanding for RSMU.
Josh Vater wasn’t far behind him, while Luke Michalanney, skipper Bradley Koster, Tod Griffiths, and Martin Rohde were all in the thick of the action.
The strong marking Damian Hynes kicked three goals.
Michalanney and the well held Craig Mullins each finished with two goals in this victory.
For the Tigers big man William Hennessy was outstanding around the ground, while recruit Dillon Montgomerie won heaps of the ball at the coal face.
Jeremy Sargent, Ben Cousins, Luke Hayes and Phillip Raymond all were noticeable.
The trio Montgomerie, Sargent and Hayes all kicked two goals for the hosts.
RSMU Hawks coach Zack Hier:
“We were happy to be just a handful of goals down at the first break, although we thought we should have been able to score into the wind.
“We started to find out groove late in the first quarter and this continued into the second.
“I felt we were patchy - playing in five to eight minutes bursts - then dropped away for period.
“We set up the victory into the wind, in the third quarter and then the breeze dropped out a bit after that
“When we were up and about our tackling and ferocious attack on the ball was what we were looking for.
“It was a good game of football both sides played an attacking style and each teams backed the talent of their group.
“Billy Nicholls was the standout for us in this contest and I thought (Will) Hennessy and (Phil) Raymond were good for them especially early.”
BBH v Blyth Snowtown
In a critical match for both sides, Blyth Snowtown traveled to Burra Oval and defeated the BBH Rams by 25 points.
The Cats were eight points up at half-time and after an even third quarter, they kicked three-goals-to-one in the last to ensure an important victory and keep their chances of finals participation alive.
The final score was Blyth Snowtown 11.9 (75) defeating BBH 7.8 (50).
Blyth Snowtown skipper Gareth Ottens was again the Cats best, followed by ruckman William Pratt and recruit Matthew Hartwig.
The trio of Ashley Giles, Luke Ashby and defender Nathan Zweck all had a big influence of the Cats victory as well.
Blyth-Snowtown strong bodied utility Shay Clifford kicked a game-high four goals in this match, while Ottens chimed in with a pair.
Sam Mattey, Steven Mann and Johnny Lynch were the Rams leading players.
Kangaroo Island recruit, ruckman Jack Gurney, along with Joseph and Lachlan McInnis were serviceable.
Josiah Clifford and playing coach Boh Wall kicked two goals each for the hosts.
Blyth Snowtown Cats coach Nick Ashby:
“It was pretty breezy to be fair it was great to travel up there and grab a win and walk away without any injuries.
“Also it was pleasing that Ryan Darling returned, playing two thirds of the game.
“On reflection we didn't use the breeze as well as we could in the first quarter towards the town or the school board end of the ground.
“It was a pretty ugly game early with a number of simple skill errors.
“All our usual suspects stood up and I felt in the second quarter our skills lifted and got the job done.
“A special mention must go to 17-year-old Brayden Eime.
“He played his fifth game in seven days he was a member of the Eagles Under 17 side during the week and also played for us last weekend.”
Southern Saints v North Clare
In a shock result the Southern Saints collected a 21-point victory over finals contender North Clare at Robertstown Oval.
Roger James’s Eudunda-Robertstown side were a point up at the long interval and stretched it out to two goals at three quarter time.
Southern Saints won the game 14.8 (92) to the North Clare Roosters 10.11 (71).
The Saints’ second win for the year has elevated them above Mintaro Manoora and off the bottom of the ladder by percentage.
Southern Saints recruit this year Jack Wilkins produced a brilliant best on ground performance including a three-goal haul.
Experienced Saints players Dean Cutting and Blake Launer has a big influence on the result.
Jed Michalk in ruck and skipper Kurubyn Floyd also played key roles.
Saints Rhys Schirmer, Blake Launer and veteran Corey Ah Chee each kicked two goals in the victory.
For North Clare young defender Lachlan Jaeschke was their best, followed by Chris Puiatti and Nick Rowe.
Developing talent Daniel Garrard, Jarrad O'Riley and Matthew Nelson all had their moments as well, while the trio of Adam Pearce, Jayden White and Tyson Pawley each kicked two goals.
Southern Saints coach Roger James:
“Equally it was our best win for the year.
“The boys played pretty well and we'll really smart with the football.
“We controlling the tempo of the game and used the ball well.
“I felt we're in control for most of the day and we started well kicking four goals for in the first quarter, although we were a bit inaccurate.
“Jack Wilkins was brilliant on ball and also kicked three goals.
“Both Dean Cutting and Blake Launer rotating on the ball and across half back were very good.
“Jed Michalk battled fantastically against Nick Pearce all day and insured he wasn't telling influence on the contest.”
South Clare v Min-Man
As expected South Clare had a big win over the now bottom-placed Mintaro Manoora Eagles on home soil.
After being inaccurate early and kicking 4.6 in the first quarter the Demons slammed on seven unanswered goals and all and had an unassailable 65 point advantage at half-time.
In the end they won by 95 points having 42 scoring shots to 12.
South Clare finished with 20.22 (142) to Mintaro-Manoora’s 7.5 (47).
Mitchell Reynolds was outstanding, grabbing best on ground honours from Michael Liebelt.
Young defender Ben Dinning, Matt Bennie, Shaun McWaters and Brodie Murphy were influential
Liebelt kicked a round high seven goals, while Murphy, Matt Allen and Daniel Kuhndt each kicked three goals.
The Eagles best was the mercurial aboriginal talent Steve Rusca, who also kicked three of his team’s seven goals.
Other solid performers for the well beaten Eagles included Luke Broadbent, Paul Hogben, Adan Richards and Ash Winders.
South Clare Demons coach Justin Michael:
“We set up the game in the second quarter and had a lot of options in front of goal.
“Michael Liebelt finished with seven goals and also eight behinds.
“It was a pretty important game for us to ensure that we got the job done.
“The win gave us a much-needed pair of premiership points.
“I think our bigger bodies in the midfield got the job done in the end.
“It was hard to pick our best player lists in this game, such was the breadth of the team’s performance.
“Steve Rusca was certainly their standout player and a person we needed to watch.
“We're in the middle of it important three week block and if we can get a win next week it help us move towards major round participation.”
– Peter Argent