Just two premiership points separated North Clare and BBH before this round 13 fixture that was seen as a critical game in both sides 2017 campaigns.
North Clare dominated from the outset and collected a huge 130-point triumph, virtually assuring they will secure a major round berth and putting paid to be BBH hopes for this season.
The final score was North Clare 22.15 (147) to Rams 2-5 (17), with both BBH’s goals being kicked in the second half.
North Clare had effective players all over the ground led by midfielder Troy Hatt, Chris Puiatti and ruckman Nick Pearce.
Key forward Adam Pearce was a great target in attack, while Daniel Garrard and Nicholas Rowe both played vital roles.
A strong target in attack Tyson Pawley kicked a game-high seven goals.
Troy Hatt kicked five from the middle, while the other key forward Adam Pearce finished with four majors.
Both Chris Puiatti and Daniel Garrard helped themselves to a pair of goals.
Already injury riddled Joe McInnis and Johnny Lynch added to the Rams problems in this area.
Best of the bunch for the BBH lads were the consistent Steven Mann, Lachlan McInnis and Angus Wiech.
Samuel Kellock, Tim Dalla and Cameron White all battled manfully as well.
For the Rams, only Josiah Clifford and Christopher James made it onto the goal-kickers sheet.
North Clare coach Peter Cook said:
“We kicked 10.4 in the second quarter which really set up the win.
“Importantly for us the boys move the ball well and we played the game on our terms.
“Burra were undersized down back and at least six of the best players weren't available.
“Nick Pearce, Troy Hatt and Chris Puiatti were on top up in the middle of the ground and Hatt kicked five goals from the midfield with most of them coming in the first half.
“To Burra’s credit after the half-time break they pushed the couple behind the ball and it became tighter contests, but the first half was particularly one-`sided.”
BSR v Southern Saints
The BSR Tigers rebounded after their loss to the Hawks the previous week, defeating the Southern Saints by a handsome 70-point margin.
At Brinkworth Oval the triumph was set up by an aggressive first half where the Tigers had 19 scoring shots to one and led by 68 points at the main break.
The Saints did give some respectability to the end result kicking five goals and winning the last quarter
The final scoreboard read BSR 16.13 (109), Southern Saints 6.3 (39).
Key forward Lachie Wilsdon, back from North Adelaide, led the way with a six-goal haul.
Wingman Mark Shane and on a half back flank Jake Slade both work industriously and productivity.
The midfield trio of Phillip Raymond, Jeremy Sargent and Leigh Fuller all had their moments.
Along with Wilsdon’s bag up forward, Raymond finished with four goals while Josh Slade and Simon Goss both kicked a brace of goals.
Southern Saints captain Kurubyn Floyd, Jed Michalk and Kane Schulz were the better performer.
Kip Dunstan and Toby Schulz were both solid as well, while veteran and the Port Adelaide Magpies first indigenous captain in the SANFL Corey Ah Chee kicked three goals.
BSR coach Liam Whitwell said:
“We were already over 10 goals up at half-time and the boys were excellent the first half.
“I think we kicked 10.9 at that point to their single behind.
“Our first half was really good but in the second half we cruised a little maybe.
“They were without a few players including Blake Launer who was at Bordertown playing with the Crows on Sunday and (Dean) Cutting didn't play either.
“We had five players on the sidelines for this game and hopefully will start to get some of them back after the bye.”
Min-Man v RSMU
It was a football massacre at Manoora Oval when the top of the table RSMU Hawks took on last year's grand final opponents the Eagles which they won by a gigantic 174-point margin.
Min Man, with a single goal off the foot of Archie Smith, finished the day with their lowest score for the season 1.3 (9).
Damian Hynes was the dominant forward, finishing with a nine goal bag in a best on ground performance.
Around the ball Patrick Clark and Joshua Vater were superb, while Jack Connell had the ball on a string across half forward.
On his wing Dylan Griffiths was a standout, while Patrick Browne went into ruck and had a big impact.
Among the 12 different goal kickers Craig Mullins finished with five, while midfielder Joshua Vater snaffled four majors and Martin Rohde chimed in with two.
For the well beaten Min-Man Eagles the trio of Steve Rusca, Luke Broadbent and Kym Allen all tried hard.
RSMU coach Zack Hier coach:
“Min-Man kicked with the wind in the first quarter and their goal came with the second or third major of the match.
“The Eagles had six or seven lads up from there Senior Colts and we're massively undermanned without guys like ‘Razz’ (Ryan McDermid), Brad Brysky and Josh Sandow.
“We were focused on our ball movement and the way we played.
“Mullins snuck around the forward line and kicked 5.5, and Damien Hines finished with 9.1.
“We did lose Justin Schahinger to injury early in the second quarter, so Ashley Browne rucked for the remainder of the game.
Blyth Snowtown v South Clare
Certainly the match of the round was between South Clare and Blyth Snowtown.
The Demons against the breeze set up the win in the first term keeping the Cats to just four behinds.
At the start of the second quarter the contest became more offensive with nine goals scored for the term, and South leading by four points at the main break.
The win was set up in the third quarter where the Demons kicks 6.4 to Blyth-Snowtown’s 2.1.
South would eventually win the game 12.13 (85) to the Cats 9.8 (62).
On-baller Brodie Murphy, in his second year as captain, has grown into the leadership role and was the outstanding contributor in the game.
Tom Hooper returning to A grade football, rucked for most of the day had a significant impact.
Shaun McWaters, the skilful Joshua Pearse and Mitchell Reynolds all had an influence.
Michael Liebelt proved to be the dominant target in the contest, finishing with a match winning six-goal haul.
Blyth Snowtown’s best was Ashley Giles, while the consistent Nathan Zweck dropped the back in the hole a number of times for the Cats, grabbing telling marks.
Developing footballer Reuben Ottens and William Pratt continue to grow in stature, while Gareth Ottens and Shay Clifford had their moments.
For Blyth Snowtown, Ryan Fry and Clifford both finished with three goals while Ryan Darling, who spent the majority of the day in attack, snaffled two majors.
South Clare coach Justin Michael said:
“It was blowing early and the conditions weren't great.
“They kicked with the breeze in the first term and we manage to kick two goals into it.
”It turned into a bit of a dog fight from there except for a burst in the third quarter where we slammed home five goals in 10 minutes which really changed the course of the contest.
“During this period we opened them up a bit.