Broughton-Mundoora v Crystal Brook
Crystal Brook’s 14-game unbeaten run this season continued after their top of the table clash with Broughton-Mundoora at the Eagles’ home ground last Saturday.
The Brook got off to a flying start and then held off the Eagles as they endeavoured to make a charge in the last quarter, where the hosts kicked three goals while the minor premiers were just able to score three points.
At half-time the margin was just seven points, but this blew out after Crystal Brook kicked 7.6 in the third-quarter while Broughton could only manage 1.2 against a strong wind.
The NAFA ladder leaders would eventually win the game by 30 points with the final score being Crystal Brook 12.15 (87) to Broughton Mundoora 8.9 (57).
Fresh from state country duties, Campbell Combe was best on ground, while Luke Kapitola was able support in the midfield.
Joel Millard continues his strong recent form, while the evergreen Luke Slattery and centre half forward Ben Arbon both were impressive as well.
Used as a small forward William Combe kicked a game-high four goals, while Luke Slattery kicked three.
Campbell Combe added to his work at the stoppages with a pair of majors as well.
Playing as a lead up forward Kane Bowley was the Eagles’ best; followed by senior pro Andrew Wilson and Mason Armfield in defence.
Recruit Maddy Hayes and Justin Tiller had their moments as well.
Dylan ‘DP’ Hewett, Kane Bowley and Maddy Hayes each kicked two goals for the beaten Eagles.
Crystal Brook Roosters coach Shane Arbon:
“There was certainly a significant wind blowing towards the netball courts and it would have been a full four to five goal wind I would have suggested.
“It was certainly tough conditions for both sides.
“We missed a handful of set shots in front of goal in the first term and really should have been six or seven up at that point.
“Broughton(-Mundoora) challenged well in the second and they kicked the number of goals from turnovers.
“Naturally I was very happy with the win but for them to kick five or six of their own goals from our turnover is a concern that we are leaving the gate slightly open.
“Both Campbell (Combe) and Luke (Kapitola) were fantastic around the ball while Luke Slattery was a solid performer as a lead up forward.
“Hilly (Daniel Hill) was kept goal-less for the second week in a row. I believe he kicked zero-four.
“He’s certainly getting it okay and still has a role to play because the other players are crumbling off his contested ball but would like to see him kick a few goals.
“We still have some work to do over the last couple of weeks before the finals start.”
Southern Flinders v Jamestown-Peterborough
At Wirrabara oval Southern Flinders enjoyed their eighth win for the season in their round 14 contest defeating Jamestown Peterborough for the second time in 2017.
The Tigers kicked 4.1 to no score in the first quarter but were kept goal-less in the second.
A potent third-quarter where they slammed home 10 goals was the difference in the game.
Southern Flinders eventually won the contest 14.8 (92) to Jamestown Peterborough 8.9 (57) by a comfortable 35-point margin.
As a strong marking key forward Shane Ballantyne produced a best on ground effort for Southern Flinders, along with kicking four goals.
Lachlan Pole was influential in ruck, while Rhys Millington, Ziek Kay, Tim Woolford and Luke O'Connor all were strong performers.
Along with Ballantyne’s haul, Ziek Kay kicked three goals while Rhys Millington and Justin Thompson finished with two goals each.
For Jamestown Peterborough around the ball Luke Casey (two goals), Benjamin Woodall and Patrick McInerney led the way for the Magpies’ cause.
Both Greg Farr and Dayle Munro with three goals were noticeable. Dylan Loveridge also kicked two goals for the Magpies in this contest.
Southern Flinders Tigers coach Scott Brand:
“It was another good performance in trying conditions again with strong winds.
“We didn't take our opportunities when heading into the wind in second and last quarters.
“I thought our defence and mids worked hard to create opportunities but forwards just didn't put it on the score board.
“Our first quarter with wind was a tight even contest as most starts to games are.
“We were able to kick late goals to give us the advantage but our third quarter with wind was by far our best quarter footy for the year with midfield dominating and our forwards really capitalised on every opportunity.
“The boys were able to have a 10-goal quarter, which they haven't done for long time.
“This has given the group a lot of confidence going into the business end of year and as I mentioned last week our challenge now is to play that brand for longer.
“Shane ‘Bally’ at centre half forward and Tim ‘Wooly’ in his on ball role were both very good and we got we good service out Pole, Thompson, and O'Connor.”
Orroroo v BMW
At home Orroroo had a significant 10-goal victory over the cellar dwellers, the BMW Lions.
A bright start ensured the Roos had the game in their control by quarter time.
Another five-goal quarter in the third term ensured the strong victory for the Roos.
Now with seven wins, they have commanded their finals berth and will take on the Tigers in the first semi-final on Saturday, August 26.
The final score at Orroroo was the Roos 13.5 (83) defeating BMW 3.5 (23).
Half back flanker and one of the true form players in the Roos team this year Isaac Chapman continues his strong season.
Brodie O'Dea displayed some of his old tricks and was good in close.
Luke Bowman was a strong marking target in attack, especially early.
In the Roos engine room Tom Reid and Darren Hughes continued their consistent campaigns.
Jonathon Byerlee and Luke Bowman both kicked three goals for the winners, while the trifecta of Ash Barton, Brodie O'Dea and Isaac Chapman each finished with two goals.
BMW didn’t have any standi outs but Graham Cooke across half forward, in defence Braden Battersby contributed at times.
Northern Zone representative player Edward Trupp, Jordan Storey and Kieron Borgas were the best of the rest.
Orroroo coach Luke Ellery:
“It was a cold day and windy blowing across the ground with no real advantage to either end of the ground.
“Kicking five goals (and one behind) to no score in the first quarter is what really did the damage.
“To BMW’s credit they came back at us after the first quarter but we pushed the winning margin out to 10 goals in the end, which was a good.
“A couple of B grades came up and contributed really well.
“In those conditions, as it sometimes happens it was the best we kicked all year and it was nice to see some of our work on the training track, having an effect in a game.
“It was a good day for the club a couple of the boys went back to the B grade and found some form. The B grade also had their first win of the season and they certainly celebrate in style.”