Saints first win in ‘17

A Grade: MinMan's Todd Bishop clears out under pressure from Saints Cody Reese. Photo: Chelsea Ashmeade.
A Grade: MinMan's Todd Bishop clears out under pressure from Saints Cody Reese. Photo: Chelsea Ashmeade.

The Brinkworth-Spalding-Redhill Tigers continued its undefeated season with 51-point win over the BBH Rams in their round 10 fixture.

Setting up the victory with six goals to one in the first half, the Tigs’ finished with 12.12 (84) to BBH 5.3 (33).

Boh Wall troops did have the better of the last quarter, but that was one of the few positives for the day from a Rams perspective.

William Hennessy is proving to be one of the best recruits this season, being BSR’s best, while captain Adam Mackenzie continues to produced career best form, now in his mid 30s.

100-game SANFL footballer Phillip Raymond continues to dominate in this NEFL competition, winning plenty of possessions.

Luke Hayes, Tom Wilsdon and Alexander Morgan all had an influence on the result as well.

Sam Martin and Phillip Raymond both kicked a trice, while debutante William Longmire and Alex Morgan each kicked two majors.  

BBH defender Timothy Dalla was the Rams leading performer, while Johnny Lynch and Joseph McInnis work hard all contest against the odds.  Josiah Clifford kicked two of his team’s five goals.

 BSR coach Liam Whitwell

“This game was as played at Redhill Oval.

“There was a breeze of a couple of goals towards the Adelaide or southern end of the ground.

“I was certainly happy with the first three quarters, but we dropped away a bit in the last.

“Mitch Catford from the Senior Colts and Will Longmire both play their first A grade game for our club.

Mark ‘Dogger” Shane played his 100th A grade game for BSR as well.

“Will Hennessy was great in ruck and Adam MacKenzie had a heap of the ball in defence.  

“‘Ramo’ (Phil Raymond) had plenty of it as well and kicked three goals.

“Luke Hayes had one of his better games for the year and has been in good recent form.

“‘Horse’ (Sam Heinjus) didn't play with ‘OP’ and Josh Slade might have done an ankle.

“For BBH Brett Kirkby played up forward in this game and they look to have a few that were injured or playing under duress.

“We certainly dropped off a bit in the last quarter but we didn't have any rotations.”

North Clare V South Clare

Already 38 points up at quarter time North Clare collected a great win over another finals contender and cross town rival, South by that exact margin in the end.  

Six unanswered goals in the opening term was the backbone to the Roosters success.

The final score was North Clare 13.13 (91) defeating the South Clare Demons 7.11 (53).

Both Chris Puiatti and Cohen Pettitt enjoyed the dominance of Nick Pearce in ruck.

Former BLG footballer with Nuriootpa and Freeling Jarrad O'Riley was outstanding across half back.

TAC Cup player in Victoria last year Jayden White kicked five goals in a strong performance and young Daniel Garrard kicked three goals for the Roosters.

Brendan Barton was the Demons best at full back, followed by utility Mitchell Reynolds.

Matthew Allen took a number of intercept marks across half back for the Dees.  

2017 Recruit Shaun McWaters, veteran Brodie Murphy and Benjamin Dinning all won a bit of the ball at the contest as well.

While the South Clare key forward were quelled, playing coach Justin Michael pushed forward and kicked a couple of majors.

North Clare coach Peter Cook:

“I didn't overstate our rivalry going into the contest. It was still a pretty contested game of football.

“The first quarter set up the win and our contested ball was good. We got a lot of drive from half back and our small forwards were on their game.

“(Jayden) White kicked five goals and four behinds, three of them (goals) in the first term.

“It was really a mirror image of our first round game, where South got off to a quick start.

“Adam Pearce was good in attack and a half back line of Nick Rowe, Lachlan Jaeschke and Jarrad O'Reilly we're very good. We had our share of injuries.”

“Troy Hatt did a hammy, (Richard) Moulds had a back injury and Jake Panaho came off in the last quarter.

“I have been really happy with our back six this season.

“Again they were good last Saturday.”

Eudunda/Robertstown V MinMan

At Robertstown Oval the Southern Saints broke their duck.

Kicking 12.14 (86) to Mintaro-Manoora’s 7.3 (45), Eudunda Robertstown added a number to the win column on the premiership table for the first time this year.

This was after kicking inaccurately in the first half and being a goal behind at the long break.

Best for the Southern Saints was key forward Jordan Kotz, in an outstanding team orientated display.

In the middle Leigh Kimpton and 2017 recruit Jack Wilkins won plenty of the ball.

Having played a SANFL league game earlier this year, Blake Launer was composed and cool across half back.

Along with Cutting, former 200-game Port Adelaide Magpie Corey Ah Chee also kicked four goals.  Nickolas Ruciack chimed in with a brace for the Saints.

For the Eagles the trio of Adan Richards, Todd Bishop and Charles Warne were all manful.

Down back Bradley Ross, playing coach Ryan McDermid and dual sporting talent Kym Allen all had their moments as well.

For the Eagles Ashley Winders and Trent Starke kicked two goals each

Southern Saints coach Roger James:

“It was a game of two completely different halves of football. Our second half was pretty good – we used the footy heaps better.  

“Jordy Kotz was our best player in this win – his repeat efforts at centre half forward were superb.

“Corey Ah Chee was a strong target in attack and Dean (Cutting) was an important contributor again.

“There were a lot of players that contributed and it was hard to pick our best players.

“Jed Michalk was excellent in ruck and we used Blake Launer across half back.”

Blyth/Snowtown V RSMU

At Snowtown oval the RSMU Hawks, as expected, proved to be too experienced and classy for the young Cats outfit.  

Although inaccurate in the first half – they had 16 scoring shots top six – displaying RSMU’s dominance of the contest.

They arrested some of their first half blemishes, with 9.6 in the second half, to win the game by a significant and large 71 point margin.

The final score was RSMU13.18 (96) defeating Blyth Snowtown 3.7 (25).

For the Hawks William Nicholls returned to some earlier season form, while Patrick Clark has been scintillating all year.

Only a 50/50 call to play before the game Josh Vater delivered a masterclass, with Tod Griffiths, Martin Rohde, who had a week’s suspension after not representing the NEFL in the Landmark Cup and Dylan Griffiths all stood up for the victors as well.

Josh Vater finished with a four-goal haul, but it easily could have been double that.

Craig Mullins slipped with three goals, while midfielder Patrick Clark helped himself to a couple.

Blyth Snowtown skipper Gareth Ottens keeps carrying his side and was among the best three players on the ground.

Across halfback Nathan Zweck is nearly as consistent as his captain.

Ashley Giles, Jack McRae, Reuben Ottens and James Morgan all had their moments as well.

For the hosts, Shay Clifford kicked two of the Blyth-Snowtown Cats three goals in this round 10 match.  

RSMU Coach Zack Hier:

“It actually was a good game of football, the Cats intensity and attack on the footy was good early

“Blyth-Snowtown just lacked a couple of targets in attack. 

“We kicked 13.18 and missed a lot of shots at goal.

“Blyth-Snowtown attack on the football body and body was good.

“Vater would have had 10 or  11 shots on goal playing predominantly as a permanent forward.

“After half-time we played our way - pretty expensive football, using the breadth of the ground – and they couldn't keep any scoreboard pressure on.”