Demons’ critical win

Great hands and a great overhead mark by RSMU's Josh Vater.
Great hands and a great overhead mark by RSMU's Josh Vater.

​At Riverton Oval the Hawks delivered an emphatic victory over Eudunda Robertstown.

They had 19 scoring shots to two at half-time and finally won the game by 104 points.

The final scoreboard read RSMU 23. 16 (154) to Southern Saints 8.2 (50)

Patrick Clark continued his blistering season on the ball for the Hawks, while Tom Connell was fearless across half back, taking a number of telling marks and driving the ball forward.

Jack Connell, ‘Bustling’ Benny Plueckhahn, along with William Nicholls and Bradley Koster around the ball working industriously and won possessions at will.

The Hawks had no less than 12 different goal-kickers with Josh Vater leading away with four.

Both strong marking forward Damian Hynes and Max Connell kicked a trice.

For Southern Saints Cody Reese was their standout in defence, keeping the competitions leading goal kicker Craig Mullins to just one goal for the game.

Jed Michalk battled manfully; Dean Cutting displayed some of his undoubted class, while Jack Wilkins and Kip Dunstan battled all game.

Cutting kicked three goals for the Saints, while Leigh Kimpton – who attempted the mark of the year in the goal square during the last quarter -  snaffled two goals.

Zack Hier – RSMU coach said:

“We played well offensively but we dropped off a bit in the defensive actions.

“We set little goals for ourselves along the way to keep the group switched on.

“Actually picking the best players was very hard.

“I was told after the game that the Southern Saints had four blokes pull out from Thursday night to Saturday morning.

“The Saints top level players are as good as any in the comp but they fall away pretty badly.”

Min-Man v Blyth Snowtown

On a cold and clear day at Manoora Oval, the Cats collected a four-goal victory over the Eagles.

Accurate in the first half, the Cats kicked nine goals and a behind compared to Min-Man’s 6.6 to have a 13-point lead at the long interval. Both teams slotted through three goals in the third quarter and Blyth Snowtown took the game away from Min-Man in the final stanza with three goals to one.

The final score was Blyth Snowtown 15.7 (97) defeating Mintaro Manoora 10.13 (73).

Interestingly the Eagles had one more scoring shot than the Cats.

Blyth Snowtown captain Gareth Ottens continued his brilliant season and also kicked four goals in his sides win. Strong built forward Shay Clifford was equally important with his five-goal game.

Matthew Hartwig (three goals), Lachlan Summers, Benjamin Pratt and Nicholas Schultz all had their moments as well.

Steve Rusca was the standout for the Eagles, with his pace of the mark and ability to hurt on the scoreboard as well. He kicked a team high three goals.

Playing coach Ryan McDermid wasn’t far behind Rusca, while Adan Richards, Isaac Shearer, Luke Broadbent and Charles Warne were solid contributors.

Ashley Winders and Luke Broadbent both kicked two goals for the home team.

Nick Ashby - Blyth Snowtown said:

“We started to grab the ascendancy in the second quarter but had a flat spot before the break.

“‘Ruffa’ (Ottens) kicked a goal just before half-time which gave us some momentum and put a bit of a spring into the step for the boys.

“To Gareth’s credit he hit the scoreboard and kicked four goals.

“We spoke about sharing the load during the week and I thought the boys all committed to the cause.

“It wasn't a high standard game after half-time but the important part is we have collected the two premiership points.

“I had a look at the premiership table on Sunday and yes we're still in the race.

“We have a couple of important weeks ahead of us and really need to have a big win next week.

North Clare v BSR

The round 11 clash between the top-of-the-table Tigers and the third placed Roosters was expected to be an intriguing encounter.

North Clare had the better of the first half and really should have led, having 12 scoring shots to eight, but only lead by the smallest of margins.

Five goals to one in the third quarter set up the victory and the Tigers cleaned up by that five goal margin in the end.

The final score was BSR 15.4 (94) to North Clare 9.10 (64).

Lachie Wilson was the star of the show kicking four goals as the Tigers key forward, while evergreen veteran Adam Mackenzie was continues his outstanding form as a key defender

Ruckman William Hennessy, Alex Morgan, Daniel Hayes and Sam Martin stood up for the victors as well, while Phillip Raymond slotted through three goals.

Defenders Nick Rowe and Lachlan Jaeschke lead the way for the Roosters, while Nick “Damien Monhurst” Pearce was competitive in ruck.

Tom Crawford, Chris Puiatti and Cohen Pettitt had an impact as well, while Adam Pearce, Jayden White and Matthew Pawley each kicked two goals.

Liam Whitwell – BSR Tigers coach said: 

“It was a game of two distinctive halves … in the first they were really good with their pressure and our ball use was really terrible.

“North Clare was a point up at half-time basically because of their inaccuracies and should have really led by more.

“There was good pressure around stoppages in the third (quarter) and we move the ball pretty well. 

“Our back line kept us in the game until half-time.

“Both Nick Pearce and Adam Hennessy rucked virtually all day.

“It was a great battle, with maybe Pearce getting the advantage at the stoppages and Hennessy was maybe a little better around ground.

“We will need to step up big time next week to compete against the Hawks.

BBH v South Clare

In a battle for fourth position, South Clare travelled to Burra Oval and defeated the Rams by 62 points.

Highly inaccurate in the first half with 16 scoring shots but only kicking 5.11, the Demons led by three goals at half-time.

This match tightened up in the third quarter but the Demons took control through the middle of the ground and had more goal kicking options ensuring a strong victory.

South are now in fourth place with five wins and six defeats with a healthy percentage of 51.08.

BBH also has five victories at this point of the season but a modest percentage of just 40.93.

There are still three teams they can grab the final spot in the major round, but South Clare has done themselves plenty of favours by collecting a victory in this clash.

In the first half, where he was pretty instrumental, Brodie Murphy collected the contest’s best player honour.

Both across half forward and deep in attack at times Michael Leibelt kicked five goals, while

Matthew Allen and Daniel Kuhndt both finished with three.

On-baller Conor Ahern and the versatile Allen had an impact, while small forward Matthew Bennie produced a lot of pressure with his tackling.

Justin Walker took a lot of marks up forward, with he and Phil Cutting dominated the big man areas.

For BBH Daniel Mills and Sam Mattey were their best followed by Jack Gurney, Steven Mann, Johnny Lynch and Samuel Kellock.

Playing coach Boh Wall kicked four goals out of the eight the Rams kicked.

Justin Michael – South Clare coach said:

“In the third quarter they got to within a goal of us, but we broke their momentum and took the control of the game from there.

“We had a number of chances in the first half but kicked a number of behinds and missed a few opportunities on the scoreboard.

“It was a pretty even performance across the group for us.

“This was a pretty critical win.

“The guys rolled up with the correct attitude and got the job done.

“In a way it was almost season on the line for us.

                                                                                                                                                                                      – Peter Argent