Crucial win for Roos

In a pivotal annual Butchy Harris Cup game between the Roos and the Tigers at Wirrabara Oval, Orroroo, although inaccurate, had a strong 53-point win over their expected 2017 first semi-final opponents, Southern Flinders.

The Roos had 17 scoring shots in the first half but only kicked 5.12 and should have led by more than the 14-point half time advantage.

The game tightened up in the third quarter but the Roos finished strongly.

The 34 scoring shots to 16 in the round 12 match, was a strong indication of Orroroo’s control of the match.

In the end, the Roos kicked 13.21 (99) to Scott Brand’s Southern Flinders 6.10 (46).

Orroroo’s best on ground was Darren Hughes who was rewarded with the Matt Keeley Medal.

Dylan Foulis, Billie Tapscott all had a telling influcence on the contest.

Fresh for a week of footy with the North Adelaide Under 17 side, Mack Bowman also had a great game.

Both last year’s Keeley medallist Isaac Chapman and team-mate Scott Kuerschner had their moments as well.

The Roos quartet of Tom Reid, Jonathon Byerlee, Luke Bowman and Romano Williams kicked two goals each to have an influence.

For Southern Flinders, Rhys Millington was its standout, collecting the Darren Millington Medal.

Luke O'Connor, the versatile Ziek Kay and big man Lachlan Pole were all serviceable around the ground.

Shane Woolford and Adam Combe were solid for the Tigers, while Brett Cunningham kicked a brace of majors.

Orroroo coach Luke Ellery:

“Having driven past Booleroo we were a bit lucky to be playing at a venue that was surrounded by hills.

“It was tough conditions for the players but you could still score into the wind.

“We dictate a lot of the play but didn't use the ball as well as we could.

“We're very stoked to take this Butchy Harris Cup victory – this is an important match in our season - we expect to see the Tigers has finals.”

                                                                                                                                                   “I felt we have the upper hand for the majority of the game and controlled the ball in the midfield, just the scoreboard didn't show our dominance, especially until half time.

“Southern Flinders had some personnel unavailable.

 “It was important for us to win this game after having lost the first two games to the Tigers.

“We're very stoked to take this Butchy Harris Cup victory – this is an important match in our season - we expect to see the Tigers has finals.”

BMW v Broughton Mundoora

At Booleroo Centre, reigning premiers Broughton Mundoora had a comfortable 45-point win over the BMW Lions.

The visitors had 15 scoring shots to six at half-time and really didn't put the game away at that point.

Coach Rian Crane suggested the wind and the conditions were pretty tricky in the game.

The final scoreboard read Broughton Mundoora 12.14 (86) defeated the struggling and winless BMW Lions 6.5 (41).

Broughton Mundoora skipper Tom Button, along with fellow midfielder Maddy Hayes and veteran defender Andrew Wilson were sall trong contributors in the win.

Wingman Jared O'Donohue and the oldest of the Hewett quartet, Nick, were important as well for the blue and gold.

Key forwards Christopher Elliott (three goals) and Dylan Hewett (two) kicked five goals between them in the game, while lead-up option Kane Bowley finished with a brace as well.

For the still winless Lions the stresses of coaching hasn’t hurt Jake Keller’s form as a player.

Despite his team’s loss, he should have taken the umpires eye.

The quartet of Darcy Shute, Peter Lock, Shane Heinrich and Braden Battersby worked hard for the tri-colours.

BMW had six different individual goal kickers - Darcy Shute, Joel Coulthard, Peter Lock, Edward Trupp, Shane Heinrich and Simon George – again having another match with a multiple goal kicker. 

Broughton Mundoora coach Rian Crane:

“We had plenty of the ball early kicking 3.7 but didn't capitalise as we had plenty of the football and burnt it a lot moving into the forward lines.

“Booleroo Centre is a tough place to play footy when there is a northerly cross breeze blowing.

“It wasn't our most accomplished performance

“Both Tom Button and Maddie Hayes spent the last quarter on the bench.

“Young Caden Harrison rucked for 95 per cent of the game and his was a mighty effort.

“At full back Mason Armfield quelled young zone representative talent Ed Trupp.

“Certainly the BMW Lions best player was there coach Jake Keller.

“His contested marking was a feature of his game.” 

Jamestown Peterborough v Crystal Brook

With a 136-point win at Jamestown Oval Crystal Brook stamp their authority on the game with seven goals (and six behinds) to no score in the second quarter.

The Roosters were dominant in most areas of the ground and defensively were very strong, keeping their opponents scoreless for a quarter and goal-less for another term.

Crystal Brook won yet another game by a big margin, kicking 23.18 (156) to Jamestown Peterborough’s 3.2 (20).

A forward of a period early of his career Crystal Brook veteran Luke Slattery was best on ground with a six-goal performance.

Reigning Mail medallist Campbell Combe, Joel Millard, Adam Kupsch and the younger Combe sibling, Will had plenty of the ball as well. 

Along with Slattery’s haul, Scott Atkinson kicked five goals in a solid return.

The trio of Campbell Combe, Mathew Gates and William Combe each finished with a pair of goals as well.

For the well beaten Jamestown Peterborough side Jack Thiselton was their best.

Ben Woodall continued his strong season in the black and white.

Returning this year Patrick McInerney, Henry Hall and Greg Farr were the best of the rest for Jamestown-Peterborough.

Crystal Brook coach Shane Arbon:

“It wasn't too bad a day after quarter time.

“It was pretty windy at Jamestown but we were dominant from the first break.

“We had plenty of avenues to goal with 11 different goal kickers, with Luke (Slattery) finishing with six and Scott Atkinson in his return game kicking five, including three in the second term.

The Magpies have plenty of key personnel out of their side and the scoreboard really didn't reflect their efforts especially early.

“…but I was naturally happy with our team’s performance.

“Along with Slattery up forward, Campbell Combe was impressive across half back and Adam Kupsch returned to form as well.

 “Ben Arbon had a great game centre half-forward as well.”

                                                       Peter Argent