On a brilliant winter day, at the Broughton Oval, the Eagles and Orroroo produced an intriguing tussle in front of an appreciative crowd at their Northern Areas football match.
The visiting Roos were actually the better side early, but couldn't put any scoreboard pressure on against their hosts.
By half-time the Eagles lead had snuck out two goals, although they had three less scoring shots.
After an even third quarter Broughton-Mundoora ensured victory with five majors in the final term. In no danger of losing their second place on the ladder, the Eagles won this game in the end by a comfortable seven-goal margin.
Broughton Mundoora 15.12 (102) defeated Orroroo 8.12 (60).
Dylan Hewett was outstanding for a lead up forward, covering plenty of ground.
Jarrod Ireland played his best game at A grade level, while Justin Tiller is getting better with age.
Jimmy Cant and Nick Hewett were industrious and hard working around the ball all game.
Between the three key forward, Chris Elliott (four), Kane Bowley and Dylan Hewett (three each) accounted for 10 goals.
Playing coach Rian Crane chimed in with a brace for the Eagles and was among the better players in this game, although not mentioned in the best player lists.
Orroroo never stopped fighting, with Tom Reid showing plenty of endeavour around the ball.
Big Roo Matt Bukovskis had the better of the ruck duels.
Luke Bowman competed well in his role, while the diminutive Mitchell Fromm and Andrew Catford both were constructive.
Aiden Lee played up forward and kicking a couple of goals.
Broughton Mundoora Eagles coach Rian Crane said:
“The Roos are right on top early, but really they just couldn't put the score on the board.
“They (Orroroo) got their hands on the ball first in that opening term.
“After the quarter time break I felt we started to you get out game going and found some avenues to goal.
“Orroroo are always very competitive and never stop fighting in this contest.
“I would like us to see some improvement in our ball use and the way we move the ‘pill’ into attack.
“We got to reduce our turnovers across half-forward as we move towards finals.
Jamestown Peterborough v BMW
At Victoria Park, Jamestown, the BMW Lions broke their duck for the season in style defeating the Jamestown Peterborough Magpies by a massive 59-point margin.
This initial victory was set up with a brilliant second quarter where BMW kicks 7.6 while the Magpies on home turf were kept goal-less. In this match, it was the first time this year the Lions have scored 100 points in a game, and they were without leading goal kicker, Ed Trump.
Their previous highest score for the season was back in round nine against Orroroo at Melrose Oval, when the Lions kicked 9.11 (65).
The final score was BMW 15.10 (100) defeating Jamestown Peterborough who were kept goal-less across two quarters, 6.5 (41)
Midfielder Braden Battersby produced a best on ground performance, in a game many suggested was his best effort in the Lions tri-colours.
Playing coach Jake Keller was again brilliant and he has claims as the most consistent player in the NAFA this year.
Classy big man Graham Cooke, Jordan Storey and the productive forward/on-baller Steve Swayne who kicked a game-high four goals were all strong contributors in the victory.
Along with Swayne’s four-goal effort, Cooke and Darcy Shute each kicked three, while Simon George finished with a pair.
Jamestown Peterborough leading performer was the dependable Ben Woodall.
Back from his stint at South Clare Pat McInerney was solid for the Magpies, as well Daniel Clark, Patrick Clark and Simon Jackson
Greg Farr kicked two of the Magpies six goals in this clash.
Booleroo Melrose Willington coach Jake Keller said:
“It was really satisfying to play four quarters I've really quality team football.
“We kicked 7.6 in the second term to set up the win and we had control the game for the final three quarters of the game, which was very pleasing.
“The midfielders gave our forwards good supply and there were a number of strong forward options to aim at.
“The boys celebrated their victory as they should have and it helped that it was such a strong win, rather than just sneaking over the line by a goal or so.
“Steve Swayne played at full forward and had a run on the ball finishing with his four goals, but there were a number of players that had strong games in a true team effort; there wasn’t any passengers.
Crystal Brook v Southern Flinders
In the annual Sunday clash at The Brook, the Roosters were tested by Southern Flinders.
An inaccurate open to opening term where the Tigers had plenty of play, but kicked 1.5 didn’t help the visitors cause.
By half-time the margin had moved out to 25 points and after an even second half the Roosters advantage in the end was 31 points. The final scoreboard read Crystal Brook 13.10 (88) defeating Southern Flinders 8.9 (57)
Full forward Daniel Hill return to form kicking seven of the Brooks’ 13 goals.
Along with 2016 medallist Campbell Combe, who has been in as good a form as he was in last year, Hill was the stand out in this round 15 Sunday afternoon encounter.
Luke Slattery and Joel Millard, who were both important instigators in the Roosters win kicked two goals each.
Centre half forward Ben Arbon’s productive second half of season continued as well.
For Southern Flinders, Shane Ballantyne was a good target at centre half forward, and added to his aerial display with a pair of six pointers.
Justin Thompson and another member of the extended Combe clan, Adam was productive all day.
Luke O'Connor and Central Zone representative Ziek Kay worked their ways into the contest as well.
Crystal Brook Roosters coach Shane Arbon said:
“We kicked against (the wind) in the first quarter and I thought the boys worked really hard into the breeze.
“Our second quarter was solid but I was disappointed with the second half we didn't get value for money for our work and the Tigers score the number of goals from our turnovers.
“On reflection this performance didn't have the polish I would have liked and that took the shine off the win.
“One of our strengths this year has been our various avenues to goal.
“We've got a number of players that can have an impact on the scoreboard.
“Hilly’ was really good he finished with seven goals and a couple of behinds, along with two out of bounds on the full as well.
“What I liked about his game as he was really clunking his marks. Joe Slattery’s performance is worth a mention as he's starting to run into form.