Minor round settled

Tigers' Shane Ballantyne celebrates a goal with team mates.
Tigers' Shane Ballantyne celebrates a goal with team mates.

Crystal Brook finished its perfect minor round with a handsome 101-point victory over bottom-placed BMW Lions in round 16 of Northern Areas football.

By half-time the Roosters were already over 12 goals ahead and a further 10 goals in the second half insured a strong exclamation mark to complete the regular season and prepare for finals football in 2017.

The Roosters had 37 scoring shots to 16 and 10 different goal kickers, with Crystal Brook winning  24.13 (157) to BMW’s 8.8 (56).

The trio of skipper Luke Kapitola, Joel Millard and Campbell Combe led the assault for Crystal Brook when the game had to be won.

In a pretty even team effort both Luke Seymour and Adam Kupsch had good games for the visitors to Booleroo Centre. 

Combe added to his impressive day’s work with five good goals and must be favourite again for the Mail Medal.

Luke Slattery kicked four goals in this win and now had 32 for the season, with 28 of them coming from July 1.

Import Scott Atkinson, who should give the Roosters some X-factor in the finals serie and Millard finished with three goals each, while Matt and Isaac Arbon, along with Nathan Hooper each kicked two goals.

For BMW the athletic Jordan Storey was their best, while Damien Smith proved to be an asset in attack with four goals.

Jamie Robinson, the most consistent performer in the league Jake Keller and Mark Francis all battled strongly for the hosts.

Crystal Brook coach Shane Arbon said:

“We rested Brad Eagle, Daniel Hill, Matthew Gates and Will Combe for this game.

“Campbell (Combe) came off in the last quarter with an ankle after he’d kicked five goals and we rested Luke Kapitola in this term as well.

“Player management is a key for us at the moment.

“While we weren't perfect, it was a good win for the group.

“The game itself was with the tale of two halves really.

“I thought we were superb in the first half and I was really happy with the performance to that point.

“But it's harder in a way to continue being relentless.

“We did mix up our game plan a bit after half time and that's it affected the structures, but we did muck around a bit with the ball and over finesse it in the second half.

Southern Flinders v Broughton Mundoora

A potent opening at Gladstone Oval ensured Broughton Mundoora had a strong 46-point win over another team in the finals, Southern Flinders.

BM Eagles playing coach Rian Crane.

BM Eagles playing coach Rian Crane.

On Saturday they slammed home six goals and six behinds in the opening term, while keeping the Tigers were scoreless, which really was the catalyst to setting up this victory.

Intriguingly in the remainder of the contest Southern Flinders kicked eight straight goals while Broughton Mundoora finished with another seven goals, 10 behinds in the final three terms. 

In the end Broughton Mundoora won 13.16 (94) defeating Southern Flinders 8.0 (48).

Around the ball, Maddy Hayes and Tom Button led the way in this Broughton Mundoora victory. 

Justin Tiller continued his exceptionally consistent season, while both Jared O'Donohue and James Cant stood out as well.

Strong marking full forward Christopher Elliott finished his day’s work with four goals, while Tiller chimed in with a trice.

For the second week in a row, Shane Ballantyne was Southern Flinders best player.  

Koby Millington and Jay Malchow worked their way into the contest.

Brett Ballantyne, with a pair of majors and ruckman, Lachlan Pole were manful.

Jake Nitschke also kicked two goals for the Tigers cause.

Rian Crane, Broughton Mundoora’s coach said:

“Gladstone Oval is a big ground and that suits our game style.  

“We started a lot better in this game and our midfield had control in the first quarter.

“As a group we did have an emphasis on starting well this week and getting control of the ball early, which I believe we achieved.

“Southern Flinders came out in is in the second term, but we wrestled backed the ascendancy through middle of that term.

“We were kicking to the northern or the town end in the first term.

“Gladstone Oval is a ground we like to play on and have enjoyed success at.

Orroroo v Jamestown Peterborough

Orroroo, on home turf, completed its regular season fixtures with 117-point win over an undermanned Magpies outfit.

The Roos kicked 8.13 in the first half, including a highly inaccurate 2.7 in the opening term, while Jamestown Peterborough could only manage three points to this point.

The hosts would finish with 19 goals while the Magpies were kept to the modest total of two goals across the entire game. 

The Orroroo oval scoreboard read when the final siren sounded the Roos 19.18 (132), comprehensively defeating Jamestown Peterborough 2.3 (15); the Magpies lowest score for the season.

Tom Reid, on the ball for Orroroo was their best player, followed by makeshift full forward Aiden Lee and fellow midfielder, William Bennett.

Billie Tapscott was strong in defence and the class of John Nicholas showed out.

In a great haul Landmark Cup and SA Country Champs ruckman Aiden Lee kicked eight goals.

Both the creative Jake Foulis and Dylan Dodd kicked three goals each for the victors.

Benjamin Woodall was again Jamestown Peterborough’s best player and is considered a lock for Team of the year selection.

Jock Mason continued his good season in the back pocket, while twins Max and Drew Voumard, along with Daniel Robinson, all had their moments in this one-sided contest.

Luke Ellery, the Orroroo coach said.

“We miss some shots at goal early and in the end it could have been at 25 plus goal win.

“I was a culprit with three behinds myself.

“I felt we controlled the game for great majority of the match.

“Jamestown Peterborough had a really young side on the park.

“Aiden Lee was excellent in his second game back playing in a purely full forward role.

“He kicked eight goals, four behinds and we nursed him through.

“The Magpies were a shadow of what they have been earlier this year.

“We do need to fix up our goal kicking but I felt we did play good football for the majority of the game.

“To be focused was a big ask for us after half-time and we had to ensure we weren't complacent.”