Cats test top Tigers

Hands up! Saints and Demons players reach for the ball.
Hands up! Saints and Demons players reach for the ball.

At Brinkworth Oval the second-placed Tigers were tested by Blyth Snowtown in North Eastern football. 

In a tight and high pressure contest, BSR we're just two points up at half-time due to their accurate kicking in front of goal.

After a low scoring second half Liam Whitwell side held on to defeat the Cats by seven points, with the final score being BSR 8.8 (56) defeating Blyth-Snowtown 7.7 (49).

For the Tigers on-ballers Sam Martin and Leigh Fuller led the way.

Luke Hayes was strong as a lead up forward, while Adam MacKenzie continues his outstanding season in defence. 

The versatile Phillip Raymond and ruckman/forward Simon Goss both were excellent as well, while Lachie Wilsdon was the Tigers only multiple goal kicker.

Returning for this game Blyth Snowtown defender Nathan Zweck was its best, followed by captain Gareth Ottens and fellow on-baller Ashley Giles.

William Pratt was very competitive in ruck, while Reuben Ottens and veteran Nick McCormack were productive as well.

Cats dual Mail Medallist Ryan Darling kicked a game high three goals, while Shay Clifford finished with a pair.

BSR coach Liam Whitwell said:

“The Cats brought some good pressure into the contest.

“There was plenty of pressure on the ball carrier, which was good and tested the playing group. 

“In the second half we wasted plenty of the ball.

“The score were locked away for 10 minutes of the final quarter

“Phil Raymond got one (goal) late for us to get over the line.

“We had plenty of opportunities we wasted in the third term especially.”  

North Clare v RSMU

After quarter time in the top four clash at Clare Oval, the ladder leading Hawks dominated this game, and in a one-sided affair, kicking 22 majors to three.

RSMU kicked two goals in the opening term, but it became a procession after that.

A six-goal-to-one in the second quarter were followed six more again by the Hawks in the third.

Already more than 12 goals up at the final break, Zack Hier’s troops kick 10 goals and a behind, to the Roosters 1.1, in the last two stamps there authority on the competition and inflict the Roosters third large loss against the reigning premiers this year, winning by 128 points. 

RSMU got up by more than a century, yet again, winning 24.7 (151) to North Clare 3.5 (23).

Aaron Kempe was outstanding in defence, as was the “Rolls Royce”, James Vandeleur across half back.

Around the ball Josh Vater, William Nicholls and Bradley Koster were outstanding, racking up possessions at will.

Martin Rohde was a productive medium forward with four goals.  

Among the other nine goal kickers for the Hawks William Nicholls, Patrick Clark, Damian Hynes and Craig Mullins all kicked three goals - as many as their opponents.

The trio Luke Michalanney, Joshua Vater and Benjamin Plueckhahn all finished with a brace.

For North Clare Matthew Nelson and Sam Panoho were strong against the odds, while Lachlan Gill and Nicholas Rowe were the most serviceable of the rest

Midfielder Cohen Pettitt kicked two of the Roosters three goals.  

RSMU coach Zack Hier said:

“We didn’t kick all that well on reflection, and really the score line could have been worse if we were more effective in front of goal.

“It was a good contest early, and North cracked in, but didn’t put it on the scoreboard.

“In the first half of the second term, along with both the third and four quarters we were really strong.

“North are a team we’ve traditional performed well against over the past couple of years.”

Southern Saints v South Clare

At Robertstown Oval in immaculate conditions for football, the Southern Saints tested South Clare for the length of the contest.

More accurate in front of goal, Eudunda-Robertstown led by the smallest of margins at half-time and then kicks 6.1 in the third quarter.  

The difference between the two teams was Demons high flying forward Michael Liebelt, who kicked seven of South Clare’s 11 goals and was best on ground in the seven point triumph.

 In a tough, physical and tight last quarter, South Clare, with Liebelt at the forefront, kicked 3.2 while Rodger James troops could only manage 1.1.

The Robertstown scoreboard at the final siren read South Clare 11.9 (75) defeating Southern Saints 11.2 (68).

Behind the brilliance of Liebelt in the second half, midfielder Shaun McWaters was outstanding through the middle. Benjamin Rossi was industrious all day. Phillip Cutting was athletic in ruck and around the ground, while skipper Brodie Murphy gave the team grunt and Brendan Barton was solid in defence.

Mercurial at times Dean Cutting kicked four goals for hosts, along with being their best player, while SANFL league experienced Blake Launer read the game beautifully in defence, not being far behind him.

Saints skipper Kurubyn Floyd led from the front around the ball.

Jed Michalk competed manfully in ruck, while Gabe Laucke was stoic in defence.

Veteran Corey Ah Chee, a SANFL state representative as a full back a decade ago, kicked two goals at full forward.

South Clare coach Justin Michael said:

“They (the Saints) were very efficient with the ball going forward and kicked straight, while we butchered the ball.

“They made to most of their opportunities and we were wasteful.

“Eudunda-Robertstown was in the game then, which was a credit to them.

“Their midfield started to win some ball at stoppage.

“Some of our senior players start to get their hands on the ball in the last quarter, which was important.

“Mick (Liebelt) was the different in the end, with six after half time and 7.4 for the day.

“Blake Launer was influential for the Saints across the half back line and set up plenty of their attacks.”

BBH v Mintaro-Manoora

A blistering seven-goal first term set up Mintaro-Manoora comfortable 39-point victory over their hosts, the BBH Rams at Burra Oval on Saturday.

The Eagles were 26 points up at quarter time and extended that lead beyond six goals by the half time interval.

This victory celebrated the 200-game milestones of playing coach Ryan Mcdermid and journey man Todd Bishop.

Aboriginal talent Steve Rusca was the stand out in this game, showing balance and poise with the six goal haul.

The full time score was Mintaro-Manoora 16.10 (106) to BBH 10.5 (65).

Not far behind Rusca was one of the competition champions Mcdermid, who won plenty of the ball in his landmark match.   

Along with this pair Adan Richards, centre line player Adam Olssen, key forward Sam Heinrich and Charles Warne all had their moments

Both former Demon Heinrich and Ashley Winders both kicked three majors, while Trent Starke snaffled a pair of goals. 

For the Rams Geoffrey ‘Digger’ Thompson was their standout with a five goal haul in attack, being very productive with ball in hand.  

Both Daniel Mills and Johnny Lynch worked tirelessly around the ball for the Rams, but they didn’t have a lot of helpers.

Dual sports champion and BBH coach Boh Wall kicked two goals for the hosts.

Min-Man coach Ryan McDermid said:

“We did get off to a good start - probably the best start we got all year – which set up the day. 

“We put Steve Rusca and Ash Winders two out in our forward 50.

“Steve kicked three goals in the first quarter and finished with 6.4 for the game, playing 70 per cent of his time in the forward line.

“With Ash kicking three goals, I felt the experiment worked. BBH didn’t have a match up for him.

“Adan Richards and Jack Gurney had a good battle in ruck, but I felt Tichards had more influence around the ground.

“I felt we dominated the engine room, which certainly helped us.”  

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