Orroroo is triumphant

Experienced Orroroo footballer and Mail Medallist John Nicholas.
Experienced Orroroo footballer and Mail Medallist John Nicholas.

The result went as expected in the first semi-final of the Northern Areas Football Association competition last Saturday at Crystal Brook.

Luke Ellery’s Roos got out of the block strongly, kicking five goals to in the opening term which set the course of the game.

From the 20-point lead at the first break they squeeze the margin out to 28 points at the half-time interval.

Expecting a fight back from the Tigers after half time, Orroroo kicked four vital goals to three in the third quarter and were 35 points up at lemons.

The game dropped away in its intensity in the last quarter and Orroroo went on to defeat Southern Flinders and advance to the preliminary final with a 40-point triumph.

The final score was Orroroo 14.7 (91) defeating Southern Flinders 7.9 (51).

All the Roos key players stood up.

Orroroo midfielder Darren Hughes was outstanding, as was the athletic young big man in ruck Luke Bowman.

Experienced footballer and Mail Medallist John Nicholas, defender Isaac Chapman and  co-captain Tom Reid all played pivotal roles in the victory.

Up forward for Orroroo, makeshift full forward over the last month Aiden Lee kicked three goals and was a real target.

Luke Bowman, Hughes and playing coach across half forward Luke Ellery kicked two goals each in the win. Southern Flinders Shane Woolford was their leading light, followed by strong marking key forward Shane Ballantyne. Other Tigers talented Rhys Millington, at centre half back Tai Martin-Page and young Ben Treasure all battled manfully. 

For the Southern Flinders Tigers Shane Ballantyne and Jacob Graetz both kicked two goals.

Orroroo co-captain Darren Hughes said:

“We got off to a pretty good start and from half-time we were confident we had the game in hand.

“We kicked towards the northern or scoreboard end in the first quarter on a perfect day for footy.

“As expected Southern Flinders did come back at us in the third quarter I thought we counteracted their charge and went on to actually kick more goals than them in that important term.  

“This season we've got a strong mobile and tall forward line, while our defence was good again, although a little one heralded.

“Isaac Chapman certainly gave us some run off half back and it was a good all round team effort. 

“Ruckman Matthew Bukovskis has also been important and a has also come a long way.”

Broughton Mundoora v Jamestown Peterborough

The Magpies B grade had a convincing 43-point triumph over Broughton Mundoora in their first semi-final clash.

During the season they had endured losses at Peterborough Oval and in the round 13 game at Jamestown by 10 points but had beaten the Eagles by as significant margin in there round eight Clash back during mid June in Port Broughton.  

Jamestown Peterborough set-up the victory in the knock out semi-final with a big four goal second quarter, while the Magpies defence kept Broughton Mundoora scoreless in this term.

The third quarter was a tightly contested affair with both sides defences on top.

The Magpies were four goals up at the last interval and kick the goals in the last quarter while from the second time the game the Eagles were goal less for a quarter

The final was Jamestown Peterborough B Grade 10.5 (65) defeating Broughton Mundoora 3.4 (22).

Luke Casey and Daniel Clark were prime movers in the Magpies win.

Veteran Bernie Kelly, Henry Redden, Cody Hounsell and Jamie Clapp all had an influence as well.

Luke Casey (three), Daniel Clark and Bernie Kelly (two each) kicked seven of the Magpies 10 majors.

For the Eagles Tony Sims, Stefan Schmitt and Kienan Sims were their better.

Jarrod Ireland, who kicked onr of the Eagles three goals, Daniel Rogers and Damien Freer were serviceable.

Crystal Brook v Jamestown Peterborough

In the senior colts, the Magpies produced a minor miracle.

At three quarter time Crystal Brook led by a commanding 29-point margin but the Magpies kicked a matching winning seven goals and three behinds in the last quarter while the Roosters were held scoreless.

The game effectively had a 45-point turn around in the last quarter.

At the final siren the scoreboard read Jamestown Peterborough 10.13 (73) defeating Crystal Brook 8.9 (57)

During the minor round the margins in the three contests made an interesting back story.

Back in round two Crystal Brook got up by five points and in the middle game the Brooks enjoyed a slender two- point victory.

The Magpies had more success in their third game getting up by 34 points.

Joshua Weatherley was outstanding for Jamestown Peterborough. Nathan Sparks, Bradley Smallacombe and Zac Mead were strong contributors as well, while Angus Connel and Jesse Larco performed strongly. 

For Jamestown Peterborough the trio of Ryan Clark, Eli Byrne and Ben Hall each kicked two goals.

For Crystal Brook Patrick O'Dea, Joel Baker and Hugh Jackson worked tirelessly all day.

Jake Clements and Jake Couzner were contributors, while Joel Baker and Mitchell Abell both kicked two goals in this contest.

Jamestown Peterborough v Broughton Mundoora

This year’s junior colts first semi-final match between the Magpies and Broughton Mundoora was also an epic clash.

Both teams kicked three goals in the first term and the Eagles took a 13-point lead in at lemons.

In the last quarter Jamestown Peterborough kicked a trio of majors goals to drag themselves back into the contest, but the Eagles held on to win by the smallest of margins.

The final score was Broughton Mundoora 6.5 (41) defeating Jamestown Peterborough 6.4 (40), just edging out their opponents by one point.

For the Eagles, Kiah Phillipps, Jack Wulf and Tarrant MacKrill led the way across the ground.

Bodhi Sims, Wayne Retschitzegger and Bade Freer were fairly influential as well.

Broughton Mundoora had six individual goal kickers in the contest - Sam Bentley, Retschitzegger, Josh Davey, Freer, Phillipps and Bodhi Sims - each kicking a goal apiece for their club.

For the desperately unlucky Jamestown Peterborough combination Ben Clark, Declan Wells and Zachary Kleinman stood out. 

Jack Kitschke was an important contributor with three goals. Both Jaxon King and Patrick O’Dea took the eye as well.

Magpies Ben Clark helped out with two goals, while Hayden Harvey chimed in with one.

“There were some interesting semi final results throughout the Northern Areas Football Association this week.”