Eagles win final game

A Grade: Steve Rusca (for MinMin) takes a mark from Southern Saints' Dean Cutting. Photo: Chelsea Ashmeade.
A Grade: Steve Rusca (for MinMin) takes a mark from Southern Saints' Dean Cutting. Photo: Chelsea Ashmeade.

BSR completed its minor round in emphatic style delivering a handsome 117-point defeat of BBH in their North Eastern football game on the weekend.

Exploding out of the blocks they kicked 10.4 to 1.1 in the first quarter and kicked another seven goals in the third while BBH remained scoreless.

Already 20 goals down at lemons BBH did display some heart kicking 4.1 in the last, while the Tigers finished with 3.7 in that term

BSR with 41 scoring shots to nine won 24.17 (161) to BBH a modest 7.2 (44)

Just 16-years-old, Josh Slade was best on ground with a seven goal haul.

Sam Heinjus is returning to form, while fellow big man William Hennessy was a strong contributor.

The mercurial Phillip Raymond, Lachie Wilsdon and forward Luke Hayes all had an impact as well.

Along with Josh Slade’s seven goal bag, other multiple goal kickers included Simon Goss with four and Lachie Wilsdon with three, while Jake Slade and playing coach Liam Whitwell both snaffled a pair.

 Joseph McInnis, Johnny Lynch and Angus Wiech were gallant for a well beaten Rams outfit

Playing coach of BBH Boh Wall was always a dangerous option in attack with three goals

Liam Whitwell BSR coach said: 

“Kicking 10 goals in the first quarter was pretty handy but we also had a good third quarter which was important.

 “These have been the two terms where we struggled a bit in previous games.

 “Young 16-year-old Josh Slade kicked seven goals and our midfield was good.

“Will Hennessy played in this game and got a bit of running to his legs and we’d expect Leigh Fuller to be back for the next clash.

 “Dylan Montgomerie is a question mark with both work and fitness perspective.

“It was a good way to finish our minor around with a strong and comprehensive win, which has given the boys a fair bit of confidence going into this next week's big game.

North Clare v South Clare

In the first of two battles in two successive weeks South Clare took on North Clare, continuing the fierce rivalry between these two clubs in this one town.

North Clare started well and were 18 points up at half time, having double the scoring shots of the Demons.

After the break the Roosters played with a lot more intensity and vigour kicking five goals to two in the third quarter and another four in the last to win by a 12-point margin.

These teams will face-off this Sunday again in the elimination first semi-final at Robertstown Oval.

South Clare kicked an accurate 14.4 (88) to North Clare’s 11.10 (76)

South Clare captain Brodie Murphy continued his outstanding season and must be seen as a serious candidate for a second Mail Medal.

Daniel Kuhndt was an important target, while dual sporting talent, returning to A grade football Josh Wallent stood out.

Phillip Cutting was good in ruck, while Shaun McWaters around the ball and Matthew Allen impressed.

Michael Leibelt and Mitchell Reynolds finished with four goals each while Daniel Kuhndt slotted through three.  

Chris Puiatti was the Roosters best followed by Lachlan Jaeschke in defence and Nick Pearce.

Jake Panoho, Jarrad O'Riley and Adam Pearce all contributed, while Jayden White finished with four majors.  

Justin Michael South Claire coach said:

“We were certainly below our best in the first half but I did have a chat to the boys at half-time and they increased intensity intensity.

“I thought our second half was a hell of a lot better.

“We really didn't change a lot, it was just or about a bit more application and want and endeavour.

“We started to get control at the stoppages, as early North seemed to be in control in this area and got a fair bit of running carry through their wings.

“Hopefully the boys have got a bit of a psychological advantage from the win and I guess the proof will be in the pudding with what happens with the result next Sunday.”

Mintaro Manoora v Southern Saints

Min-Man insured it would not secure the wooden spoon with an explosive last quarter of the season where they kicked six goals, two behinds, to three straight goals in their final minor round match of the year.

They won 14.9 (93) to the Southern Saints 10.10 (70).

The Eagles had two milestone players in the game, Bradley Ross who was among the Min Man best players and great the clubman Paul Hogben.

Steve Rusca continued his outstanding year as a midfielder who went forward and kicked goals while Adan Richards and Josh Sandow, along with Sam Heinrich and Isaac Shearer were also strong contributors.

Sixteen-year-old Harry Schoenberg kicked four goals for the Eagles while big Daly Eichner finished with three and Archie Smith chimed in with two.

Leigh Kimpton was the Southern Saints best, followed by ruckman Jed Michalk and Gabe Laucke.

Jack Wilkins, Kurubyn Floyd and Dean Cutting with three goals worked hard.  

Man-Man coach Ryan McDermott said:

“It was a good contest for three quarters.

“In the end we ran over the top of them in the last, which was great for the club.

“It was also our 40th anniversary and having the old fellas from the 1977 premiership team there it was good to win for them.

“The Saints really came back out as in the second quarter and we had to change up our midfield a bit and throw in both Rusca and myself.

“This had an impact we changed angles and the way we attacked a bit and got the job done.

“Its pleasing to see the number of the young players have an impact in this game – especially for Daly to kick three goals and Harry finished with four from limited opportunities.

RSMU v Blyth Snowtown

Zack Hier’s Hawks were given a good test by probably the third best team in the competition over the past six weeks, Blyth Snowtown.

The Cats had a couple of goals lead at quarter time but RSMU went rampant in the second quarter kicking six majors, (five behinds) to three points.

They ran away with the game in the second half although Blyth Snowtown showed some vigour and aptitude to the contest.

It was a good all round test four the Hawks who are now looking for a fourth consecutive flag.

RSMU won 17.14 (116) to Blyth Snowtown 8.9 (57), by 59 points in the end.

Joshua Vater and Luke Michalanney were outstanding for the Hawks, while Patrick Clark continued his stellar years.

Martin Rohde and William Nicholls took the eye, while Damian Hynes was a strong marking target ad kicked three goals.

Jack McCrae kept the competition’s leading goal kicker Craig Mullins goal-less which was an outstanding individual effort. Gareth Ottens was impressive against, as was Lachlan Summers and veteran Ryan Darling with five goals.

Ashley Giles and Matthew Hartwig deserve a mention for their performances as well.

Cameron Giles, the former Carlton listed football played for the Cats and kicked a magnificent goal

Zack Hier RSMU coach said:

“It was a red hot game especially in early and really good hit out for us going into the finals series.

“The Cats were actually a couple of goals up at quarter time we kicked the first two goals in the game and I think they kick the other four until the first break.

“Our second quarter we increased our intensity and had 10 shots at goal being on back on top of them.

 “It really was a perfect way to prepare for the finals and a really good contest. 

“Having a bit of experience with guys like Ryan Darling and McCormack helps the structure of their group and their experience also helps as well.

“Players like Patrick Clark and Josh Vater and Billy Nicholls were important when it counted.  

“I started in ruck but Justin Schahinger took over after half-time and had a significant role to play. 

Peter Argent