Tigers work into final

On the Clare Oval, BSR kicked 16 goals after quarter time to ensure a handsome 67-point victory and entry to the season decider.

The win over the third-placed South Clare side was emphatic, and clearly displayed the difference between the top two teams and the rest of the competition in 2017.

Starting the preliminary final well, the Demons kept the Tigers goalless in the first quarter, but six goals and three behinds in the second term while keeping South score-less, set up the victory.  

The Tigers kicked a further four majors in the third and continued their momentum into the grand final by kicking another five majors in the final stanza.

BSR won the game and a finals berth scoring 16.12 (108) to South Clare 6.5 (41).

For the Tigers, the ultra-consistent Sam Martin, Tom Wilsdon and big Sam Heinjus were outstanding.

Andrew Cousins, teenage talent Josh Slade and Lachie Wilsdon, with a haul of five goals were also important contributors in the win.

Sam Martin added to his best on ground performance with five goals, while Jeremy Sargent and  Andrew Cousins both snaffled a pair.

South Clare were best served by Phillip Cutting who was manful all day in ruck.

Former Yorke Peninsula lad Matthew Allen, mid-field recruit Shaun McWaters and skipper Brodie Murphy were noted contributors for theDemons.

Benjamin Rossi and the hard running Mitchell Reynolds both had their moments.

Reynolds ended up kicked three of his team’s six goals, while Michael Leibelt, who was well held in this contest, finished with a brace.

Liam Whitwell BSR Tigers coach:

“They (South Clare) came out early and really were aggressive and got plenty of the ball in the first 10 minutes of the game.

“We arrested the momentum after that but didn't put on anything on the score board in the first quarter.

“From quarter time it was a different situation and the scoreboard looked after itself.

“The intent and commitment around the contest was fantastic and we really controlled the game from that point.

“We have a pretty young group as I've been saying all year and I was really happy with the way they stood up.

“Sam Martin and Sam Heinjus were both excellent changing with each other it.

“It was a good win and hopefully this gives her some confidence going into the season decider this Saturday.

“There's a good feeling around the club with both the A grade and B grade football teams in the final as well as the A1 netball team as and a couple of others through the grades.

“It should be an exciting day at Riverton this Saturday.


BSR is also grand final bound at reserves level after defeating RSMU by a significant 56-point margin in th penultimate game of the season.

The side was 26 points up at half-time and slammed home four last quarter goals to ensure a strong win.

In the end BSR kicked 13.7(85) to the Hawks 4.5 (29)

Sam Cousins produced a best on ground display.

He was well supported by Angus Ashby and Alex Smart.

Long term servants James Knappstein and Samuel Weckert were also strong performers, while Stuart Longmire had his moments as well. Among nine different goal kickers for the Tigers in this win Tyler Stephenson led the way with a game high three-goal haul.

Samuel Weckert and Sam Cousins were both multiple goal kickers as well.

Wiley veteran and Mail medallist at A grade level in his younger days Kimberley Hart was the Hawks leading performer.

Jack Turney,  along with the A grade experienced Benjamin Mitchell, and Dylan Busch had some influence on the contest.

Daniel Vater with two of the Hawks four goals and Mark Humble were serviceable as well.

South Clare v Mintaro-Manoora

This year’s senior colts preliminary final was a rematch of last season’s NEFL grand final.

The 2017 version of the contest was also a one-sided affair, South Clare got on the scoreboard early kicking five goals in the first and would win the game by a massive 98-point margin.

They had 18 scoring shots to seven at half time and were already well in command at this break, with a 46 points lead.

The Demons continued their relentless approach in the second half.

The final score board read the South Clare Demons 19.14 (128) to the Min-Man Eagles 3.12 (30).

The class of Charlie Dinning was on display all game, in a best on-ground performance.

Matthew Walsh, Max Pitt and Lachlan McNeil were important contributors as well.

Both Mathew and Joey Grigg were among the better players for the Demons.

South had plenty of goal kickers around its group.

 Jacob Bache finished with five majors, while Zac Pink and McNeil helped themselves to four.

 Both Max Pitt and Russell Perez finished with a pair.

Declan Bitter led the way for the Min-Man Eagles, working industriously.

Christopher Dodd and Foster Cunningham, with two of his team’s three goals had their share of the ball, while Harry Schoenberg with quieter than expected, but still had some influence after a long season at many levels of the game.

 Flynn Nicholls and Fletcher Nixon deserved a mention as well for their personal efforts in the contest.

Mintaro-Manoora v Blyth Snowtown

Similarly to the senior colts the junior colts preliminary final was a one-sided affair, with the Eagles dominating the game. 

Mintaro-Manoora were already over 50 points up at half-time, having kicked 8.2 to four points at the long interval.

The Eagles went on to win the game after albeit a quieter second half by 62 points

The final score was Min-Man 12.3 (75) defeating Blyth Snowtown  1.7  (13)

Ned Ross was the stand out for the Eagles and he was followed by Sam Nicholls and Cohen Ziersch, who were both impressive as well. The trio of George Sandow, Taaj Nicholls and Henry Packer all were strong contributors for the victors as well.

Sam Nicholls added to his mornings worked with four goals and Jack Squire chimed in with two majors.

Blyth Snowtown’s only goal kicker was Tyler Bigg.