Hard work pays off

The Brinkworth-Spalding-Redhill Tigers secured the B Grade North Eastern football premiership by 28 points after being three points down at half-time in the clash with South Clare.

The triumphant BSR Tigers B Grade premiers.

The triumphant BSR Tigers B Grade premiers.

After a physical opening quarter the contest was even, then BSR had the chance to get an advantage in the second term but couldn't get the job done in front of goals.

Importantly, in the premiership quarter they started to convert opportunities, kicking three goals (and a pair of behinds) while keeping the Demons to just two points.

South Clare collected the Senior Colts flag.

South Clare collected the Senior Colts flag.

A further three goals in the last stanza ensured a comfortable victory and premiership celebrations. 

BSR won the title with a grand final score of 8.10 (58) while South Clare, who gained direct entry to the decider, kicked 4.6 (30).

Fearless around the contest and winning plenty of the ball, Angus Ashby was regarded as best on ground, receiving that honour at the post game presentations.

Stuart Longmire across half back and  the Weckert lads, Samuel and Timothy were strong all contest.

Skipper Wade Lawry and Jake Slade, who was unlucky to be playing in the seconds instead of the A Grade, were also impressive players.

Sam Weckert kicked two goals to go with his five points while Ben Pilkington, in his milestone 250th senior game in the black and gold,  also collected a brace of goals.

 For the South Clare Demons, Alex Heinrich and veteran Jason Lehmann were the leading players.

Both Roger Logan and Alex Falconer, who each polled well in the medal count on Monday night, were conspicuous and Sam Parish deserves a mention for his performance.

“Yes I was worried in the second quarter we had a number of shots on goal and just couldn't put it on the scoreboard.”

In his final game of senior football with the Demons, veteran Ben Seymon kicked two of South’s four majors.

BSR premiership coach Craig Weckert:

“Yes I was worried in the second quarter we had a number of shots on goal and just couldn't put it on the scoreboard.

“Up until the three quarter time break it was still a really good battle.

“I thought our second half was very good with plenty of contributors.

“Tyson Bowden and Stuey Longmire great across half back - our captain Wade Lawry,  Sam Cousins, Gussy Ashby and Tim and Sam Weckert - we're all important around the middle of the ground.

“Big Alex Smart was good in ruck all day

“It was Ben Pilkington’s 250th senior game for the club, with a grand final victory being a great way to celebrate it.

“Also Wade Lawry played his 200th game the week before on preliminary final day at Clare.

 “In the end a great day for our club.”

Under 17

It was an upset of colossal magnitude in the under 17 senior colts grand final.

At one point during the third quarter South Clare was as much as five goals in arrears, and the Roosters looked to be romping to premiership glory.

Despite South showing more character in the third term, North still led by 19 points at the three quarter time interval.

Against the breeze in the last quarter, kicking towards the northern or Burra end of Riverton Oval,  South slammed on five last quarter goals to snatch the flag away from their crosstown rivals - winning 9.9 (63)  to 8.10 (58) in a dramatic finish.

Charlie Dinning, the association medallist in this grade, was a judged best on ground just ahead of his team-mate Lachie McNeil.

Both were potent through the midfield and Dinning’s skill execution is elite.

Other strong performers included Matthew Walsh (two goals), Zac Pink who kicked an equal game-high three goals, William Pitt and Joey Craig.

Josh Earl kicked three goals for the Roosters, and back from a SANFL under 18 loss with the Eagles, Tyson Francis was the Roosters’ best, followed by left-footer Charlie McInniss, playing off half back.

On baller George Pretlove won his share of the ball and Grady Armfield competed manfully all day as Charlie Helbig’s first half was impressive. 

Under 14

After being kept goal-less in the first term, Mintaro Manoora would go on to win its first under 14 or junior colts flag in over four decades.

Min Man took the premiership by 13 points in tough and windy, sunny conditions, in a game that started the NEFL grand final day at Riverton Oval.

Less than a goal separated the teams at half time, but three goals to one in the premiership (third) term set up the victory for the Eagles.

 Both teams remained goal-less in the last quarter with the Eagles winning the under 14 flag - 5.5 (35) to North Clare 3.4 (22).

A standout during this season, winning the association medal, Sam Nichols continued his strong form on grand final day and was rewarded with best on ground honours along with kicking two of his team’s five goals.

After being shadowed in the second semi-final, he found a way to beat the tag in the final.

Billy Bryksy would kick the Eagles other three goals for the contest.

Other strong performances for Min-Man included those of Brady Griffiths, who played with injury, Caleb Schwartz, with his coolness and composure in the middle and another member of the extended Sandow clan, George.

Tim Lovell and Alister Behn were both strong performers from the Eagles as well.

Hayden Schultz, in the middle, was the Roosters’ best in the final.

Roosters under 14 best and fairest Sam Baum was among North’s leading performers in the final as well. 

Declan O’Dea in ruck, captain Harry Redden at centre half back and Tom Cook in defence played solid games.