Big wins everywhere

RSMU: Cooper Behn tidys up. Photo: Carly Grant Photography.
RSMU: Cooper Behn tidys up. Photo: Carly Grant Photography.

In this second round match Blyth-Snowtown travelled up to Clare Oval and tore the Roosters apart.

After a relatively even opening quarter the Cats kickded five goals to one in the second quarter and slammed through another seven goals in the last to win by a large 11-goal margin.

The final score was the Cats 19.11(125) defeating North Clare 8.11 (59).

“We probably won the game in the second quarter with our pressure, and link up from half back being very good,” Cays coach Carey Payne said.

“Our key posts in defence, Nathan Zweck and Jack McCrae both had strong games and their leadership and voice in the back half a critical component in the win.

“Caleb Lloyd would have had 35-plus touches and doesn't waste the ball.

“This game was tight early and I thought our composure as one of the strengths of our game.”

Returning from Crystal Brook and playing as a deep forward Scott Atkinson kicked six goals while centre half forward Matthew Hartwig finished with three goals.

New Cats recruit Ricky Wiseman slotted through two goals as did young David Giles.

In the Cats second strong performance, their defence again stood up.

Along with Lloyd and Zweck, captain Gareth Ottens was another strong performer while the coaching staff was really happy with Jack McCrae’s work rate from full back and the run and creativity he gives the group.

The one major downside for this game is that the Cats lost young ruckman Will Pratt to an ankle injury

He's expected to be sidelines for two to three weeks.

North Clare started of the game without key recruit Dallas Hill.

Nicholas Rowe was regarded as the Roosters best, followed by Ash Noble and Lachlan Jaeschke.

Tyson Pawley was their main target in attack, while the Panaho boys, Jake around the ball and Sam down back both had their moment.

North Clare's multiple goal kickers where Jarrad O’Rielly, Anthony Simpson and Pawley, each with two majors.

BBH V Southern Saints

In a game where the Rams had two coaches across the contest, they got up against the Southern Saints by 40 points in the end after being eight points ahead at the main break.  

BBH finally won the game 14.13 (97) to the Southern Saints 8.9 (57).

Assistant coach Herb Glacken who took over the role when senior coach Casey Cooper had to depart for his sister's Fione wedding told the group during the long interval, that they needed to play more possession football.

“The boys needs to back in their skills and take the game on,” Glacken said

“Our ascendancy grew during the third quarter and we had a number of second, third and fourth efforts at the contest.

“The group played tough, hard and consistent football across the game, which was pleasing.

“Previously the club again to reputation for switching off periods of time during games.

“We still have work to do as I thought and the Saints were the better side in the first half although we had a small lead.

The general consensus was Tom Drew was best on ground followed by Blair Buchanan who played across half back and on a wing.

As usual Johnny Lynch was in and under all day

Lachlan McInnis was solid on his half back flank as was Cowell lad, Matthew Deer in his first A grade game for the club, showed composure in coolness out of a back pocket.

Teenager Ben Hook was also impressive and kicked a couple of goals

Robby Bartee finished with three goals while James Boston also chimed in with a brace.

Leigh Kimpton was considered the Saints best player keeping them in the contest, picking up plenty of positions and driving the ball forward.

Other Eudunda Robertstown players that went noteworthy included Dane Pfitzner, Tyson Launer, Zac Green and the hardworking Jed Michalk.

Jordan Kotz kicked two goals for the Saints as did Toby Schulz.

Diminutive midfielder Jack Wilkins collected the ANZAC Medal for his performance in the red, black and white.

RSMU V South Clare

RSMU continued its form from round one against South Clare, playing on home soil for a second consecutive week.  

The Hawks kicked a minimum of five goals in each quarter and won the game by 86 points - 21.14 (140) to 8.6 (54) .

“The boys got on top early and just kept going,” Hawks coach Stephen Lubcke said.

“They really played well, flicking the ball around and concentrated on playing their own style of game.  

“It became a bit of an arm wrestle for a time in the third quarter but pleasingly our group was able to get going again.  

“Tom Vater played an important role blanketing Brodie Murphy.

“Young Will Knoll impressive in his A grade debut as well.

“We had a couple out as well; one of the better players from round one, Ben Pleuckhahn and our fullback Patrick Browne were both at a wedding.

“We dominated the clearance ratio after quarter time and Justin Schahinger was a key component in ruck.”

Experienced inside midfield recruit Mitchell Sandery was again outstanding as was veteran Craig Mullins, who kicked eight.

Former playing coach Zack Heir, looking composed and refreshed in defence.

Billy Nicholls on the ball and Schahinger were among the top players in this contest, along with captain Brad Koster.

Best for South Clare were Josh Pearce, followed by Sam Bevan and Ben Dinning.

Others that were solid and came under some notice included Nick Smith, Patrick McInerney and Mitch Reynolds.

Daniel Kuhndt gave the Hawks early trouble up forward and finished with a trio of majors, while Reynolds chimed in with two.

Min-Man v BSR

After a disappointing round one loss to the Cats, BSR playing coach Liam Whitwell was looking for a response from his team and he received it in the round two match against Mintaro-Manoora.

Reigning premiers, BSR Tigers won the game 25.10 (160) to Min-Man 1.5 (11) by a cricket score margin of 149 points.

“(The) Boys had a point to prove and we needed to shows some intent,” Whitwell said.

“I was super happy with the response; our first half was fantastic although our second half dropped off a bit and we seemed to get a bit cute using the ball.

“The group needed to make sure they got back on track and I believe we did that.”

Todd Culley in his second game in Tigers colours, kicked 10 goals straight and set up another handful,  while other key forward Sam Heinjus and young Harry Mills both kicked three each.

Alex Morgan and Jeremy Sargent finished with a pair each, being among 10 different goal kickers for the visitors.

Culley was best on ground, but closely followed by midfielder Jack Haarsma.

Lachlan Wilsdon across half forward, along with Matthew Longbottom both won plenty of the ball.

Daniel Hayes from his half back flank gave the team plenty of drive, while Will Hennessy was a solid contributor in the big win.

For the comprehensively beaten Min-Man Eagles Ryan McDermid, their playing coach, kept fighting all day and was their best player.

Callen Bubner and Brad Ross worked manfully against the odd.

Indigenous midfielder Steve Rusca, Nathan Forrest and Lachie Sandow also had their share of the ball Mintaro-Manoora’s only goal kicker was Christopher Dodd during the third term.