North collects inaugural victory for the season

Clearing: BSR's Charlie Mumford clears out of play from the BBH players at Spalding. Photo: Carly Grant.
Clearing: BSR's Charlie Mumford clears out of play from the BBH players at Spalding. Photo: Carly Grant.

At their shared home base North Clare started brilliantly and went on to beat an accurate Demons outfit by exactly 10 goals in their North Eastern football clash.

The difference in the two sides was clearly indicated by the scoring shots.

The Roosters had 33 while South Clare recorded just eight with the final score being North 15.18 (108) to the Demons eight straight goals, 48 points.

“Our four goal, six (behinds) in the first quarter should have been 8.2 or better,” Roosters coach Peter Cook said.

“Our midfield was on top all day and young (Jacob) Nicolai was good in ruck.

“Down back Lachlan Jaeschke, Captain Nick Rowe and Sam Panaho gave us drive from defence.

“Our field kicking was a bit better this week and our forward lines straightened up a bit.”

Former New South Wales-ACT under 18 player Tom Stevens was best on ground, followed by Jaeschke and Nicolai.

On-baller Cohen Pettitt, Jake Panaho and Tyson Francis were productive as well.

Francis was strong across half forward as his opponent Matt Allen had his hands full.

Daniel Garrard continues to start his strong season on the wing in style as well.

Tyson Pawley finished with the haul of five goals while new recruits this year, Dallas Hill and Anthony Simpson finished with three each. Tyson Francis chimed in with a pair.

For the Demons, Pat McInerney, Josh Pearse and Mitch Reynolds were the leading performers, followed by Josh Wallent, Reece Hocking and local product Ben Dinning.


Reigning premiers, BSR Tigers, lorded over their opponents, BBH, at Spalding Oval, kicking 14 goals to one in the first half.

They eventually defeated their opponents by 95 points, the final score was BSR 21.11(137) to the Rams 6.6 (42).   

“Our first half was scintillating,” Liam Whitwell said.

“We controlled the midfield and ‘Horse’ (Sam Heinjus) dominated the first half.

“He got great support from Sam Martin, Jack Haarsma and Lachie Wilsdon.

“Others to perform well included Alex Morgan, Matt ‘Longy’ (Longbottom) and Todd Culley who kicked five goals.

“BBH were missing a few players included Marcus Hall and Johnny Lynch.

“The game was more even in the second half, but the intensity was out of the fixture.”

The 2016 Mail Medalist Sam Heinjus had a season-ending achilles injury in the third quarter which put a damper on the game from the Tigers’ perspective.

“It was good to win by 15 goals, but I would have rather lost the game and kept ‘Horse’ on the park for the rest of the season,” Whitwell said.  

“We ran out of our bench later in the game, but the match actually became a secondary issue to the injuries we endured.”  

Along with the players that Liam Whitwell mentioned other strong performers included Andrew Cousins and Mark Shane.

Along with Culley’s five goals haul, Heinjus kicked three before his injury and Will Hennessy also finished with a trio as well. Matt Longbottom and Jack Haarsma chimed in with two majors each.

Better players for the well beaten Rams included Sam Mattey, Lachlan McInnes and recruit Tommy Drew.

Both Blair Buchanan and Patty Hill had their moments while Guy Hutchinson was the Rams only multiple goal kicker finishing with a pair.

Southern Saints v Min-Man

After an even first quarter the Southern Saints blitzed Mintaro-Manoora in the second term, kicking six goals to two and going on to win by 43 points.

The Eagles displayed some fight in the third quarter kicking three unanswered goals and were only four points in arrears at lemons.

Down the last stretch they couldn't match Eudunda-Robertstown, as the hosts slotted through another six goals, while Min-Man remained scoreless.

The final score was Southern Saints 13.9 (87) to Min Man 6.8 (44).

“The Eagles were up and about in the third quarter until ‘Razz’ (Ryan McDermid) twisted his knee,” Saints coach David Cluse said.

“We had our injury issues as well as it looks like Gabe Laucke has done his ACL and lost Brodie Launer early with a hamstring injury.

“Our tackling pressure was good especially early we had 45 tackles in the first half.

“I believe we ran out the game pretty well and our forward line is starting to function a little bit better.

“Min-Man came out strongly after half-time and we wrestled the ascendancy back on the last quarter.”

Eudunda-Robertstown also lost rookie Lachlan Cluse before the game.

He injured his knee in the senior colts match which meant state under 15 schoolboys footballer Hamish Mosey made his A grade debut.

Playing on the wing, Dane Pfitzner produced a best on ground performance, followed by Zachary Green and the returning Sam Neitschke.

Coming across from Kapunda, Jayden Higgins had another strong game as did Toby Schulz and Todd Mosey who kicked a game-high three goals.

Pfitzner slotted through a couple from his wing as did Kurubyn Floyd up forward.

Returning after a premiership in Mount Gambier, Nathan Forrest was the Eagles best, followed by Adan Richards and the consistent Brad Ross.

Steve Rusca, Ashley Winders in his first game back and Luke McDermid also had their moments.  

Currently training with Sturt, Henry Gosse returned on the weekend and kicked two goals, as did midfielder Rusca.

The knee injury to playing coach Ryan McDermid was another blow in what had been a modest start to the season for the Mintaro-Manoora Eagles on many fronts.

Blyth Snowtown v RSMU

In the upset of the season so far, the Cats collected a handsome 55-point win over the competition yard stick RSMU at Snowtown Oval.

They did it under duress as they lost key forward Matt Hartwig on Friday night with a slight hamstring problem.

The Cats also didn't have Luke Ashby because of work commitments and were already without young ruckman Will Pratt while both Scott Atkinson and Cal Kennett injured their hamstrings during the game.

Blyth-Snowtown still got up 15.11 (101) to RSMU 7.4 (46).

Carey Payne’s troops had already engineered a 15-point lead at the long break and then kicked seven goals to two in the third quarter.

“Everyone at the club was pretty happy after the game as it was our first win against RSMU since 2014,” Payne said.

“It was about a two goals margin at half time and our tackling pressure across the entire game was enormous.

“I must make a special mention to Lachlan Summers who was comfortably best on ground in this game and has been great for us in a number of roles over the first three rounds.

“Our bench was one under duress and we really had no options for the last two quarters.

“In the last quarter to add to our woes captain Gareth Ottens and Cameron Giles smashed shins and needed to be stitched up as well, in one of the weirdest injuries I've seen.”

Along with Lachlan Summers, Gareth Ottens, defender Jack MacRae, Ryan Darling and Tyson Salter all had an impact on the contest.

Before he was injured Scott Atkinson kicked four goals while David Giles finished with three. New Cat Ricky Wiseman and Shay Clifford both chimed in with a pair as well.

Billy Nicholls was the only Hawk to really have an impact on the game, while senior players Tyson Willmott and Zack Hier competed manfully for most of the day. Other good players in the navy and white included Henry Ball and young Cooper Behn.

Veteran Craig Mullins finished three goals but didn’t have a major influence, while Nicholls was the other multiple goal-kicker for the Hawks with two.

- Peter Argent