5 wins from 5

Under pressure: Southern Saints' Hayden Stolz takes an eye catching grab. Photo: Carly Grant Photography.
Under pressure: Southern Saints' Hayden Stolz takes an eye catching grab. Photo: Carly Grant Photography.

After five rounds the Southern Saints are fourth on the premiership ladder after defeating North Clare at Robertstown Oval last Saturday.  

The Saints controlled the majority of the first half but only lead by 13 points at the long break.

They advanced this lead at three quarter time and held on in the end to win by 16 points 14.7 (91) to 10.15 (75).

“We controled the match for much of the first half,” Eudunda-Robertstown coach David Cluse explained.

“(Adelaide Crows top up player) Blake (Launer) kicked four points in the third quarter and he could have sealed the game up.

“Our inaccuracy helped them get back into the contest in the third quarter although we always had a couple of goal buffer.

“That was a significant win in the context of our season.

“I believe we were more effective with our ball use across the day.

“Two key areas we monitor were pleasing - the boys had 90 tackles and won the clearances.

“This win puts us in a good position moving forward to have a real crack at playing in the major round footy this year.”

Playing off a wing Ben Perkins was best on ground followed by followed by Kurubyn Floyd off his half back flank and Zac Green who played through the middle for parts of the game.

Liam Waldhuter in the back pocket, the versatile tall utility Dale Pfitzner and midfielder Sam Nietschke all had strong games.

Race car driver and part time Saint Richie Schmidt turned back the clock and kicked five goals in a strong performance, while Todd Mosey chimed in with a pair.

For the Roosters Lachlan Jaeschke continues his great season in defence while fellow backman Nick Rowe and Sam Panaho were hard working.  

Charlie Helbig, on-baller Tommy Stevens and Ashley Noble were other significant contributors.

Forward Tyson Pawley kicked three while teenager Tyson Francis finished with a couple.

Min-Man v South Clare

Fending off a spirited performance by Mintaro-Manoora, South Clare held on to win by 10 points despite being kept goal-less in the third quarter against the only win-less team in the league.

Only three points separated the combatants at quarter time and the Demons got this advantage out to 11 points, but by three quarter time the scores were level again.

Two late goals by high profile recruit Dominic Costanzo in his debut helped South win 11.18 (84) to 10 14 (74).

“We only grabbed the lead back during the last quarter when Dom Costanzo's two goals sealed the victory,” Demons coach Justin Michael explained.

“In the last term we ended up kicking the last four goals of the game.

“Our experienced blokes stood up when it counted most, especially skipper Brodie Murphy who was simply outstanding at critical times.

“Mintaro-Manoora deserves plenty of credit for the way they played.

“Guys like Billy Sandow and (Steve) Rusca were outstanding around the ball for them.

“I reckon it would have been a pretty reasonable game to watch.

“While he was quiet Dom (Costanzo) kicked those critical two goals when it counted most.

“Mike Liebelt won plenty of the ball up forward and would have kicked three goals and five behinds.”

Recruit Eamon Fetherstonhaugh was a Demons’ best, followed by Murphy who had an important role in the last quarter, while Patrick McInerney continues his strong early season form.

Mitchell Reynolds, Chad Gilbert and Daniel Kuhndt all had important moments while team leader Liebelt finished with three.

For the Eagles Rusca was simply outstanding through the middle and he got sterling support from the mercurial Bill Sandow.  

Lachie Sandow kicked three first half goals, while Tyler Friebel also was important in attack with a pair.

A couple of other good players for the gallant Mintaro-Manoora side included Henry Gosse, the ever reliable Bradley Ross, Paul Hogben and Chris Dodd.

BSR v RSMU

Billed as the match of the round, BSR defeated an undermanned RSMU side by a massive 81 point margin at Redhill Oval last Saturday in the 2017 NEFL Grand Final rematch.

After the low scoring first half, BSR were 16 points up at half time but importantly kept the Hawks score-less in the third quarter and charged home with a eight goals to one in the last.

The final score was BSR 16.9 (105) defeating RSMU 3.6 (24).

“To be honest RSMU had five of the top 10 players out – Damian Hynes, Tyson Wilmott, Mitch Sandery, Brad Koster and Martin Rhode we're all on the sidelines.

“This puts this result into perspective.  

“We started with a couple of goals, kicking towards the netball courts and the Hawks have a pretty good first quarter.

“Our third quarter was really good and set up the win especially keeping them goal-less in the third.

“We did lose Todd Culley with a hamstring early, but this was equaled out when the Hawks lost Kim Hart with the same problem.

“Simon Goss and Sam Wilsdon rucked well and made a contest at the stoppages, replacing our usual big men Sam Heinjus and Will Hennessey who are both sidelined at the moment.

“Young talents Harry Mills, Mitch Catford and Ben Cousins were all good.

“We did play some of our best football for the season over the last three quarters of the game.”

Adam MacKenzie, the Tigers captain was outstanding in defence, closing down his opponent and giving run.

Both Alex Morgan and Matt Longbottom played significant roles with the latter kicking four goals.

Luke Hayes was just as important with a four goals up forward while Lachie Wilsdon chimed in with two majors.

Both Andrew Cousins and Sam Martin were conspicuous as well.

For the well beaten Hawks outfit Henry Ball was given best player.

Evergreen veterans Zack Hier and James Vandeleur across half back, along with midfielder Bill Nicholls and Justin Schahinger all were manful against the odds, while Jack Connell was the best Hawks target in attack.

Blyth-Snowtown v BBH

A strong first half helped Blyth-Snowtown continue their undefeated run in their round five clash with the BBH Rams on a crisp, but beautiful day at Burra Oval.

The ladder leaders were already 47 points up at half-time and increased the lead to a significant 74 point triumph.

“To only concede four goals was a great effort,” Cats coach Carey Payne said.

“It was a pretty scrappy affair at times.

“We made a contest of it and the game opened up a bit after half-time.

“I must say it's the coldest place I've ever been involved in a football game.

“We kick towards netball courts into with the breeze in the first quarter.

“The group is playing good football and after this effort definitely a strong belief we can be competitive this year.”

Lachlan Summers was again brilliant in ruck and his follow-up work at the contest was exceptional.

Centre half back Nathan Zweck and captain Gareth Ottens led the way again.

Ashley Giles and veteran Nick McCormack were conspicuous as well.

The Cats again had their injury worries. Ryan Darling left the ground after quarter time with the sciatic nerve problem and Cameron Giles re-opened the wound on his knee, needing more stitches.  

The trio of Shay Clifford, industrious and classy midfielder Caleb Lloyd and David Giles kicked two goals each

In his milestone 250th game Ryan Darling kicked a goal before he was injured.

Guy Hutchinson was the Rams best followed by Christopher James and Timothy Torzsok.

Chris Lynch, Tommy Drew and Jack Rowe, who kicked two of the team’s three goals, were also serviceable.