IT was an amazing game of North Eastern football, where only seven goals were kicked in the opening three quarters, at Redhill Oval.
In perfect conditions, a blistering last quarter charge by the hosts, BSR, saw the Tigers defeat Blyth- Snowtown, inflicting the Cat's first defeat of the winter.
Lam Whitwell’s Tigers went goal-less in the first quarter and were 10 points down at half-time and at the start of the final quarter, kicking towards the northern or netball courts end in the last stanza.
BSR kicked seven goals for in the last quarter to be 15-point victors - the final score was the Tigers 10.8 (68) defeated Blyth Snowtown 7.11 (53).
“It was a bit of a scrap for the first three quarters both teams had opportunities but couldn't hit targets,” playing coach Whitwell said.
“The pressure out on the ground was pretty intense all day.
“We tried to address this at the intervals and in the last quarter we started to hit targets.
“They weren't helped by Justin Zweck going down at half-time and losing Reuben Ottens early.
“Again there are some concerns because we only played one quarter of decent football.
“I thought Ben Cousins across half back was our best followed by Jack Haarsma and Lachlan Wilsdon.
“We had to throw Alex Morgan forward and he did a great job for us.
“Our skipper Adam MacKenzie was reliable again and has been in good form since I've arrived at the club.”
Along with Cousins and Haarsma, Leigh Fuller and Sam Martin were in the best players list, as well as Morgan, who kicked three goals, while midfielder Haarsma chimed in with two as well.
Cats’ big guns Caleb Lloyd and Gareth Ottens were the stand out in the blue and white jumper while Matthew Hartwig, Tyson Salter and Ashley Giles (two goals) all were competitive.
North Clare v RSMU
In the game at Clare Oval, RSMU had to come from 16 points down at three quarter time to defeat North Clare.
They kicked six goals, three behinds in the final quarter while the Roosters could only manage one point when the game was on the line. The final score was RSMU 12.9 (81) defeating North Clare 9.5 (59).
“North certainly use Clare Oval better in the middle two quarters,” Hawks coach Steve Lubcke said.
“We certainly got out of jail in the end and used one of our cards for the year.
“They won two quarters and we won two as well.
“Our first quarter was good but North Clare had control in the second and third.
Lubcke said the opposition’s pressure and conversion from turnovers, particularly in the third quarter, was excellent.
“In the final quarter week we kicked the first couple of goals getting a few early clearances,” he said.
“Our four goals in the first 10 minutes set up the win.
“Getting majors from Cooper Behn, Craig Mullins, Matt Norman and Damian Hynes in a row was important.
“There was certainly a shift in the way we played in the final quarter and it was a patchy game.
“Sam Noack produced a strong round effort while James Vandeleur across half bag was consistent.
“Max Connell was good early and Zack Hier although we was moved around a bit was pretty solid.”
“We certainly got out of jail in the end and used one of our cards for the year.”
The Hawks best players were Noack, Vandeleur and Hier, along with ruckman Justin Schahinger, while forwards Craig Mullins kicks six goals and Hynes kicked two.
Nick Rowe and five-goal forward Tyson Pawley were the Roosters best, followed by another defender Sam Panoho and Ryan Laidlaw.
Troy Hatt, with two goals, and James Brown, deserved a mention for their personal performances.
Southern Saints v South Clare
South Clare held on to collect an important away win in their clash with the Southern Saints at Robertstown Oval in round eight.
The Dees were 54 points up at the half-time break as the Saints it only kicked 1.1. up until the long interval, but the host showed plenty of endeavour in the second half and kicked 10 goals to four in the second half.
The final score was South Clare 13.13 (91) to the Southern Saints 11.3 (69).
“We play some the best footy for the season in the first quarter especially,” South Clare coach Justin Michael explained.
“We had different structures in attack using a smaller forward line and in real terms we wasted a couple of opportunities early.
“In the second quarter we certainly gained the ascendancy but to Eudunda-Robertstown’s credit they thought they way back into the game in the third and it was still up for grabs at the last break.
“The last quarter was pretty even we still won in the end by about four goals.
“We kicked a couple of goals to steady the ship with it really tightening up around that fourth position on the ladder.
“Any win away from home is pretty important.
“Josh Pearse was seven goals was very important in the victory while our leaders Brodie Murphy and Mitch Reynolds also played important roles was a pretty even spread and we could have had 12 in our best players list.
“Chad Gilbert across half back was good while Ben Dinning and Matt Allen both had strong games.
“Don Costanzo was impressive and he's one of those people that he seems to have that special nack of time and space on the football field.
Eamon Featherstonehaugh and Alex Heinrich were the other players mentioned in the best players for the Demons while midfielder Jack Wilkins was the Saints best.
He was followed by defender Ben Perkins, Todd Mosey, Jordan Kotz and the SANFL league experience Blake Launer also had an impact.
Richard Schmidt was creative with three goals while Dane Pfitzner also kicked a trio of majors while Blake Launer chimed in with a couple.
At home at Burra Oval the BBH Rams fought to the end, collecting a thrilling victory and two critical premiership points over relentless and unlucky Min Man Eagles.
The Rams got up in the end by five points after leading by nearly five goals at half-time.
BBH started well and the Rams were 32 points up at the first interval but not to be outdone Ryan McDermott Eagles kept fighting and drag themselves back into the contest.
It was an even second quarter and Eagles had the better of the third term kicking four goals to 2.2
The Eagles also won the last quarter but fell short on the scoreboard by less than a straight kick.
The final score was BBH 10.12 (72) to the unlucky Mintaro Manoora 9.13 (67).
“We had a really good start,” BBH playing coach Kasey Cooper said.
“We took the pedal off the metal after that let them back into the game.
“I got a bit vocal at three quarter time and we were really on top early because of our tackle count.
“We had 19 tackles in the first quarter in only eight in the second and just seven in the third term.
“We would have had 80 per cent of the playing the first quarter and should have really kick more goals. Steve Rusca got on top and they charged home well we never relinquish the leader
“Jack Rowe kicked the sealer for us in the end.”
Johnny Lynch was a stand out in this game followed by young Rams ruckman Christopher James and in a good returned after injury Marcus Hall.
Rams players Lachlan McInnis, Daniel Mills and Jamie Doudle will all pretty solid. Brett Kirkby in a new roll up forward kicked three goals while Mills finished with a pair.
For the Eagles recruit Dylan Ribbins was their leading performer, followed by Isaac Shearer and Bradley Ross, who along with Nathan Forest kicked a couple of goals. Classy midfielder Bill Sandow and ruckman Duncan Cragg-Sapsford were also useful contributors for the visitors to Burra Oval.
- Peter Argent