Blyth-Snowtown vs. North Clare
Classed as an upset by many, North Clare has delivered on solid and consistent form over the past month.
Keeping the Cats goal-less for three quarters, and winning by a comfortable 27-point margin in their round nine trip to Blyth Oval, North showed they were real finals contenders with continued consistent form over the second half of the year.
After winning their opening seven games, the Cats have now lost two in a row.
The Roosters played positive, wet weather football and were 7.7 (49) to eight points up at three quarter time and while Blyth Snowtown kicked five goals in the last quarter, they were never in the contest.
The final score was North Clare 10. 7 (67) to Blyth Snowtown 5 .10 (40).
“It certainly was our best win for the year and a good all round effort by our group,” Roosters senior coach Peter Cook said.
“They (Blyth-Snowtown) dominated the first 10 minutes of the game but only kicked three points to that point.
“I think we adapted to the conditions better.
“We minimized our use of handball and played wet weather, territory football.
“I thought our six defenders were good all day and we matched them around the stoppages.
“Our pressure didn't let them get clean ball out of the stoppages, which played a big role.
“We were three goals up at half-time and our third quarter (North kicked four goals, three points to one behind) was excellent.
“The boys got good reward for their efforts.
“Ben Cross had a role tagging Caleb Lloyd while Jake Panoho was good on Gareth Ottens .
“Young guys like Ash Noble across half back and Charlie Helbig also stood up.
“Dallas Hill was restricted but also kick 2 goals for us.”
Recruit Tommy Stevens was the Roosters best followed by Jake Panoho, while young Noble, Ben Cross, Charlie Helbig and James Brown all were recognized for their individual performances.
Along with Hill, Brown and Tyson Pawley each kicked two goals for North Clare.
For the Cats Tyson Salter was their best, while Ben Pratt, Tyron Prior, Ottens and Lloyd were all serviceable.
The Cats had five individual goal kickers.
Southern Saints vs BBH
In a game that didn't see a goal kicked in the opening term, and ebbed and flowed all day, the BBH Rams came out winners by three points after coming from behind during the final term.
Against the young Eudunda-Robertstown side only one point separated the teams at half-time and this was also the margin again at the final break.
Two last quarter goal, including one from productive key forward Robbie Bartee, sealed BBH’s victory.
The Rams despite kicking one less goal, won 6.14 (50) to the Southern Saints 7.5 (47).
“During our first quarter we just couldn't get it through the big sticks,” Rams playing coach Casey Cooper said.
“It was tough conditions at Robby Oval and the wind was blowing across the ground.
“We have four rushed behinds in the last quarter and two goals to get us over the line.
“I felt we were the better side on the day.
“It was interesting that Eudunda backed themselves with a short kicking game.
“We had to work hard to close down the space and it was a tough contest all round.
“Johnny Lynch played with a broken hand from quarter time which further emphasizes his courage.”
Best players for the Rams included big bodied midfielder Thomas Drew and key forward Robbie Bartee while Marcus Hall on a half back flank, Lachlan McInnes and wingman Jamie Doudle all had their moments.
For the Southern Saints Kane Schulz, Dane Pfitzner and Jed Michalk were the standouts.
The trio of Tyson Launer, Samuel Nietschke and Jack Wilkins also competed manfully across the length of the game.
BSR vs Mintaro-Manoora
Reigning Premiers BSR delivered an outstanding victory over cellar-dwellers Mintaro-Manoora, winning by 104 points and having 33 scoring shots to nine.
The Tigers at Brinkworth Oval kicked six goals in the first quarter and further six in the third running out victors 17.16 (118) to 1.8 (14).
“That second quarter was wild, wet and windy,” Tigers coach Liam Whitwell confirmed.
“They kicked initially with a three to four goal breeze and set up our win into the breeze in the first quarter.
“Sam Martin as a bigger bodied midfield and Will Hennessy were important in the victory while Jeremy Sargent kicked four goals from eight different shots at goal and could have had a bag.
“After our first quarter we kick one goal early in the second and a further three goals early in the final quarter to secure the victory.
“They weren't helped by losing Dylan Ribbons at quarter time with a hamstring problem.
“Along with our players mentioned in the best there was another four or five including Lachlan Wildsen who all had an impact on the game.”
BSR enjoyed stellar service again by Jack Haarsma and veteran Leigh Fuller.
Alex Morgan, Luke Hayes and Fuller all kicked two goals for the Tigers.
Luke McDermott, Isaac Shearer and Steve Rusca led the way for a Min-Man side that struggled against the current premiers.
Nathan Forest, Henry Gosse and Callum Bubner were also noteworthy throughout.
Kim Allen kicked the Eagles only goal in the second quarter.
South Clare vs RSMU
After quarter time in trying conditions, RSMU dominated the Vandeleur Cup match and collected victory in this annual contest for the ninth time since it started in 2009.
During the second quarter, the Hawks kicked four unanswered goals and amazingly kept South Clare scoreless for two quarters of the game, kicking towards the netball courts end of Clare Oval.
In tough, midwinter conditions RSMU won this game 10.5 (65) to 2.4 (16)
“You must give credit to the squad, they were outstanding during the second and fourth quarters especially,” Hawks coach Stephen Lubcke said.
“Our back six was on top all day and I believe early in the second quarter we started to take control the game and by half-time I felt we broke their spirits.
“The game wasn't played in good conditions and when the rain came early in the second quarter I felt we took control of the game.
“Our senior players played a pivotal role and it was nice to see Brad Koster and Tyson Willmott returning.
“By the final quarter I felt that South lost their way and the whole of the last term was really just ‘junk time’ and the football match really had no life at all.”
With his strong body Mitchell Sandery was outstanding in this game, followed by Zack Hier at centre half back and fellow veteran James Vandeleur in his 299th game on a half back flank.
Sam Noack continues his great form over the previous three weeks and Cooper Behn also had his moments.
Playing on Michael Liebelt in his last game, which was an intriguing role by the Demons coaching staff, Damian Hynes kicked three goals for the Hawks while veteran Craig Mullins and Behn both kick two goals.
South who struggled to have a player in the top seven or eight best on the field, were disappointing after quarter time.
The most serviceable performances came from captain Brodie Murphy, wingman Patrick McInerney and Matthew Allen.
Josh Wallent, Chad Gilbert and Eamon Featherstonehaugh were all serviceable.
Daniel Kuhndt and Josh Pearse kicked the Demons only two goals.