The match at North Eastern football match at Burra Oval was a one-sided affair, especially for the first three quarters with the BSR Tigers having 21 scoring shots to BBH’s five at three quarter time.
The Tigers went on to win the game, after a sloppy last term, 9.15 (69) to 5.5 (35).
BSR were dominant in the first half, but kicked inaccurately, being 5.9 to the Rams’ solitary goal.
They would go on to win the game by a significant 34-point margin which is made closer with BBH’s three goals in the last quarter.
“We really did dominate for the first three quarters and BBH played with a lot behind the ball,” Tigers coach Liam Whitwell said.
“The last quarter wasn't very pretty and the Rams actually played their best quarter.
“Our problem was we missed a lot of gettable shots and didn't have an impact we should have on the scoreboard.
“We had all the footy and didn't capitalise on our opportunities.
“With a big test against North this week it's important that we actually get results from all our effort down the field.
Playing across half forward with the occasional run on the ball Luke Hayes was outstanding and he also displayed a lot of tackling pressure in a best on ground performance, while Adam Mackenzie was again outstanding in defence.
Utility Alex Morgan, Jack Haarsma and Matthew Longbottom were productive around the ball.
Todd Culley as a key forward was a good target and could have produced a big haul, except he kicked inaccurately and finished with 2.4.
Alex Morgan kicked three goals while Matt Longbottom chimed in with a pair.
Better players for BBH included Marcus Hall and Blair Buchanan.
Timothy Torzsok, Eli Dayman and Patty Hill all had their moments and Lachlan McInnis was serviceable while forward Robbie Bartee snaffled two of the Rams five goals.
North v South
North Clare continues a strong month of form beating their bitter rivals South by a handsome 47-point margin in the second cross-town clash of the season.
The first half was pretty even with North leading by 11 points at the long interval but for goals to one the third quarter set the tone and another four in the last ensured a 15.18 (108) to 9.7 (61) victory.
“The first quarter was a real arm wrestle but by the second term we were starting to get it on top in the midfield,” North coach Peter Cook said.
“It was an even performance across the group and a real workman-like win.
“After coming off a high the week before, collecting a great win over the Cats, it was pleasing we had the focus to get the job done in this game.
“We had three decent targets in attack and while they kicked nine goals between them.
“They would have had at least 18 scoring shots.
“Adam Simpson added to our structures in attack being mobile for a size at centre half-forward.
“Tom Stevens was simply superb being strong both defensively and offensively.
“He covers many miles and would have collected comfortably 40 possessions.
Along with Stevens, defenders Nick Rowe and Lachlan Jaeschke continued their great seasons, while Jacob Nickolai, in ruck was impressive.
Troy Hatt and wingman Daniel Garrard also had their moments.
Tyson Pawley was in the game while Simpson kicked three and Dallas Hill looked to be moving better after groin issues, finishing with a pair.
South’s better players included Matthew Allen across half back, Patrick McInerney through the middle and Josh Wallent, who had a good contest on his wing.
Eamon Featherstonehaugh, Chad Gilbert and Justin Michael were mentioned as best players while Lachlan Benda kicked three goals to be the Demons only multiple goal kicker.
Min-Man v Saints
In a game which was a must win in for Eudunda-Robertstown to stay in the finals race, the Southern Saints held off a gallant Mintaro-Manoora Eagles who were strong, especially in the third quarter.
After four goals to two in the final term, the Saints went on to win by 19 points.
It was a competitive first half with the Saints going into the shed eight points up at the half-time break.
While the Eagles were ultra-competitive in the third quarter as well, the Saints beat the hosts in the end getting up 14.10 (94) to 9.11 (75).
Eudunda-Robertstown coach David Cluse said his team seemed more productive with the ball.
“I felt we moved the ball better than them across the game and we had 70 per cent of the ball across the game, but turnovers specially going forward were a major issue,” Cluse said.
“This made it hard going into attack, but too Min-Man’s credit they did put a lot of pressure on us and we're able to rebound from our areas and kick goals.
“Our big is the issue was composure with ball in hand Corey was important as a significant target in attack he straightened us up kicking 5.1 from full forward.”
In a strong vein of form at the moment Dane Pfitzner was the Saints best, followed by veteran Corey Ah Chee and Crows listed midfielder, Blake Launer.
Leigh Kimpton, across half back, and Jed Michalk, in ruck, were significant contributors while Craig Hoffman’s job of tagging the Eagles best player, Steve Rusca, was commendable against the odds.
Rusca was still superb for the hosts despite the heavy tag, while senior players Nathan Forest, Billy Sandow and Bradley Ross all had some influence on the contest.
Henry Grosse and former Demon Sam Heinrich both had their moment.
Along with Corey Ah Chee’s five-goal bag, Dane Pfitzner and Jed Michalk both kicked a brace.
Billy Sandow kicked three goals from the midfield for the Eagles as did Tyler Friebel and Kym Allen chimed in with two.
RSMU v Blyth-Snowtown
James Vandeleur’s 300th game milestone match proved to be an intriguing affair, especially early.
The Blyth Snowtown Cats had the early ascendancy at Riverton Oval, moving the ball better for the first quarter and leading by 10 points at the first break.
The game started to even out during the second quarter with the Hawks kicking four goals towards the northern, or Saddleworth, end of the ground.
The premiership quarter prove to be where the Hawks set up the win, kicking 4.2 to the Cats single goal as they ran away at 14.9 93 to a 9.7 (61), 32-point triumph.
Hawks coach Stephen Lubcke said the opposition took the game right up to his charges.
“The Cats were in overdrive for the first two thirds of the opening term,” Lubcke said.
“We need to change the tempo in the angle of our ball movement and I felt we got on top of them halfway through the second quarter.
“It was an enthralling game of football and the standard was right up there.
“I felt as a contest it was a good spectacle to watch.
“In the end our clearance ratio was very strong and our running and overlap was an important part of the victory.
“I was wrapped with the way our guys put the brakes on the Cats through the second quarter and I thought we did adapt to the conditions and the changing environment of the game very well.”
Hawks ruckman Justin Shahaninger was the best big man on the ground while Damian Hynes was a focal target in attack with six goals.
Young talent Cooper Behn (four goals) was impressive as well while veterans – centreman Mitchell Sandery, half back James Vandeleur and Brad Koster - all had their moments.
For Blyth-Snowtown, Caleb Lloyd could be argued as the best player on the ground in the losing side.
Skipper Gareth Ottens, the hard running Tyson Salter, tackling machine Nick McCormack and Nathan Zweck all had their moments.
Matt Hartwig was a good target early, kicking three goals while Will Harris finished with two.
- Peter Argent