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RSMU v Southern Saints

Flying high: Tom Drew almost takes a huge grab at Clare on Saturday. Photo: Carly Grant photography.

Flying high: Tom Drew almost takes a huge grab at Clare on Saturday. Photo: Carly Grant photography.

The Hawks were tested early by their Light District rival Eudunda- Robertstown, but proved too strong when it counted most.

Played on the large Eudunda oval, RSMU had a 19 point quarter time deficit and converted into a 15 point lead with 6.6 to one goal in the second quarter, they did enough after half-time to win the match by 43 points.

The final score was RSMU 13.18 (96) to the Southern Saints 8.5 (53).  

“They certainly started well and got off to a bit of a flying, kicking towards a swimming pool end,” Hawks coach Steven Lubcke said.

“They dominated early and we were put it on the back foot.

“Quarter time couldn't come quick enough to be fair.

“In the second quarter we resurrected ourselves, controlled the stoppage and started getting the game back onto an even keel.

“Zack Hier was pushed up forward for a while and that pay dividends.

“We kicked 6 goals and 11 points in the second half, and our kicking for goal is a bit of concern.

“The Saints kicked their last two goals of the game deep in junk time.”

Hier, who relinquished his role as senior coach at the end of last year, continues his great season in best on ground performance in this game.

He was followed by experienced midfielders William Nicholls and Mitchell Sandery.

Evergreen James Vandeleur cross half-back played his role while Justin Schahinger was strong in ruck and Ben Plueckhahn was also serviceable.

The trio of centre half forward Damian Hynes, full forward Craig Mullins and Hier each kicked three goals for the victors while Cooper Behn chimed in with a pair.

Sam Nietschke and wingman Jack Wilkins were the Saints best, followed by Leigh Kimpton, running defender Zac Green, Josh Freeman and three-goal forward Richard Schmidt.

Blyth-Snowton v MinMan

As expected Blyth-Snowtown returned to the winners list, playing Ryan McDermid’s win-less Mintaro-Manoora Eagles in this round 11 fixture.

Both teams kicked one goal in the opening term, but the Cats started getting on top in the second quarter.

They would go on to win the game comfortably by a 73-point margin kicking 12.15 (87) to Min-Man's very modest 2.2 (14).

“They have certainly improved from the round one performance against us and worked hard on their contested ball, Cats coach Carey Payne said.

“Our inability to hit targets and missing shots at goal will be costly at some stage,

“Like we did in this game we have kicked more points than goals in upwards of seven of our 11 games.

“Our next night at training may all be spent on goal kicking.

“Defensively we were strong and our midfield tackling pressure was good.

“We talk a lot of uncontested marks, but just couldn't hit the scoreboard as I would like.”  

Cats coach Carey Payne was impressed with Caleb Lloyd’s game again and believes he is the best player in the competition with his work rate and commitment to run off the ball.

Others to have a significant impact on the game included Will Harris across half-forward, ruckman Will Pratt who was back for a second game after injury. Cameron Giles, who played his best game for the year across half back and tackling machine Nick McCormack. Callen Kennett kicked three goals for the Cats while veteran Shay Clifford and Nick McCormack both finished with two

Again classy and composed aboriginal talent, Steve Rusca was again the Min-Man Eagles best player.  He followed by midfielder Billy Sandow and Luke McDermid.

Former South Clare footballer Sam Heinrich, ruckman recruited from Nuriootpa, Duncan Cragg-Sapsford and defender Bradley Ross we're also serviceable for the vanquished.

BSR v North Clare

Although inaccurate again and kicking 4.11 to 4.1 the first half last year's premiers the BSR Tigers still accounted for North Clare quite comfortably, winning this contest by seven goals in the end.

The Tigers 10 point half-time margin eked out to 16 points at three quarter time, before they kicked four unanswered goals in the final term.

The final score was the BSR Tigers 11.17 (83) defeating North Clare 6.5 (41).  

“We missed the number of shots we simply just should have kicked from getable distances in the first half,” Tigers coach Liam Whitwell said.

“It is certainly an issue we need to fix and improve on.

“I still felt we had control the game with North kicking late goals in both the first and second quarter.

“One was after the siren and the other was in the final 10 second of a quarter.

“They did come back at us in the third (quarter), but I felt we ran over the top of them in the end and it was a good solid Victory

“I was really happy without our defence again.

“Tom Wilsdon did a good job on Dallas Hill, while Sam Wilsdon played on Anthony Simpson and ‘Mongrel’ (Adam MacKenzie) held down Tyson Pawley.

“It was the first time that three Wilsdon brothers have played together.

“Will Hennessy rucked all day and was very good, while Sam Martin kicked four goals and Alex Morgan had a strong impact on his wing.

Luke Hayes played as usual on-ball role, rotating across half-forward and was productive, while Daniel Hayes gave the Tigers run out of half back.

Along with Martin four-goal haul,Alex Morgan Kicked three and big man Todd Culley finished with two. Better players for North included Sam Panaho and Nick Rowe in defence, while Tommy Stevens found a fair bit of the ball. For the Roosters, Michael Bannon and Charlie Helbig also had their moments.

South Clare v BBH

At Clare Oval the Demons return to the winners list defeating BBH by 35 points.  

This makes it a real squeeze for fourth place on the premiership table.

Currently three teams including South, their opponent in round 11, the BBH Rams and the Southern Saints are on four wins and seven losses, one game behind North Clare in four place.  

In this contest South had a 16 point lead at half-time and they should have been further in front at three quarter time.  

South kicked inaccurately in the third quarter only slotting through 2.6, but kicked three to one in the last to win 11. 14 (82) to BBH’s highly accurate 9.1 (55).

“The Rams were the contest at three quarter time due to our poor kicking,” South Clare’s coach Justin Michael said.

“They did kick three goals in a row just before half-time to get back into the contest.

“I felt we had control for most of the game, but not on the scoreboard as much as we should have.

“Our ball movement was better and in the end we got the job done.

“We kicked initially towards the netball courts and against a slight breeze.

Dom Costanzo in a midfield roll was the Demons best, followed by skipper Brodie Murphy who kicked three goals and Alex Falconer who controlled the ball and used it with purpose.

Matthew Allen continued his season as a strong intercept defender, while Patrick McInerney contributed in the midfield, with Chad Gilbert also was strong in defence.

Lachlan Benda and Josh Pearse both kicked two goals for South as well.  

For the BBH Rams wingman Jamie Doudle show plenty of pace and run on his wing while Eli Dayman and Brett Kirby we're also strong performers in this contest.

Strong body midfielder Tommy Drew and Guy Hutchinson also had their moments. Although beaten on the day, Robby Bartee kicked three goals for BBH.