Blyth-Snowtown confirmed their premiership credentials with an outstanding win in tough conditions against fellow title contender, the Brinkworth-Spalding-Redhill Tigers.
At Blyth Oval, only a couple of points separated the sides at three quarter time, but with the wind in the final quarter Blyth-Snowtown came home strongly.
The final scores were the Cats 9.11 (65) to BSR 6.8 (44).
This was after the Tigers lead by one point at quarter time, but the Cats had reversed that in the second quarter and took a 14-point advantage into the break.
Adam Conradi took over the roles of coach for the week from Carey Payne who was unavailable.
“We kicked into the wind to start off toward the town end of the ground and the first quarter really set up our win,” Conradi explained.
“I felt our boys attack on the football and their attack on the player was top class.
“At the three quarter time break I felt we had the game under control.
“Scott Atkinson kicked five goals for the game including the last two goals of the contest.
“He can prove to be a real match winner for us, while Nathan Zweck was outstanding down back with his intercept marking.
“Nick McCormack set the tone with his tackling while Will Pratt most probably got the chocolates in ruck and won a lot of ball around the ground.”
Mail Medal favourite Caleb Lloyd and Cats captain Gareth Ottens were other strong performers in this win.
Atkinson was the Cats only multiple goal kicker.
For BSR Leigh Fuller led the way, being comfortably their best player, winning a lot of ball around the stoppages.
Tom Wilsdon in defence and brother Lachlan up forward had strong games.
Young Mitchell Catford displayed positive signs in defence and evergreen veteran Adam “Mongrel” MacKenzie down back was stoic as per usual.
Representative big man Will Hennessy also had a good battle with Pratt in ruck.
Blyth-Snowtown is the only team to have beaten the Tigers this year, having now done it twice from three games.
B.B.H vs. Min-Man
At Manoora Oval, the Burra-Booborowie-Hallett Rams had one of the biggest wins of the past couple of years defeating an undermanned Eagles outfit by 99 points.
Six goals up at half-time, BBH slammed home eight unanswered goals in the third term and then finished off with another five in the last.
In the end BBH kicked 22.13 (145) to Mintaro-Manoora’s modest 6.10 (46).
“We understand where this game of football was and from our perspective to play four quarters of consistent football was satisfying,” BBH Rams playing coach Casey Cooper said.
“We understand where our opposition are at and they have a lot of inexperienced players in their group. This was certainly the biggest win we’ve had for the last couple of years.
“They had Dylan Ribbons playing up forward and he look to be injured, while state country player from the previous week, Steve Rusca didn't play.
“We were pretty happy with the win from a couple of different aspects.”
With an impressive nine-goal haul playing out of full forward, Guy Hutchinson was the Rams best, followed by coach Casey Cooper who played in a midfield role, instead of his usual half back position.
Strong bodied midfielder/forward Tommy Drew, who kicked four goals, had a telling impact.
Jamie Doudle was impressive on a wing, Lachlan McIness took a large number of intercept marks across half back and Eli Daymon also had his moments.
Robby Bartee was solid while Matthew Deer kicked a couple of majors.
For the Eagles, Billy Sandow was again a standout, comfortably being their best player. Brad Ross tried hard in defence and worked industriously.
Paul Hogben, Luke McDermid, Chris Dodd and David Hall all were gallant against the odds.
The Rams have now won the same number of games as they did in 2017.