North Clare vs Blyth/Snowtown
Knowing they needed to collect victory for a vital double chance opportunity this weekend, Blyth/Snowtown travelled to Clare Oval to take on the Roosters in a contest between two guaranteed finalists.
The Cats, after being six goals up at half-time, would run away emphatic winners by 79 points.
They kicked 19. 12 (126) to the Roosters 7.5 (47).
“It was a pretty polished performance; about a seven out of 10, as we’ve got some areas we can still improve on,” Cats senior coach Carey Payne said
“I came into this game with some trepidation as north defeated us by five goals at Blyth last round and I saw it as a bit of a danger game.
“Dallas Hill didn’t play for them but we also had Micky Atkinson, Ricky Wiseman and Jack McRae on the sidelines.
“They are a pretty self-motivated group and it was a pretty satisfying performance to turn the result from the last time we played.”
Payne confirmed that they lost Matt Hardwig with a hamstring issue and that his back six led by Cameron Giles and Nathan Zweck continued their strong performance across the season.
Mail Medal favourite Caleb Lloyd was again best on ground for the Cats followed by veteran Ryan Darling and ruckman Will Pratt.
Nick McCormack kicked three goals and was strong defensively while Scott Atkinson kicked seven.
The Cats had 11 different goal kickers.
Better players for North Clare included Jake Panaho, Charlie Helbig on a wing, ball winning midfielder Tom Stevens and Tyson Pawley who kicked four of the seven goals up forward.
Daniel Garrad and Jarrod O’Rielly also were serviceable for the vanquished.
BBH vs Southern Saints
The BBH Rams collected a solid win over the young Southern Saints outfield in the penultimate game for both sides, getting up in the end by 38 points.
BBH kicked 4.2 to the Saints just two points in the first quarter which went along way to the hosts Victory.
The final score was the Rams 10.6 (66) defeating Southern Saints 3.10 (28)
“This now gives us an extra win on what we achieved in 2017 and improving is a part of what we’re trying to achieve here,” Rams coach Casey Cooper said.
“After quarter time Eudunda Robertstown competed pretty well.
“We were on top for most of the game but couldn’t break it open.
“Robbie Bartee was brilliant in the first quarter both with his work at the contest and his goal kicking ability.
“James Rowe played his best game for the club - his tackling pressure around the ball was fantastic.”
Tommy Drew was another excellent performer while fullback Tim Torszok, led a strong backs six.
Other strong performers included dual sporting talent Sam Mattey and Eli Daymon.
Guy Hutchison finished with a four goal haul, while Jack Rowe and Patrick Connell both kicked a pair.
Jack Wilkins in the midfield was the Saints best followed by Jed Michalk and Leigh Kimpton.
Ben Perkins and Tyson Launer also had their moments.
BSR vs Min-Man
On a freezing cold day at Manoora Oval, ladder leaders BSR tigers got the job done over the bottom placed Eagles.
They kicked 4.7 to a single goal at half-time and finished off comfortable victors 11.13 (79) to three goals straight.
“It was pretty wet, slippery and ordinary conditions,” Tigers playing coach Liam Whitwell said.
“It was one of those old fashioned games where you couldn’t over use the football in those conditions.
“For us it was just about getting the job done and leaving without any injuries which was good for a change.
“It was also good to get a strong win for Adam MacKenzie in his 300th game.
“Will Hennessy won the rucks all day and to be fair we didn’t utilise his dominance as well as we could have.
“Min-Man showed a few good signs. Isaac Shearer, Billy Sandow and Steve Rusca found plenty of the ball.
“We will take the win and move on.”
Other strong performers included Lachie Wilsdon as a key forward his brother Tom, along with Sam Martin.
Simon Goss, Jeremy Sargent, Alex Morgan and Lachie Wilsdon all kick two goals each.
Along with Shearer, Sandow and Rusca, Adam Ollsen and young Chris Dodd both had their moments.
RSMU vs South Clare
Celebrating 20 years in NEFL, the current generation of the RSMU Hawks paid homage to their forbearers watching on and delivered an emphatic 88 point win over South Clare.
After an even first quarter, the Hawks kicked five goals to nothing in the second term and conceded one major for the remainder of the match.
The final score was RSMU 16.9 (105) defeating South Clare 2.5 (17).
“The first quarter was very even and South put it under some real pressure,” Hawks coach Steve Lubcke explained.
“We addressed their inside use at quarter time and started to control the corridor.
“From there, the boys positioned themselves better and the effect showed on the scoreboard.
“From my perspective it was important to win on a big day for the club.
“James Vandeleur was outstanding with his run and link work from half back while Ben Pleuckhahn quelled South Clare’s dangerous forward Brodie Murphy.
“I was really happy with the back six again especially when they conceded the just two goals.”
Zack Hier was the only casualty from the day, having a slight hamstring complaint and coming off just before half-time.
Along with Vandeleur, ruckman Justin Schahinger dominated around the ground and at the stoppages while Damian Hynes kicked four goals.
Sam Noack was outstanding across half back while Mitch Sandery worked hard.
Craig Mullins kicked three goals from full forward while Dylan Griffiths and Bradley Koster finished with two.
Dom Costanzo was comfortably the Demons best player followed by fellow midfielder Mitch Reynolds and Matthew Allen who played as an intercept defender.
Patrick McInerney, Nick Smith and Eamon Fetherstonhaugh were the best of the rest.