Eagles break drought

Steady: Southern Saints' Jack Wilkins with all the time in the world out near the boundary at Robertstown Oval. Photos: Brendan Simpkins
Steady: Southern Saints' Jack Wilkins with all the time in the world out near the boundary at Robertstown Oval. Photos: Brendan Simpkins
Daniel Minney wheels away from Southern Saints' attacking third at Robertstown Oval.

Daniel Minney wheels away from Southern Saints' attacking third at Robertstown Oval.

South defender Sam Bevan looks to send one long after winning a free kick.

South defender Sam Bevan looks to send one long after winning a free kick.

Leigh Kimpton kicks out from the Saints' backline during the second quarter of the round 10 clash with South Clare.

Leigh Kimpton kicks out from the Saints' backline during the second quarter of the round 10 clash with South Clare.

It had been a long time between drinks for Mintaro-Manoora in the North Eastern Football League.

After recording their first win on the last day of the 2017 regular season, the Eagles had gone a total of 314 days without another.

However they had a glorious chance on Saturday to break their drought with a match-up against fellow cellar-dwellers Burra-Booborowie-Hallet.

The Rams had chalked up just the one win before the contest, a one point win over the Min-Man in round 3.

In recent weeks, the Eagles had shown signs of life and would have fancied their chances against a B.B.H side who were coming off the back of an 87-point hiding.

Min-Man had got off to a flying start in the first quarter as they raced out to a 15-point lead, the Rams held to just the one goal.

It was much of the same for B.B.H in the second quarter as Min-Man held them to just the one goal, but a chance to stretch the lead further went begging.

With the door left slightly ajar, the Rams kicked it up a gear after half-time and worked hard to close the gap.

B.B.H enjoyed a 31-point third quarter to set up a nail-biting final term at Burra Oval.

However the Rams would only have their-selves to blame at the final siren, going goalless during the quarter.

The final score was 6.14 (50) to 9.15 (69).

Tyler Friebel kicked three for Min-Man, while Cody Woolford and young gun Sam Nicholls added a pair each. Bill Sandow was the Eagles best.

Chase Webster had four and was best on grounds for the Rams in a losing effort. Guy Hutchinson and Robby Bartree kicked the other two goals.

Blyth-Snowtown v B.S.R

League leaders Blyth-Snowtown pulled away from the pack with a 24-point win over Brinkworth-Spalding-Redhill at Redhill Oval on Saturday.

The win meant that the Cats went two games clear over the Tigers in second place, who recorded their third loss of the year.

B.S.R had gone undefeated over the first six games of the season but had been hot and cold in recent weeks.

It was an uncharacteristic start for the home side who were held to just two points in the first quarter, as Blyth-Snowtown kicked 3.4.

The Tigers found their feet in the second term as they kicked 3.2, but they still found themselves 19 points down at the main interval.

After halftime, the Cats maintained the distance between the two teams.

Their lead increased slightly to 21 points as they headed into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Blyth-Snowtown kicked 3.5 to B.S.R's 3.2 to seal the points and ensure they were two games clear of their rivals ahead of scheduled bye.

Ryan Darling, Harry Viney, Scott Atkinson and Nick McCormack kicked two each, with Darling named his sides best.

Lachie Wilsdon had three for the Tigers, while Issac Moller had two in his second A Grade game for the season.

Ben Cousins was best for B.S.R, with stalwart backman Adam Mackenzie not far behind.

Southern Saints v South Clare

South Clare jumped up to third place with a 20-point win over Southern Saints at Robertstown on Saturday.

The Saints had their run of five straight wins halted last weekend and looked to be in real trouble early at Robertstown Oval as the Demons came out of the changerooms with a purpose.

South had a stunning opening term as they kicked 6.2 while keeping Southern Saints to just one goal.

Midway through the second quarter, the Saints were down by 38 points but managed to prevent the score from getting out of hand as they kicked 2.1 before halftime.

Despite finding scoring chances easier to come by in the second half, the Demons managed to maintain their 20-point lead for the final two quarters of the game.

The scoreboard read 8.11 (59) to 12.7 (79) at the final siren.

The loss meant Southern Saints slipped down a spot to sixth on the ladder.

Daniel Minney and Alex Falconer had three each for South, while Josh Pearse chipped in with two. Defender Matt Allen was best for the Demons.

Jake Egel had three for Saints while Dane Pfitzner added a pair. Ben Perkins and Jack Wilkins saw plenty of the footy for the home side.

North Clare v R.S.M.U

After an early season slump, North Clare made it three on the trot with an upset 62-point win over R.S.M.U.

The Eagles had their noses in front at the end of the first quarter with a slight four point lead over North, but that would be as close as they got.

Despite the accuracy of the visitors, North began to wheel away in the second term.

The Roosters kicked 5.4 before the main break, and picked up where they left in the second half.

North put the game beyond doubt in a 40-point third term as they booted six goals over the quarter.

The Roosters kicked another eight in the final quarter with the final score at 22.11 (143) to 13.3 (81).

Dallas Hill, best on ground for North, and Nick Prokopec had five each, while Daniel Garrad had four.

Jackson O'Brien also put in a shift for the Roosters ahead of his selection in the Central Zone team for the Country Footy Championships this weekend.

Cooper Behn, Martin Rohde and Damian Hynes all kicked two for R.S.M.U.

Ruckman Justin Schahinger was the best on field for the visitors.