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2007 GRAND FINAL at Jervois

Jervois

11.8

74

Imperials

10.10

70

Best: Jervois - J Jogodnik, T Rigney, Z Ewer, B Gazzola, S Baxter. Imperials - R Edwards, S Redden, L Harrowfield, S Dreckow, C Gerhardy. Goals: Jervois - S Braun 3, T Rigney, Z Ewer, T Hill 2, L Kartinyeri, B Schmift. Imperials - B Shiell 4, L Harrowfield 3, S Redden, S Day, R Eyre.

RIVER MURRAY FOOTBALL - 2008

(Teams: Imperials, Jervois, Mannum, Meningie, Mypolonga, Ramblers and Tailem Bend)

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BEST TEAM EVER

Year of the Roosters   By Brendan Shakes

 In 2005, the Chinese celebrated the year of the Rooster but in 2008, supporters of the River Murray Football League will agree that this was Ramblers year. After being red-hot favourites all season, Ramblers led at every change to win by 36 points over Mypolonga and break their 21 year premiership drought.  Playing in hot, windy conditions at a packed LeMessurier Oval, Ramblers secured its first flag since 1987.

Ramblers won the toss and elected to kick with the breeze but the Tigers were the first to attack through forward Brad Martin.  Martin was unable to score with his first attempt but his second resulted in the first goal of the game. Ramblers were soon able to get into the game and utilise the breeze with Trent Paech booting their first of the match. Mail Medallist Liam O’Neil was also in the game early as his crumbing goal put his side in front. Ramblers defence was holding strong early and what was to be the trend of the game, Daniel Zadow continually shut down the Tigers run.

Mypolonga were struggling after the early minute dominance and if it was not for Joe Pedler in defence, the margin would have been greater than three goals at quarter time. Ramblers continued from the first term as their midfielders began to get the running game going.  A second goal to Liam O’Neil extended the margin and when Girardi also registered his second, the margin was out to five goals. Ramblers pressure had been exceptional all year and it continued as Mypolonga could not find an avenue to goal. Martin had been shut down and his other forwards in Cameron Wells and David Wallfried were having no influence in the match. A goal on the siren to Mypolonga’s Brendan Corrie helped closed the margin to 32 points at half time.

The third term saw Ramblers outscore the Tigers, five goals to three and effectively put the match out of reach. Mypolonga’s discipline had been tested all day and finally boiled over when George Pedler was given a straight red card.

Girardi had been a handful all day and he and Ryan Morris were now dominating up forward with them booting four goals between them in the quarter. Down by more than seven goals, Mypolonga came out to add some respect to the scoreboard with four goals to two in the final term. A great crumbing goal by Jed Dunbar gave him his second goal of the game and a switch up forward gave Joe Pedler his first for the match.  As the siren blew, the Ramblers faithful streamed onto the oval to celebrate as their side had broken the drought. Ramblers premiership captain Mark Marchetti saw this win as ‘a long time coming’ but said it was ‘due’. For Rambler coach Anthony Weyland, the flag gets the ‘monkey of their back’ and ‘means everything’ for the Ramblers Football Club. The win was made even sweeter with Mark Marchetti and Tyson Matthews going down to injury during the game.  He credited the win as ‘pretty special’ as a majority of his players had come up from their juniors to play in the grand final. “About 10 years ago we knew we had a special group,” said Weyland. The Patrons medal for best on ground was awarded to Ramblers Daniel Zadow but other contributors were Trent Paech, Ty Pfeiffer and Jarryd Weyland. Mypolonga had tried all day with both James and Joe Pedler wearing their heart on their sleeve as they played well in defence and in the middle.

GRAND FINAL SCOREBOARD on September 13, 2008

Ramblers 15.15 (105) d Mypolonga 10.9 (69)

Best - Ramblers: D Zadow, T Paech, T Pfeiffer, J Weyland, P O'Neil. Mypolonga: J Pedler, J Pedler, N Greaser, D Kelly, S Meneghetti. Goals - Ramblers: L Girardi 6, L O'Neil, R Morris 2, T Paech, R Viney, P O'Neil, B Dougal, A Jackson. Mypolonga: J Dunbar 2, B Martin, N Creaser, B Come, G Pedler, D Woolfried, C Lynn, J Pedler, J Pedler.

Martin mauls Blues as Tigers make it to the Grand Final By Brendan Shakes

Nine goals from Brad Martin have helped his side set itself a date with Ramblers in the Grand Final with a convincing and ruthless 74 point victory over Imperials. For the first term, Mypolonga was kicking with the breeze and got off to the perfect start. Four goals in a row helped set up an early lead as Martin was getting ready for a big game with two early goals. Imperials simply had no one to handle the bigger body of the Tigers as a third goal into time from Martin gave his side a 15 point lead at quarter time. It is quite scary to that during the home and away season Mypolonga were able to challenge Ramblers and Jervois yet lose to Tailem Bend. However the finals are a different story and the Tigers came with the A game as a seven goal to one second quarter almost put the game out of reach for Imperials.

The second term was a carbon copy of what Mypolonga did to Imperials back in Round 16 as they did what they pleased as they made Imperials look pedestrian. Nothing was going right for Imperials as Mypolonga were perfect in front of goals booting eleven goals without missing. By half time Martin had kicked six goals whilst Imperials had only two as the Tigers held an eight goal lead heading into the second half. With their season on the line Imperials simply could not match the intensity and hunger from the Tigers. Imperials Michael Sumner tried to spark his team with four goals for the quarter but Martin had kicked another three to bring his tally to nine at the final change.

Mypolonga players were beginning to sense victory and each goal kicked saw the celebrations grow from their supporters on the wing. The final term saw Mypolonga complete a great four quarter effort as they extended their margin out over 12 goals. They continued to run the game out as Imperials could not wait any longer for the siren to go. Best for Mypolonga was Martin with his nine goals, James and Joe Pedler and Ash Martin whilst for Imperials, their best were Luke Harrowfield and Josh Charles. For Mypolonga it has been 14 years since they last tasted a premiership and if they match the intensity and skill level they played with against Imperials, they could upset the more fancied Ramblers.

Preliminary Final Scoreline

Mypolonga 20.10 (130) def Imperials 7.14 (56)

Best: Mypo – B Martin, J Pedler, A Martin. Imps – L Harrowfield, J Charles, D GIrdham. Goals: Mypo – B Martin 9, B Currie, J Dunbar 3. Imp s – M Sumner 4.

TIGERS TAME THE JERVOIS DYNASTY By Brendan Shakes

Mypolonga has ended four straight years of Jervois dominance as the Bluds went out in straight sets, losing to the Tigers by 26 points. The breeze had picked up since the reserves match and Mypolonga elected to kick with it in the opening term. The opening was physical as both sides applied relentless pressure but neither side could kick a score.

It was not until Jervois’ in form forward Trevor Rigney kicked through his first goal and for the game. This kicked Mypolonga into gear as they booted the next three goals with as if almost instantly, the Tigers stepped up another notch. At quarter time, Mypolonga held a one point lead but the momentum had swung late back to the Bluds. Six goals in a row from the reigning premiers had Mypolonga on the back foot as Rigney was causing havoc with five of his team’s seven goals. Again the momentum changed with Mypolonga booting the last two goals with Daniel Wallfried and Brad Martin reducing the margin to 13 points at half time. The third term saw the Tigers come out of the rooms with intensity similarly to the one against Imperials a month ago as they pressured their opponents into mistakes and their defenders and midfielders could not do a thing wrong. Mypolonga’s Nathan Creaser was proving influential and his two goals for the quarter helped his side cut the margin. A six goal to two third term had now put Mypolonga in a commanding position as they were now up by two goals with a quarter remaining. With both sides realizing that this would be the last quarter for one of these sides, the game stepped up another notch. Mypolonga were able to kick the first two goals of the term with Jed Dunbar and Kieran Jaensch kicking truly. Jaensch’s final term was brilliant as he was a man possessed. His drive along the wing in the final term was proving to be the difference between the sides and his defensive work was just as good. The lead was out four goals and Jervois were slowly running out of time to claw back the margin and when George Pedler ran in for his second goal, his side was home. Jervois four year reign as premiers is now over as they will be watching the rest of the finals from the sidelines whereas Mypolonga has to play Imperials for a chance to play in the grand final.

First Semi Final played Sunday August 31, 2008

Mypolonga

3.1

5.2

11.4

15.7 (97)

Jervois

3.0

7.3

9.4

11.5 (71)

Best: Mypolonga – James Pedler, J Dunbar, C Lynn, N Creaser, B Martin. Jervois – J Jagodnik, S Braun, R Beeching, R Jarvis, T Rigney. Goals: Mypolonga – J Dunbar 3, J Eckermann, N Creaser 2, D Wallfried, C Wells, B Martin, C Lynn, B Corrie, Joe Pedler, K Jaensch, G Pedler. Jervois – T Rigney 6 (115 for 2008), B Schmidt 2, J Bayliss, S Mahony, M Briun

ROOSTERS FLY INTO GRAND FINAL  by Brendan Shakes

Ramblers have again shown why they are the team to beat as they demolished Imperials by 52 points at Mypolonga Oval. Kicking with a slight breeze in the opening term, Ramblers blitzed the Blues with three unanswered goals in the first quarter. Trent Paech booted the first goal of the match after the ball traveled from one to the other. The Roosters were keen on having next week off as they came out firing with their bigger bodies beginning to become a difference.

One of them was Clint Girardi and his two goals helped his side to a three goal lead at quarter time. The second term was evenly fought with Imperials trying to run the Roosters off their feet. Imperials ruckman Josh Charles was dominant around the grounds as he was the Blues dominant player. Charles was doing as much as he could but Ramblers simply had too many better players as Daniel Zadow and Luke Button continually halted the Imperial attacks. Both teams went goal for goal but Ramblers still held a 28 point lead at the main break. The third quarter saw Ramblers forwards come into the game as both their talls and smalls contributed to the scoreboard. Ben Dougall, Ryan Morris and Patrick O’Neil all kicked goals and Sykes chimed in for his third goal for the game as Ramblers continued to extend the margin. Down by 38 points at three quarter time, Imperials knew they would have to dig extra deep but were unable to as Ramblers began to turn the game into a blow out. Liam O’Neil was the star for the Roosters with three last quarter goals as each one drove a nail into the Imperial coffin. Imperials Charles was able to cap off a good individual game for him with a great diving mark and follow up goal but by the final siren, the score said it all as Ramblers charged into its first grand finals in over two decades. Best for Ramblers was Zadow, Button and Adam Jackson whilst for Imperials, their best were Charles, Daniel Girdham and Matt Kowald

Second Semi Final

Ramblers 17.11 (113) d Imperials 8.13 (61).

Best - Ramblers: D Zadow, L Button, A Jackson, T Mathews, J Sykes. Imperials: J Charles, D Girdham, M Kowald, D Newell, S Day. Goals - Ramblers: C Girardi, I Sykes, R Morris, L O'Neil 3, T Paech, J Weyland, B Dougall, P O'Neil, R Bretag. Imperials: S Day, J Charles 2, D Newell, M Sumner, L Harrowfield, M Gogel.

IMPERIALS BEAT JERVOIS IN QUALIFYING FINAL By Brendan Shakes

Imperials have inflicted some revenge on rivals Jervois with a last minute goal to seal a four point victory. Playing in sunny conditions down at Meningie, the Blues won the toss and elected to kick to the lake end. Jervois’ Trevor Rigney was the first goal scorer of the game as his strong mark and polished finished from the boundary gave his side the early lead. The match was fitting for a finals game as the intensity of the tackling and harassing was at its best. As much as Imperials had the majority of the ball their skills by hand were costing them chances for scoreboard pressure and Jervois capitalized with Sam Mahony walking into an open goal.  Imperials were able to finish the quarter stronger with the final three goals deserved more than an 18 point lead at quarter time. The second term saw Jervois come out firing as they booted five goals to two in the quarter. All the attacking was from Jervois as they tried to stretch the Blues backline with Reid Beeching, Jason Bayliss and Ben Woodhouse all rotating through their forward line. Four unanswered goals by the Bluds had Imperials on the rocks but a courageous effort by Luke Harrowfield gave Shaun Day the goal and Imperials a steadier.  More was to come out of the incident with Harrowfield as the player he collided with, Zac Ewer, played no further part in the match. Imperials were able to get their noses in front when Shaun Clayson booted his first goal courtesy of a 50m penalty but a Wade Mason goal on the siren gave the Bluds a four point lead at the main break. With Ewer out, Jervois continued like they did not need him with Mahony again taking a strong contested grab and kicking his third goal. The third term saw a shootout between Imperials Michael Sumner and Jervois’ Mahony as both players booted three goals. Sumner’s fourth goal was able to make the scores level as both teams had the final quarter to claim victory. The final term was fitting of a grand final as the intensity and pressure was immense. Rigney was proving to be a handful as he booted two goals for the term to give him four but Sumner also had two as his sixth tied up the game. The final minutes were tight but Imperials Luke Harrowfield stepped up again and kicked his second goal to put the Blues in front with less than 10 seconds to go.

As the final siren blew, the win certainly meant a lot to Imperials with players and supporters clearly excited whilst Jervois were slightly dejected at the win that got away. Imperials James McLaren was clearly best on ground for his rebound out of defence with Sumner, Dion Newell and Blake Harrowfield contributing well. For Jervois, their best were Beeching, Steve Braun and James Jagodnik but now for the Bluds, to stay in the finals they must beat Mypolonga.

Qualifying Final

Imperials

4.6

6.9

11.10

14.1 (95)

Jervois

2.0

7.7

11.10

13.13 (91)

Best - Imperials: J McLaren.. M Summer, D Newell, B Harrowfield. D Garrett. Jervois - R Beeching. S Braun, J Sherodnik. B Schmidt, S Mahony. Goals - Imperials: M Sumner 6, L Harrowfield, S Clayson 2 S Reddon. S Day. M Gogel, D Newell. Jervois: S Mahony 5. T Rigney 4, B Schmidt B Woodhouse. R Jarvis, J Rigney.

MYPOLONGA ELIMINATES MANNUM  By Brendan Shakes

In the elimination final, Mypolonga slowly chipped away at Mannum’s confidence and in the end ran away with a 34 point victory. The beginning of the match saw both teams making sloppy errors as both sides were feeling out their opposition. Mypolonga’s Brad Martin stood up early as his two early goals gave his side an early 12 point lead .  Mannum’s Ben Quinn was able to respond almost immediately but a strong tackle by Mypolonga’s Caine Lynn set up Daniel Wallfried with his first goal of the game. With a two goal lead at quarter time, Mypolonga tried to run away with it but to the Roos credit they hung in their and continually threatened the Tigers. Two goals by Mannum’s Josh Gould had his side up by a point but a lack of discipline by Matt Connolly gave him a yellow card and his side a man down. The Tigers were able to utilise this as they booted two goals in a row to set up a 10 point lead at half time.

The match was now starting to heat up as both sides did not want to be eliminated from this year’s final series. Mypolonga got on top of the Roos in the third term as they began to dominate the middle as well as up forward with Cameron Wells booting his second goal to set up a five goal lead at the final change. To Mannum’s credit they never threw in the towel as they continued to start a comeback but they skills let them down as the Tigers defence repelled any attacks. Three goals in a row by the Roos saw them reduce the lead but when Martin kicked truly, the game was over and Mannum was out. Mypolonga will now play against Jervois on Sunday whilst for Mannum their A-grade year is over but still have the chance of their reserves going back to back.

Mypolonga

3.3

6.4

10.8

14.10 (94)

Mannum

1.3

4.6

5.8

8.12 (60)

Best: G Pedler, James Pedler, J Oxborrow, C Lynn, S Meneghetti. Mannum - M Connolly, P Sarno, S Thiele, B Wakefield, J Maloney. Goals: Mypolonga - B Martin, C Wells 3, D Wallfried, J Dunbar 2, G Pedler, B Corrie, C Lynn, N Creaser 1. Mannum - J Gould 3, B Quinn, J Rudiger, T Boughen, M Dearman, J Woodward 1

BLUDS CONFIDENCE GROWS WITH WIN OVER BLUES  

By Brendan Shakes

At Jervois, a final quarter tussle saw the Bluds come away victors against Imperials, winning by 18 points. With both teams coming into the games with losing streaks, neither side wanted to give this game up on the eve of the finals. Imperials used the breeze well in the first quarter as they booted four goals straight after Jervois’ Ty Burckett booted the first goal of the game.  With the weather threatening, the Blues piled on the pressure deep into time on and by quarter time had a 19 point lead. The second term saw Jervois use the breeze to effect as they levelled the scores at the main break. Their influential star, Trevor Rigney, had been quiet as he was being heavily guarded by Imperials Ben Quast but a move to the middle produced two quick goals. With the scores see-sawing, the game was going to come down to which side could use the breeze better.  The third quarter was the downfall of Imperials as they were unable to kick away.  Three goals in five minutes by the Bluds gave them a handy lead but goals to Daniel Girdham and Michael Sumner had Imperials back in the match. Trailing by two points and a quarter remaining, Jervois sealed the match a kept second spot with a three goal to one final term.  Best for Jervois was Jamie Jagodnik, Ben Woodhouse and Zac Ewer whilst for Imperials, their best were Ryan Eyre, Ben Quast and Jason Puatti.

At LeMessurier, a second half surge saw Ramblers come away with a closely fort 10 point victory over Mypolonga. In what was expected to be a one sided match, Mypolonga came out and surprised the Roosters as the Tigers kicked away with four unanswered goals in the first term. The Mypolonga defence simply restricted the effectiveness of the Rambler midfield with Joe Pedler, Aaron Zrim and Mark O’born repelling most attacks. At quarter time the lead was 22 points and at the main break it was 25 but to Ramblers credit, they did not throw in the towel as they second half showed. A blistering seven goal quarter cut the margin back giving Ramblers the lead with Liam O’Neil leading the way with three goals for the term.  The final quarter saw Ramblers hang on to their lead and come away with a gritty win. Even though they lost, this will give Mypolonga a lot of confidence heading into their first match against Mannum whilst Ramblers will now have the week off.

For their final game of the year, Meningie were unable to register their first victory of the season as Mannum ran out seven goal winners. In a tight opening term, Meningie were able to frustrate and choke the Roos attacks as each team only scored one goal apiece. The second term was much the same however the quality of the Mannum outfit helped extend their margin at the main break to 22 points. From then on, Mannum only continued on with the precession as Meningie’s younger bodies could not handle a side that is preparing for finals. Booting eight goals to five from half time shows that Meningie is lacking the forward options it needs to become a force again whilst Mannum would be quietly confident with its do or die match against Mypolonga, this Sunday. Best for Mannum was Sam Schlueter, Andrew Warnest and Paul Sarno whilst Meningie’s best were Josh Robinson, Robert Payne and Evan Smith.

Round 18 - August 16, 2008

Mannum 12.17 (89) d Meningie 7.5 (47).

Best - Mannum: S Schueter, A Warnest, P Sarno, D Smith, J Malony. Meningie: J Robinson, R Payne, E Smith, T Saddler, M Miller. Goals - Mannum: D Smith 3, J Woodward, J Gould, M Connelly 2, J Maloney, A Warnest, M Derrman. Meningie: P McNicol 2, E Smith, R Payne, G Saddlier, J Derrington, N Wright.

Ramblers 12.18 (90) d Mypolonga 11.14 (80).

Best - Ramblers: L Button, P Pfeiffer, L O'Neil, R Viney, T Cawland. Mypolonga: G Pedler, J Pedler, T McAllister, C Linn, J Pedler. Goals - Ramblers: R Viney, L Button 3, L O'Neil 2, B Dougall, A Jackson, J Sykes, M Marchetti. Mypolonga: C Lynn 4, B Martin 2, J Oxborrow, P Anastasioa, B Corrie, K Jaensch, G Pedler.

Jervois 11.11 (77) d Imperials 9.5 (59).

Best - Jervois J Jagodnik, B Woodhouse, Z Ewer, J Rigney, B Gazzola. Imperials: R Ayers, B Quast, J Puiatti, M Summer, D Newell. Goals - T Rigney 4, R Beaching 2, T Burkett, B Woodhouse, J Bayliss, W Mason, Z Ewer. Goals - Imperials M Summer 5, J Charles 2, D Girdham, M Gogel.

RAMBLERS CLINCH MINOR PREMIERSHIP  By Brendan Shakes

At Johnstone Park, Ramblers overcame its hurdle of underachieving to claim the minor premiership with a 71 point demolition of cross town rival, Imperials. With heavy rain falling during the Reserves match, the ground was heavily saturated making conditions tough for both sides. The first quarter saw the dominance of Ramblers on full show as Imperials were held to just a solitary point. Ramblers Clint Girardi was a man possessed in the first term as his three goals established a small break early on. By the first change, Ramblers had built a 27 point lead and it did not stop their as they continued the misery for the Blues.  Two more goals without reply had the margin out past six goals and when Ben Dougall cleverly assisted Patrick O’Neil for his first goal, the match already seemed out of reach for Imperials. It was not until 3:18 pm until Imperials kicked their first, through the boot of Josh Charles but at half time the lead was out to 50 points. With Imperials losing to Martin Baillee at the start of the second half, undisciplined play crept into the Blues as their frustration was clearly evident.  This did not hinder Ramblers at all as again they extended their margin to nine goals at three quarter time. The final quarter saw Ramblers steam roll Imperials with a five goal to one term that would please coach Anthony Weyland. By the final siren, it was clear that Ramblers had asserted themselves as genuine premiership contenders whilst Imperials needs to regain some of its early season form or else look like pretenders.  

At Mannum, not even the celebration of Trevor Rigney’s centenary of goals could stop the home side accounting for Jervois with the Roos winning by 21 points. The opening quarter was evenly fought with both sides not giving any space to their opponents.  Coming into the match needing five goals, Rigney started on fire as he booted his side’s first five goals to bring up the ton. With things looking bad for Mannum, coach Lee Adams made a bold move with Andrew Warnest being put on Rigney for the rest of the game. This cruicial move ended up being the turning point of the game as for the rest of the game, Rigney was held to just one goal. For the first three quarters, Jervois were able to keep their noses in front as their intensity at the ball was forcing Mannum to make pressured errors. Mannum were able to tie the game at three quarter time and from then on ran away with the match with a seven goal to three final term. The win guarantees Mannum a spot in the finals whilst Jervois’ position in second has become more vulnerable and if they are defeated by Imperials in the final game, the Bluds will slip to third. Best for Mannum was Ben Lambert, Brad Wakefield and Todd Boughen who finished with four goals. For Jervois, their best were Jason Bayliss, Zac Ewer and James Cobbledick.

In a good team effort the Mypolonga Tigers easily accounted for Tailem Bend, winning by 88 points. The first half started well for Mypolonga as in each quarter they booted six goals whilst restricting the ball use of the Eagles. As throughout the year, Mypolonga’s three Pedler brothers all stood up with George and Joe maintained their sides considerable lead.  Tailem Bend’s effort could not be questioned but being able to only kick three goals in the first half, makes the situation a lot more difficult for any side in the competition. After trailing by 29 and then 59 points at the first two changes, Tailem worked its way back into the match. This could have easily been avoided but Mypolonga’s effort in front of goals cost them a bigger margin heading into the final change.  The final term saw Mypolonga come out on top as Brad Martin booted his fifth goal of the game and effectively put the game far beyond reach. It was their final hit out for the year and Matt Dent and his Eagles know that they made big improvements late in the season and that next year is a far more promising year. For Mypolonga, this win gives them fourth spot and next weeks game against Ramblers should show the Tigers how deep they could head into the finals. Best for Mypolonga was Joe Pedler at centre half back, Daniel Wallfried and George Pedler whilst Tailem’s best was Tony Lynch, Michael Vickers and ruckman Patrick Gabb.

Round 17 - August 9, 2008

Ramblers 17.14 (116) d Imperials 6.9 (45).

Best -- Ramblers; L O'Neil, T Matthews, P O'Neil, L Button, M Marchetti. Imperials: R Eyre, D Newell, D Girdham, B Quast, T Lienert Goals - Ramblers C Girardi 5, R Morris 3, R Viney, D Zaddow 2, P O Neil. A Jackson J Weyland, T Cowland, L O'Neil. Imperials L Harrowfield 2, T Hines, B Harrowfield, D Girdham, J Charles.

Mypolonga 19.28 (142) d Tailem Bend 7.12 (54).

Best - Mypolonga: D Wallfried, J Eckermann, J Pedler, G Pedler. J Dunbar. Tailem Bend: T Lynch, M Vickers, P Gabb, B Ball. J Little. Goals - Mypolonga: B Martin 5, C Wells, N Greaser 3, D Wallfried, J Dunbar 2, T Simmons, J Eckermann, K Jaensch, A Zrim. Tailem Bend: M Thomas 4, J Little 3.

Mannum 16.8 (104) d Jervois 12.11 (83).

Best - Mannum: B Lambert. B Wakefield, T Boughen, A Warnest, J Maloney. Jervois: J Bailess, J Cobbledick, S Mahony, Z Ewer, J Jagodnick. Goals - Mannum: T Boughen, M Dearman 4, J Gould 3, D Smith, B Quinn, J Woodward, B Lambert, N Reichstein. Jervois: T Rigney 6, R Beeching, C Braun, T Woodhouse, Z Ewer, M Moller.

IMPERIALS LOSE TWO ON THE TROT   By Brendan Shakes

Imperials continue to stutter towards the 2008 Finals series after suffering the second loss on the trot to a lower side, going down to Mannum by nine points. Imperials have hit a rough patch and this has now dented their run of playing deep into the major round.  Mannum began the game well with Ben Lambert goaling early but Imperials Matthew Kowald then responded with three goals in a row. The Blues attack was then turned into a Mannum surge with three late goals to restore a seven point lead at quarter time. The second term was similar to the first with Mannum able to outscore their more fancied opponents. Kowald was proving a handful up forward as he had four goals to half time whilst the Mannum midfield was beginning to be more damaging with the football. The third quarter saw Imperials come out firing as they doubled their score to stun the home side. Imperials were making all the running with Ash Temby, Matt Gogel and Jason Puatti providing plenty of opportunities for their forwards. A seven goal term saw Imperials now turn that 15 point half time deficit to a nine point lead to now turn the game on its head. With their backs against the wall, Mannum showed some spirit as they came out with a five goal final term. All of their goals came in a row as Imperials had no answer the Roos barrage with Mannum working harder off the football.

Their day was typified as a strong tackle from behind by Todd Boughen helped give him his third goal but more importantly extend their margin. Best for Mannum was Brad Wakefield, Ben Lambert and Justin Maloney with Imperials best being Gogel, Temby and Ryan Eyre.

In Murray Bridge, Ramblers asserted themselves as the frontrunners for 2009 with a comprehensive 36 point victory over Jervois. In-form forward Trevor Rigney was sent to the middle for the start of the game as both sides were vying for top spot. Ramblers were able to score the first goal of the game with Liam O’Neil kicking truly. The first quarter could have been a lot more productive for Ramblers but their inaccuracy in front of goals meant their lead was only nine points by the first change. Jervois began the second term on fire with Trevor Rigney being moved to full forward and the move paid off early with Rigney snapping his second goal of the game. Both teams were playing football with a finals atmosphere as the ball moved at a frenetic pace. With a four goal lead at half time, Ramblers got on the attack early as Adam Jackson booted his third to extend the lead.  Bluds Sam Mahony was shut out of the game with his opponent Greg Stevens keeping the playing coach quiet. The final quarter saw Jervois come out to win the game but Ramblers were up to the challenge as the Roosters flexed their muscles on the eve of the finals. Three late goals to Jervois reduced the margin but the game was already done and dusted as Ramblers were resting their star players. Best for Ramblers was Mark Marchetti, Troy Cowland and Stevens with Jervois’ better players being Reid Beeching, Jason Bayliss and Ty Burkett.

Tailem Bend continued the misery for the winless Meningie as the Eagles ran away with a 41 point victory to keep their chances of playing finals. The home side started well as Phil O’Connell booting the first goal for the Eagles and when Anthony Gregurke goaled, the margin was out to two goals. Meningie were unable to contain Eagle midfielders Damien Raidis and Dylan Hogarth who also register majors as their side shot out to a 38 point lead at quarter time. From then on Meningie were able to match the Eagles but the first quarter had made the task much harder. By half time, the lead was out to an even eight goals as Hogarth and Raidis were running riot around the grounds and Wayne Luckett was proving a handful up forward. Meningie were able to gain some respectability as they outscored Tailem in the second half however any revival was already out of reach. With the lead reduced to 37 points, Tailem came out to win the quarter and show their supporters a glimpse of hope and accomplished this with their younger players in Hogarth, Jason Schultz and James Little.  Best for Tailem Bend was Raidis, Hogarth and Tony Lynch whilst Meningie’s best was Jack Lewis, Tim Saddlier and Chris Lawson.

Round 16 - August 2, 2008

Tailem Bend 15.16 (106) d Meningie 8.17 (65).

Best - Tailem Bend: J Little, M Vickers, M Linke, T Downs, P Gabb. Meningie: J Lewis, J Robinson, T Saddlier, Clawson, M Miller. Goals - Tailem Bend: A Gregurke, W Luckett 3, B Hogarth 2, A Coombe, J Schulz, M Vickers, D Buckingham, D Raidis, P O'Connell, D Karpany. Meningie: R Payne 3, J Derrington 2, I Robinson, D McNichol, M Miller.

Mannum 17.14 (116) d Imperials 16.9 (105).

Best - Mannum: J Maloney, B Lambert, P Sarno, B Quinn, B Wakefield. Imperials: M Gogel, A Temby, R Eyre, J Puatti, T Hines. Goals - Mannum: B Quinn 4, T Boughen 3, B Lambert, A Warnest, J Gould 2, J Woodward, J Maloney, B Wakefield, A Nitschke. Imperials: M Kuwald 4, D Girdham 3, H Hodge, M Baillie, J Charles, M Gogel, M Stephen, D Garrett, T Linert, D Newell, A Eyre.

Ramblers 19.16 (130) d Jervois 14.10 (94).

Best - Ramblers: M Marchetti, G Stevens, A Jackson, J Sykes, T Cowland. Jervois:  A Beeching, J Bayliss, T Burkett, J Cobbledick, C Brown. Goals - Ramblers: C Girardi 5, M Marchetti 3, L O'Neil, A Jackson, J Sykes, L Button, B Dougall 2, R Morris. Jervois: T Rigney 5, S Mahony 3, M Moller 2, R Jarvis, J Rigney, B Schmidt, R Beeching.

ROOS FINISH STRONG OVER EAGLES By Brendan Shakes

At Tailem Bend, Mannum accounted for the Eagles with a strong four quarter effort to win by 49 points. Mannum won the toss and elected to kick with the breeze and started well with a five goal quarter. Their midfielders were finding plenty of the football and responded to the early Eagle attack with Josh Gould, Jarrod Woodward and Ben Quinn scoring late goals to have a 14 point lead at quarter time. The second term was free flowing with eleven goals scored for the quarter. Even with the breeze, Tailem were not able to win the quarter with Mannum’s Matt Connolly holding down the fort in defence. With a 21 point lead at half time, Mannum continued on with the attacking football as quick goals from Gould and Andrew Warnest helped extend the lead to eight goals. Midway through the term, Tailem was able to reduce the margin with four successive goals but with a quarter remaining, the Eagles still trailed by 29 points. The final term saw the defence of Mannum hold strong with Tailem’s only goal coming from the boot of Brad Bell. Best for Mannum was Matt Connolly, Paul Sarno and Ben Lambert whilst Tailem’s best was Michael Vickers, Todd Downs and Patrick Gabb.

In wintry conditions, Mypolonga broke a three-and-a-half year drought against Imperials with a spirited 31 point victory. Imperials won the toss and elected to kick with the breeze but their advantage was not as decisive as constant rain began to fall making the ground slippery. With both sides having to resort to a brand of wet weather football, Imperials were able to put through a much needed goal with Tom Hines scoring his first. Tigers James Pedler was dominating early in the first term as his work around the ground was keeping his side in touch.  Both teams went goal for goal with Mypolonga’s Caine Lynn leveling the scores after multiple fifty metre penalties to give his side a sniff heading into the second term. What was to happen next was something remarkable and that will put Jervois and Ramblers on notice as Mypolonga smashed the Blues with a six goal to one quarter. Mypolonga’s dominance was overwhelming as the home crowd and its home players were in shock as the Tigers penetrated their forward line with ease. Two goals from Mypolonga’s Cameron Wells helped extend his sides lead and when Caine Lynn ran into an open goal the Tigers were out to a seven goal lead.

Imperials did start the second half well with Daniel Girdham and Martin Baillee goaling early to reduce the margin but the Tigers were able steady with three goals of their own, to all but rule any chance of an Imperial revival. The final quarter was as dull as Imperials day as home supporters started to leave early to beat the traffic. As the final siren sounded, Mypolonga showed in a dominant display that this season will not be a three horse race.

In Murray Bridge, it was top versus bottom with Ramblers smashing the winless Meningie by 139 points. Even without Luke Button and Ryan Morris who were away on state duties, the Roosters continued on with the annihilation as they started with a five goal to one opening term. Ramblers Clint Girardi was in the action as his three early goals gave his side a 22 point lead at quarter time.  The second term saw Meningie unable to register a goal with Ramblers then proceeding with 8.7 to all but wrap up the match. The in form forward line of Ramblers all clicked with crumbers, Ben Dougall and Liam O’Neil making life difficult for the Meningie defence. Trailing by 74 points at half time, Meningie came out on the attack with an early goal but that was quickly cancelled out when Sam Pfeiffer booted his first. Another five goal term helped Ramblers push their lead to 15 goals and for the Bears; the home side did not take its foot of the pedal. Eight goals to one saw Ramblers finish with a big 23 goal lead and give them a healthy percentage heading into the final three games of the season. Best for Ramblers was Tyson Matthews and Daniel Zadow in defence as well as Patrick O’Neil who also kicked four goals whilst for Meningie; their best were Tim Saddlier, Aiden Barker and Paul Reichelt.

Round 15 - July 28, 2008

Mannum 21.17 (143) d Tailem Bend 14.10 (94).

Best - Mannum: P Sarno, B Lambert, J Maloney, B Wakefield, C Rudiger. Tailem Bend: M Vickers, T Downs, P Gabb, A Gregurke, D Hogarth. Goals - Mannum: B Quinn 5, A Warnest 4, T Gould, M Dearman, D Krollig, B Wakefield 2, T Woodward, J Maloney, B Lambert, R Pullard. Tailem Bend: A Gregurke 4, W Luckett, D Hogarth 3, J Gellach, A Wilkey, J Little, A Robinson.

Ramblers 26.18 (174) d Meningie 4.11 (35).

Best - Ramblers: T Matthews, D Zadow, P O'Neil, L O'Neil, T Paech. Meningie: T Saddler, M Turner, R Reichelt, A Barker, S Ridley. Goals - Ramblers: C Giradi 6, P O'Neil. R Viney 4, A Jackson, L O'Neil 3, M Marchetti, B Dougall 2, T Paisch, S Pfeifer. Meningie: R Mallard 2, P Riecheldt, R Smart.

Mypolonga 12.12 (84) d Imperials 8.5 (53).

Best - Mypolonga: D Wallfried, J McCallister, C Lynne, C Wells, G Pedler. Imperials:  J Charles, D Girdham, T Lienert, J Puiatti, S Clayson. Goals - Mypolonga: C Wells 4, C Lynn, B Martin 2, J Eckermann, N Creaser, K Jaensch, S Flinn. Imperials: L Harronfieldm, M Baillee 2, T Hines, J Charles, D Girdham, J Puiatti.

RIGNEY vs MYPOLONGA b y Brendan Shakes

The home crowd at Jervois was treated to a spectacle as Trevor Rigney continued his white-hot form with a 13 goal effort to put away Mypolonga by 27 points. Both teams started the game playing a fierce, finals brand of football with Rigney booting the first goal of the game. Rigney was able to boot two more goals for the quarter as his side opened up an early 20 point lead at the first break. Mypolonga responded to three early goals by Rigney as they put on scoreboard pressure through youngsters, Kieran Jaensch and Paul Anastasiou to reduce the lead to 25 points at half time. With six goals at half time, the man of the moment continued on his precession as no-one from the Mypolonga defence could contain him. The third term saw both teams go for broke as Mypolonga tried to cut the deficit whilst Jervois went out to put the game beyond doubt. Jervois was able to deliver a game winning quarter as their eight goal to five term set up a 45 point lead at three quarter time. The top two leading goal kickers were involved in the game but only one was making his presence felt and that was Rigney. Another six goals pushed his tally up to 12 whilst Tigers forward Brad Martin had been held goal less.

With a quarter remaining, Mypolonga played the game out until the end and were able to reduce the margin at the final siren. Best on ground was clearly Rigney but had handy contributions from Reid Beeching and Russell Jarvis. Mypolonga’s captain James Pedler played his heart out and other players named in the Tigers best were Mark Oborn and Nathan Creaser.

Ramblers maintained its push for top spot with a comfortable ten goal victory over Tailem Bend. With Tailem winning the toss, the home side kicked with a strong breeze and began well with an early goal to Wayne Luckett. Even with the breeze in their face, the running capacity of Ramblers was proving the difference in the sides as the Liam and Patrick O’Neil were giving good supply to their forwards. Ramblers Ryan Morris was proving a handful and by quarter time had three goals as his side held a 23 point lead at the first change. The second quarter saw Tailem try to restrict the amount of scoring of their opponents but was unable to as Morris put through his fourth to help his side extend its lead to 38 points at half time. Coming out after the main break, Ramblers got on the attack early with Clint Girardi putting the game out of the Eagles reach with his early goal. Two goals by the Eagles’ Anthony Gregurke and Michael Thomas had given their side a glimmer of hope but late goals to Ramblers made the margin 48 points at the final change. The final quarter saw Tailem give it their all but their inaccuracy in front of goals did not help their cause as Ramblers came out easy winners. Best for Ramblers was the O’Neil brothers and Troy Cowland whilst for the Eagles, Mitchell Vickers, Dylan Hogarth and Damien Raidis all had solid games.

At Johnstone Park, in wintry conditions, the engine room of Imperials overcame a spirited Meningie outfit, winning by 62 points. Imperials were kicking with a slight breeze and booted the first two goals of the game through Luke Harrowfield and Henry Hodge. From their early attacks, Meningie were finally rewarded when Brodie Van Den Brink kicked truly. The ruck work of Josh Charles in the opening quarter was instrumental as the midfield group of Ash Temby, Daniel Girdham and Hodge continually penetrated their forward line. After a stint in the reserves, Imperials Martin Baillee found some of the footy as he booted three goals for the quarter to set up a 44 point lead at quarter time. Supporters of both sides would have expected Imperials to continue the onslaught but Meningie came out with intent and to give their opponents a run for there money. Two goals from Richard Prusa and Mark Turner helped reduce the margin for the Bears but their dominance of the quarter was not resulting in reducing the margin. A late goal from Michael Sumner helped his side kick their first goal for the quarter and give them a 42 point lead at the main break. Meningie’s Aiden Barker played a great third term as he kicked all of his team’s three goals and took a big hanger to give the visitors a bit of hope. Trailing by five goals and having the small breeze at their back, Barker’s fourth reduced the margin to under four goals and started to get the home crowd a little restless. In the end, Imperials finally started to play the same kind of football they played in the first term as they kicked six unanswered goals to all but wrap up the match. Best for Imperials was Girdham, Jason Puiatti and Temby whilst Meningie’s better players were Barker, Turner and Evan Smith.  

Round 14 scores - July 19, 2008

Ramblers 17.17 (119) d Tailem Bend 8.11 (59).

Best - Ramblers: P O'Neil, T Cowland, L O'Neil, R Morris, T Pfieffer. Tailem Bend: M Vickers, D Hogart, D Raidis. Goals - Ramblers: R Morris 6, P O'Niel, C Gerardi 3, R Viney 2, A Jackson, M Marchetti, L O'Neil. Tailem Bend: M Thomas 4, W Luckett, T Lynch, B Belt, A Gregurke.

Imperials 17.13 (115) d Meningie 8.5 (53).

Best - Imperials: D Girdham, J Puiatti, A Temby, M Sumner, J McLaren. Meningie: A Barker, M Turner, E Smith, A Bettineschi, P Reichelt. Goals -Imperials: M Bailiee 5, M Sumner 4, D Girdham 3, L Harrowfield 2, H Hodge, T Hines, J Gharli Meningie: R Mallard 4, B Vandenbrink, M Turner, R Prusa, M Reigheldt.

Jervois 17.14 (116) d Mypolonga 13.11 (89).

Best --  Jervois: T Rigney, A Beeching, P Zarantonello, Z Ewer, C Braun. Mypolonga: James Pedler, M Oborn, N Creaser, J Oxborrow, C Wells. Goals Jervois: T Rigney 13, B Schmidt, P Zarantone 2. Mypolonga: C Wells 4, B Martin 2, S Flinn, K Jaensch, P Anastiasiou, J Dunbar, James Pedler, T Simmons, D Wallfried.

TAILEM UPSETS TIGERS  by Brendan Shakes

In what is one of the biggest upsets of the season, Tailem Bend held off a last quarter fight back from Mypolonga to win by 13 points. After winning the toss, the Eagles opening term was promising as both their defence and offence clicked with the Tigers only score being a solitary point. Trailing by 13 points at quarter time, Mypolonga went out to build a big lead but their inaccuracy cost them the chance. The strong wind was making the task harder for the Eagles as Mypolonga continually penetrated their fifty but their forwards could not put it on the scoreboard as they trailed by three points at the main break.  After kicking two goals in the first half, the Eagles booted four goals in the third term in what ended up being the difference at the end.  A magnificent running goal from James little helped his side to extend their lead to 29 points but Mypolonga would have the breeze at their back. Kicking with the wind, Mypolonga stepped up the pressure but the defence of Tailem Bend was holding strong. The leagues leading goal kicker, Mypolonga’s Brad Martin, had been shut down all day by Matthew Linke but eventually kicked his first goal midway through the final quarter. The Eagles had being playing patches of good football for several weeks but this week everything fell into place as now Tailem is a chance of playing finals football.

At Meningie, Trevor Rigney and his Jervois team mates thrashed the Bears, winning by a huge 168 points. J ervois got off to a good start with Zac Ewer booting an early goal but it was quickly cancelled out by Meningie’s Evan Smith. Trevor Rigney was on fire in the first term as he booted five of Jervois’ eight goals and by the end of the first term, his side was out to a six goal lead. The second term saw Jervois slam home nine goals whilst keeping their opponents goalless. Rigney was enjoying his day out as he kicked another four goals for the term, to give him nine goals in the first half. With a 90 point lead at half time, Jervois continued its dominance of the game with another nine goal term. Jervois’ Reid Beeching and Ben Woodhouse joined Rigney with the precession as each kicked two goals with Rigney booting three. The final term saw Jervois make it over the 200 point barrier as Rigney had a quiet quarter with only two goals to give him 14 for the match. By the end of the match, Jervois had nine goal kickers with Rigney being the clear standout. Best for Jervois were Ewer, Rigney and Jamie Lyon whilst Meningie’s best were Smith, Greg Saddlier and Tim Saddlier.

At Mannum, visiting side Imperials kept up its pressure for top spot with a 78 point victory. Mannum started the game well with Matt Connolly taking two strong grabs and giving his side an early two goal lead. This was as far as Mannum would go with the Roos only kicking 1.3 for the rest of the match.  Imperials were the dominant side for the entire match as they extended their margin at every break.  Imperials Shaun Clayson was given the job of shutting down Ben Quinn and succeeded with the influential player being restricted for four quarters. Imperials midfielders such as Ash Temby, Daniel Girdham and Ryan Eyre were given space on the big Mannum oval and gave their forwards plenty of opportunities. Michael Sumner was the lead goal scorer with four goals with Eyre booting three.

Best for Imperials were Girdham, Matthew Gogel and Clayson whilst Mannum’s best were Justin Maloney, Josh Gould and Ben Lambert.

Round 13 - July 12, 2008

Tailem Bend 6.7 (43) d Mypolonga 3.12 (30).

Best - Tailem Bend: M Linke, Robertson, D Raidis, J Little, D Hogarth. Mypolonga: James Pedler, C Linn, G Pedler, J Pedler, J Oxborrow. Goals - Tailem Bend: T Lynch, J Little 2, M Thomas, D Karpany. Mypolonga - B Martin, K Jaensch, Joe Pedler.

Jervois 33.12 (210) d Meningie 6.6 (42).

Best - Jervois: Ewer, T Rigney, J Lyons, B Schmidt, C Braun Meningie: E Smith, G Saddlier, T Saddlier, Robinson, J Derrington. Goals - Jervois: T Rigney 14, R Beeching 5, S Mahony, Z Ewer 3, M Moller, B Schmidt, B Woodhouse 2, Cobbledick, S Braun. Meningie: J Robinson, R Turner 2, E Smith, J Lewis.

Imperials 13.11 (89) d Mannum 3.3 (21).

Best - Imperials: D Girdham, M Gogel, S Clayson, J McLaren, Temby. Mannum: J Maloney, J Gould, B Lambert, S Harte, R Bullard. Goals - Imperials: M Sumner 4, R Eyre 3, D Girdham 2, T Heins, S Clayson, L Harrowfield, M Kowald. Mannum: M Connolly 2, B Lambert.

MARTIN MAULS MENINGIE  By Brendan Shakes

 Eight goals from Mypolonga’s Brad Martin have helped his side easily overcome Meningie, with the Tigers winning by 83 points. Playing down at Meningie, the Tigers played a solid first quarter as they were able to restrict the home side to just a Josh Rigney goal. Tigers’ Joe Pedler was proving to be the problem for the Bears as his rebound was a continual dilemma throughout the game. With a four goal lead at the first break, Mypolonga continued to step up the pressure as Meningie had no answers to the dominance of the Tigers. The margin could have been a lot more if it weren’t for the inaccuracy of Mypolonga but three unanswered goals by Nathan Creaser, David Wallfried and Martin helped extend the margin to 53 points at half time. The third quarter saw Meningie try to come back in the match as neither side could get on top of their opponents. Martin was the only goal scorer for the Tigers but with his tally up to six, it was clear that he was proving to be the difference between the sides. The final quarter saw Meningie kick their second goal of the game with Rigney slotting home his second. Caine Lynn and Kieran Jaensch aided Martin in the final term as their side showed the competition that they are still a side to be wary of. Best for Mypolonga was Joe Pedler, Mark Oborn and Martin whilst Meningie’s best was Evan Smith, Tim Saddlier and Robert Payne.

At Jervois, the home side survived a late scare to defeat Tailem Bend by 10 points and retain the Lokan Cup. The Bluds started the game well with Ben Woodhouse and Trevor Rigney booting early goals for the home side. In what was a shootout in the first quarter, both teams played strong running football with Russell Jarvis booting two goals as did Tailem’s Dylan Hogarth. Only trailing by three goals at quarter time, the Eagles booted two early goals to reduce the margin. Jervois’ Matt Brion was able to inspire his team out of its slumber as it booted another three unanswered goals to lead at half time by 28 points. The third quarter was a tighter affair a Tailem continued to stay with the reigning premiers. Eagles’ Daniel Gregory was able to get on the scoreboard and when Kenny Sumner kicked his first their side had kept the margin under six goals and making the first few minutes of the final term quite interesting. After kicking eight goals in three quarters, Rigney was shut out of the game as Tailem Bend came storming back into the game. Three quick goals by the Eagles in the first ten minutes halved the margin as Jervois was stunned by the resurgence.  The margin got down to ten points but when Bluds debutant Tyler Robinson goaled, the margin was out to 16 points and was effectively the sealer.

Best for Jervois was Jarvis, Rigney and Jim Lyon whilst Tailem’s best was Tony Lynch, Hogarth and Damien Raidis.

Round 13 - July 5, 2008

Mypolonga 14.17 (101) d Meningie 2.6 (18).

Best - Mypolonga: J Pedler, M Oborn, B Martin, S Meneghetti, J Dunbar. Meningie: E Smith, T Saddlier, R Payne, J Derrington, S Ridley. Goals - Mypolonga: B Martin 8, C Lynn 2, J Oxborrow, N Creaser, D Wallfried, K Jaensch. Meningie: J Rigney 2.

Jervois

8.3

12.5

14.12

15.14 (104)

Tailem Bend

5.3

7.7

9.8

14.10 (94)

Best - Jervois: R Jarvis, T Rigney, J Lyon, B Woodhouse, B Schmidt. Tailem Bend: T Lynch. D Hogarth. D Raidis, A Robinson, M Vickers. Goals - Jervois:  T Rigney 8, R Jarvis 2. W Mason. B Schmidt, M Brion, Z Ewer, T Robinson. Tailem Bend: B Hasen 3, M Vickers, D Hogarth, D Gregory 2, T Lynch, K Sumner, R Bell, T Downs, M Linke.

IMPERIALS “EYRE-RAID”  By Brendan Shakes

Imperials Ryan Eyre continued his great season with six goals as the home team inflicted Tailem’s seventh loss of the year with a 76 point victory.  The opening of the match was slow as both teams adjusted to the windy conditions but Imperials were quicker to adapt as Luke Harrowfield booted his first goal of the game. Harrowfield’s first ignited Imperials into action as the Blues went on a five goal burst with Michael Sumner, who was returning from injury, snapping around the body to extend the margin.

Tailem however were able to kick a late goal with Dylan Hogarth kicking truly and at quarter time his side was down by 32 points. The second term saw Tailem come out with intent as they responded to their dismal opening quarter as they piled on six goals. Michael Thomas stole the show for the visitors as his three goals for the quarter brought his side back into the match.

After dominating the match but not putting it on the scoreboard, Imperials came out to stamp their authority on the match and did so with an eight goal quarter. Imperials midfielders were beginning to run riot as ruckman Nick Stephen gave first use to his on-ballers. Daniel Girdham was playing a great game and was rewarded with his second goal after a strong transfer of play down the scoreboard wing. Eyre was also finding plenty of the ball as his silky skills gave him three goals for the quarter.

At three quarter time Imperials had kicked away and were leading by 59 points and had the game all but wrapped up. To the credit of Tailem they never threw in the towel as they stayed with Imperials for most of the last quarter. Eyre and Girdham’s second half were the game breakers as both kicked early goals to extend the lead to 12 goals. Two late consolation goals by Thomas gave him five for the match but as the sun went down and the game drew to a close Eyre dazzled again to kick home his sixth for the match.

The match between Jervois and Mannum was a hard slog for both teams but not for Trevor Rigney as his seven goals proved to be the difference in his sides 15 point win. Kicking with a small breeze in the first term, Jervois got off to the perfect start with Ben Woodhouse and James Cobbledick scoring early goals. The high intensity of the match made it hard for both teams to get on top of each other as scoring became more and more difficult. Mannum had reduced the margin late in the quarter but a late Rigney goal gave the Bluds a seven point lead at the first break. The second quarter was in contrast to the first as goals came freely for both sides with Mannum piling on five. Rigney was again causing havoc as he booted for goals for the quarter to give five for the half. For Mannum, ruckman Brad Wakefield was the dominant player in the midfield as his work around the ground helped his side to a four point lead at half time.

The third term was a scrappy affair with highlights from Wakefield and Rigney keeping the crowd entertained. A goal on the three quarter time siren gave Jervois the lead back to the Bluds as the game was poised for a thrilling finish. However, Jervois did not want a tight game and stepped up the intensity at both ends of the ground with their defence restricting the Roos to just two goals whilst Rigney made sure his side stayed on top. Best for Jervois was Rigney, Woohouse and Russell Jarvis whilst Mannum’s better players were Wakefield, Rhys Bullard and Josh Gould.

At Le Messurier, Ramblers annihilated the winless Meningie with a commanding 165 point win. Things did not start well for Meningie as Ramblers booted seven goals to one in the first term to already make any chances of an upset unlikely. Meningie’s only goal came from the boot of Robert Payne but by quarter time the margin was already out to six goals. The second term was a copy of the first as Ramblers dominance in the midfield set up their forwards to add to the Roos misery. Another eight goals further put Meningie in its place as Patrick and Liam O’Neil and Troy Cowland continued their dominance over the Bears midfielders. At half time, the lead had blown right out 87 points but the demolition job did not stop there for Meningie. Again Ramblers kept up the pressure as they piled on another seven goals for the quarter and nine in the final term. Overall Ramblers had twelve goal scorers with nine of them kicking multiple goals. Ryan Morris was a standout with five goals but Liam O’Neil continued his superb run of form with four goals. Other players that played well for Ramblers were Jarryd Weyland, Patrick O’Neil and Mark Marchetti. For Meningie, the game was a dark one and something that should not be remembered but players that stood out were Chris Lawson, Michael Greenwood and Robert Payne.  

Round 12 - June 28, 2008

Imperials 24.23 (167) d Tailem Bend 14.7 (91).

Best - Imperials: D Girdham, M Summer, B Quasi, N Stephen. C Pearson. Tailem Bend: T Downs.. P Gabb, D Hogarth, D Raidis, M Thomas. Goals - R Eyre 6, D Girdham 5, L Harrowfield 3, S O'Brien, A Temby, J McLaren, N Stephen, S Clayson, J Hines. Tailem Bend: M Thomas 5, D Hogarth 3, K Summer, A Greburke, D Williams, A Robertson, T Downs, B Bell.

Ramblers 31.19 (205) d Meningie 6.4 (40).

Best - Ramblers: L O'Neil, J Weyland, P O'Neil, M Marcuetti, T Lowland. Meningie: M Greenwood, R Payne, S Williss, G Saddlier, R Mallard. Goals - Ramblers: R Morris 5, J Weyland, L O'Neil 4, R Bretag, R Paech, R Viney 3, A Jackson, T Pfeiffer, P O'Neil 2, B Dougall, M Marcuetti, G Stevens. Meningie. M Turner 2, R Payne, G Saddlier, B Austin, R Mallard.

Jervois 13.12 (90) d Mannum 11.9 (75).

Best - Jervois: R Jarvis, B Woodhouse, R Beeching, J Bayliss, T Rigney. Mannum: B Wakefield, R Bullard. J Gould, A Mitschke, S Schuleutter. Goals -Jervois: T Rigney 7, S Mahoney 2, B Woodhouse, J Cobbledick, M Moller, J Lyon. Mannum: T Woodward, B Lambert, J Boughen 2, B Quinn, J Moloney, M Dearman, P Sarno, S Thiele

TIGERS ROAR LOUD By Brendan Shakes 

In the biggest upset of the round, a fired up Mypolonga stunned the top of the table Ramblers, defeating the Roosters on their home turf. Mypolonga’s Brad Martin began the game well as his dominance in the first term helped his side stay in the game.

His three goals quickly gave the Tigers them the lead but Ramblers were able to reduce the margin with three goals of their own and these goals gave them a slender one point lead at the first break.

The second term saw Mypolonga’s defence hold strong as the three Pedler brothers were proving a handful for Ramblers. Ramblers took some time to register a goal in this term, Patrick O’Neil kicking truly late in the quarter to keep his side within two goals at the main break.

The third quarter was again a tight tussle as neither side could gain the advantage.

Both teams went goal for goal with Ramblers scoring through Tyson Matthews, Ben Dougall and Liam O’Neil but the Tigers Martin was still proving too strong as he booted through his fourth. With Mypolonga leading by just five points at the last change, Ramblers found another gear as they were able to find the first goal of the quarter. As the quarter went on, umpiring decisions were playing critical roles to the result of the match as a gesture from the crowd resulted in a set shot for Ramblers turning into a free kick for Mypolonga. Martin again was too much for his opponent, Matt Mundy as he ended up kicking six goals and helping his side to a two point victory. Best for Mypolonga was James and Joe Pedler as well as Scott Meneghetti whilst Ramblers best were Liam O’Neil and Daniel Zadow.

At Tailem Bend, the stronger bodies of Jervois proved too much for Tailem Bend as the Bluds accounted for the Eagles, winning by 74 points. With both teams finishing last year in completely opposite positions, the first quarter showed the improvements of Tailem Bend as they were able to win the quarter on the scoreboard. Goals to Michael Thomas, Dylan Hogarth and two from Wayne Luckett had given the Eagles a surprising six point lead at quarter time. From then on Jervois’ defence held strong with Tailem not even doubling their score for the rest of the game. The reigning premiers showed they are still a premiership contender as a seven goal to two quarter gave the Bluds the ascendancy at the main break. As the second half began, the heavens opened but this did not dampen the skill level of Jervois as they adapted quickly and were able to slam another six goals in the quarter. In form forward, Trevor Rigney was showing his skill in the wet as he kicked two goals for the term to only extend his side’s lead to ten goals. The final quarter saw Jervois hold off any threat that might have come with their defenders keeping Tailem to just two behinds. The win now puts Jervois equal with Imperials in second spot and with both teams playing at this week, neither side will want to drop this match. 

The other match of the round was played at Meningie with Mannum finishing strong defeating the Bears by 32 points. Meningie began the game well and with the aid of the breeze were able to kick away to an early lead. Meningie’s Mark Turner was the first goal scorer of the day and was followed up by teammate Andrew Cunneen as the Bears shot out to a small lead. The first quarter was all Turners as his three goals gave his side a 15 point lead but now his side how to contend with playing into the wind.

As it showed, the wind was making the difference as the breeze gave Mannum some confidence as their midfield began to click and was rewarded with Todd Boughen booting his first goal of the game. With the resurgent Mannum closing the margin, Meningie were able to respond with Turner slotting through a fourth goal. His work was cancelled out with late goals to captain Ben Quinn and Jarryd Woodward as the Bears held on to a one point margin.

The third term saw Mannum able to control the game even though they were pressing into the wind as they dominated off and on the scoreboard. Early goals by Meningie’s Ryan Mallard and Turner only provoked the Roos as Quinn and Woodward were the stars up forward as two goals by the captain helped his side to a three point lead.

Mannum steamrolled the Bears in the final term with a commanding seven goals to two quarter to sure up the victory. Best for Mannum was Quinn and Boughen whilst Meningie’s best were Turner who finished up with six goals and Josh Robinson. 

Round 11 - June 21, 2008

Jervois 18.16 (124) d Tailem Bend 7.8 (50).

Best - Jervois: B Schmidt, J Bayliss, W Mason, Z Ewer, B Woodhouse. Tailem Bend: J Little, D Hogarth, M Krueger, M Links, W Luckett. Goals -Jervois - T Rigney 6, B Schmidt 3, Z Ewer, B Woodhouse, W Mason 2, R Jarvis, E Braun, S Mahony. Tailem Bend: W Luckett 4, D Hogarth, M Thomas, B Bell.

Mypolonga 11.13 (79) d Ramblers 11.11 (77).

Best - Mypolonga: J Eckerman, Joe Pedler, S Meneghetti, James Pedler, B Martin. Ramblers L 0'Neil, D Zadow, T Paech, T Matthews, B Dougall. Goals - Mypolonga: B Martin 6, D Wallfried, J Eckerman, K Jaensch, N Creaser, S Flinn. Ramblers: P O'Neil, B Dougall, L O'Neil 2, A Jackson, D Zadow, R Morris, M Marchetti, T Matthews.

Mannum 18.10 (118) d Meningie 12.14 (86).

Best - Mannum: T Boughen, B Quinn, R Bullard, P Sarno, B Wakefield. Meningie: M Turner, J Robinson, P Reichelt, E Smith, R Mallard.  Goals: Mannum B Quinn 5,  J Woodward 4, J Rosenzweig 2, M Connolly, T Boughen, S Thiele, S Harte, J Maloney, D Smith, D Krollig 1 Meningie M Turner 6, A Cunneen 2, R Mallard, G Saddlier, S Williss, J Robinson 1 

TIGERS TAMED  By Brendan Shakes

At Johnstone Park, a fired up Imperials side overcame a spirited Mypolonga, defeating the Tigers by 31 points. Kicking to the scoreboard end, Mypolonga got off to a good start with forward Brad Martin scrambling home the first goal of the game.  His sides lead was to be cancelled out quickly as Imperials Roger Puckridge took a strong, courageous mark to help level up the scores. Imperials were able to provide strong run out of defense with Jason Puatti’s rebound helping his side out. With their defense holding strong, Imperials forward line started to click with Luke Harrowfield able to reward the work of his defenders with two goals and help establish a 15 point lead at the first break. The second term was a scrappy affair with the solitary goal coming from a soccer goal from the Tigers Martin. Heading into the second half with a 10 point deficit and Puckridge off for the rest of the game, Mypolonga came out with intent as they were led down back by Joe Pedler, who was trying to curb Harrowfield’s dominance.

The Tigers confidence and belief rose as they went through a purple patch with Imperials unable to contain the ruck work of James Pedler or shut down Martin who put through another two goals to bring his tally up to four. Imperials however stepped up booting the last four goals of the quarter, three to Harrowfield, to help wrestle back the lead. The final quarter saw Mypolonga dish everything they could to the Blues but a strong mark and goal to Ryan Eyre helped give Imperials a commanding lead.  Things did not go the Tigers way as James Pedler was yellow carded late in the game and when Harrowfield put through his seventh, the match was out of Mypolonga’s reach.

At Jervois, the reigning premiers were only spectators as the Ramblers juggernaut continues with the Roosters winning by 66 points in a commanding performance.  From the opening bounce, Ramblers were on their game as they booted five goals in the opening quarter.  Their in form forward line was finding the football early with Clint Girardi and Ryan Morris booting majors for their side as at quarter time, the visitors were up by 19 points. The second term was a shootout as Jervois tried to get back in the match after Ramblers extended their lead to 37 points with three unanswered goals.  For most of the quarter, both teams went goal for goal but late goals to Morris and Girardi gave Ramblers a 37 point, half time lead. The third term saw Ramblers stamp their authority on the match as they booted six goals to one to open up the game.

Defenders Joel Matchoss and Tyson Matthews were causing headaches for Jervois as their rebound was giving their forwards plenty of opportunities. The final margin of eleven goals perhaps shows a changing of the guard but there is no way to count out Jervois in June.  Ramblers were able to find goal scorers everywhere with Morris ending up with seven, Girardi with six and Ben Dougall with five and this proved to be the difference as Jervois’ only prolific goal scorer was Trevor Rigney who booted five.

For the third week in a row, Mannum supporters were treated to a nailbiter as their side got over Tailem Bend in the last minutes.  The first quarter saw the Roos jumped by the Eagles as their younger players in Dylan Hogarth and James Little got in the action early.  An early goal to Tailem’s Darren Buckingham got the ball rolling but Mannum was able to wrestle back the lead with three quick goals and these goals helped the Roos to a 16 point lead at quarter time.  The second term saw the Eagles come back into the match with Buckingham booting two more goals for the quarter and bringing his side back to within three points at half time. The third term was a scrappy quarter as the match became an arm wrestle. Goals from Ben Lambert and Justin Maloney helped the Roos extend their lead but Buckingham’s fourth kept his side within the match. The last quarter became intense as Tailem Bend came back and when Wayne Luckett booted his second, the Eagles were in front with 30 seconds to play. Unfortunately for Tailem it went from ecstasy to heartbreak as Ben Quinn’s goal from the pocket put his side in front and sealed the match for the Roos.

Round 10 Scores - June 14, 2008

Imperials 11.10 (76) d Mypolonga 6.9 (45).

Best -- Imperials: H Hodge, L Harrowfield, J Puiatti. M Hines, S Clayson. Mypolonga J Pedler. J Oxburrow. A Martin, J Eckermann. T Malister. Goals -- Imperials. L Harrowfield 7, M Kowald 2. R Puckidge, R Eyre. Mypolonga - B Martin 4, J Oxborrow, C Lynn.

Mannum 10.13 (73) def Tailem Bend 11.5 (71)  

Best- Mannum: S Harte, B Lambert. B Quinn, B Wakefield P Sarno.  Tailem Bend: B Bell, N Linke, N Krueger. P Lynch, L Shane. Goals - Mannum: J Gould 3, B Quinn 2 T Boughen, D Smith, J Maloney, B Wakefield B Lambert.  Tailem Bend: B Buckingham 4, W Luckett 2, D Karpany. A Gregurke, B Kleinig, J Little, D Hogarth.

Ramblers 24.11 (155) d Jervois 13.11 (89)

Best Ramblers J Mattchos. R Viney. T Matthews, C Girardi, B Dougall. Jervois. J Baillss, S Braun, J Rigney, K Hill, C Braun. Goals -- Ramblers. R Morris 7, C Girardi, B Dougall 5, L O'Neil 2. J Weyland. A Jackson, R Viney, T Paech. Jervois. T Rigney 5, J Jagoknlk 2, C Braun, B Gazzola, M Moller, Z Ewer, J Bayless, S Mahony.   

ROOSTERS REIGN IN ROUND NINE CLASH    By Brendan Shakes

The cross town match between Imperials and Ramblers turned out into a one sided contest as a fired up Ramblers outfit came out of the blocks early to register a 53 point victory. Ramblers set up the game in the first quarter as their forwards of Clint Girardi, Adam Jackson and Ryan Morris made life difficult for the Imperials defence. Ramblers first minutes of the game were flawless as they booted the five goals before Imperials could get into the game. With their lead of 32 points, Ramblers continued the precession for their home supporters as they won the second term to extend their lead to 34 points at the main break. Imperials could not contain Girardi or get on top of Ramblers Luke Button. Button dominated in the back lines for the Roosters as he and Tyson Matthews continually brought the football out of their defensive half to set up numerous attacks. Ramblers coach Anythony Weyland will be happy with the game as his side ran out the match to put in a four quarter effort. Best for the victors was Button, Jackson and Girardi, who finished up with eight goals. The win assures Ramblers will hold onto top spot as all teams head into the break.

Mannum won its second match of the year, narrowly defeating Mypolonga by three points. Mannum’s Matt Connolly started well for his side as his three early goals gave the Roos a two-goal buffer at quarter time. Mannum was able to sustain this lead for the majority of the match as the defense, led by Shane Harte, kept the Tigers forwards under wraps. At three quarter and with a 15 point deficit, Mypolonga kicked into gear to reduce the margin and then get in front for the first time, in time on of the final term. Four quick goals from Mypolonga’s David Wallfried, Joel Eckermann and two from Brad Martin all of a sudden had the local’s worried but late goals to Matt Connolly and Todd Boughen gave Mannum a sniff of playing finals football later this season. Best for Mannum was Harte, Paul Sarno and Ben Quinn whilst Mypolonga’s best was James Pedler, Kieran Jaensch and Wallfried.

At Tailem Bend, the Eagles kept up their chances of playing finals with a hard fought 25 point win over Meningie. The Bears however got off to a good start with four early goals, three to Ryan Mallard. Eagles first gamer Darren Buckingham kicked the only goal for Tailem Bend in the opening term as his side was down by 21 points at the first change. The second term saw the Eagles come back as some coaching moves got more players into the game and onto the score sheet. Goals to Michael Thomas, Des Karpany and Daniel Gregory had Tailem back in the game and at half time, only trailed by four points. Tailem midfielders Dylan Hogarth and Tony Lynch were proving dominant in the third quarter and were rewarded with their forwards pushing their side in front. Buckingham was proving difficult as his third goal, helped his side out to a 22 point lead. The final term was a shootout with Tailem outscoring the Bears, six goals to five and to help Tailem hold onto their spot in the five. Buckingham finished up with five goals and Lynch and Hogarth played dominant games whilst Meningie’s best was Evan Smith and Mallard who finished up with five goals.  

Round 9 - May 31, 2008

Ramblers 21.8 (134) d Imperials 11.15 (81).

Best - Ramblers: L Button, A Jackson, T Pfeiifer, C Girardi, T Matthews. Imperials – L Harrowfield, B Harrowfield, J McLaren, H Hedge, S Reddin. Goals - Ramblers. C Girardi 8, M Marchetti, J Weyland 4, J Sykes, R Morris, R Viney, A Jackson. L O'Neil. Imperials: L Harrowfield, M Kowald 3, S Reddin 2, J Puiattl, J Cuaries, J McLaren.

Tailem Bend 19.8 (122) d Meningie 14.13 (97).

Best -Tailem Bend: T Lynch, M Links, M Thomas, D Karpany, D Buckinham. Meningie: E Smith, R Mallard, J Robinson, M Turner, C Denarh. Goals -- Tailem Bend: D Buckingham 5, M Thomas, T Lynch 3, B Bell 2. D Karpany, D Gregory, J Herbert, A Gregurke, K Summer. E Hogarth. Meningie: R Mallard 5, S Ridley 2, L Trevorrow, S Williss, M Greenwood, M Turner, J Robinson, A Barker, R Smart.

Mannum 13.8 (86) d Mypolonga 12.11 (83).

Best - Mannum: B Quinn, S Harte, B Wakefield, P Sarno, J Rosenzweig. Mypolonga. J Pedler, K Jaensch, D Wallfried B Martin, C Lynn. Goals - Mannum: M Connolly 4, J Gould 3, B Quinn 2, J Woodword, S Malchin, D Smith, T Boughen. Mypolonga: B Martin 5, K Jaensch, C Lynn 2, J Eckermann, S Menechetti, D Wallfried.

RIGNEY ROCKS IMPERIALS   By Brendan Shakes

The Trevor Rigney show rolled into Murray Bridge on Saturday and did not disappoint as Rigney’s Jervois held on to defeat Imperials by 11 points. Playing in perfect conditions, Imperials started off stronger as forward Luke Harrowfield booted an early goal for the Blues. Harrowfield was again involved as his second put Imperials back in front but Jervois rallied late in the term and three late goals gave them a three point lead at the first break. Jervois came out of the blocks early in the second quarter with Rigney snapping his second goal of the game. This kick started his side as goals to James Jagodnik and Brett Gazzola extended the margin to 21 points. The momentum of the game had now swung to Imperials as Harrowfield booted three goals, including one on the siren to put his side in front by five points. Trailing at half time, Jervois stamped their authority on the match with a six goal to three quarter. Three goals to finish the quarter gave Jervois a 15 point margin but Imperials were kicking with the slight breeze in the final term. With no players on the bench available, Imperials looked out on their feet as Jervois were now beginning to get away from the Blues but to their credit Imperials staged a small comeback. When Imperials Josh Charles kicked truly and Harrowfield slotted his sixth, the margin was only four points but Jervois captain Russel Jarvis put through a captains goal to effectively kill off the match.

At Mannum, an under strength Ramblers held on to defeat Mannum by three points with a goal in the last minute of the match. Mannum got off to a great start to the game with Paul Sarno booting his first goal of the match. With the wind behind them, Mannum kicked away and at quarter time led by 20 points. The second term saw Ramblers use the aid of the breeze well as they kicked their way back into the match. Ramblers Clint Girardi was proving a dangerous with two goals for the quarter and by half time, the Roosters had reduced the margin to eight points. The third term was where the momentum of the match changed. The Roos were unable to capitalise on a breeze that was affecting the game as they could only manage a solitary goal for the term. The defence of Ramblers had fought off the efforts of the Mannum midfield and had set up their side to come home strong in the final quarter. Trailing by five points but having the breeze at their back, Ramblers would have looked to go on with it if it was not for the spirited Mannum defence. With goals at a premium, neither side could get on top on the scoreboard. With only minutes left, Mannum was up by three points but a strong mark and goal from Clint Girardi gave the visitors the three point victory.

At Mypolonga, the Tigers continued the misery for Meningie with a comfortable 105 point victory. With the aid of the breeze, Meningie got off to a great start restricting Brad Martin and the Mypolonga forwards to five behinds. Goals to Andrew Cunneen, Adam Bettineschi and Chad Thorpe gave the Bears a surprising 15 points lead at the first break.  Any chance of an upset was erased in the second term as a revved up Mypolonga came out of the break to slam home nine goals to one to set up a six goal lead at the main break. Mypolonga’s Brad Martin finally got into the match booting four goals for the quarter as his side was now beginning to get on top around the ground. To prove they are no easy beats, Meningie came out of half time with something to prove but this was all in vain as Mypolonga kicked up another gear to only extend the margin. Mypolonga’s Tobin Naughton was Martin’s partner in crime as he bobbed up for four goals in the quarter. Down by 70 points and with a quarter to play, Meningie never gave up with early goals to Shaun Ridley and Peter McNichol but their defence was like sift as the Tigers kicked a ten goal last quarter. Mypolonga’s Brad Martin finished with ten goals and has now kicked 21 of his 40 goals against Meningie this year.

Round 8 - May 24, 2008

Jervois 18.15 (123) d Imperials 17.10 (102).

Best - Jervois: J Bayliss. R Jarvis, W Mason, B Schmidt, T Gazzola. Imperials: H Hodge, M Gogel, L Harrowfield, S Clayson, J Charles. Goals - Jervois: T Rigney 7, J Jagodnik, M Moller 2, W Mason, D Stimson, K Summner, B Gazzola, J Cobbledick, B Schmidt, R Jarvis. Imperials: L Harrowfield 6, M Baillie 3. A Temby 2, J Charles. H Hodge, T Hines, D Girdham, S Clayson, B Harrowfield.

Mypolonga 25.15 (165) d Meningie 9.6 (60).

Best -- Mypolonga: B Martin, James Pedler, A Martin, C Lynn. K Jaensch. Meningie: P Reichelt, E Smith, S Williss, A Bettineschi, A Barker.  Goals - Mypolonga: B Martin 10, Naughton 5, K  Jaensch 3, P Simmons, J Eckermann 2, C Lynn. C Wells, Joe Pedler. Meningie: S Williss 4, A Cunneen. S Ridley, P McNichol, A Betteneschi, M Greenwood.

Ramblers                3.1            8.7           10.10       14.13 (97)

Mannnum              6.3           10.3         11.9         14.10 (94)

Best - Ramblers: L Button, P O’Neil, T Matthews, T Cowland, R Bretag. Mannum: B Quinn, S Harte, J Maloney, B Wakefield, P Sarno. Goals - Ramblers: C Girardi 4, T Cowland 3, R Paech 2, R Bretag, P O’Neil, T Pfeiffer, D Matthews. Mannum: P Sarno, M Connelly, J Gould, J Maloney, B Lambert 2, S Malchow, T Boughen, A Robinson, J Woodward

RAMBLERS RUN OVER EAGLES  By Brendan Shakes

Ramblers have kept up the pressure on league leaders Imperials with a strong 136 point victory. Playing at home, Ramblers began the match well with their big time players in Ryan Morris and Clint Girardi goaling early. Girardi who was returning from injury was proving influential already as his second helped his side to a 21 point lead at the first break. Ramblers stormed out of the blocks in the second term, as Tailem Bend’s defence could not contain the key positions play or the crummers. The Roosters continued the dominance as a seven goal to two second term blew the lead out to 52 points. Things did not get much better for the Eagles as Liam O’Neil got in the action as he bobbed up for his third goal for the match. Tyson Matthew and Adam Jackson were relentless as they helped their side pile on another seven goals as by three quarter time, Ramblers were now looking at a 100 point win. Sadly for Tailem, they could not hold off the Ramblers midfield as a nine goal last term sealed a strong victory for the Roosters. Best for Ramblers was Matthews and Jackson with Girardi finishing with seven goals. Tailem’s best was Damien Raidis and Tony Lynch as well as ruckman Patrick Gabb who dominated for his side.

At Mypolonga, it was the encore performance of the Trevor Rigney show as Jervois defeated the Tigers by 37 points. The first quarter was a tough battle with both sides playing physical football. Mypolonga’s Joe Pedler was able to score the first goal of the game and when his brother George booted through his second, Mypolonga shot out to an early lead. However the Bluds began the fight back and with help from Rigney and Sam Mahony reduced the margin to seven points at quarter time. Jervois’ defence stood strong in the second term as they restricted the Mypolonga forwards to a solitary goal for the entire quarter. Rigney was proving a handful again and when his teammate Zac Ewer kicked his first the lead was steadily increasing. Mypolonga could not step up the pressure as Jervois continued their dominance to lead by 28 points at the half. The third quarter was a tight tussle as neither side could put their authority on the match as the intensity grew. With a quarter remaining, Mypolonga kept up the pressure but could not produce it on the scoreboard as Jervois’ second term dominance proved to be the difference. Best for Jervois was Steven Braun, Rigney with nine goals and Wade Mason with Joe and James Pedler playing well for the Tigers. 

Down at Meningie, Imperials stayed on top of the ladder with a comprehensive 20 goal victory over the Bears. With the breeze at their back, Imperials began strongly as youngster Matthew Kowald booted the first goal of the game. The defence of the Blues was too strong for Meningie as Ryan Edwards was giving the Bears coaching staff problems. Imperials Martin Ballie was also making his presence felt as his two goals helped his side to a 32 point lead at the end of the first. The second term was evenly contested as now Meningie had the aid of the breeze but Imperials Henry Hodge and Daniel Girdham scored into the wind to dent the confidence of the Bears. Meningie Josh Robinson finally got his side’s first goal but at half time, Imperials still maintained a 39 point lead. The second half saw Imperials flex their muscles as they strangled Meningie to a paltry four behinds. The Blues forward line of Ballie and Kowald were proving pivotal with Girdham also getting in on the action. A nine goal third term saw off the Bears with Imperials Louis Paech and Tom Hines goal early. The final margin showed the dominance of Imperials as their midfielders of Roger Puckridge, Ash Temby and Girdham all made the best. Meningie's better players were Tim Saddlier, Evan Smith and Adam Bettineschi.

Round 7 - May 17, 2008

Imperials

5.4

9.5

18.7

22.12 (144)

Meningie

0.2

3.2

3.3

3.6 (24)

Best - Imperials: R Edwards, A Temby, R Eyre, D Girdham, R Puckridge. Meningie: T Saddlier, E Smith, A Bettineschi, A Barker, A Canneen. Goals - Imperials: M Kowald, M Baillee 5, D Girdham 4, L Paech, A Temby 2, R Puckridge, H Hodge, T Hines, B Canaway. Meningie: S Williss 2, J Robinson.

Jervois

5.2

9.5

12.10

15.15 (105)

Mypolonga

4.1

5.1

8.6

10.8 (68)

Best -- Jervois: S Braun, T Rigney, W Mason, R Jarvis, K Summer. Mypolonga. Joe Pedler, B Martin, James Pedler, J Eckermann, K Jaensch. Goals: Jervois – T Rigney 9, S Mahony, K Sumner 2, Z Ewer, W Mason. Mypolonga – B Martin 5, Joe Pedler, G Pedler, C Lynn, S Flinn, N Creaser.

Ramblers

4.6

11.9

18.18

27.21 (183)

Tailem Bend

1.3

3.5

5.7

6.11 (47)

Best -- Ramblers: T Matthews, A Jackson, R Bretag, L O'Neil, L Button. Tailem Bend: D Raidis, T Lynch, T Kowald, P Gabb, M Linke. Goals - Ramblers: C Girardi 7, L O'Neil 5, A Jackson 3, B Dougall, T Paech, R Viney, J Sykes, P O'Neil 2, R Morris, C Weyland. Tailem Bend: P O'Connell, T Kowald, K Summer, M Thomas, M Linke, S Thomas.

POWER FORWARDS PUNISH ROOS   By Brendan Shakes

At Johnstone Park, the home side’s big men have proven the difference with Imperials winning by 25 points over a gallant Mannum. In a game expected to be how much Imperials would win by started that way with forwards Martin Ballie and Luke Harrowfield kicking truly to set up an early three goal lead. Even with a big injury list, Mannum kept on persevering and were rewarded with Matt Connolly putting on display. Connolly change the game in a matter of minutes as his three quick goals all of a sudden had his side back on level terms. The Roos did not stop there as Captain Ben Quinn added two more goals and when Connolly registered his fourth, Mannum’s was leading at quarter time by 13 points. Imperials Ryan Edwards was the architect down back as the midfielders of Henry Hodge and Roger Puckridge were beginning to prove problems with Edwards’s performance. Ballie and Harrowfield again chimed in with three goals between them and when Quinn was sent off, Mannum had lost all the momentum and was trailing by 11 points at the half. The third term saw both sides play strong contested football yet Ballie was proving too strong for the Mannum defence. Mannum’s defence was not having the greatest game but Imperials forwards were continually wasting opportunities and kept Mannum in the game as the Roos were only down by 21 points. Three goals to Andrew Warnest, Shard Malhoun and Mark Dearman put the side within two goals had the Roos supporters out of the car and urging their side to push on. Imperials Matt Kowald kicked his third goal from the goal square and a dubious free to Kowald gave him his fourth and effectively ended the game. Best for Imperials was Hodge who amassed over 40 possessions with Edwards, Puckridge and Jason Roberts also contributing well.

At Jervois, the Bluds produced a magnificent last quarter to defeat a persistent Meningie Bears. The first quarter started well for the winless Bears as they booted the first three goals of the match. Jervois was quick to reply through Zac Ewer but at quarter time, Meningie still held onto an 11 point lead. Jervois started the second term well kicking three goals in six minutes to wrestle back the lead yet Meningie was brave in their efforts and were rewarded by only trailing by two points at half time. The second term was a tight tussle which represented the game so far as the reigning premiers could not break away from Meningie. Both defences held strong in the third quarter and by the last change, Meningie was still in it, trailing by eight points. The final term was dominated by Jervois as they piled on twelve goals whilst holding Meningie scoreless. Jervois’ Trevor Rigney was the match winner with eight last quarter goals as the Bluds went on to win by 85 points. Best for Jervois was Steven Braun, Brad Schmidt and Ewer whilst Meningie could hold their heads high knowing they could match it with the best for three quarters.

The final match was at Tailem Bend, with the home side pushing Mypolonga for the first half before being defeated by 50 points. The first quarter was a shootout as both sides went on the attack. Two goals to Mypolonga’s Brad Martin was the difference at the first break as the Tigers were up by 11 points. The second term saw a fight back from the Eagles as their run helped them get back into the match. Two goals to both Damien Raidis and Phil O’Connell gave the Eagles a shocking 15 point lead at half time. What was said at half time certainly worked for Mypolonga as they Martin and Brendan Corrie quickly evaporated the lead. Mypolonga was also stepping up in defence as the Eagles were held to four points whilst their forwards kicked five goals for the term. With a quarter remaining, Tailem was still in it only trailing by 15 point lead but any chance of a comeback was gone early as Corrie put through his fourth early in the term. Mypolonga continued the second half onslaught as they kicked nine goals for the quarter with Corrie booting his fifth and Martin his sixth as their side kept up the pressure on the top three teams in the league. Best for Mypolonga was Cain Lynn, Brendan Corrie and Joe Pedler whilst Tailem’s best was Michael Thomas, Tony Lynch and O’Connell.

Round 6 scores - May 10, 2008

Imperials

4.3

8.7

11.12

14.17 (101)

Mannum

6.4

6.8

8.10

11.10 (76)

Best - Imperials: H Hodge, R Edwards, R Puckridge, J Roberts, B Harrowfield. Mannum: D Theile, B Wakefield, P Sarno, S Theile, B Quinn. Goals - Imperials: M Bailee 5, L Harrowfield, M Kowald 4, H Hodge. Mannum: M Connolly 4, B Quinn 3, S Malhoun 2, A Warnest, A Maloney.

Jervois

2.2

6.5

10.6

22.11 (143)

Meningie

4.1

6.3

9.4

9.4 (58)

Best­ Jervois: S Braun, Z Ewer, A Fraunfelter, R Schmidt, M Cheso. Meningie: R Payne, J Lewis, A Barker, A Bettineschi, P Reichelt. Goals - Jervois: T Rigney 9, A Moller 4, W Mason 3, A Fraunfelter 2, Z Ewer, R Schmidt, K Sumner, J Jagodik. Meningie: S Williss 3, J Robinson, J Lewis 2, A Bettineschi, E Smith.

Mypolonga

7.2

9.4

14.7

21.9 (135)

Tailem Bend

5.3

11.7

11.10

12.13 (85)

Best - Mypolonga: C Lynn, J Eckerman, J Oxborrow, Joe Pedler, D Kelly. Tailem Bend: M Thomas, T Lynch, P Gabb, P O'Connell, T Downs. Goals - Mypolonga: B Martin 6, B Corrie 5, Joe Pedler 3, G Pedler 2, James Pedler, G Meneghetti, D Wallfried, K Jaensch, J Eckerman. Tailem Bend: S Thomas, D Raidis 3, P O'Connell 2, W Luckett, N Hartman, T Farmer, A Gregurke.  

RAMBLERS RAMPAGE BEARS  By Brendan Shakes

In perfect conditions, Ramblers defeated bottom of the side Meningie by a huge 170 points. Ramblers started the game well with the O’Neil brothers in Liam and Patrick each scoring majors. Meningie gave some fight early with goals to Andrew Cunneen and Luke Trevorrow and all of a sudden, Meningie was in front. This only stirred Ramblers into action as three quick goals to end the quarter gave the visitors an early 19 point lead. The second term saw Ramblers pile on the goals with an eight goal to one quarter that effectively put away the game. Youngster Ben Dougall was wreaking havoc up forward as he booted two goals for the quarter and at half time, Ramblers was leading by more than ten goals. The third term did not get much better for Meningie as they were held scoreless as Ramblers continued the misery for the home side. A ten goal third quarter extended the lead for Ramblers as with a quarter remaining, the margin was out to 132 points. The final term saw Ramblers coach Anthony Weyland have the luxury of resting some his stars and it would have pleased him as his younger players in Troy Cowland and Dougall stand up with their stars to only build on the margin. When the siren rang, Ramblers had run all over the Bears as Dougall finished up with eight goals and Morris with six.

After beating Ramblers last week in a classic, Imperials dominated from the start to thump Tailem Bend by 159 points. Playing at Tailem Bend, the Blues got off to the perfect start with a fourteen goal first quarter. The Eagles simply had no answer as Imperials tall forwards in Martin Bailee, Luke Harrowfield and Matt Kowald dominated booting a combined 18 goals for the game. Imperials coach Tony Fielke described the quarter as nearly as good as it gets as by quarter time the margin was out to 63 points. The second term did not get any easier for Tailem Bend as Imperials piled on another seven goals. The midfielders of Roger Pukeridge, Henry Hodge and Daniel Girdham had barely any pressure as the ball continually penetrated Imperials forward line. With a 99 point lead at half time, Tailem Bend put some early pressure in the second half with goals to Jason Burdoyne, Matthew Dent and Anthony Gregurke. Imperials defender Ryan Eyre was continuing his good form as his rebound from defence was crucial in setting up attacks. On the scoreboard, Imperials took the foot off the gas but still put in a four quarter effort. Best for the Blues was Eyre, Hodge and Harrowfield whilst Tailem’s best was Adam Wilkey and Matt Kruger.

The final match was played between Jervois and Mannum, with Jervois easily accounting for the Roos, winning by 110 points. The first quarter saw the Bluds give Mannum little hope of a victory as Jervois booted nine goals in the opening term. Jervois’ Mick Moller and Zac Ewer were proving dangerous up forward, kicking three goals each and helped give their side a 46 point lead. The second and third term were evenly played with Mannum putting some pressure on the reigning premiers. Neither side was able to gain any advantage but Jervois’ first quarter had made the task even more difficult for Mannum to cause an upset. The final term saw Jervois push away from the home side as a final nine goal to one to all but guarantee the win. Forward Trevor Rigney was a focal point in the last quarter with a five goal effort as his side dominated the Roos. Best for Jervois was Brad Schmidt, Rigney and Ewer whilst Andrew Warnest, Paul Sarno and Josh Rosenzweig played solid games for Mannum.

Round 5 - May 3, 2008

Ramblers

5.4

13.10

23.16

31.20 (206)

Meningie

2.3

3.4

3.4

5.6 (36)

Best -- Ramblers: A Jackson, B Dougall, M Marchetti, T Pfeiffer, T Paech. Meningie: J Lewis, C Lawson, A Cunneen, G Saddler, T Saddler. Goals - Ramblers: B Dougall 8, R Morris 6, P O'Neil, L O'Neil 3, A Jackson 2, M Marchetti, J Sykes, T Matthews, G Steven. Meningie: A Cunneen, L Trevorrow, A Betlineschi, R Smart, M Greenwood.

Imperials

14.1

21.6

26.10

33.14 (212)

Tailem Bend

2.4

4.9

7.10

7.11 (53)

Best -- Imperials: R Eyre, H Hodge, L Harrowfield, D Girdham, M Gogel. Tailem Bend: A Wilkey, M Krueger, B Bell, T Lynch, D Williams Goals -- Imperials: L Harrowfield, M Bailie 6, M Kowald 5, T Hines 4, M Hines, B Canaway, D Girdham 3, R Auckridge 2, H Hodge. Tailem Bend: A Bastian 2, M Vickers, J Burgoyne, M Dent, A Gregurke. J Herber.

Jervois

9.2

14.8

18.9

27.11 (173)

Mannum

1.4

5.5

8.8

9.9 (63)

Best -- Jervois: B Schmidt, L Ewer, M Moller, T Rigney, S Boaun. Mannum: A Warnest, T Sarmo, J Rosenzweig, J Maloney, A Nitschke. Goals - Jervois: T Rigney 8, L Ewer 6, M Moller 5, W Mason 3, J Jagodnik, B Schmidt. 2, K Hill. Mannum: B Quinn 2, T Boughen, M Dearman, S Walton, J Woodward, A Warnest, P Sarmo, B Lambert.

TWO IN A ROW FOR TAILEM By Brendan Shakes

 It was a long time between wins but now Tailem has gone one better, winning back to back wins. Playing at Meningie Oval, Tailem got off to a good start with Josh Herbert putting his side ahead early. Meningie were wasteful in front of goal, having more shots that Tailem Bend however not being in front by quarter time. With a one point deficit, Meningie fought back strongly booting the first three goals of the quarter to push further ahead of the Eagles. To their credit, their coach stood up as the Eagles Matthew Dent booted a long goal to stable the ship. Two late goals helped the Eagles regain the lead and at half time, Tailem Bend was leading by four points. The third quarter was a tight tussle with both defences getting on top. Tailem Bend was able to put on the scoreboard pressure as well as restrict the attacks of Meningie as the Bears were unable to register a goal for the term. The final quarter saw Tailem run over the Bears booting five goals to two and finish comfortable 40 point winners.

Under lights at Johnstone Park, Imperials accounted for arch rivals Ramblers winning by 13 points to win back the Cawte/Norrish Cup. The opening quarter was sloppy as greasy conditions made it difficult for either midfield to play clean football. Tom Hines was proving to be a live wire on the Imperials forward line and after spinning around opponents was able to extend his sides lead to seven points. Late goals to Ramblers kept the margin tight with Imperials holding on to a one point margin. Ramblers began the second term strongly with Ryan Viney showing the way for his side and it resulted in goals to Luke Button and Captain Mark Marchetti. With Ramblers on the attack Imperials responded with Shaun Day putting his side back in front as Ryan Eyre was proving pivotal across the backline, helping the Blues maintain an eight point lead at half time. The third quarter saw Morris put his stamp on the game as a clever coaching move to the goal square changed the flow of the game. Ramblers Greg Stevens was trying to lift his side with strong runs along the wings and when Morris booted his third for the term, the Roosters had closed the margin to within one goal. With a seven point lead, heading into the last quarter, Imperials Martin Baillee stole the show with three early goals to make the task even harder for Ramblers. Morris finished the game with two late goals to bring his tally to eight as Imperials kept their undefeated season in tact.

In the Anzac Day clash, Mypolonga continued the misery for Mannum with a 35 point win. After the last post was played, Mypolonga came out of the blocks with goals to Brad Martin and George Pedler as Mannum was already on the back foot. By quarter time, the Roos had come back enough to be only down by a solitary point at quarter time. The second term was just as tight with both teams kicking four goals each. Mypolonga’s Caine Lynn helped extend his sides lead early in the second term with a goal and when Brendan Corrie also scored truly; the margin was back out to two goals. Again Mannum came back late in the quarter to reduce the margin to four points at half time. The third quarter saw Mypolonga use the importance of the day as motivation as they came out firing booting five goals for the term. Mannum however was wasteful in front of goals booting eight behinds which in the end cost them any chance of victory. The final term saw the Tigers complete the second half charge with a big seven quarter final term. Mannum had no answers to the stronger bodies of Brad Martin, Lynn and the Pedler brothers as all were multiple goal scorers. Best for Mypolonga was Lynn, Mark Oborn and Daniel Kelly while Mannum’s best was Brad Wakefield, Justin Maloney and Josh Rudiger.

Round 4 - April 25, 26 2008

Mypolonga

3.4

7.8

12.8

19.14 (128)

Mannum

3.3

7.4

9.12

13.15 (93)

Best - Mypolonga: C Lynn, M O'Bourne, D Kelly, J Eckerman, J Oxborrow. Mannum: B Wakefield, J Maloney, J Rudiger, S Hare, J Rosenzweig. Goals - Mypolonga: B Martin, C Lynn, J Pedler 4, G Pedler, C Wells 2, S Flinn, D Wallfreid, B Come 1. Mannum J Woodward 3, D Smith, T Boughan, M Dearman 2, S Harte, J Rudiger, J Maloney, B Quinn 1.

Tailem Bend

3.1

6.7

8.10

13.17 (95)

Meningie

3.3

7.4

9.12

13.15 (93)

Best - Tailem Bend: T Lynch, A Wilkey, B Bell, M Linke, B Hansen. Meningie: J Lewis, E Smith, G Saddlier, C Lawson, A Bettineschi. Goals - Tailem Bend: S Thomas 4, M Dent, M Thomas, B Hansen 2, J Herbert, B Bell, A Wilkey 1. Meningie: L Trevorrow 2, M Turner, J Lewis, P McNichol, R Smart, G Saddlier 1.

Imperials

3.4

7.6

11.11

15.14 (104)

Ramblers

3.3

5.4

10.5

14.7 (91)

Best Players: Imperials A Temby, R Eyre, B Harrowfield, J Charles, D Girdham Ramblers R Morris, A Jackson, D Zadow, G Stevens Goal Kickers: Imperials T Hines 3, A Temby 2, L Harrowfield 2, S Day 2, J Charles 2, M Bailee 2, M Kowald 1, K Tonkin 1 Ramblers - R Morris 8, M Baillee 2, A Jackson , D Zadow, G Stevens, T Matthews

Round 3 - April 19, 2008

Tailem Bend

6.3

8.9

14.11

19.17 (131)

Mannum

4.2

7.3

9.6

13.9 (87)

Best - Tailem Bend: D Hogarth, D Raidis, P Gabb, M Krueger, T Lynch. Mannum: S Hare, S Dabinett, S Schlueter, S Thiele, B Wakefield. Goals - Tailem Bend: M Dent 4, M Vickers, D Raidis 3, D Hogarth, B Bell, S Thomas, J Herbert 2, B Hansen. Mannum: R Quinn, D Smith 3, J Ruediger, A Smith, B Lambert 2, B Wakefield.

Imperials

4.4

8.7

18.10

22.13 (145)

Mypolonga

4.3

8.6

9.7

13.10 (88)

Best - Imperials: L Harrowfield, R Puckridge, D Girdham, H Hodge, B Harrowfield. Mypolonga: S Flinn, J Eckermann, Joe Pedler, D Kelly, J Oxborrow. Goals -- Imperials: M Baillie 6, L Harrowfield 4, R Puckridge 3, T Hines, D Girdham, H Hodge, K Charles 2, J Roberts. Mypolonga: B Martin 4, B Corrie 3, N Creaser, J Eckemann 2, J Pedler, P Anastasiou.

Ramblers

5.3

8.5

13.8

19.11 (125)

Jervois

1.1

3.5

5.4

7.14 (56)

Best - Ramblers: L O'Neil, M Marchetti, D Zadow, J Sykes, P O'Neil. Jervois: C Beard, J Kluske, M Moller, S Braun, R Jarvis. Goals - Ramblers: L O'Neil 6, A Jackson 5, B Dougal 3, R Morris, P O'Neil 2, T Paech. Jervois: T Rigney 3, Z Ewer 2, M Moller, S Mahony.

RAMBLERS RUN OVER TIGERS        By Brendan Shakes

Ramblers cemented their spot at the top of the ladder with a comfortable 52 point victory against Mypolonga. Played out at Mypolonga, the Tigers got off to a quick start with Brendan Corrie booting the first goal. Ramblers star Luke Button was in the action early in the game and was rewarded with his first goal of the game. By quarter time, Mypolonga had matched it with Ramblers leading by seven points. The second term was again closely contested with Mypolonga, who were missing full forward Brad Martin, staying with a side containing players from the SANFL and some who are destined for it. The Pedler brothers were putting their stamp on the game for Mypolonga with James dominating in the ruck and Joe and George winning crucial possessions around the ground. Ramblers Ryan Morris took a strong grab and posted his first goal of the game to help his side to a six point lead at the main break. The third term saw Ramblers break the shackles and put some distance between them and Mypolonga. The Roosters booted five goals to one with Ben Dougall and Patrick O’Neil helping their side to a 33 point lead with a quarter remaining. The final term saw Ramblers gain some healthy percentage as they ran over the Tigers with another five goal term. Best for Ramblers were Joel Matchoss, Adam Jackson and Mark Marchetti whilst Mypolonga’s best were Sam Flinn and Ash Martin.

At Mannum Oval, the home side registered its first win of the year with a 53 point win over a persistent Meningie. The first quarter saw a determined Meningie able to put pressure of the Roos and hold Mannum to just three goals for the term. Their tackling was strong and their players were rewarded with numerous decisions going their way.  With a slender three point lead at the first break, Mannum stepped up the pressure as they began to over power Meningie on and off the scoreboard. Mannum’s James Smith and Mark Dearman were proving a handful for the Bears defence with both playing a pivotal role in the win. By half time, Mannum was out to 33 point lead but had numerous injuries to key players. The second half was scrappy with both teams making many errors around the ground and the injuries to Smith and Josh Gould restricted Mannum from seizing control of the match. Even though Mannum ran out with a comfortable victory the game came at a cost with more serious injuries to Justin Maloney and Paul Sarno. Best for Mannum was Andrew Warnest, Shane Harte and Ben Quinn while Meningie’s best were Peter Reichelt, Andrew Cunneen and Chris Lawson.

At Jervois, the reigning premiers produced their first of the season with a 59 point win over arch rivals Tailem Bend. In a game that was supposed to be a walkover for the premiers, Tailem proved the critics wrong as their players took it up to Jervois keeping the margin within two goals for the first quarter. Even with the breeze, Jervois were unable to break away from Tailem Bend’s pressure but still had a nine point lead at quarter time. Now against the breeze, Jervois finally kicked into gear as they booted six goals to two in the second term to set up a 34 point lead. After the main break, Jervois asserted themselves on the match as they blitzed the Eagles, restricting them to one major for the quarter. Goals to Sam Mahony and Chad Beard extended the margin as the Bluds piled on seven goals to open up a 73 point lead at three quarter time. For the second week in a row, Jervois’ opponents ran over them in the last quarter with the Eagles booting five goals to two to reduce the margin to under ten goals. Best for Jervois was Jamie Jagodnik, Jason Bayliss and Mick Moller whilst for the Eagles, Dylan Hogarth, Damien Raidis and Derek Williams also made considerable efforts.

Round 2 -- April 12, 2008

Jervois

2.6

8.8

15.12

17.18 (120)

Tailem Bend  

1,3

3,4

4,5

9.7 (61)

Best-- Jervois: J Jagodnik, J Bayliss, M Moller, B Schmidt, J Rigney. Tailem Bend: D Hogarth, D Raidis, D Williams, T Linch, B Bell. Goals -Jervois M Moller, N Maczkowiack 3, J Jagodnik, J Cobbledick, S Mahony 2, B Gazzola, B Schmidt, R Jarvis, C Beard, K Hill. Tailem Bend: D Hogarth, J Herbert, M Vickers 2, A Bastian. B Bell, M Linke.

Ramblers

3.2

6.4

11.9

16.12 (108)

Mypolonga

4.2

5.5

6.8

8.8 (56)

Best - Ramblers J Matchoss, A Jackson, M Marchett, J Weyland, D Zadow. Mypolonga: S Flinn, A Martin, J Pedler, M Oborn, J Dunbar. Goals --- Ramblers: A Jackson 3, R Viney, T Cowland, B Dougall, L O'Neil 2, P O'Neil, R Morris, J Weyland, L Button, M Marchetti. Mypolonga: B Come 3. N Creaser 2, J Dunbar, K Jaensch, J Pedler.

Mannum

3.0

8.7

10.9

13.11 (89)

Meningie

 2.3

3.3

4.4

5.6 (36)

Best -- Mannum: A Warnest, S Harte, B Quinn, D Thiele, J Woodward. Meningie: P Reichelt, A Cunneen, C Lawson, J Robinson, C O'Hara. Goals - Mannum: J Smith 4, M Dearman 3, D Smith 2, A Warnest, J Woodward, D Thiele, B Quinn. Meningie: J Robinson, M Turner 2, T Saddlieri.

 

IMPERIALS SNATCH DRAW AGAINST JERVOIS  

ROUND ONE RIVER MURRAY ACTION WITH COUNTRYFOOTY’S BRENDAN SHAKES

Last time Jervois and Imperials met, the game was the 2007 grand final and was decided in the final seconds of the match. This year, the same happened as Imperials this time salvaged some revenge by stealing a draw against the reigning premier. The match played out at Jervois started off with both defences repelling all attacks with Imperials able to gain the ascendency at the first break to their new recruit in Martin Bailee. Imperials new full forward was proving a handful for the Jervois defence as he contributed with two goals for the quarter and kept his side within a goal at quarter time. The second saw Jervois take control of the game restricting Imperials to just two goals for the quarter. Jervois’ new ruckmen, Jason Bayliss was dominating around the ground enabling his midfielders to push his sides lead out to 16 points at the main break. The third quarter was a tight tussle with Imperials levelling the scores early in the third term thanks to Bailee, Matthew Kowald and Luke Harrowfield. Yet as so often with this Jervois team, they were able to pull away booting the next five goals with playing coach Sam Mahony booting two goals for the quarter to bring his tally to five. With a five goal lead and a quarter to play, Imperials seemed to find another gear and surprise the Bluds with a dominant final term. The Blues booted six goals for the term as well as restricting Jervois to just one shot on goal. Their saviour for the day was Shaun Day who crumbed the ball of the pack and squared the match late into time on. Best for Jervois was Bayliss and Trevor Rigney and Imperials best was Ash Temby, Bailee and Jason Puatti.

At Meningie, Mypolonga had a dominant win over the Bears, running out 123 point winners. Things looked bright for Meningie as they booted their first goal of the year thanks to an inaccurate Tigers forward line however that was the only bright side in a bleak day. Mypolonga’s potent full forward, Brad Martin was proving a handful as he helped his side establish a 46 point lead at quarter time. Mypolonga kept up the attacks with former Woodville-West Torrens player Joe Pedler showing why he is one of the stars of the league as he and his brother James Pedler helped their side out to a dominant 83 point margin. The third term saw Mypolonga keep on the throttle with Meningie only having one shot on goal which resulted in a goal. Full forward Brad Martin continued to wreak havoc booting another three goals to have eleven goals at three quarter time. The final quarter saw some positives for Meningie as they kept the Tigers to three goals and more importantly, Brad Martin scoreless but the result still gave Mypolonga a healthy percentage after one game. Best for Mypolonga were the Pedler brothers and Martin whilst Meningie’s new captain Evan Smith played well as well as Chris Lawson in defence.

The match between Ramblers and Mannum was expected to be a tight tussle however a nine goal first quarter helped Ramblers to a comfortable 64 point victory. Played out at LeMessurier Oval, the Roosters, strengthened by former Sturt player Luke Button, jumped the guns early keeping Mannum goalless. Ryan Morris began the 2008 season for Ramblers well booting the first of the game and started what was to be a horror quarter for Mannum. Majors to Patrick O’Neil and Adam Jackson helped extend the lead and things when first gamer Ben Dougall booted his first, Mannum were down by 57 points after just one quarter. The second term saw Mannum restore some pride to the scoreboard as they won the quarter with James Smith and Todd Boughen booting majors. By half time the gap had shortened but was still out to 35 points. The third term again saw Ramblers dominate as they booted another eight goals to Mannum’s three. Morris was proving some trouble as his goal tally continued to increase and another problem for Mannum was the other O’Neil brother, Liam who booted two for the quarter. With the final term remaining, both teams went on the attack with each kicking six goals. In the end the Ramblers forward line was the difference with the Roosters having six players score three or more goals with Ryan Morris booting six. Best for Ramblers was Tyson Matthew and Liam O’Neil whilst Mannum’s best were Justin Maloney and Shane Harte.

Round One Scores - April 5, 2008

Mypolonga

8.6

15.8

20.11

23.15 (153)

Meningie

1.2

2.3

3.3

4.6 (30)

Best: Mypolonga – B Martin, S Pedler, M Oborn, J Pedler, A Martin. Meningie – E Smith, A Bettineschi, C Lawson, J Robinson, P Riechelt. Goals: Myp – B Martin 11, J Pedler, S Flinn 3, K Jaensch, G Pedler, C Wells, J Eckerman, G Meneghetti, B Corrie. Meningie – R Smart, J Robinson, J Biddle, G Saddler.

Jervois

5.3

9.6

14.9

15.10 (100)

Imperials

4.3

6.8

9.9

15.10 (100)

Best: Jervois – J Bayliss, T Rigney, C Fidge, S Braun, S Mahony. Imps – A Temby, M Baillie, J Puatti, L Harrowfield, R Puckridge. Goals: Jervois – S Mahony 5, M Moller 3, N Maczkowiack 2, J Jagodnik, J Lyon, Z Ewer, C Beard, T Rigney. Imps – M Baillie 7, M Kowald 2, S Harrowfield, A Temby, H Hodge, D Girdham, S Day, R Eyre.

Ramblers

9.4

11.7

19.10

25.12 (162)

Mannum

0.1

5.8

8.9

14.14 (98)

Best: Ramblers – T Matthews, L O’Neil, D Zadow, R Morris, M Marchetti. Mannum – J Maloney, S Harte, B Quinn, A Nitschke, J Gould. Goals: Ramblers – R Morris 6, L O’Neil 5, P O’Neil, A Jackson, B Dongall, R Viney 3, L Button, J Weyland. Mannum – J Gould 4, B Quinn, T Boughen, J Smith 2, S Malchow, B Wakefield, T Pfeiffer, P Sarno.

BLUDS GO FOR RECORD FIVE STRAIGHT      March 27, 2008

By Brendan Shakes

As the new football season draws near, history is in the making as Jervois goes for a record fifth consecutive premiership. The Bluds previous record was four, way back in the mid 1930’s but with a new salary cap, the competition is about to become even tighter.

The new salary cap has be established to minimise the importance of paid players in the competition as now teams are allocated a certain amount of points, depending on where they finished the previous year. Teams that finish in the top four are allocated ten points whilst fifth receives thirteen points and the bottom two clubs are given sixteen points each. All players signed now are worth a certain amount of points with recruits who have played at the elite levels worth more.

Jervois is again the front runners to take the premiership but its main rivals over the past four years are again prepared to ruin Jervois’ run of flags. Ramblers has been one of the sides challenging Jervois for the past couple of years and on both occasions has failed to make it to the final dance, missing out by small margins. On paper, Ramblers has fielded one of the strongest teams in the competition with Ryan Morris who took out last years Mail Medal and Clint Girardi who won the goal kicking award. Coach Anthony Weyland sees the disappointment of last year as something that just happens in football but sees Ramblers making some improvements in 2008. Their pre season training has been excellent according to Weyland, with him focusing on the physical aspects. Ramblers have also recruited well with Joel Machoss from the Barossa and Eli Koch from Karoonda helping boost Ramblers chances of breaking their premiership drought.

The other side that has failed to overcome Jervois has been Imperials. Losing last year in the dying seconds to Jervois and the previous losing to the fast finishing Bluds, Imperials will be out to prove they are not the bridesmaids of the competition. Coach Tony Fielke sees the shattering grand final loss as something in the past and has focused his players on not worrying about the negatives and just the upcoming season. Imperials have some big losses this year as Matthew Seyers has joined Peake, Chris Gerhardy has returned home and Tyson Wait’s big 07 season sees him back at Port Adelaide. Fielke sees his side a real threat this year but also expects Jervois, Ramblers and dark horses Mypolonga to be in the finals action.

 

 

 

 

2008 Ladder

                                   Pts    Perc

Ramblers 28 66.52
Jervois 23 56.79
Imperials 19 56.79
Mypolonga 16 55.19
Mannum 16 47.64
Tailem Bend 10 40.17
Meningie 0 25.92