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MALLEE 2013 (Teams: Border Downs/Tintinara, Karoonda, Lameroo, Murrayville, Peake & Pinnaroo)
Match Previews 25/5/2013
Peake v BDT
Peake are back in the finals hunt after a good win over Lameroo last week. Trevor Rigney sits on top of the goal kicking ladder averaging 5 goals a match and it is only a matter of time before he bags double figures. Gabe Phillips fills second spot with 4 goals a match and the forward line is functioning well when given opportunities. Michael Baker and Shane Heinrich win possessions in the midfield with Jason Dikkenberg having a great start to 2013 in ruck. Glenn Van Lieshout played his first match last week and brings high expectations after missing a couple of seasons of football. The defence has been suspect although they are starting to build into a solid unit with Gareth Diprose, Kym Markwick, Bryce Jaensch, Bennett Pickering & Sam Patterson performing well.
BDT turn it on when they have to as shown after being challenged by Karoonda last week. Josh Richardson can still win a match off his own boot, Josh Keller is all class, Chris Gregory is rarely beaten at centre half back while Lachlan Richardson does a huge amount of work that goes unnoticed by many. Clint Richardson plays best when BDT are challenged and Bill Traeger has filled the ruck role well.
BDT have overall strength and will defeat Peake.
Pinnaroo v Karoonda
Pinnaroo have improved with quality players Brad Sheridan and Ty Bennetts back and finding form. Heath Boseley works hard each week, usually against taller opposition while Brad Rosenzweig is having a good season on his wing. Chad Nickolls wins most ruck contests and Alex Keough is a ball magnet in the midfield. Brad Schroeder is a strong contributor in defence and Simon Reeve has found his feet up forward with 15 goals from his last 4 matches.
Karoonda are travelling ok and were shown by BDT last week that there is another level if they want to push further than 2012. Jarred Graetz & Ben Quinn have been in outstanding touch with Zakk Bullard a tireless worker in the centre. The defence is strong lead by Andrew Smithson and the ruck can be a match winner when Josh Rudiger and Lucas Neumann are doing the hard work. Jackson Koch has shown he can be a focal point in attack, but needs more consistency. Nick Zander is a welcome return and Corey Knight is always dangerous around goal as is Keelan White who uses his speed to advantage.
Karoonda will win at Pinnaroo
Lameroo v Murrayville
Lameroo need to pinch a game back as they finished Round 1 outside the four with a poor percentage. Ben Grieger is the best ruckman going around while Shaun Walker can still swing games in Lameroo’s favour. Youngster Danny Steer has been amongst Lameroo’s best this year and Nick Brown and Josh Barrett are showing plenty of promise. Hayden Thorpe wins hard ball in the midfield and Brad Zerk is as reliable as ever. Matt Ridgway and Shane Agelis need to kick goals if Lameroo are to push back into finals contention.
Murrayville are building a solid team with Kevin Wyatt adding to the midfield strength and Michael Worsman returning from injury. Todd Jones works hard in ruck and provides strength around the ground while up forward Drew Crane is in good touch and will be even better with Daniel Fry finding form. Nick Noblett & Jesse Vass leads a solid defence while Sam Mader, Thomas Bailey, Seb Moroney & Clint Gates provide speed through the midfield. Ali Vessali is a versatile big man who has an influence on the game.
Murrayville can reverse the result last time they met & win this week.
Round 5 - May 18, 2013
Best: Peake - J. Dikkenberg, K. Markwick, G. Phillips, T. Rigney, G. Van Lieshout. Lameroo : B. Grieger, S. Walker, N. Brown, D. Steer, A. Hall. Goals: Peake - T. Rigney 5, G. Phillips 4, R. Morris 2, J. Lines 1, T. Downs 1, C. Jacob 1, S. Heinrich 1, G. Van Lieshout 1, T. Berling 1. Lameroo : J. Finch 4, J. Barrett 2, S. Agelis 1, H. Thorpe 1, T. Caulfield 1, N. Brown 1, J. Lewis 1, B. Grieger 1
Best: BDT - J. Richardson, C. Gregory, C. Richardson, R. Vandeleur, L. Richardson, J. Hurrell. Karoonda : J. Graetz, B. Quinn, Z. Bullard, J. Smithson, K. White, D. Thiele. Goals: BDT - J. Richardson 5, J. Keller 2, B. Tucker 2, C. Richardson 1, K. Kock 1, B. Kennett 1, P. Barrett 1, J. Brock 1. Karoonda : K. White 3, J. Graetz 3, C. Knight 2, J. Koch 1, Z. Bullard 1, W. Luckett 1
Best: Murrayville - A. Vessali, S. Mader, C. Sporn, T. Bailey, C. Gates, D. Crane. Pinnaroo - B. Sheridan, H. Boseley, T. Bennetts, B. Rosenzweig, C. Muster, C. Nickolls. Goals: Murrayville - D. Fry 4, S. Mader 2, A. Vessali 2, J. Venning 2, S. Moroney 2, M. Worsman 2, C. Gates , D. Crane. Pinnaroo - S. Reeve 5, A. Keough 2, B. Sheridan 2, T. Bennetts , L. Pye , M. Kennewell
League Preview - 18/5/2013
Karoonda v BDT
Karoonda got the points last week after a shaky start and will need to be switched on for four quarters to trouble BDT.
Ben Quinn & Jarred Graetz have been in outstanding form while Zakk Bullard continues to impress with his work rate. Josh Rudiger & Lucas Neumann are starting to have an influence as fitness improves with Corey Knight proving dangerous in attack. Jackson Koch has stepped up to provide a target up forward and Keelan White is a quick moving small forward. Andrew Smithson leads a strong defence with support from Eli Koch, Daniel Thiele & Josh Rosenzweig. The addition of Danny Walker to the midfield has added depth while youngster Josh Smithson shows great awareness in his first taste of senior football.
BDT get the job done week in, week out. Murrayville were expected to provide a good contest, but were brushed aside by a strong BDT unit. Patrick Barrett has probably taken over as the premier midfielder with Josh Keller & Josh Richardson still amongst the best in the league. Ben Hooper’s return has boosted the attack with Bill Traeger compensating some of the big man losses from 2012. Michael Kempe is rated extremely highly at BDT and Jarred Brock continues to show solid form. Chris Gregory & lee Slape don’t often get mentioned but are always holding down key defensive roles.
BDT have shown they are still a force and should win this top of the table clash.
Murrayville v Pinnaroo
Murrayville will bounce back from last week when they face Pinnaroo. Kevin Wyatt was a big inclusion last week, but Michael Worsman may still be a week or two away from resuming. Drew Crane has slotted back into full forward after a season off, but Daniel Fry is finding it hard to return to his goal kicking form of 2012. Todd Jones is amongst the league’s best ruckman while Ali Vessali provides strength around the ball. Sam Mader, Clinton Gates & Seb Moroney are quick running midfielders who will kick goals. Jesse Vass & Nick Noblett fill key positions in defence and give little away.
Pinnaroo were better against a depleted Lameroo last week. Alex Keough continues to accumulate possessions and Heath Boseley is a consistent performer. Brad Schroeder is in good form in defence while Brad Rosenzweig & Colin Maddocks give some run through the midfield. Chad Nickolls will work hard in ruck while Simon Reeve has given them a goal kicking target the past 2 weeks. Brad Sheridan is a quality player making a welcome return last week and if Ty Bennetts returns this week it will be a huge boost.
Murrayville will win to finish Round 1 well in finals contention.
Peake v Lameroo
It is early in the season but this is a must win match for Peake. A loss would see them 2 games out of the final four and with a lot of work to do and coach Sam Mahoney made his team well aware of this after the loss to Karoonda last week.
Michael Baker is a hard working midfielder along with Gabe Phillips, Shane Heinrich and Bryce Jaensch. Jason Dikkenberg works tirelessly in ruck and Gareth Diprose is a strong key defender. Trevor Rigney is an excitement machine at full forward, but the midfield need to create enough chances for him to influence a game.
Lameroo should welcome back Ben Grieger, Shaun Walker, Hayden Thorpe & Travis Hancock this week. Andrew Purchase is a big inclusion if he plays each week after his first match against Pinnaroo. Shane Agelis is a dangerous forward when given space while Josh & Matt Ridgway are also proven goal kickers. David Philbey has been used to fill holes in key positions at either end of the ground and also in ruck, always performing well. Danny Steer has been in good touch with Joel Lewis providing rebound from half back.
Lameroo are a well drilled team and can win at Peake.
Round 4 - May 11, 2013
Best: BDT - P. Barrett, M. Kempe, B. Traeger, C. Butler, J. Brock, L. Richardson. Murrayville : N. Noblett, A. Vessali, D. Crane, J. Vass, K. Wyatt, S. Moroney. Goals: BDT - B. Hooper 5, J. Richardson 3, J. Zacker 2, C. Butler 2, C. Richardson 1, J. Keller 1, B. Todd 1, M. Walker 1, J. Brock 1. Murrayville : D. Crane 4, S. Moroney 3, D. Fry 1
Best: Lameroo - J. Ridgway, D. Steer, J. Lewis, L. Hinds, B. McNeilly. Pinnaroo : H. Boseley, A. Keough, B. Schroeder, C. Maddocks, B. Rosenzweig, S. Mcivor. Goals: Lameroo - S. Agelis 5, J. Barrett 3, J. Ridgway 3, A. Purchase 2, J. Finch 2, J. Lewis 1,
A. Toogood 1, T. Caulfield 1, B. McNeilly 1, C. Altus 1, C. Wellburn 1, M. Ridgway 1. Pinnaroo : S. Reeve 5, L. Pye 3, B. Sheridan 3, S. Mcivor 2, C. Maddocks 1, T. Hawthorne 1, M. Kennewell 1
Best: Karoonda - B. Quinn, J. Rudiger, A. Smithson, J. Koch , E. Koch. Peake : G. Phillips, M. Baker, S. Heinrich, B. Jaensch, S. Paterson, T. Rigney. Goals: Karoonda - C. Knight 6, J. Koch 3, K. White 3, B. Quinn 2, A. Casey 1, W. Luckett 1, L. Neumann 1, J. Smithson 1, J. Rudiger 1. Peake : G. Phillips 5, T. Rigney 4, J. Lines 1, S. Heinrich 1, S. Morris 1
Round 4 is “Give Cancer the Boot” weekend in Mallee Football. Clubs will be raising funds for Cancer SA Research Projects, prevention & support activities, accommodation, transport services & counseling. Mallee Clubs have raised $3397 for the cause since inception, second in South Australia behind Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara League. Admission will be raised by $2 to $7 this week to assist in raising funds for “Give cancer the Boot”
Lameroo v Pinnaroo
Lameroo were disappointing against BDT last week, but Pinnaroo were also below par against Peake. Lameroo are desperate for someone to stand up as a target in attack and kick goals regularly. Ben Grieger can do the job but is also required as a ruckman and his marking around the ground is invaluable. The possible return of Andrew Purchase will give added bite in the midfield and also as a small forward. Hayden Thorpe is always around the ball in the midfield and Shaun Walker is a quality ball user when given space. Jarred Kerber and Danny Steer are young players who are fitting well into senior football.
Alex Keough has been the standout player for Pinnaroo again this year. Chad Nickolls, Heath Boseley & Brad Schroeder always give 100% and Brad Rosenzweig has had a good start to 2013. Ty Bennetts is a quality midfielder while Simon Reeve stepped up with 5 goals last week. Pinnaroo will be better when they get Brad Sheridan back on the field.
Lameroo should win comfortably against Pinnaroo.
Karoonda v Peake
This shapes as an important match for both clubs early in the season. Karoonda can pinch a break or Peake can draw level to open up a serious finals chance.
Karoonda were disappointing at Murrayville last week & will welcome back Zakk Bullard this week. Ben Quinn is leading by example and Jarred Graetz is having an influence at both ends of the ground. Andrew Smithson, Daniel Thiele, Eli Koch and Josh Rosenzweig form a strong defence while Jackson Koch showed his potential with 5 goals last week. Lucas Neumann & Josh Rudiger share the ruck duties and both can be used in attack.
Peake’s recruits are starring with Gabe Phillips (7 goals), Trevor Rigney (6 goals) & Michael Baker all firing last week. Bryce Jaensch had a breakout year in 2012 and has continued that improvement into 2013. Jason Dikkenberg is always around the mark in ruck while Gareth Diprose & Kym Markwick hold down key defensive roles.
There is plenty riding on this result and Karoonda can win at home in a tight match.
BDT v Murrayville (Tintinara)
BDT look to be cruising along again in 2013 with their player losses from 2012 being offset by Matthew James and Chris Butler with Kevin Kock to return and strengthen the big man department. They have many midfielders who can play forward with Josh Richardson kicking 7 goals last week. Josh Keller, Patrick Barrett & Jarred Brock have continued on from last season with Ben Hooper returning last week to add versatility to a strong team.
Murrayville can be the real deal with Michael Worsman to return and Kevin Wyatt set to be back at Murrayville in a couple of weeks. Todd Jones gives them a start in ruck and Ali Vessali provides a strong body around the packs. Sam Mader is a quick wingman with Thomas Bailey, Clint Gates & Seb Moroney all capable of cutting through lines to set up their forwards. Jesse Vass & Nick Noblett give nothing away in defence while Ryan McCormack & Blake Edwards do their job when required. Drew Crane is dangerous in attack with Jake Venning adding to the goal kicking list. Daniel Fry has not hit the heights of 2012 but will further strengthen the attack when he can get on the board.
BDT at home may just win what should be an entertaining match.
Round 3 - May 4, 2013
Best: Peake - G. Phillips, M. Baker, B. Jaensch, T. Rigney, J. Dikkenberg. Pinnaroo : A. Keough, H. Boseley, C. Nickolls, B. Schroeder, B. Rosenzweig, L. Nuske. Goals: Peake - G. Phillips 7, T. Rigney 6, J. Lines 4, T. Downs 2, C. Jacob 1, S. Morris 1
Pinnaroo : S. Reeve 5, A. Keough 2, L. Dabinett 1
Best: Murrayville - S. Mader, T. Jones, A. Vessali, C. Gates, R. McCormick, B. Edwards. Karoonda - B. Quinn, A. Smithson, J. Graetz, J. Koch , D. Thiele, E. Koch. Goals: Murrayville - D. Crane 4, J. Venning 3, S. Moroney 3, S. Mader 2, C. Gates 2, S. Kirkbright , A. Vessali. Karoonda - J. Koch 5, J. Graetz 3, R. Paech 1, B. Quinn 1, J. Woodward 1, W. Luckett 1, J. Rosenzweig
Best: BDT -- J. Richardson, P. Barrett, J. Brock, J. Keller, B. Hooper, B. Traeger. Lameroo - B. Grieger, D. Steer, H. Thorpe, B. Zerk, L. Hinds, S. Fischer. Goals: BDT - J. Richardson 7, C. Richardson 2, J. Keller 2, B. Todd 1, M. Walker 1, B. Hooper 1, P. Barrett 1, M. Vandeleur 1, M. Kempe 1, J. Brock 1. Lameroo - J. Kerber 2, T. Bell 1, J. Ridgway 1, S. Walker 1, B. Grieger 1
Preview of 4/5/2013
Murrayville v Karoonda
Murrayville recorded their first win of 2013 with a narrow win over Peake last week without Drew Crane & with Coach Michael Worsman having little influence carrying a hamstring injury.
Daniel Fry stepped up with 4 goals and Thomas Bailey has started the season strongly. Nick Noblett is one of the best key defenders in the Mallee League with Todd Jones & Ali Vessali adding strength around the ground. Jesse Vass has been a good player for a number of seasons and the proposed return of Kevin Wyatt will be a major boost to Murrayville.
Karoonda got the jump on Lameroo last week and held the advantage all day. Ben Quinn has been in outstanding form in the midfield and Jarred Graetz controlled the defence all day. Andrew Smithson, Daniel Thiele & Eli Koch are holding down key positions in defence while Josh Rudiger is having more influence each match in ruck. Corey Knight is extremely skilled while Zakk Bullard is a hard working midfielder. Jarred Woodward, Ryan Paech & Wayne Luckett are good targets up forward while Danny Walker has slotted into the midfield well.
Karoonda can continue their unbeaten run with a win at Murrayville.
BDT v Lameroo (Coonalpyn)
BDT had a solid win over Pinnaroo to go 2-0 and the impending return of Kevin Kock will boost the one area they were slightly suspect adding height for the forward line and ruck. There is quality in the midfield with Josh Keller, Patrick Barrett, Josh Richardson, Lachlan Richardson, Clint Richardson & Chad Kennett who can all feature on the scoreboard. Michael Kempe is an underrated player outside BDT and Chris Butler looks to be a good inclusion in 2013. Matthew James has had an influence in both matches so far while Chris Gregory & Lee Slape lead a solid defence.
Lameroo will be better with Andrew Purchase, Stephen Kerley & Brad Zerk who all missed last week. Ben Grieger is a strong presence and marks almost everything that comes his way. Matt Ridgway was quiet last week and will rebound this week while David Philbey looked good when moved to full forward against Karoonda. Shaun Walker and Hayden Thorpe win plenty of possessions in the midfield with Joel Lewis a rebounding half back flanker.
BDT can win what should be an excellent game.
Pinnaroo v Peake
Pinnaroo were better last week with the inclusion of Ty Bennett and the return of Colin Maddocks although losing Wade Nickolls & Brad Sheridan for some time is a big loss. Alex Keough is consistently Pinnaroo’s best player and Brad Rosenzweig has opened the year in great form on a wing. Chad Nickolls never gives in and Heath Boseley works hard in a key position either in defence or attack.
Peake have lost 2 matches to start 2013 by a combined 10 points and need a win to boost their confidence. Coach Sam Mahoney & Kieran Jaensch are reported to be out for the season with knee injuries so others need to step up. Trevor Rigney will kick goals every week, but he will need support if Peake are to win matches. Gabe Phillips, Michael Baker & Shane Heinrich are recruits having an influence and Bryce Jaensch continues to impress after a strong 2012 season. Gareth Diprose leads the defence with Jason Dikkenberg giving a strong contest ion ruck.
Peake will win to kick start their 2013 push for a finals spot.
Round 2 - April 27, 2013
Best: Murrayville - T. Bailey, T. Jones, N. Noblett, A. Vessali, J. Vass, C. Sporn. Peake - G. Diprose, B. Jaensch, S. Heinrich, J. Dikkenberg, G. Phillips. Goals: Murrayville - D. Fry 4, K. Henderson 1, S. Mader 1, A. Vessali 1, J. Venning 1, S. Moroney 1,
R. McCormick 1. Peake - T. Rigney 5, J. Lines 2, M. Baker 1, G. Phillips 1
Best: Karoonda - J. Graetz, B. Quinn, C. Knight, Z. Bullard, D. Thiele, D. Walker. Lameroo - S. Walker, H. Thorpe, B. Grieger, C. Wellburn, J. Lewis. Goals: Karoonda - C. Knight 3, W. Luckett 3, R. Paech 2, J. Woodward 2, D. Thiele 1, J. Rudiger 1,
J. Graetz 1. Lameroo - B. Grieger 3, D. Philbey 3, S. Agelis 1, C. Altus 1, S. Walker 1
Best: BDT - P. Barrett, B. Kennett, J. Keller, M. Kempe, R. Vandeleur. Pinnaroo - A. Keough, T. Bennetts, B. Rosenzweig, H. Boseley, C. Nickolls. Goals: BDT - M. James 4, M. Kempe 4, C. Butler 4, J. Keller 3, L. Richardson 2, J. Richardson 2, M. Walker 2, B. Todd 2, J. Brock 1, P. Barrett 1. Pinnaroo - C. Maddocks 1, A. Keough 1, L. Dabinett 1, B. Cook 1, B. Rosenzweig 1, C. Muster 1, . Bailey 1
PREVIEW OF ROUND 2 - 27/4/2013
Peake v Murrayville
Peake just failed to overcome a depleted BDT last week and will be ken on their first win for 2013. Trevor Rigney & Gabe Phillips will be a strong combination in attack for Peake and should feature high in the goal kicking list. Jason Dikkenberg is an underrated ruck man who is rarely beaten and gives the Peake midfield lead by Philip Baker a head start. Kym Markwick’s return to defence takes some pressure off of Gareth Diprose and Bryce Jaensch. Ryan Morris is an up & coming junior and Kieran Jaensch can be dangerous if given space,
Murrayville come off a disappointing loss to Lameroo and are also looking for their first win.
Jake Venning played well last week after transferring from Pinnaroo while the midfield is strong with Michael Worsman although he may miss with a hamstring injury., Ali Vessali, Jesse Vass & Thomas Bailey all good ball winners. Todd Jones is a mobile ruckman and Drew Crane & Daniel Fry are very strong targets up forward.
Murrayville look to have a little more depth and if their forward lines fires on the small Peake ground they can open their winning account for 2013.
Karoonda v Lameroo
Karoonda come off a big win over Pinnaroo last week and will need to be in top form against Lameroo. Ben Quinn leads by example and Zakk Bullard never stops working in the midfield. Danny Walker & Matt Pfeiffer provide good support and Corey Knights ball use is as good as any in the League. Andrew Smithson, Daniel Thiele & Jarred Graetz combine well in defence while Jarred Woodward will provide a target up forward along with Ryan Paech & Jackson Koch.
Lameroo had a good win over Murrayville and may welcome Andrew Purchase back to the midfield. Ben Grieger will provide a boost with his strong marking and Matt Ridgway leads well & is an accurate kick up forward. Jarred Kerber & Danny Steer are up & coming juniors while Shaun Walker & Hayden Thorpe will provide some class.
Hard to go against Karoonda after a big win last week, but Lameroo may just sneak home in a tight match.
Pinnaroo v BDT
Pinnaroo look to be in for a long season with coach Wade Nickolls limping off with a groin injury early last week. Ty Bennetts may return and will make a difference with his attack on the ball. Alex Keough was everywhere last week and Brad Rosenzweig had a day out on his wing. Chad Nickolls toiled hard in ruck and Brad Schroeder was a winner in defence. Brad Sheridan showed his class under enormous pressure while Sean McIvor showed glimpse that he will be a valuable recruit.
BDT will welcome back the Richardsons (Josh, Clint & Lachlan) along with Chris Gregory. The midfield is strong with Josh Keller, Patrick Barrett, Jarran Crabb & Chad Kennett while Chris Butler looks to be fitting in well. Matthew James is a big presence and will provide a target in attack.
BDT will be too strong and win this one well.
Round 1 - April 20, 2013
Best: BDT - J. Keller, C. Butler, C. Kennett, J. Crabb, P. Barrett, M. James. Peake - G. Phillips, J. Dikkenberg, B. Jaensch, T. Rigney, K. Markwick, R. Morris. Goals: BDT - M. James 3, B. Todd 2, C. Butler 2, J. Keller , B. Traeger , P. Barrett. Peake - T. Rigney 5, R. Morris 2, G. Phillips 2, T. Smith
Best: Lameroo - J. Kerber, L. Hinds, M. Ridgway, C. Wellburn, D. Steer. Goals: Lameroo - M. Ridgway 5, S. Agelis 4, S. Kerley 1, J. Barrett 1, J. Kerber 1, J. Lewis 1, J. Ridgway 1, S. Walker 1
Best: Karoonda - B. Quinn, Z. Bullard, D. Walker, C. Knight, J. Graetz, A. Smithson. Pinnaroo - C. Nickolls, H. Boseley, B. Schroeder, B. Sheridan, B. Rosenzweig, A. Keough. Goals: Karoonda - J. Woodward 5, B. Quinn 5, K. White 3, W. Luckett 3, Z. Bullard 2, R. Paech 2, J. Rudiger 1, D. Thiele 1, C. Knight 1, J. Graetz 1. Pinnaroo : S. Mcivor 2, A. Keough 1, T. Hawthorne 1, W. Nickolls 1
Murrayville v Lameroo
Murrayville have lost their 2012 Captain in Nick Rees and Trent Sporn but have gained Clint Gates, Sam Mader, Seb Moroney & Ali Vessali with Drew Crane returning after a year off.
Coach Michael Worsman won the 2012 Mail Medal and will control the midfield again while Nick Noblett is rarely beaten in defence. Todd Jones developed into a very good ruckman last season and will give the midfield many opportunities. Drew Crane will combine with Daniel Fry to form a formidable attack which most clubs will struggle to control.
Lameroo have Ben Grieger returning from the SANFL and he will give a huge boost in the big man department. Scott Fischer is a former junior player returning to the club and is a classy player, Tom Caulfield also returns from Mypolonga. Ricky Hunter & Tom Bascomb have left & Vaughan Noonan will probably not play, but these losses have probably been covered. Andrew Purchase, Hayden Thorpe, Shane Agelis & possibly Shaun Walker all have class to the Lameroo midfield, although Billy McNeilly will be a big loss in defence if a shoulder injury keeps him out early in the season.
Should be a close game with Lameroo to come out in front.
Karoonda v Pinnaroo
Karoonda have lost Mark Corrie with Brodie Chinner & Nick Zander not playing at the present time. Jackson Koch has come in to fill a key position while Danny Walker, Jarred Woodward, Matt Pfeiffer, Wayne Luckett & Clint Warhurst will add depth to the A Grade side. Josh Rudiger will lead the ruck with Zakk Bullard, Corey Knight & Ben Quinn in the midfield. Daniel Thiele, Jarred Graetz, Andrew Smithson & Eli Koch form a solid defence and should provide opportunities for rebound.
Pinnaroo have lost Ryan Nickolls, Chris Hughes & Anthony Lippis to the Riverland but have recruited Brad Cook, Matt Kennewell, Sean McIvor & Simon Reeve. The best recruit is likely to be Brad Sheridan returning after a year overseas. Ty Bennetts will build on a strong 2012 and Alex Keogh will rack up the possessions in the midfield. Wade & Chad Nickolls will control the rucks as they have for a long time.
Karoonda at home should start the season with a win.
BDT v Peake (Tintinara)
BDT have some player losses but have filled some of the gaps with good recruits in Matt James, a key position player, Chris Butler & Scott Huddlestone. There has been an exodus of big men with Ty McKenna, Kevin Kock & Hayden Schilling all leaving in the off season. Jarred Sampson has also gone home while Shane Binns is not playing & Ben Hooper is in doubt with injury.
The midfield will still be a major hurdle for other clubs to overcome with Josh Keller, Josh Richardson, Clint Richardson, Lachlan Richardson, Patrick Barrett & Jarran Crabb all capable of playing forward as well.
Peake have recruited well with new Coach Sam Mahoney bringing in Trevor Rigney, Gabe Phillips, Michael Baker & Shane Heinrich. Kym Markwick returns to assist Tom Carter & Gareth Diprose in defence. Jason Dikkenberg is a more than capable ruckman with Kieran & Bryce Jaensch strong contributors in the midfield.
Player losses may hurt with Pat Casey, Rick Berling, Travis Carling, Lachlan Wilson and Trent Wingard all missing from the 2012 line up.
BDT look like they will still be a dominant force in 2013 and will account for Peake in Round 1.
2013 SEASON PREVIEW
17 April 2013
Border Downs Tintinara
BDT have lost players, but will still be the measuring stick in 2013. The big
Scott Butler, Matthew James & Scott Huddlestone come in to offset some of the losses. The midfield is still capable of winning enough ball & kicking goals to remain a force in 2013.
Karoonda are without Mark Corrie who has returned to Victoria while Brodie Chinner & Nick Zander are not playing at the moment.
The depth should be better with Jackson Koch, Danny Walker, Jarred
It is hard to replace the quality of the 3 players missing and will require a
Ben Grieger returns to Lameroo from the SANFL Eagles in a major boost for 2013. Former juniors Scott Fischer & Tom Caulfield return along with recruits Jarred Thorpe and Jacob Ryan. Mark Benham will return after missing 2012 with a knee reconstruction.
Vaughan Noonan, Ricky Hunter & Tom Bascomb will be missing from th 2012 line up & Billy McNeilly has injured a shoulder in a trial match.
Lameroo look to have improved on the 2012 season
Trent Sporn has finally succumbed to a knee injury and been forced into
Clint Gates, Seb Moroney, Sam Mader, Ali Vessali are new recruits but the
Murrayville also look as though they will make a push up the ladder in 2013.
Peake have recruited well with coach Sam Mahoney, Trevor Rigney, Michael Baker, Gabe Phillips & Shane Heinrich all quality players and Kym Markwick returning to strengthen the defence.
The problem is the losses from 2012 – Pat Casey, Travis Carling, Rick Berling, Lachlan Wilson & Trent Wingard who were amongst the best players last season. Not sure if there is enough depth to push for a finals spot if the top players can be held in check.
Ryan Nickolls has gone to the Riverland while Chris Hughes & Anthony Lippis have also returned to the Riverland.
Brad Cook, Matthew Kennewell, Sean McIvor & Simon Reeve have been
Pinnaroo will improve but not sure by how much.
CROWS BLAST AWAY TO THE THIRD FLAG IN A ROW
Grand Final at Tintinara, September 8 , 2012
Best: BDT - L. Richardson, J. Keller, J. Sampson, T. Miegel, C. Kennett, J. Crabb. Karoonda - M. Corrie, B. Chinner, E. Koch, D. Thiele, A. Smithson, J. Rosenzweig. Goals: BDT - S. Binns 3, B. Hooper 3, T. Mckenna 2, J. Richardson 2, J. Sampson 2, C. Kennett , P. Barrett , J. Zacker , J. Keller , M. Vandeleur. Karoonda - R. Paech , C. Knight , B. Chinner , K. Neaylon