Teams: Border Downs/Tintinara, Karoonda, Lameroo, Murrayville, Peake & Pinnaroo
BDT have once again shown they are not ready to give up the mantle of best team in Mallee football after defeating Peake last week and keeping the double chance well and truly alive. Lameroo accounted for Murrayville but lost Ben Grieger (hamstring) and Brodie Chinner (knee) in the process. Pinnaroo staked a solid claim for a spot in the finals with a big win over Karoonda.
Karoonda v Lameroo
Karoonda have to rely on too few to do too much through the midfield. Zakk Bullard and Ben Quinn are playing well with Nick Zander using his strength to effect at clearances. Joel Loechel should return this week to add to the rotations. Ryan Paech is in good form in attack while Daniel Thiele is showing glimpses of what he is capable of. Josh Rudiger is playing well in ruck with Chris Rudiger providing run from half back. Andrew Smithson is still one of the best defenders in the MFL with Cameron White providing valuable support. Ben Greiger will miss this week but Andrew Hunt has stepped up and is playing well in ruck. Brodie Chinner looks likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury and will be missed. Josh Barrett continues to play well while Ben Woodall is finding form in his first year of Mallee football. Miles Sumner is kicking goals each week and Fraser Sampson is a smart player at a young age.
Lameroo are playing consistently well and will account for Karoonda this week.
Murrayville v Peake
Murrayville need a win to keep touch with the finals. Clayton Sporn is playing well at centre half back winning possession as well as holding his opponents. Kevin Wyatt has returned own his ball winning best the past 2 weeks and Rian Crane is a quality midfielder. Sam Magor has fitted into the midfield well and Sam Mader is dangerous if given space. Dan Littlewood works hard in ruck and Reece Knights wins the ball in the midfield. Chris Presser has a presence at half forward with Jake Venning providing a target at full forward and Cheyne Cronin regularly making an impact. Peake need a win this week after consecutive losses to Lameroo & BDT. Trevor Rigney is the leading goalkicker and Gabe Phillips is also clever around goal. Gareth Diprose, Kym Markwick and Jeff Lines hold the defence together and Rick Piggott provides rebound from half back. Darren Hare and Jarryd Hill feed off ruck man Patrick Gabb in the midfield.
Peake will be looking to bounce back with a win at Murrayville this week.
Pinnaroo v BDT
Pinnaroo had a strong win last week to put themselves in the top four. Micah Van Loon has had a big impact and Tai Wheadon is a smooth mover. Alex Keough has some injury concerns but played well up forward last week. Lachlan Bailey is doing most of the ruck work allowing Chad Nickolls to play more in attack. Nick Hyde is working his way into good form in defence while Cejay Dabinett is a good young player. BDT are showing they will have an impact come September. Chris Gregory continues to
impress up forward and Hayden Schilling is playing well in defence. Lachlan Richardson, Patrick Barrett, Josh Richardson and Josh Keller are still amongst the best in the Mallee with Chad Kennett and Tasman Hawthorne all rotating through the midfield and up forward.
BDT will keep pushing for the double chance and defeat Pinnaroo in a close match.
Round 5 - May 23, 2015
Best: Lameroo - B. Woodall, F. Sampson, A. Hunt, S. Kerley, J. Barrett, M. Ridgway. Murrayville : K. Wyatt, S. Magor, S. Mader, C. Cronin, R. Knights, D. Littlewood. Goals: Lameroo - M. Sumner 4, R. Seal 2, S. O'Grady 2, B. Grieger 2, J. Barrett 2, M. Ridgway 1, C. Wellburn 1. Murrayville : J. Venning 2, S. Kirkbright 1, J. Hodgson 1, C. Sporn 1, S. Edwards 1, D. Littlewood 1, T. Anderson 1
Best: Pinnaroo - M. Vanloon, C. Dabinett, N. Hyde, L. Dabinett, S. Jenner, T. Wheadon. Karoonda : C. Rudiger, Z. Bullard, B. Quinn, N. Zander, R. Paech, A. Smithson. Goals: Pinnaroo - A. Keough 3, T. Wheadon 3, M. Vanloon 3, C. Muster 2, L. Dabinett 2, L. Pye 2, C. Nickolls 1, H. Boseley 1, C. Dabinett 1, D. Prout 1, L. Bailey 1. Karoonda : R. Paech 4, B. Quinn 2, Z. Bullard 1, J. Rudiger 1, M. Cram 1, P. Hefford 1
Best: BDT - J. Keller , P. Barrett , C. Kennett , H. Schilling , J. Richardson , P. Hunter. Peake - P. Gabb , R. Piggott , G. Diprose , D. Hare , J. Hill , J. Lines. Goals: BDT - C. Gregory 4, P. Barrett 3, J. Richardson 2, L. Richardson , C. Kennett , B. Hooper. Peake - G. Phillips 3, T. Rigney 3, S. Janetzki , W. Saunders , J. Hill
BDT came close to upsetting the undefeated Lameroo last week with both sides missing key players. Karoonda held on for a hard fought win over Murrayville while Peake proved too strong for Pinnaroo.
Murrayville v Lameroo
Murrayville have lost the past two matches by a combined 16 points and may rue the missed opportunities later in the season. Clayton Sporn is playing well at centre half back winning possession as well as holding his opponents. Sam Magor is a ball winner in the midfield along with Trent Anderson and Jack Hodgson. Rian Crane and Kevin Wyatt will always give a strong account of themselves and have an impact on the game. Chris Presser has a presence at half forward with Jake Venning providing a target at full forward.
Ben Greiger has missed the last 2 matches and his influence has been felt although Andrew Hunt has stepped up and is playing well in ruck. Shaun Walker is unlikely to play this week but Brodie Chinner & Vaughan Noonan should return. Fraser Sampson has continued his development and is now one of the most consistent players in the MFL while Josh Barrett is making the best player list on a regular basis.
Lameroo are playing consistently well and will account for Murrayville this week.
BDT v Peake (Coonalpyn)
BDT did make a statement last week to show they are still a force in Mallee football. Chris Gregory made his presence felt with 8 goals playing up forward again while Lachlan Richardson continues to maintain his mantle as one of the best midfielders in the MFL. Patrick Barrett is a danger in the midfield and when resting forward along with Aaron Richards, Chad Kennett and Tasman Hawthorne all rotating through the midfield and up forward. Josh Keller is playing a role across half back and continues to one of the MFL’s best players.
Peake are looking to consolidate the double chance with a win this week. Sam Braidwood has added a big target up forward and forms a strong combination with Trevor Rigney who is in great form early in the season. Gareth Diprose, Kym Markwick and Jeff Lines hold the defence together and Rick Piggott provides rebound from half back. Gabe Phillips, Darren Hare and Jarryd Hill feed off ruck man Patrick Gabb in the midfield while Sam Janetzki can play midfield and forward and has also played a tagging role in 2015.
Peake look a little more settled and can defeat BDT.
Pinnaroo v Karoonda
Pinnaroo need to win this match to push into the top four. Micah Van Loon has had a big impact so far along while Shannon Jenner and Tai Wheadon missed last week and will make a difference. Alex Keough continued on with his good form and is one of the highest possession winners in the League. Ben Hannam, Lachlan Bailey and Lachlan Pye are good young players but Jarred Kerber will miss a few weeks with an arm injury. Nick Hyde played his best game since returning this year and will be keen to play a role in a Pinnaroo revival.
Chad Nickolls duel with Josh Rudiger will be absorbing as they are both big men who are very good tap ruck men.
Karoonda held on for a win last week but could be without Luke Hocking & Stephen Krezos against Pinnaroo. Zakk Bullard is carrying the load in the midfield with support from Joel Loechel. Ben Quinn returned last week and had an immediate impact while Ryan Paech and Daniel Thiele work well in attack. Josh Rudiger is playing well in ruck with Nick Zander to return and provide a big body in the midfield. Chris Rudiger provides run from half back with Josh Rosenzweig, Eli Koch & Andrew Smithson forming a solid defence. Jarred Woodward is playing consistently well.
Tough match to pick but Pinnaroo at home always prove hard for Karoonda and they may just pinch a win.
Round 4 - May 16, 2015
Best: Lameroo - J. Barrett, A. Hunt, H. Thorpe, S. O'Grady, F. Sampson. BDT - L. Richardson , T. Hawthorne , P. Barrett , B. Kennett , C. Gregory , C. Ferguson. Goals: Lameroo - M. Sumner 5, C. Wellburn 3, A. Hunt 2, J. Barrett 1, J. Barrett 1, B. Woodall 1, F. Sampson 1, J. Ridgway 1, T. Maynard 1, S. O'Grady 1. BDT - C. Gregory 8, M. Vandeleur 4, T. Hawthorne , L. Richardson , B. Todd
Best: Peake - K. Markwick, T. Rigney, P. Gabb, D. Hare, S. Janetzki, J. Hill. Pinnaroo : M. Vanloon, A. Keough, N. Hyde, B. Hannam, L. Bailey, L. Pye. Goals: Peake - Trevor Rigney 10, S. Janetzki 4, S. Braidwood 3, G. Phillips 3, J. Hill 2, B. Kielow 1. Pinnaroo: C. Nickolls 2, L. Dabinett 2, L. Pye 1, M. Vanloon 1, S. Dabinett 1, L. Bailey 1, H. Boseley 1
Best: Karoonda - C. Rudiger, Z. Bullard, J. Rudiger, B. Tomkinson, R. Paech, J. Rosenzweig. Murrayville - K. Wyatt, T. Anderson, J. Hodgson, S. Magor. Goals: Karoonda - R. Paech 4, B. Quinn 3, B. Walsh 1, L. Hocking 1, D. Thiele 1, D. Staker 1. Murrayville : J. Venning 4, C. Cronin 2, R. Lewis 1, S. Kirkbright 1, J. Hodgson 1, S. Edwards 1
Football Preview 16-5-2015
Pinnaroo came up with a good win in a low scoring match against Murrayville last week to open up the finals race for 2015. Lameroo without Ben Grieger and Shaun Walker put in a claim for Premiership favoritism with a strong win over Peake and BDT had a solid win over the winless Karoonda.
Lameroo v BDT
Ben Greiger and Shaun Walker will be welcome inclusions this week as Lameroo continue to be the front runners in Mallee football. Fraser Sampson has continued his development and is now one of the most consistent players in the MFL. Josh Barrett is a young player who wins his own ball and Andrew Hunt is a strong key forward who can play a role in ruck. Tom Maynard is showing why Lameroo were keen for him to return along with Miles Sumner who has added to the goal kicking potential. Hayden Thorpe & Josh Ridgway are good through the midfield and Matt Ridgway will always make a contribution to the team. BDT will want to stand up and make a statement this week to show they are still a force in Mallee football. Josh Richardson appears to be playing more of a forward role in 2015 and will be hard to stop while Chris Gregory also played in attack last week. Patrick Barrett and Lachlan Richardson will win their share of possessions in the midfield with Aaron Richards, Chad Kennett and Tasman Hawthorne all rotating through the midfield and up forward. Josh Keller is playing a role across half back and continues to one of the MFL’s best players. Lameroo look too strong across the field and will continue their unbeaten run in 2015.
Peake v Pinnaroo
Peake suffered a minor setback against Lameroo last week and will want to step up this week against Pinnaroo. Sam Braidwood has added a big target up forward and forms a strong combination with Trevor Rigney. Gareth Diprose and Jeff Lines hold the defence together and Rick Piggott provides rebound from half back. Gabe Phillips and Jarryd Hill feed off ruck man Patrick Gabb in the midfield while Sam Janetzki can play midfield and forward. Pinnaroo will be up and about after a good win over Murrayville last week. Micah Van Loon has had a big impact so far along with Shannon Jenner and Tai Wheadon. Alex Keough continued on with his good form and is one of the highest possession winners in the League. Cejay Dabinett is a young player with a big future and Jarred Kerber has plenty of potential. Chad Nickolls duel with Patrick Gabb will be absorbing as they are both big men who are very good tap ruck men. Peake will bounce back with a win over Pinnaroo.. Karoonda v Murrayville
Karoonda defended well last week but need to find a way to impact the scoreboard after kicking a total of 11 goals from 3 matches in 2015. Zakk Bullard is carrying the load in the midfield with Ben Quinn hopeful to return this week. Josh Rudiger can control the ruck while Nick Zander is a big bodied player who can have an impact in the midfield. Chris Rudiger, Josh Rosenzweig, Eli Koch & Andrew Smithson form a solid defence while Clint Warhurst had a great battle with Josh Richardson last week. Jarred Woodward is playing consistently well and Luke Hocking has turned back the clock somewhat to be an influential player. Daniel Thiele needs to find his 2014 form at half forward to provide an avenue to goal. Murrayville after a good win over BDT went down to Pinnaroo in a low scoring match last week. Clayton Sporn is an influential key position player while youngsters Kobe Henderson and Zac McKee are contributing to the team well. Sam Magor is a good recruit while Rian Crane and Kevin Wyatt will always give a strong account of themselves. Murrayville may get over the line in a low scoring match.
Round 3 - May 9, 2015
Best: BDT - P. Barrett, L. Richardson, C. Kennett, T. Hawthorne, A. Richards, C. Gregory. Karoonda : J. Rudiger, L. Hocking, J. Woodward, C. Rudiger, N. Zander, E. Koch. Goals: BDT - P. Barrett 4, A. Richards 2, T. Hawthorne 2, J. Richardson 1, T. Smith 1, C. Ferguson 1, C. Gregory 1. Karoonda : D. Staker 1, R. Paech 1, Z. Bullard 1
Best: Pinnaroo - T. Wheadon, M. Vanloon, A. Keough, S. Jenner, C. Dabinett, J. Kerber. Murrayville : C. Sporn, K. Henderson, Z. Mckee, S. Magor, J. Hodgson, K. Keely. Goals: Pinnaroo - M. Vanloon 2, T. Wheadon 1, D. Prout 1, S. Jenner 1. Murrayville : S. Magor 2, K. Keely 1, J. Venning 1, R. Crane 1
Best: Lameroo - A. Hunt, F. Sampson, J. Barrett, J. Ridgway, T. Maynard. Peake : G. Diprose, S. Braidwood, S. Janetzki, K. Markwick, R. Piggott, J. Hill. Goals: Lameroo - M. Ridgway 3, J. Ridgway 3, M. Sumner 3, V. Noonan 2, R. Seal 2, B. Chinner 2, E. Hancock 1, J. Barrett 1, B. Woodall 1, S. Nassif 1, A. Hall 1. Peake : T. Rigney 4, R. Morris 3, S. Braidwood 3, B. Kielow 1, G. Phillips 1, W. Saunders 1.
Round three Preview 9-5-2015
Murrayville won a close battle with BDT last week to show they could be the big improvers of 2015 with Lameroo and Peake posting big wins to show they will be in the hunt come
BDT v Karoonda (Tintinara)
BDT were missing Josh Richardson, Chris Gregory, Michael Kempe and Jackson Williams for the trip to Murrayville last and will be a much stronger line up if they return this week. Hayden Schilling has slipped back into BDT nicely and Lachlan Richardson is a consistent player in the midfield. Josh Keller knows when to step up and Patrick Barrett is a hard running midfielder who can also go forward and play in a key position. Chad Kennett has returned after almost 2 seasons off and looks like he has not missed a beat. Chase Ferguson has been on the fringe for a while and this may be his year to cement a permanent A Grade Karoonda will welcome back Josh Rudiger, Chris Rudiger, Zakk Bullard, Daniel Thiele and Eli Koch this week in a big boost to their depth. After 2 big losses they will be keen to put up a competitive performance. Ben Quinn has been in good form in the midfield while Joel Loechel is a good recruit. Josh Rosenzweig, Andrew Smithson & Ryan Paech are solid in defence while Jarred Woodward has started the season well. Veteran Luke Hocking is still a dangerous player and does not need many possessions to have an impact. BDT should be back in the winners list by Saturday night.
Murrayville v Pinnaroo
Murrayville got the points against BDT last week and can put an early stamp on a finals spot with a win this week. Jake Venning is in good form in attack and Clayton Sporn has developed into an influential key position player. Rian Crane and Kevin Wyatt are 2 players who can turn a game when they get the opportunity and always provide a contest. Chris Presser and Trent Wright have added depth and feature amongst the best players. Pinnaroo would be disappointed with the result against Lameroo last week. Micah Van Loon Has started the year well with veteran Chad Nickolls continuing to make the best player list. Shannon Jenner and Tai Wheadon are 2 good recruits who have made an impact already. Nick Hyde will be looking to make an impact this week against Murrayville. Alex Keough continued on with his good form and is one of the highest possession winners in the League. Murrayville have started 2015 well and should make it 2 from 3 this week.
Peake v Lameroo
Gabe Phillips is in ominous form and works well with ruck man Patrick Gabb. Trevor Rigney is a fast leading full forward and will beat any full back if given clean ball from the midfield. Brad Kielow is a Senior Colt who has stepped up as a goal kicker while Sam Braidwood is a strong man at centre half forward. Wade Sanders and Rick Piggott provide strong rebound from defence while Josh Hill is a classy player in the midfield. Ben Greiger is the big “recruit” at Lameroo with his size and strength bringing other players into the game. Miles Sumner is good in the midfield and also leads the League goal kicking list after 2 rounds. Hayden Thorpe racks up possessions every week while Shaun Walker has lost none of his attacking flair. Tom Maynard has returned and added to the defence while Fraser Sampson is developing into another high passion midfielder who can kick goals.Peake won the Preliminary Final battle last year but Lameroo can come out on top this week.
Round 2 - May 2, 2015
Best: Peake - G. Phillips, P. Gabb, T. Rigney, W. Saunders, B. Kielow, R. Piggott. Karoonda : J. Loechel, B. Quinn, J. Woodward, B. Stone, S. Krezos, N. Zander. Goals: Peake - T. Rigney 7, S. Braidwood 4, B. Kielow 4, G. Phillips 3, J. Hill 2, W. Saunders 2,R. Morris 1, E. Murray 1, J. Lines 1. Karoonda : R. Paech 2, B. Quinn 1, J. Loechel 1
Best: Lameroo - T. Maynard, F. Sampson, B. Grieger, T. Walker, M. Sumner. Pinnaroo : M. Vanloon, C. Nickolls, S. Jenner, T. Wheadon, A. Keough, C. Dabinett. Goals: Lameroo - M. Sumner 7, B. Grieger 6, F. Sampson 3, S. Agelis 3, R. Seal 1, J. Ridgway 1,V. Noonan 1. Pinnaroo : L. Pye 2, A. Keough 2, S. Jenner 1, T. Wheadon 1, H. Boseley 1, J. Heinicke 1
Best: Murrayville - C. Sporn, J. Venning, C. Presser, T. Wright, R. McCormick, B. Wilson. BDT - L. Richardson, C. Kennett, H. Schilling, P. Barrett, C. Ferguson, J. Keller. Goals: Murrayville - J. Venning 5, B. Wyatt 3, R. Crane 1, C. Presser 1, R. Knights 1. BDT - P. Barrett 3, T. Hawthorne 2, B. Hooper 1, B. Prater 1, L. Richardson 1, M. Vandeleur 1, C. Ferguson 1
ROUND TWO PREVIEW - May 1, 2015
Mallee League had a bye for all clubs last weekend so Pinnaroo and Lameroo will play the designated ANZAC match this weekend for the Geoff Blacket Medal in football and the Sister FR Casson Medal in Netball.
Pinnaroo v Lameroo
Pinnaroo put in a credible effort against reigning Premiers BDT in Round 1 and will be looking to improve as players get to know each other. Recruits Micah Van Loon, Tai Wheadon and William Brown featured in the best players to make a strong impression first up. Nick Hyde playing in ruck allows Chad Nickolls to play forward and he is a huge man to compete with in the goal square. Alex Keough continued on with his good form and is one of the highest possession winners in the League.
Ben Greiger returned to Lameroo and his size and strength is a massive boost to the midfield. 2014 Mail Medallist Hayden Thorpe continued on his merry way with a BOG performance while Shaun Walker has lost none of his attacking flair. Miles Sumner has a booming left foot and a good football brain and Tom Maynard slotted into a key defensive role. The loss of Billy McNeilly (shoulder) & Craig Altus (knee) will be difficult to cover while youngsters Charlie Hay & Jayden Barrett will likely be back at College. Josh Ridgway’s football has improved immensely the past couple of years and he is now a regular goal kicking wingman.
Pinnaroo look to have improved but Lameroo will win this week.
Karoonda v Peake
Karoonda will be without Josh Rudiger, Chris Rudiger, Zakk Bullard, Daniel Thiele and Eli Koch this week while they attend Josh Rudigers wedding. Ben Quinn will need to hold the midfield together while Joel Loechel impressed in his first match last week. Josh Rosenzweig & Andrew Smithson will have their work cut out in defence while Ryan Paech put in an impressive performance at half back against Lameroo. Nick Zander and veteran Luke Hocking will need to make the most of every opportunity when the ball does go forward. Brendan Walsh plays his first match and will have a massive job against man mountain
Patrick Gabb.Gabe Phillips returned from a knee injury and had an immediate impact on the game in Round 1. Patrick Gabb will give the midfield first look at the ball with Jarryd Hill likely to push into the best players. Nick Gregurke will return to college after a strong performance against Murrayville. Rick Piggott is one of the calmest players around and never makes a mistake across half back.
Peake will win comfortably at Karoonda.
Murrayville v BDT
Murrayville would be disappointed with their Round 1 loss to Peake and will be keen to bounce back against BDT. Sam Magor was good on debut while Kevin Wyatt just plays good football week in & week out. Reece Knights showed he will be a valuable player in 2015 with Clayton Sporn once again showing he can hold down a key position. Jake Venning and Trent Wright are players who will need to be amongst the best for Murrayville to push BDT. Hayden Schilling returned and gives BDT more options in ruck & key positions. Josh Keller knows when to step up and Jackson Williams fitted in well with the strong BDT midfield. Patrick Barrett, Josh Richardson & Lachlan Richardson all capable of turning matches in BDT’s favour. Chad Kennett returned after almost 2 seasons off with a knee injury and picked up where he left off while Mark Vandeleur loves crumbing goals up forward.
BDT with too much class in the midfield will defeat Murrayville.
Round 1 - April 18, 2015
Best: BDT - J. Keller , J. Williams , C. Kennett , H. Schilling , L. Richardson , P. Barrett. Pinnaroo - C. Dabinett , M. Vanloon , A. Keough , T. Wheadon , W. Brown , C. Nickolls. Goals: BDT - P. Barrett 3, J. Williams 2, C. Kennett 2, M. Vandeleur 2, L. Richardson , J. Richardson , C. Ferguson. Pinnaroo - C. Nickolls 3, L. Dabinett 2, L. Pye
Best: Lameroo - H. Thorpe , S. Walker , B. Grieger , J. Ridgway , F. Sampson. Karoonda - Z. Bullard , B. Quinn , J. Rudiger , E. Koch , J. Woodward , C. Rudiger. Goals: Lameroo - M. Sumner 4, J. Ridgway 3, F. Sampson 3, J. Barrett 3, B. Woodall , M. Ridgway , C. Altus. Karoonda - L. Hocking 3, D. Thiele
Best: Peake - R. Piggott , P. Gabb , N. Gregurke , G. Phillips , S. Braidwood. Murrayville - S. Magor , K. Wyatt , C. Sporn , S. Mader , R. Knights , T. Wright. Goals: Peake - G. Phillips 4, J. Hill 2, S. Braidwood , S. Mahony , N. Gregurke , R. Morris , T. Rigney. Murrayville - J. Venning 2, S. Mader , S. Magor , S. Edwards
CROWS MAKE IT FIVE IN A ROW
GRAND FINAL at PINNAROO on September 13, 2014
Best: BDT - P. Barrett , R. Vandeleur , J. Keller , J. Richardson , T. Hawthorne , B. Traeger. Peake - M. Baker , N. Gregurke , D. Hare , T. Rigney , B. Woodhouse , M. Whitford. Goals: BDT - P. Barrett 9, J. Richardson 4, L. Richardson 2, M. Kempe , B. Hooper. Peake - T. Rigney 4, R. Morris 2, W. Saunders 2, M. Baker , N. Gregurke , R. Piggott , M. Whitford