PATRICK BARRETT WINS 2015 MAIL MEDAL
Teams: Border Downs/Tintinara, Karoonda, Lameroo, Murrayville, Peake & Pinnaroo
Second Semi Final Preview at Coonalpyn 29/8/2015
A Grade Lameroo v Peake
Lameroo have been on top of the ladder for 14 of 15 rounds in 2015 Mallee football and look to be in good shape going into finals. After the disappointment of the 2014 finals series they will be determined to make the most of this opportunity.
Ben Greiger’s return is a massive boost with his strong marking sure to make a difference up forward. Andrew Hunt has blossomed in ruck taking on virtually sole responsibility in this role. Vaughan Noonan has used his strength to provide a target at half forward with Billy McNeilly and Matt Ridgway holding key defensive roles. The midfield is well served by Hayden Thorpe, Shaun Walker and Fraser Sampson while Josh Barrett has developed into an influential player. Josh Ridgway, Ben Woodall, Sam O’Grady and Ricky Seal will all make contributions while Tom Maynard has been a great addition returning to Lameroo this season.
Peake rested a number of players in the last round so it will be interesting to see how 2 weeks off affects them. Peake have the double chance in 2015 after making the Grand Final from the First Semi Final in 2014 and will be looking to go one step further in 2015.
Patrick Gabb has been a dominant ruck man in 2015 and he has stepped up his work around the ground to be a valuable player. Michael Baker has returned late in the season to bolster the midfield of Gabe Phillips, Darren Hare, Jarryd Hill and Shane Heinrich. Jake Hewett has pace to burn on a wing while Ryan Morris can be a handful on the other wing. Sam Braidwood and Trevor Rigney are focal points in attack with Brad Kielow chipping in with a few goals. The defence has held up well with Gareth Diprose, Rick Piggott, Kym Markwick & Jeff Lines getting the job done each week. Sam Janetzki has had a standout season and Wade Saunders is a creative player who sets up his forwards well.
Lameroo won the first 2 encounters in 2015 while Peake defeated an understrength Lameroo last time. Both teams are in good form at the right end of the season and should provide a great match.
Lameroo may have too much forward strength and can advance to the Grand Final with a win over Peake.
Reserves BDT v Pinnaroo
Not much has separated these sides with Pinnaroo winning twice to BDT once and the winning margins not of any significance.
Pinnaroo A Grade are out of the finals race so there may be some players return this week to strengthen the Reserves. BDT A Grade are in the Preliminary Final so it will be interesting to see if any players come in from last weeks A Grade team.
BDT finished on top and can win the Second Semi Final.
Senior Colts Lameroo v Murrayville
Lameroo won all 3 matches against Murrayville and will go in with confidence with Charlie Hay returning from College duties. Murrayville have some very good players and will make a game of it and have done well fielding only 13 or so players each week.
Lameroo are aiming for 6 Premierships in a row and can defeat Murrayville to qualify for the 2015 Grand Final.
Junior Colts BDT v Lameroo
BDT have won all 3 matches by large margins this year and will go in red hot favourites to win this week. Lameroo are only 1 match behind BDT on the Premiership Table but it will take a massive effort to win this week.
BDT are looking at 3 Premierships in a row and will defeat Lameroo.
First Semi Final at Lameroo on August 22, 2015
Best: BDT - L. Richardson, P. Barrett, P. Hunter, R. Vandeleur, T. Miegel. Pinnaroo - N. Hyde, L. Pye, C. Muster, M. Vanloon, S. Jenner, A. Keough. Goals: BDT - D. Head 4, P. Barrett 3, C. Gregory 3, B. Hooper 2, T. Hawthorne 2, J. Richardson 1,
M. Vandeleur 1, B. Todd 1. Pinnaroo - A. Keough 2, H. Boseley 1, W. Nickolls 1, S. Hannam 1
Football Preview 22/8/2015
First Semi Final at Lameroo
A Grade BDT v Pinnaroo
BDT coasted to the finals with a win over Peake last week and will welcome back inside midfielder Lachlan Richardson this week. Match winners in Josh Keller & Josh Richardson play to win the important matches. Chris Gregory is the most reliable key position player going around and Patrick Barrett is an explosive talent. Chad Kennett has taken his game to another level and Tasman Hawthorne sneaks under the guard of opposition teams. Dustin Head has settled into a role at half back while Hayden Schilling will hold a key defensive position. Bill Traeger will not win every ruck contest but will nullify most of them. Ben Hooper still has plenty to offer and Brett Todd can kick goals when given space.
Pinnaroo had 9 under 19 players last week and are a quick running side. If Chad Nickolls in ruck can give their midfield a head start they can cause some damage. Micah Vanloon leads the way along with Shannon Jenner. Alex Keough is as consistent as they come and will rack up plenty of possessions. Cejay Dabinett is a young player on the rise while Clint Muster still knows how to get the ball. Nick Hyde leads a solid defence with William Brown adding some stability in the back half. Heath Boseley competes well at half forward while Wade Nickolls can kick a handful of goals at full forward if given opportunities. Scott Hannam is another young player showing plenty of promise marking well and kicking straight for goal.
If Pinnaroo can use their run they have a chance but BDT have a more mature team with players who know how to win finals and will win to progress to the Preliminary Final.
Reserves Lameroo v Peake
Lameroo and Peake have had strong Reserves sides and played a lot of finals over the years. Lameroo have looked more settled this year with Peake just holding Murrayville out of 4th spot. Lameroo have won all 3 encounters in 2015 although the last match was won by less than a goal.
Lameroo should win and keep their Premiership chances alive.
Senior Colts Pinnaroo v Peake
It is hard to read the season form with Peake winning twice by 20 points and Pinnaroo winning the other match by 54 points. Pinnaroo finished above Peake but Peake’s late season form has been better.
Peake can win to stay in the Premiership race.
Junior Colts Pinnaroo v Peake
Pinnaroo & Peake finished on equal points but Pinnaroo had a far superior percentage. Pinnaroo have won the last 2 matches and will start as favourites this week.
Round 15 - August 15, 2015
Best: Lameroo - F. Sampson, B. Grieger, S. Walker, J. Barrett, J. Ridgway, V. Noonan. Murrayville : B. Wilson, J. Hodgson, S. Magor, C. Presser, R. McCormick, S. Mader. Goals: Lameroo – Ben Grieger 13, V. Noonan 5, R. Seal 3, J. Barrett 3, M. Sumner 3, J. Ridgway 2, S. Nassif 1, B. Woodall 1, F. Sampson 1, M. Caulfield 1, A. Hunt 1. Murrayville : B. Wilson 3, L. Kirkbright 2, J. Hodgson 2, R. Watson 1, D. Crane 1, R. McCormick 1, B. Edwards 1, S. Edwards 1, C. Presser 1
Best: BDT - T. Hawthorne, J. Keller, B. Traeger, B. Prater, T. Miegel, B. Swain. Peake : M. Baker, S. Heinrich, J. Lines, P. Gabb, S. Janetzki, B. Pickering. Goals: BDT - T. Hawthorne 4, P. Barrett 2, J. Richardson 1, B. Hooper 1, H. Schilling 1, C. Kennett 1, B. Binns 1, C. Gregory 1. Peake : T. Rigney 2, E. Murray 1, L. Sparks 1, S. Janetzki 1, S. Mahony 1, M. Baker 1
Best: Pinnaroo - A. Keough, M. Vanloon, S. Jenner, C. Muster, S. Hannam, C. Dabinett. Karoonda : A. Smithson, B. Quinn, E. Koch, Z. Bullard, J. Woodward, J. Loechel. Goals: Pinnaroo - S. Hannam 5, A. Keough 3, W. Nickolls 3, S. Jenner 2, C. Muster 2, H. Boseley 2, M. Vanloon 1, J. Daly 1, L. Dabinett 1, L. Pye 1. Karoonda : J. Woodward 4, B. Quinn 2, Z. Bullard 1, L. Hocking 1, J. Norman 1, R. Zadow 1, L. Neumann 1, N. Zander 1
Football Preview 15-8-2015
Lameroo will finish Minor Premiers unless there is a massive upset & Murrayville defeat them this week & Peake defeat BDT. Peake have sewn up the double chance and will play in the second week of finals. BDT will have to win 3 matches and come from third if they want to add another Premiership. Pinnaroo play Karoonda in an early elimination final with the winner to play in the 2015 finals. Murrayville are decimated by injuries and will look forward to the end of their season this weekend.
Murrayville v Lameroo
Murrayville are missing key players like coach Rian Crane and key position player Clayton Sporn. They are battling along but come up against a Lameroo side preparing for a shot at the 2015 Premiership.
Kevin Wyatt has again had a strong season controlling the defence with Sam Magor a very good midfield recruit. Chris Presser was holding down centre half forward but has had to move into ruck with a hamstring injury to Daniel Littlewood. Ryan Lewis is a very promising junior player and Jake Venning was a focal point in attack until having to move upfield to cover for missing players. Sam Mader has been used in defence and his run is valuable in creating attacks.
Lameroo welcomed Ben Grieger back last week and his strong marking will test any defence let alone an undermanned Murrayville side. Matt Ridgway has found form at the right end of the season and Tom Maynard has been strong in his return to Lameroo. Miles Sumner is likely to return this week and Vaughan Noonan has been cranking up for finals. Fraser Sampson, Shaun Walker and Hayden Thorpe are the core of a strong midfield and Andrew Hunt has been strong in ruck.
Lameroo will coast into finals with a win over Murrayville.
BDT v Peake (Tintinara)
Neither side has much to gain in this match and may rest some key players.
Dustin Head has slotted back into the BDT side and fits in well with Patrick Barrett, Josh Richardson and Lachlan Richardson. Josh Keller spends a lot of time in defence these days but still has an influence when pushed into the midfield. Chris Gregory can be a dominant forward with Brett Todd and Mark Vandeleur capable small forwards near goal. Chad Kennett has developed rapidly after missing almost 2 seasons and Tasman Hawthorne is not flashy but plays his role each week.
Patrick Gabb will control the ruck for Peake while the midfield battle will be a good one with Gabe Phillips, Darren Hare, Jarryd Hill and Michael Baker capable of winning clearances for Peake. Gareth Diprose and Rick Piggott are solid in defence while Sam Braidwood and Trevor Rigney are a potent combination in attack. Sam Janetzki has become a very good “shut down” player and it will be interesting to see who he plays on this week.
Peake are in good form and can win a close match at Tintinara.
Pinnaroo v Karoonda
Pinnaroo have not played finals for some time and will be keen to win this one and play in the Major Round. Nick Hyde has been strong at half back while the young recruits have bolstered the midfield. Micah Vanloon has been outstanding with Shannon Jenner, Tai Wheadon not far behind although Wheadon has been back at Port Magpies the last 2 weeks. Alex Keough is a ball magnet while Clint Muster and Leith Dabinett continue to feature in the best players. Wade Nickolls is a strong mark in the goal square and Cejay Dabinett continues to impress in the midfield.
Karoonda welcomed back Jarred Woodward, Clint Warhurst, Andrew Smithson, Luke Hocking and Rowan Zadow last week to add some much needed depth to their team. Zakk Bullard has been in outstanding form while Ben Quinn continues to lead by example. Brendan Walsh is a developing ruck man while Nick Zander plays his role in attack and on ball. Chris Rudiger and Eli Koch are in form defenders and Josh Rosenzweig is returning to his best form. Josh Smithson and Ben Perkins will return this week from College with the last match they played being the win over Pinnaroo in Round 2.
Karoonda have improved but always find Pinnaroo hard to beat at Pinnaroo so the home team will start as favourites.
Round 14 - August 8, 2015
Best: Lameroo - S. O'Grady, M. Ridgway, J. Barrett, M. Benham, T. Walker, T. Maynard. BDT – J. Keller , J. Richardson , H. Schilling , R. Vandeleur , B. Hooper , B. Kennett. Goals: Lameroo - B. Grieger 3, J. Ridgway 2, V. Noonan 2, F. Sampson 2, S. O'Grady 1, H. Thorpe 1, .R. Seal 1. BDT - M. Vandeleur 4, D. Head 2, C. Ferguson 2, T. Hawthorne , L. Richardson.
Best: Peake - S. Janetzki, J. Hill, J. Hewett, K. Markwick, E. Murray, W. Saunders. Pinnaroo : A. Keough, S. Jenner, C. Muster, N. Hyde, L. Dabinett, B. Hannam. Goals: Peake - S. Braidwood 3, T. Rigney 3, J. Hill 3, S. Janetzki 2, G. Diprose 1, R. Morris 1, J. Hewett 1, B. Kielow 1, J. Dikkenberg 1. Pinnaroo : H. Boseley 2, W. Nickolls 2, T. O'Driscoll 1, S. Hannam 1
Best: Karoonda - Z. Bullard, E. Koch, A. Smithson, C. Rudiger, B. Quinn, J. Woodward. Murrayville : K. Wyatt, R. Lewis, C. Presser, S. Magor, S. Mader, J. Venning. Goals: Karoonda - J. Woodward 6, Z. Bullard 5, S. Paech 2, N. Zander 2, B. Quinn 1, R. Paech 1, P. Hefford 1, R. Zadow 1, L. Neumann 1, A. Smithson 1. Murrayville : S. Magor 2, B. Edwards 1, B. Watson 1, B. Wilson 1, S. Mader 1, J. Venning 1
ROUND FOURTEEN PREVIEW
Football Preview 8-8-2015
Peake look to have taken the double chance over BDT with a win against Lameroo last week.
Pinnaroo have a hold on the last spot in the finals after defeating an undermanned Murrayville last week.
Lameroo v BDT
Not a lot rides on this match although BDT could still pinch the double chance if Peake slip up and BDT pick up a bit of percentage.
Lameroo should welcome back Andrew Hunt, Tom Maynard, Nick Johnson, Riley Kerber while Miles Sumner may also return from injury. Ben Grieger has been close to resuming for a few weeks and after playing 3 matches early will need to find form pretty quick leading into finals.
Hayden Thorpe, Ben Woodall and Shaun Walker are all great midfielders with Josh Barrett not far behind them. Vaughan Noonan has a strong presence in attack while Shane Agelis needs to put in a big match against the stronger clubs. Matt Ridgway will play a variety of roles while Josh Ridgway is playing well on a wing.
BDT know finals are around the corner and the big guns are stepping up. Josh Richardson, Josh Keller, Lachlan Richardson and Patrick Barrett will all play well in big matches. Bill Traeger and Hayden Schilling are capable ruckmen providing a contest while Chad Kennett has taken his game up a few levels in 2015. Dustin Head can play across half back, on ball or forward as can Tasman Hawthorne. Chris Gregory is a real threat in attack and will be hard to control.
BDT can cause an upset and defeat Lameroo and open up the finals race.
Peake v Pinnaroo
Peake have man mountain Patrick Gabb giving his midfielders first look at the ball. Michael Baker has returned to add depth along with Gabe Phillips, Darren Hare and Jarryd Hill. Sam Janetzki can play a run with role and win the ball himself while Wade Saunders is a clever player. Sam Braidwood and Trevor Rigney can tear a game apart up forward while youngster Brad Kielow will slip under the guard and kick a few goals. Peakes defence has performed as well as any team with Gareth Diprose, Kym Markwick, Rick Piggott, Sam Patterson and Jeff Lines combining well’
Pinnaroo can guarantee a finals spot with a win but will need to be at their best to push Peake. Micah Vanloon has been outstanding in his first year of Mallee football. Alex Keough and Shannon Jenner are ball winners in the midfield while Tai Wheadon will add depth if he returns from Port Adelaide. Veterans Leith Dabinett and Clint Muster still have plenty to offer
While Cejay Dabinett is building a reputation as a strong midfielder. Wade Nickolls is a strong mark in the goal square and Chad Nickolls still can control the ruck.
Peake are in good form and will defeat Pinnaroo.
Karoonda v Murrayville
Karoonda must win if they want to play finals. They should be boosted by Andrew Smithson, Clint Warhurst & Jarred Woodward this week with veteran Luke Hocking maybe a chance as well. Zakk Bullard and Ben Quinn have held the midfield together with Nick Zander and Chris Rudiger providing solid support. Eli Koch has stepped up in defence while Brendan Walsh is developing well in ruck. Lucas Neumann has come back in the last 2 matches and given another target in attack alongside Ryan Paech.
Murrayville have been missing key players in Clayton Sporn, Sam Magor, Dan Littlewood, Trent Anderson and Stewart Edwards and will need them back to provide a contest. Rian Crane is likely to miss in a major blow to Murrayville’s chances. Cheyne Cronin has battled hard in attack and Jake Venning will kick goals if given opportunities. Chris Presser uses his strength well and Kevin Wyatt is Mr Reliable.
Last time they met at Murrayville they won by 100 points but Karoonda will start favourites at home this week.
Round 13 - August 1, 2015
Best: BDT - P. Barrett, J. Richardson, B. Traeger, D. Head, C. Kennett, B. Prater. Karoonda : Z. Bullard, E. Koch, C. Rudiger, B. Quinn, J. Rosenzweig, B. Walsh. Goals: BDT - P. Barrett 6, J. Richardson 4, J. Keller 3, D. Head 3, C. Ferguson 2, C. Gregory 2, B. Hooper 1, L. Richardson 1, T. Hawthorne 1, K. Harkness 1, B. Todd 1. Karoonda : L. Neumann 2
Best: Pinnaroo – A. Keough , C. Muster , S. Jenner , M. Vanloon , J. Schutz , N. Hyde. Murrayville - C. Presser, R. McCormick, S. Mader, R. Lewis, J. Hodgson, T. Wright. Goals: Pinnaroo – W. Nickolls 5, A. Keough 4, C. Muster 3, M. Wendland 3, L. Dabinett 2, H. Boseley 2, L. Pye 2. Murrayville - J. Venning 2, R. McCormick 1, C. Cronin 1, S. Mader 1
Best: Peake - S. Janetzki, S. Braidwood, P. Gabb, S. Paterson, G. Diprose, J. Lines. Lameroo : M. Ridgway, V. Noonan, H. Thorpe, B. Woodall, S. Walker, A. Hall. Goals: Peake - S. Braidwood 5, T. Rigney 4, S. Janetzki 1, S. Heinrich 1, B. Kielow 1. Lameroo : J. Ridgway 2, V. Noonan 2, B. Woodall 1, S. Agelis 1, S. Walker 1
ROUND THIRTEEN PREVIEW
Football Preview 1-8-2015
Another Round of Top Three v Bottom Three last week with Lameroo, Peake & BDT building towards finals. The final spot in the Major Round is still open to Pinnaroo, Karoonda and Murrayville but all three are low on confidence at the moment after big losses for each of them over the past 2 weeks.
BDT v Karoonda (Coonalpyn)
BDT had Jackson Williams and Dustin Head last week from SANFL and they will make a huge difference if they play the rest of the year at BDT. Chris Gregory has been reinvented as a forward in 2015 after dominating as a defender for many years and sits third on the goal kicking list behind team mate Patrick Barrett and Trevor Rigney from Peake. Chad Kennett and Tasman Hawthorne are in good form while Josh Richardson, Lachlan Richardson and Josh Keller do the job every week. It is easy to overlook Brett Todd and Mark Vandeleur up forward but they will chip in with a couple of goals each week.
Ben Quinn and Zakk Bullard are carrying the Karoonda midfield while Nick Zander has stepped up to share the load. Brendan Walsh continues to impress in ruck while Eli Koch and Josh Rudiger work hard in defence. Karoonda will be hoping Ryan Paech, Andrew Smithson and Jarred Woodward return this week to add some much needed depth.
BDT will win against Karoonda.
Murrayville v Pinnaroo
Murrayville must win to have a chance of pinching a finals spot. Rian Crane and Kevin Wyatt are in the best regularly while Sam Magor is in good touch. Chris Presser is a strong target in attack while Cheyne Cronin and Jack Hodgson are solid players. Jake Venning will need to return to his early season form while Kobe Henderson, Ryan Lewis and Henry Gibson are promising junior players.
Micah Vanloon has been a standout for Pinnaroo this year and Alex Keough looks to be returning to his best form. Shannon Jenner, Tai Wheadon, Cejay Dabinett and Lachlan Pye have all contributed at different times while Chad Nickolls is still a big presence in ruck. Leith Dabinett and Clint Muster are in the senior class but still make a valuable contribution each week.
Pinnaroo can win to put a hand up for the last spot in the finals.
Peake v Lameroo
The match of the round will see the top sides face off at Peake. Peake are building nicely with Patrick Gabb controlling the ruck and Gabe Phillips returning to top form after a knee injury. Darren Hare, Jarryd Hill and Shane Heinrich are ball winners in the midfield while Sam Janetzki has been a valuable player being used wherever he is needed. Wade Saunders is a clever player while Rick Piggott can attack from half back. Trevor Rigney and Sam Braidwood are a formidable combination in attack and extremely hard to contain.
Shaun Walker is pacing himself and playing good football heading towards finals as is Hayden Thorpe. Fraser Sampson has been outstanding all season while Josh Barrett is very consistent through the midfield. Shane Agelis is kicking goals regularly as a small forward while Vaughan Noonan is a strong target at half forward. Billy McNeilly, Nick Johnson and Matt Ridgway will have a big job on the Peake forwards this week and their duels will have a big influence on the outcome of this match.
Lameroo are awaiting Ben Greiger’s return to provide another strong marking target in attack as they head into another finals series.
Both teams are in good form but Lameroo may just get the points at Peake.
Round 12 - July 25, 2015
Best: Peake - G. Phillips, P. Gabb, S. Janetzki, J. Hill, T. Rigney, D. Hare. Karoonda : B. Quinn, Z. Bullard, N. Zander, E. Koch, J. Rosenzweig, B. Walsh. Goals: Peake - T. Rigney 8, J. Hill 2, R. Piggott 2, S. Braidwood 2, B. Kielow 2, G. Phillips 2, E. Murray 2, D. Hare 1, W. Saunders 1, R. Morris 1, J. Kahl 1, S. Janetzki 1. Karoonda : Z. Bullard 1, L. Neumann 1
Best: Lameroo - H. Thorpe, F. Sampson, J. Barrett, J. Ridgway, B. McNeilly, M. Benham. Pinnaroo : M. Vanloon, L. Pye, A. Keough, L. Dabinett, C. Muster, C. Nickolls. Goals: Lameroo - S. Agelis 8, F. Sampson 3, W. Hall 2, J. Ridgway 2, T. Maynard 2, J. Barrett 1, T. Bell 1, S. Kerley 1, M. Ridgway 1. Pinnaroo : A. Keough 1, S. Jenner 1, L. Bailey 1, W. Nickolls 1, M. Wendland 1
Best: BDT - P. Barrett, C. Gregory, D. Head, J. Williams, T. Hawthorne. Murrayville : K. Wyatt, J. Hodgson, R. Crane, C. Presser, T. Ford, C. Cronin. Goals: BDT - Chris Gregory 11, J. Williams 5, B. Todd 4, P. Barrett 3, L. Richardson 1, P. Hunter 1, J. Richardson 1, B. Hooper 1, D. Head 1, B. Prater 1, C. Ferguson 1. Murrayville : B. Edwards 2, C. Presser 1, B. Wilson 1, R. Lewis 1
The top three dominated the bottom three last week with Lameroo showing why they are top against Karoonda and Peake looking to build towards finals against Murrayville. Pinnaroo put up a better effort against BDT but were never a serious threat.
Karoonda v Peake
Karoonda should have Andrew Smithson back this week to help the defence with Eli Koch in good form and Cameron White making strong progress in his first year of A Grade football. Ben Quinn and Zakk Bullard have carried the midfield with support from Joel Loechel and Jarred Woodward. Nick Zander has been good in the midfield and also provides a target in attack which will improve if Ryan peach can return from injury. Brendan Walsh will have a big task in ruck against Patrick Gabb this week.
Sam Braidwood and Trevor Rigney pose a huge threat in attack for Peake and if Patrick Gabb gives first use to the midfield they will be hard to stop. Darren Hare, Jarryd Hill, Gabe Phillips and Shane Heinrich will all rotate through the midfield and give their forwards many opportunities. Gareth Diprose, Jeff Lines and Rick Piggott do the job in defence with Wade Saunders and Wade Hewett running well on the wings.
Peake should have a convincing win at Karoonda.
Murrayville v BDT
Murrayville have had a bad couple of weeks and will want to be competitive at home against BDT. Rian Crane continues to lead his team strongly and Chris Presser always makes a contest at half forward or in ruck. Cheyne Cronin is having a good season in attack with Sam Magor impressing in the midfield. Kevin Wyatt is as reliable as ever and Allyd Kinnersley always puts in an honest performance.BDT with Patrick Barrett, Josh Richardson and Josh Keller have match winners who know when and how to step up. Add Lachlan Richardson’s hardness and the back up of Tasman Hawthorne and Chad Kennett and there is a very strong midfield group. Chris Gregory is one of the most consistent MFL players with Hayden Schilling and Bill Traeger doing the work in ruck.
BDT will be too strong for Murrayville this week.
Pinnaroo v Lameroo
Pinnaroo are hanging onto a spot in the finals and will need to put in some strong performances in the last 4 matches. Micah Vanloon has been outstanding all season and Shannon Jenner has been excellent as well. Nick Hyde has been strong and solid in defence while Cejay Dabinett has quickly developed into a very good A Grade footballer. Alex Keough always wins possessions in the midfield while Chad Nickolls is a big presence in ruck.
Lameroo are looking strong heading towards finals and will welcome back Ben Grieger sometime soon. Vaughan Noonan has a strong presence in attack and Shane Agelis showed what he can do when given space with 10 goals last week. Ben Woodall is a good young recruit and Josh Barrett has had a very good season. Shaun Walker continues to play well, Hayden Thorpe always wins possessions, Fraser Sampson is consistent on a wing and Tom Maynard can play at either end of the ground.
Lameroo look too strong overall and will defeat Pinnaroo.
Round 11 - July 18, 2015
Best: Lameroo - B. Woodall, J. Barrett, S. Walker, T. Maynard, S. Agelis, F. Sampson. Karoonda : B. Quinn, Z. Bullard, E. Koch, B. Perkins, C. White, B. Kerr. Goals: Lameroo - Shane Agelis 10, S. Walker 4, V. Noonan 3, J. Barrett 2, A. Hall 1, C. Wellburn 1, B. Woodall 1, J. Ridgway 1, T. Maynard 1, A. Hunt 1, B. McNeilly 1. Karoonda : J. Loechel 2, B. Kerr 1, Z. Bullard 1
Best: Peake - S. Braidwood, S. Janetzki, P. Gabb, G. Phillips, J. Hewett, N. Gregurke. Murrayville : R. Crane, C. Cronin, C. Presser, B. Wilson, B. Wyatt, A. Kinnersley. Goals: Peake - S. Braidwood 8, G. Phillips 6, T. Rigney 5, J. Hill 4, B. Kielow 2, S. Janetzki 2, E. Murray 1, J. Hewett 1, W. Saunders 1, N. Gregurke 1. Murrayville : K. Henderson 2, S. Magor 1, C. Cronin 1, S. Wyatt 1
Best: BDT - C. Kennett , P. Barrett , H. Schilling , B. Traeger , C. Gregory , P. Hunter. Pinnaroo - M. Vanloon , S. Jenner , R. O''Driscoll , A. Keough , N. Hyde , C. Dabinett. Goals: BDT - P. Barrett 7, J. Richardson 5, L. Richardson 2, M. Vandeleur 2, B. Prater , R. Vandeleur , C. Gregory , B. Hooper. Pinnaroo - W. Nickolls 2, M. Vanloon , N. Hyde , A. Keough , C. Muster , R. O''Driscoll , L. Pye , H. Boseley
Lameroo showed they are Premiership favourites with a big win over Murrayville. Peake stepped up with a win over BDT to put a stamp on the double chance. BDT let one slip without Josh Richardson who is still one of their most important players. Pinnaroo slipped up and allowed Karoonda back into the finals race. Karoonda bounced back from a disaster against Murrayville to outplay Pinnaroo. Murrayville went from a 100 point win over Karoonda to a 100 point loss to Lameroo.
Lameroo v Karoonda
Lameroo are Premiership favourites losing only one match in the first 10. Their most dangerous player Ben Greiger has rarely been on the park in 2015 and they will be hoping he can make an appearance in the next few weeks. Fraser Sampson, Shaun Walker and Josh Barrett have been strong through the midfield while Vaughan Noonan is a marking target in attack. Andrew Hunt has carried the ruck with the return of Billy McNeilly strengthening the defence. Ben Woodall is an impressive youngster while Hayden Thorpe racks up possessions at will in the centre.
Karoonda had Josh Smithson back last week for the first time in 2015 but he is likely to be back at West Adelaide this week. Ben Quinn and Zakk Bullard have been tireless in the midfield with Chris Rudiger capable of having an influence at either end of the ground. Brendan Walsh is developing into a good ruck man and Nick Zander is using his strength to advantage. Andrew Smithson, Eli Koch and Josh Rosenzweig form a formidable defence while Cameron White’s efforts have been outstanding.
Lameroo are top and will defeat Karoonda.
Peake v Murrayville
Peake put a foot in the door for the double chance last week. Trevor Rigney is hard to stop in attack while Sam Braidwood is a man mountain at half forward. Patrick Gabb gives first use to his midfield in ruck and Darren Hare takes full advantage. Jarryd Hill is building after a slow start while Rick Piggott and Gareth Diprose are cool in defence.
Murrayville will want to put last week behind them and coach Rian Crane will again lead from the front. Sam Magor has been an outstanding recruit while Kevin Wyatt always plays well. Chris Presser is a strong point in attack with Trent Wright and Cheyne Cronin capable of kicking goals. Jake Venning had a good start to the year and will make a difference if he returns this week.
Peake are in good form and will defeat Murrayville.
BDT v Pinnaroo (Tintinara)
BDT are still looking at the double chance and will not want to drop this match. Josh Richardson will make a difference if he returns to lead the midfield of Patrick Barrett, Lachlan Richardson and Josh Keller. Chad Kennett adds depth to the midfield and Chris Gregory can play a role at either end of the ground. Bill Traeger and Hayden Schilling are a handy ruck combination while Tasman Hawthorne is playing well across half forward.
Pinnaroo slipped up last week and it appears Brad Coulson will play the rest of 2015 at Port Adelaide after a couple of impressive performances for Pinnaroo. Micah Vanloon is a quality midfielder and Chad Nickolls can still control the ruck. Alex Keough, Shannon Jenner and Cejay Dabinett are all in good form with Nick Hyde a general in defence.
Before last week I would have given Pinnaroo a chance but BDT look too strong.
Round 10 - July 11, 2015
Best: Karoonda - Z. Bullard , J. Smithson , C. Rudiger , B. Quinn , E. Koch , A. Smithson. Pinnaroo - C. Nickolls , N. Hyde , A. Keough , S. Jenner , C. Dabinett , L. Dabinett. Goals: Karoonda - N. Zander 3, J. Woodward 3, P. Hefford 2, J. Smithson 2, J. Loechel , S. Paech , C. Warhurst , D. Staker. Pinnaroo - M. Vanloon , A. Keough , W. Nickolls , S. Hannam , S. Dabinett
Best: Lameroo - F. Sampson , B. McNeilly , S. Walker , J. Barrett , V. Noonan , H. Thorpe. Murrayville - S. Magor , T. Wright , R. Crane , K. Wyatt , B. Wyatt , C. Presser. Goals: Lameroo - V. Noonan 5, B. Woodall 4, F. Sampson 3, B. McNeilly , H. Thorpe , A. Hunt , C. Hay , S. Walker , J. Barrett , T. Maynard , S. Agelis. Murrayville - C. Presser , S. Wyatt , S. Edwards , C. Cronin
Best: Peake - T. Rigney , G. Diprose , J. Hill , R. Piggott , S. Janetzki , S. Braidwood. BDT - L. Richardson , C. Kennett , P. Barrett , C. Gregory , B. Traeger , B. Todd. Goals: Peake - T. Rigney 6, D. Hare 2, S. Mahony , S. Braidwood. BDT - B. Todd 2, P. Barrett , J. Keller , K. Harkness
Lameroo lost their first match of 2015 but still have a stranglehold on top spot. Peake narrowly avoided a loss to Pinnaroo without a couple of star players but are vulnerable in second spot. BDT announced they are well in the hunt for another Premiership with a win over Lameroo. Pinnaroo lost a game they should have won with poor kicking for goal. Murrayville got back on the winners list and off the bottom of the ladder. Karoonda, after some encouraging performances, capitulated at Murrayville and now sit at the bottom of the ladder.
Lameroo v Murrayville
Lameroo suffered their first loss of 2015 last start against BDT while Murrayville had a morale boosting win over Karoonda. Lameroo will be hopeful Ben Greiger will return to provide a strong marking target in attack. Hayden Thorpe is a ball winner in the midfield and Shaun Walker rarely wastes a possession. Ben Woodall is continuing to impress and Matt Ridgway is returning to the form we know he can produce. Andrew Hunt is handling the ruck load well with Nick Johnson returning to assist Billy McNeilly in defence.
Coach Rian Crane lead from the front last match with an outstanding all round performance. Kevin Wyatt is also in good form and provides stability to the team. Chris Presser is an imposing presence at half forward and also assists in ruck with Trent Anderson and Cheyne Cronin capable of kicking goals up forward. Lameroo are top because they are in good form and will defeat an improved Murrayville.
Peake v BDT
Peake need to win to gain confidence as they have no defeated Lameroo or BDT in 2015. Trevor Rigney and Darren Hare will return after being left out last match to add to the attack and midfield. Sam Braidwood is a strong marking half forward while Sam Janetzki can provide another avenue to goal. Gabe Phillips has not yet returned to his best after knee surgery and Peake desperately need him to fire. Jarryd Hill is settling in to Mallee football well while Patrick Gabb dominates in ruck most weeks. Rick Piggott and Gareth Diprose have been around a long time and are leaders in defence. BDT are still in the hunt for the 2015 Premiership. Josh Richardson, Josh Keller, Lachlan Richardson and Patrick Barrett can still match it with any midfield with Chad Kennett showing he will be a very good footballer for many years. Hayden Schilling and Bill Traeger are a consistent ruck combination while Tasman Hawthorne and Aaron Richards win plenty BDT look more settled and can move into second spot with a win over Peake.
Karoonda v Pinnaroo
Karoonda had been competitive until the last match against Murrayville and if they want to play finals must defeat Pinnaroo this week. Coach Ben Quinn has lead well with strong support from Zakk Bullard in the midfield and Chris Rudiger and Andrew Smithson in defence. Nick Zander is having a good season while Ryan Paech has carried the load up forward. Brendan Walsh is developing in ruck while Jarred Woodward is playing more consistent football. Cameron White and Eli Koch are reliable in defence and Joel Loechel is a hard worker in the midfield. Pinnaroo have recruited a lot of young players who are working well together. Micah Vanloon, Tai Wheadon, Shannon Jenner and Brad Coulson are all high possession midfielders who provide run. Alex Keough is a ball winner and Cejay Dabinett has added to the midfield. Nick Hyde controls half back and coach Wade Nickolls is kicking plenty of goals at full Pinnaroo can consolidate a finals spot with a win at Karoonda.
Round 9 - June 27, 2015
Best: BDT - J. Keller, C. Kennett, J. Richardson, H. Schilling, B. Kennett. Lameroo : S. Walker, H. Thorpe, S. O'Grady, M. Ridgway, B. Woodall, T. Maynard. Goals: BDT - P. Barrett 4, M. Vandeleur 2, B. Todd 2, C. Gregory 2, J. Williams 2, J. Richardson 1, L. Richardson 1. Lameroo : S. Walker 2, B. Woodall 2, H. Thorpe 2, C. Hay 2, J. Ridgway 1, A. Hunt 1, J. Barrett 1, C. Wellburn 1
Best: Peake – R. Piggott , S. Janetzki , G. Diprose , S. Braidwood , J. Hill , P. Gabb. Pinnaroo - M. Vanloon, N. Hyde, S. Jenner, B. Coulson, C. Dabinett, T. Wheadon. Goals: Peake - J. Hill 3, S. Braidwood 2, G. Phillips 2, J. Dikkenberg , B. Kielow , S. Heinrich , S. Janetzki , R. Morris , W. Saunders. Pinnaroo - W. Nickolls 6, T. Wheadon 2, C. Muster 1, C. Dabinett 1, S. Hannam 1
Best: Murrayville - R. Crane, K. Wyatt, C. Presser, S. Mader, K. Henderson, T. Anderson. Karoonda : B. Quinn, A. Smithson, J. Woodward, E. Koch, C. White, C. Rudiger. Goals: Murrayville - R. Crane 6, T. Anderson 6, J. Venning 2, L. Kirkbright 2, K. Wyatt 2, R. McCormick 2, S. Edwards 2, J. Hodgson 1, K. Henderson 1, C. Sporn 1, B. Wilson 1, C. Presser 1. Karoonda : J. Loechel 2, Z. Bullard 2, N. Zander 2, J. Woodward 2, R. Paech 1, C. Rudiger 1, B. Quinn 1
Just over the halfway mark of the Mallee season Lameroo have a firm grip on a double chance in the finals. Peake are locked in a battle with BDT for the other spot in the top two with Peake yet to record a win against Lameroo or BDT in 2015. Pinnaroo have a foot in the door for the last finals spot and should hold on to play finals in 2015. Karoonda must win the next 2 matches to have a chance of pushing Pinnaroo out and Murrayville would need everything to go their way to play finals in 2015.
BDT v Lameroo (Coonalpyn)
BDT are not dominating as they have in previous seasons but they are still around the mark. They still have match winners in Josh Richardson, Patrick Barrett and Josh Keller. Lachlan Richardson is rarely beaten in one on one contest and Chad Kennett has slotted into the midfield to add to the depth along with Tasman Hawthorne. Kael Harkness is developing well and Hayden Schilling is a high leaping ruckman. Chris Gregory has proved a handful playing in attack while Brett Todd and Mark Vandeleur are opportunist small forwards.Lameroo are still without Ben Grieger and his strength is being missed. Andrew Hunt has carried the ruck well and is playing consistent football. Fraser Sampson, Josh Barrett and Ben Woodall are creative running players and Shaun Walker is an experienced campaigner. Billy McNeilly and Tom Maynard are strong defenders while Matt Ridgway is a Mr Fix It anywhere on the ground. Josh Ridgway is an attacking wingman who loves kicking goals. Lameroo can take a stranglehold on top spot with a win over BDT.
Pinnaroo v Peake
Pinnaroo are building a very competitive side. Coach Wade Nickolls has come back into the side after starting in the Reserves and has provided a strong target in the goal square. Bradley Coulson played his first match last week and will be a valuable acquisition. Micah Vanloon continues to impress while Nick Hyde will make life tough for opposition forwards. Alex Keough, Tai Wheadon and Shannon Jenner are all ball winners in the midfield while Cejay Dabinett is an exciting young player. Patrick Gabb has been outstanding in ruck for Peake and Darren hare makes the most of the advantage at stoppages. Gabe Phillips is building after a knee injury while Sam Braidwood is difficult to stop when marking overhead. Trevor Rigney is an excitement machine at full forward with Sam Janetzki also chipping in up forward. Wade Saunders, Jarryd Hill and Shane Heinrich are all no fuss players who get the job done along with Mr Reliable Rick Peake will start favourites and should win but Pinnaroo are capable of causing an upset.
Murrayville v Karoonda
Murrayville must win to keep alive their slim finals chances. They are 2 wins behind 4th placed Pinnaroo but their percentage is similar. Sam Magor has been a strong recruit in the midfield and Jack Hodgson gives a good account of himself. Chris Presser has a big presence at half forward and Jake Venning is developing well as a key forward. Rian Crane and Kevin Wyatt are experienced campaigners and Dan Littewood has stepped in the lead ruck role. It is also crucial for Karoonda to keep in touch with the top four. Scoring enough goals has become an issue for Karoonda although Ryan Paech is having a good season at half forward. Nick Zander is big and strong and can dominate if on song while veteran Bruce Kerr has provided another option in attack. Brendan Walsh has stepped up in ruck while Zakk Bullard and Ben Quinn are carrying the midfield. Andrew Smithson, Josh Rosenzweig and Eli Koch are experienced defenders while Chris Rudiger and Jarred Woodward can play a variety of Tough one to pick but Murrayville at home may just get the points.
Round 8 - June 20, 2015
Best: Lameroo - A. Hunt, F. Sampson, B. Woodall, V. Noonan, S. Walker, J. Barrett. Peake : W. Saunders, P. Gabb, D. Hare, J. Hill, S. Heinrich, L. Sparks. Goals: Lameroo - V. Noonan 3, J. Ridgway 2, A. Hunt 2, J. Barrett 2, R. Kerber 1, B. McNeilly 1. Peake : S. Braidwood 3, J. Hill 2, G. Phillips 1, S. Janetzki 1, T. Rigney 1
Best: BDT - L. Richardson, C. Kennett, H. Schilling, T. Miegel, C. Gregory, A. Reid. Karoonda - Z. Bullard, B. Quinn, J. Rosenzweig, C. Rudiger, A. Smithson, J. Woodward. Goals: BDT - C. Gregory 5, B. Todd 3, J. Richardson 2, K. Harkness 2, T. Hawthorne 1, P. Barrett 1, M. Richards 1, C. Kennett 1. Karoonda : N. Zander 1, H. Zander 1, J. Loechel 1, B. Kerr 1, R. Paech 1, P. Hefford 1, Z. Bullard 1, J. Norman 1
Best: Pinnaroo - N. Hyde, M. Vanloon, C. Dabinett, B. Coulson, A. Keough, T. Wheadon. Murrayville : S. Magor, C. Presser, J. Hodgson, S. Mader, D. Littlewood, T. Anderson. Goals: Pinnaroo - W. Nickolls 6, B. Coulson 3, L. Pye 2, M. Vanloon 2, S. Jenner 1, T. Wheadon 1. Murrayville : J. Venning 3, J. Hodgson 1, S. Magor 1, L. Kirkbright 1, K. Henderson 1
Pinnaroo v Murrayville
Lameroo v Peake
Round 7 - June 13, 2015
Best: Peake - J. Hill, P. Gabb, S. Braidwood, D. Hare, J. Hewett, S. Janetzki. Karoonda - Z. Bullard , C. Rudiger , B. Quinn , A. Smithson , J. Woodward , N. Zander. Goals: Peake - S. Braidwood 4, G. Phillips 2, S. Janetzki 2, J. Hill 2, R. Morris 2, T. Rigney 2, S. Mahony 1. Karoonda - A. Bullard 2, D. Staker , C. Rudiger , B. Kerr , N. Zander , B. Quinn , Z. Bullard
Best: Lameroo - A. Hunt, F. Sampson, B. Woodall, S. O'Grady, B. McNeilly, J. Barrett. Pinnaroo : M. Vanloon, N. Hyde, S. Blacksell, S. Jenner, L. Dabinett, A. Keough. Goals: Lameroo - S. Agelis 6, T. Bell 4, V. Noonan 2, A. Hunt 1, B. McNeilly 1, A. Hall 1,
F. Sampson 1, M. Ridgway 1, J. Ridgway 1, J. Barrett 1. Pinnaroo : H. Boseley 3, L. Pye 2, T. Wheadon 1, W. Nickolls 1, M. Shaw 1, A. Keough 1, J. Sims 1
Best: BDT - C. Kennett, P. Barrett, L. Richardson, J. Richardson, K. Harkness, H. Keller. Murrayville : R. Crane, K. Wyatt, B. Wilson, T. Wright, C. Cronin, T. Anderson. Goals: BDT - P. Barrett 4, C. Gregory 2, J. Richardson 2, M. Richards 1, A. Reid 1, C. Kennett 1, J. Keller 1, T. Hawthorne 1, K. Harkness 1, B. Todd 1. Murrayville : R. Crane 3, C. Cronin 2, S. Edwards 2, S. Mader 1, R. Knights 1, J. Venning 1, L. Kirkbright 1
Preview of June 13 matches
Mallee Hold Off Hills Div 2 to record Solid Win
June 9, 2015
Mallee took on Hills Division 2 for the first time at Lobethal and came up with a solid 22 point win at Lobethal. It is a promising sign that players accept they are required to play Interleague football for the Mallee and they put up a strong performance against a side that included some Hills Division 1.
Mallee lead by 9 points at quarter time and looked to have control with a 26 point lead at half time. Hills closed the gap to 11 points at the last break and hit the front halfway through the last term. Mallee Captain Josh Richardson stepped up with the next 2 centre clearances (with some great ruckwork from Patrick Gabb) which resulted in goals before kicking a sealing goal himself to set up the win for his team.
Patrick Gabb lead the way with a dominant performance in ruck while Captain Josh Richardson showed he is returning to his best winning the Leighton Huxtable Medal as Mallee’s Best Player. Trevor Rigney finished with 7 goals and could easily have had 10 but for a few early misses. Lachlan Richardson and Darren Hare were the strong in and under midfielders while Josh Keller controlled the tempo of the game. Patrick Barrett and Fraser Sampson controlled the wings while Micah Vanloon showed his class and poise with 2 goals and some important touches. Chris Rudiger, Chris Gregory and Nick Hyde were strong in defence while Andrew Smithson had a tough battle but stuck at a difficult task all day.
The Mallee Under 17’s also had a win in a good standard game of junior football winning by 11 points. Cejay Dabinett was named best for Mallee with Captain Josh Barrett not far behind. Tyson Kennett, Nick Gregurke and Charlie Hay are classy player with a big future while Jayden Barrett is a developing ruckman. Brad Kielow provided a strong marking option in attack and could easily have finished with a bag of goals. The Under 17’s were supported by former BDT player Dustin Head and former Pinnaroo player Tom Keough (Fos Williams Medallist from SA State match) who are current West Adelaide players.
A good day out for Mallee football and hopefully the beginning of a long standing competition with Hills Division 2.
Best: Mallee - J. Richardson, P. Gabb, J. Keller, D. Hare, T. Rigney, L. Richardson. Hills Div 2 - D. McAvoy, T. Jenkin, W. Hancock, J. Zadow, R. Davies. Goals: Mallee - T. Rigney 7, J. Richardson 2, M. Vanloon 2, B. Quinn 1, L. Richardson 1, J. Ridgway 1. Hills Div 2 - W. Hancock 3, T. Jenkin 2, J. Groutch 1, J. Lewis-Burns 1, F. Clements 1, J. Male 1, J. Zadow 1, R. Davies 1
INTER-LEAGUE PREVIEW 6/6/2015
Interleague v Hills Division 2 at Lobethal
The Mallee League take on Hills Division 2 for the first time at Lobethal this week with Under 17’s & A Grade teams competing.
The League has had success in recent years against Mid South East League and are keen to start the battles with Hills on a positive note.
Patrick Gabb looks likely to lead the ruck and should be a dominant force at the ball ups. Andrew Hunt has come in and can play up forward and relieve in ruck while Josh Keller, Hayden Thorpe, Josh Richardson, Lachlan Richardson and Darren Hare will form a formidable midfield. Patrick Barrett is a dominating wingman with Fraser Sampson, Josh Ridgway, Micah Van Loon, Shannon Jenner and Zakk Bullard likely to rotate through wing Matt Ridgway, Chris Rudiger, Chris Gregory. Matt Ridgway, Hayden Schilling and Clayton Sporn provide versatility being able to play in key positions. Nick Hyde and Andrew Smithson will play key defensive roles with Kevin Wyatt, Tom Maynard, Chad Kennett and Rick Piggott all capable of holding the defence together.
Trevor Rigney is in form at full forward with Josh Richardson, Ben Quinn, Andrew Hunt, Sam Braidwood and Lachlan Richardson likely to impact the scoreboard.
The Mallee team will look to build on recent success and come home with a win.
Round 6 - May 30, 2015
Best: Lameroo - F. Sampson, J. Ridgway, H. Thorpe, S. Walker, J. Barrett, M. Ridgway. Karoonda : C. Rudiger, B. Quinn, N. Zander, Z. Bullard, A. Smithson, C. White. Goals: Lameroo - J. Ridgway 4, J. Barrett 3, M. Sumner 1, V. Noonan 1, H. Thorpe 1, M. Ridgway 1, R. Seal 1, F. Sampson 1. Karoonda : Z. Bullard 3, D. Staker 2, B. Kerr 2, R. Paech 2, P. Hefford 1
Best: Peake - D. Hare, T. Rigney, R. Piggott, J. Hewett, P. Gabb, G. Diprose. Murrayville : K. Wyatt, S. Magor, R. Knights, M. Worsman, A. Kinnersley, C. Presser. Goals: Peake - T. Rigney 8, J. Hill 4, S. Janetzki 2, S. Mahony 2, W. Saunders 1, R. Morris 1, J. Kahl 1. Murrayville : S. Mader 2, L. Kirkbright 1, J. Hodgson 1, R. McCormick 1, M. Worsman 1, C. Sporn 1, S. Edwards 1, J. Sporn 1, R. Knights 1
Best: BDT - P. Barrett, J. Richardson, A. Richards, H. Schilling, H. Keller, B. Prater. Pinnaroo : M. Vanloon, S. Jenner, N. Hyde, W. Nickolls, L. Bailey, L. Dabinett. Goals: BDT - P. Barrett 9, J. Richardson 3, C. Ferguson 3, C. Gregory 2, B. Prater 2, L. Richardson 2, B. Tucker 1, B. Todd 1. Pinnaroo : W. Nickolls 7, L. Dabinett 2, S. Jenner 1, M. Vanloon 1
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