FLOW FM Footballer of the Year
Voting up to and including August 9
Patrick Barrett (BDT) 19
MIchael Worsman (Murrayville) 11
Hayden Thorpe (Lameroo) 11
Josh Keller (BDT) 9
Corey Knight (Karoonda) 9
Ben Quinn (Karoonda) 9
Darren Hare (Peake) 9
Mail Medal won by
Hayden Thorpe of Lameroo
Top four vote getters:
Hayden Thorpe (Lameroo) 23
Patrick Barrett (BDT) 22
Michael Worsman (M/ville) 20
Josh Keller (BDT) 19
Teams: Border Downs/Tintinara, Karoonda, Lameroo, Murrayville, Peake & Pinnaroo
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
Football Preview 13/9/2014
The fairy tale continues for Peake after playing their first A Grade final since 1994. 2 weeks ago they now play in the 2015 Grand Final. Accurate kicking for goal gave them an early advantage (having 11 goals straight just after half time) and them fighting back late in the game after Lameroo had taken the lead from them leaves them with confidence going into the Grand Final against BDT.
I had Lameroo flag favourites after the Minor Round but they have bowed out in straight sets in a disappointing final series for them
A fantastic day of football saw BDT defeat Peake by 8 points in the Junior Colts, Karoonda defeat Peake by 3 points in the Senior Colts and Murrayville upsetting Lameroo by 10 points in the Reserves.
The Grand Final has all 6 teams represented in what promises to be a great culmination to another very even competition in Mallee Football.
Grand Final at Pinnaroo
A Grade BDT v Peake
BDT smashed Lameroo in the Second Semi Final will a relentless style of football from the first bounce to the final siren and are looking at 5 Premierships in a row in 2015. The midfield is the equal of any in SA Country football with Josh Keller, Patrick Barrett, Josh Richardson and Lachlan Richardson experienced campaigners. Add to them Jarred Brock, Jarran Crabb and Under 15 Alex Stidiford who are fast enhancing their reputations and they have a winning combination. Bill Traeger is a workhorse in ruck but will have his work cut out against man mountain Patrick Gabb and will need to nullify his influence.
Chris Gregory leads an unheralded defence with Barden Kennett, Ryan Vandeleur & Ben Tucker but the key is the work of the midfield getting back to support the defenders. Coach Matt James & Ben Hooper fill the key forward spots with Tasman Hawthorne & Brett Todd playing roles across half forward.
Shane Heinrich should return to add depth to the midfield but he has missed a number of weeks while Darren Hare and Michael Baker feed off the ruck work of Patrick Gabb. Wade Saunders, Ryan Sargood and Ricky Piggott provide stability and good ball use from defence with Ryan Morris and Jake Hewett youngsters who play well on the wings. Trevor Rigney is hampered by a hamstring injury but still a valuable player in attack and Sam Janetzki has provided another option with 4 goals last week in a strong performance adding to his 5 goals in the first final. Aish Simper is likely miss with a hamstring injury but it would be a massive boost if he was able to get up. Youngster Nick Gregurke gives added run and skill from a wing and will make a difference. Matthew Whitford and Jason Dikkenberg are strong marks in attack.
BDT were awesome in the Second Semi Final and it will take something special for Peake to take the fairy tale all the way to the end.
BDT to win 5 a grade Premierships in a row.
Reserves Pinnaroo v Murrayville
The odds of Pinnaroo and Murrayville playing off in the Reserves Grand Final at the start of 2015 would have been impossible to calculate.
Pinnaroo have not won a Reserves Premiership in the Mallee League while Murrayville’s only success was in 1999.
Pinnaroo have been around the top 2 all season and deserve to start as favourites, but Murrayville have their best side available at the business end of the season.
Pinnaroo can win their first Reserves Premiership in the Mallee League this week.
Senior Colts Lameroo v Karoonda
Lameroo are going for 5 straight Senior Colts Premierships while Karoonda have not tasted success since the year 2000.
The Second Semi Final saw a big win to Lameroo while Karoonda only just earnt another crack at the Premiership with a nail biting win over Peake last week.
Lameroo have a more even spread of strong players and can make it 5 Premierships in a row.
Junior Colts Pinnaroo v BDT
BDT won the 2013 Premiership but will face strong opposition from a confident Pinnaroo side. Pinnaroo have not been a regular in Junior Colts finals but have a very good team in 2014. BDT edged out Peake last week to reach the Grand Final and will put up a strong fight. Pinnaroo can start the day well on home soil & win the 2014 Premiership.
PEAKE MAKES FIRST GRAND FINAL SINCE 1993
Preliminary Final at Karoonda, September 6, 2014
Best: Peake - N. Gregurke , R. Sargood , D. Hare , S. Janetzki , M. Whitford , W. Saunders. Lameroo - H. Thorpe , S. Fischer , F. Sampson , M. Benham , B. McNeilly , T. Caulfield. Goals: Peake - S. Janetzki 4, W. Saunders 3, T. Rigney 3, M. Whitford , J. Dikkenberg , D. Hare , R. Morris. Lameroo - A. Hunt 3, T. Hancock 3, J. Barrett 2, S. Agelis 2, R. Hunter , D. Philbey
Preliminary Final Preview at Karoonda 6/9/2014
Well they have done it again. Just when it looked as if Border Downs Tintinara were beatable they smash Lameroo by 106 points in the Second Semi Final to move into another Grand Final. Josh Richardson is still a match winner with 9 goals and Josh Keller is a General on the field. Lachlan Richardson goes about his business with no fuss while jarred Brock has stepped up a notch. Lameroo will need to regroup quickly if they want to play in the 2014 Grand Final as it was an insipid display from the team that finished on top of the ladder.
A Grade Lameroo v Peake
Last week I thought Lameroo were favourites for the 2014 flag. Now I am not confident they can play in the Grand Final after their dismal performance in the Second Semi Final. Scott Fischer was the only midfielder to stand up last week with Andrew Hunt battling manfully in ruck. He will need another big performance this week to nullify the influence of Peake’s Patrick Gabb. Mark Benham & Travis Hancock held their own in defence but will need support from Nick Johnson, Stephen Kerley & Billy McNeilly. Mail Medalist Hayden Thorpe needs to put last week behind him as he has been outstanding in 2014 while Shaun Walker will want to find more of the ball. Ricky Hunter is a focal point if they can get the ball forward while Fraser Sampson and Josh Ridgway usually manage to find the goals. Veterans Brad Zerk & David Philbey missed last week and are doubtful to recover in time for this week’s match and their experience is sorely missed.
Peake have some injury concerns from the First Semi Final. Trevor Rigney has a hamstring injury but is likely to play but Aish Simper and Sam Patterson will likely miss with hamstring injuries. Shane Heinrich will return to add depth to the midfield where Darren Hare and Michael Baker feed off the ruck work of Patrick Gabb. Wade Saunders, Ryan Sargood and Ricky Piggott provide stability and good ball use from defence with Ryan Morris and Jake Hewett youngsters who play well on the wings. Matthew Whitford and Jason Dikkenberg are strong marks in attack while Sam Janetzki is a fast leading forward who can cause some damage.
Peake may be a little unsettled with injuries so I am tipping Lameroo to bounce back and win a close match.
Reserves Lameroo v Murrayville
Lameroo were overrun by Pinnaroo last week and will have A Grade playing again this week which may impact on selection although Senior Colts will not be playing so will be fresh for this match. Murrayville made a late run at finals and scored a good win over BDT in the First Semi Final.
Expect Lameroo to back up and go into the Grand Final.
Senior Colts Karoonda v Peake
Karoonda could not match Lameroo last week but could have Hamish Pilgrim back to strengthen their side. Peake scored a nail biting overtime win against BDT in the First Semi Final and will need to be at the top of their game this week.
Karoonda should win to have another crack at Lameroo in the Grand Final.
Junior Colts BDT v Murrayville
BDT were beaten by Pinnaroo who made a fast start last week. Murrayville had a big win over Peake in the First Semi Final but will find it tougher this week against BDT.
BDT finished top after the Minor Round and will defeat Murrayville to advance to the Grand Final.
Second Semi Final at Murrayville - August 30, 2014
Best: BDT - J. Richardson , B. Kennett , J. Brock , C. Gregory , B. Traeger , R. Vandeleur. Lameroo - S. Fischer , A. Hunt , M. Benham , T. Hancock. Goals: BDT - J. Richardson 9, P. Barrett 3, J. Richards 3, B. Hooper 3, M. James 2, L. Richardson 2, M. Vandeleur , J. Crabb , A. Stidiford. Lameroo - R. Hunter 3, B. McNeilly , F. Sampson , S. Agelis , S. Fischer , C. Altus
Second Semi Final Preview 30/8/2014 at Murrayville
Finals football started with some exciting matches in Mallee Football.
Peake proved too strong for Murrayville in the Junior Colts the Senior Colts saw Peake & BDT tied at full time with Peake running out winners by 6 points after extra time. Murrayville outlasted BDT in the Reserves to win by 16 points after scores were level at three quarter time.
Peake came out on top in a hard fought A Grade match against Karoonda to win an enthralling contest and advance to the Preliminary Final. Both sides suffered injury setbacks before and during the game with Peake running the game out stronger to advance to the Preliminary Final. There will be injury issues for Peake with Trevor Rigney, Aish Simper and Sam Patterson suffering hamstring injuries while Shane Heinrich should return after being a late withdrawal against Karoonda.
A Grade Lameroo v BDT
Lameroo have emerged as favourites for the 2014 flag with only 3 losses for the season. The midfield is strong with Shaun Walker, Hayden Thorpe & Scott Fischer all capable of 40 possession games. Tom Caulfield and David Philbey will give a good contest in ruck while Matt Ridgway is used in a variety of roles. Josh Ridgway is in good form and Stephen Kerley gives experience to the defence. Nick Johnson & Brodie Chinner will set up across half back with Billy McNeilly holding down full back. Andrew Hunt has found his best form at the right time with Ricky Hunter a strong marking mobile target in attack. Shane Agelis will do some damage up forward if given any space.
BDT come into finals in the unfamiliar position of losing their last 3 matches. Josh Keller will lead the midfield with class and Josh Richardson still has match turning capabilities. Lachlan Richardson & Jarran Crabb will supplement the midfield with Jarred Brock & Tasman Hawthorne will play supporting roles. Patrick Barrett can be dangerous through the midfield but also up forward while Bill Traeger will need to break even in ruck. Chris Gregory is experienced in defence while Lee Slape & Ben Hooper will need to provide options in attack.
Lameroo should have too much firepower for the BDT defence & advance to the Grand Final.
Reserves Lameroo v Pinnaroo
Lameroo are regular finalists in Reserves football and will again have an impact in September. Pinnaroo have had a strong season in Reserves and will be keen to push deep into the finals.
Lameroo have A Grade & Reserves playing so Pinnaroo have a great opportunity and can put themselves into the Grand Final for 2014.
Senior Colts Lameroo v Karoonda
These 2 sides have had some good battles throughout the year and this should be a great match. Karoonda lead the head to head battles 2 to 1 but may be without key player Hamish Pilgrim.
Lameroo finished the season on top and can win the Second Semi Final.
Junior Colts BDT v Pinnaroo
BDT were undefeated in the five matches played for Premiership Points while Pinnaroo only lost the one match but had a far greater impact on the scoreboard than BDT.
BDT won a low scoring match last time but Pinnaroo can turn the tables and win this week.
First Semi Final at Tintinara - August 23, 2014
Best: Peake - M. Baker , R. Piggott , , J. Hewett , W. Saunders , R. Sargood. Karoonda - Z. Bullard , J. Smithson , J. Rosenzweig , D. Walker , C. Warhurst , D. Thiele. Goals: Peake - S. Janetzki 6, W. Saunders 2, T. Rigney 2, R. Morris , B. Woodhouse , J. Hewett , R. Piggott. Karoonda - L. Hocking 4, W. Luckett 4, Z. Bullard 3, T. Boughen , J. Rosenzweig
Peake overcame a 34 point deficit at three quarter time to outscore BDT 6-4 to 0-1 and record their first ever win over BDT in A Grade football last week and give themselves plenty of optimism leading into finals. BDT on the other hand go into finals with an unprecedented 3 game losing run. Lameroo looked comfortable against Murrayville and will enter the Second Semi Final with confidence while Karoonda accounted for Pinnaroo and take on Peake next week on a 3 match winning sequence.
First Semi Final at Tintinara - A Grade Peake v Karoonda
These teams will roll the dice on some injured players in the elimination final this week with Trevor Rigney and Shane Heinrich for Peake and Ben Quinn at Karoonda likely to play and there is a thought that Gabe Phillips may also line up in a risky gamble after a knee injury.
Peake will be brimming with confidence after their win over BDT last week and with Patrick Gabb able to control the stoppages their on ball brigade will be hard to stop. Darren Hare and Michael Baker good at the clearances with Aish Simper, Ricky Piggott, Wade Saunders and Ryan Sargood hard at it players who use the ball. Matthew Whit ford’s late season form has been exceptional while Nick Gregurke is a young player who makes a difference when he is home from college. Sam Janetzki, Ryan Morris and Ben Woodhouse will also add to the attack with Trevor Rigney to return at full forward after a hamstring injury.
Karoonda will need Lucas Neumann & Josh Rudiger to compete strongly in ruck to nullify the influence of Patrick Gabb. The midfield will need to work on defense as well as attack with Josh Smithson, Zakk Bullard & Danny Walker all capable of pushi8ng the ball Karoonda’ s way. Jarred Graetz & Corey Knight have been good all season either in defence or attack while Daniel Thiele has made centre half forward a strong point in the second half of the season. Veteran Luke Hocking has once again shown how to kick goals at full forward with support from Wayne Luckett & Wes Thomas. The defence is solid with Andrew Smithson & Josh Rosenzweig in key positions and Eli Koch & Todd Boughen providing rebound.
Peake have been the better team all season and will go into their first final in the Mallee League as favourites.
Reserves BDT v Murrayville
BDT won 2 of the 3 contests during the season but are not the formidable force of past seasons. Murrayville have some players qualified from A grade and may have an impact in finals. BDT only have Reserves playing this week so can play some extra players if they wish.
BDT have experience on their side and can win the First Semi Final.
Senior Colts Peake v BDT
BDT won a tight contest in the first round but Peake have won the last 2 matches, the latest last week by a large margin. Peake have won 3 more matches than BDT during the season and will start as favourites to advance to the Preliminary Final.
Junior Colts Peake v Murrayville
Peake have been a traditionally strong side in Junior Colts competition. It is a positive sign to see Murrayville in the finals after the Senior Colts just missed out in 2014 after fielding a team again after missing the past few seasons.
Peake should be too strong for Murrayville in this match.
Round 15 - August 16, 2014
Best: Peake - M. Whitford , D. Hare , R. Piggott , P. Gabb , S. Janetzki , R. Sargood. BDT - J. Keller , B. Hooper , J. Richardson , L. Richardson , B. Kennett. Goals: Peake - M. Whitford 4, R. Morris 3, L. Sparks , R. Piggott , D. Hare , W. Saunders. BDT - J. Richardson 2, P. Barrett 2, J. Richards , A. Freeman , B. Todd , L. Richardson , B. Tucker , J. Keller , B. Hooper
Best: Karoonda - J. Graetz , Z. Bullard , D. Walker , E. Koch , C. Knight , D. Thiele. Pinnaroo - A. Keough , J. Stringer , S. Sampson , K. Bennetts , C. Dabinett , T. Bennetts. Goals: Karoonda - J. Graetz 5, W. Thomas 3, D. Thiele 2, L. Hocking 2, W. Luckett 2, L. Neumann , Z. Bullard , D. Walker. PInnaroo - T. Bennetts 3, C. Dabinett 2, W. Nickolls 2, B. Rosenzweig , A. Keough , S. Sampson , L. Dabinett , S. Dabinett , J. Ryan
Best: Lameroo - S. Walker , S. Fischer , H. Thorpe , T. Hancock , R. Hunter , B. McNeilly. Murrayville - K. Wyatt , C. Cronin , S. Mader , R. Crane , C. Sporn , T. Wright. Goals: Lameroo - R. Hunter 7, S. Agelis 3, B. Chinner 2, J. Ridgway 2, F. Sampson , H. Thorpe , M. Ridgway , M. Benham , J. Barrett. Murrayville - D. Crane 3, B. Wilson 2, R. Crane 2, J. Venning , C. Cronin , K. Keely
Football Preview 16/8/2014
Ladder positions in Mallee Football appear set with the only possible change Peake pinching the double chance if they can upset BDT by a big margin. Lameroo are guaranteed a double chance while Karoonda will play finals after defeating Murrayville last week.
Karoonda v Pinnaroo
Karoonda won a high scoring match against Murrayville last week with Luke Hocking bagging 8 goals. Ben Quinn is in the best form of 2014 while Zakk Bullard and Josh Smithson are in match winning form in the midfield. Lucas Neumann & Josh Rudiger will have a great duel with Chad Nickolls in ruck with Daniel Thiele working hard and marking well in attack. Karoonda’ s defence has been solid with Josh Rosenzweig, Ryan Paech and Eli Koch working well and Todd Boughen has played well since moving back and Andrew Smithson to return to defence this week. Corey Knight uses the ball well while Danny Walker wins a lot of possessions on a wing.
Pinnaroo’s Chad Nickolls in ruck will have an influence on the game. Ty Bennetts, Alex Keough and Jaimen Stringer are all classy players who will win the ball in the midfield. Heath Boseley is playing a big role in defence with youngster Lachlan Pye in good recent form. Stuart Sampson is a cool customer in defence or the midfield and Brad Rosenzweig is regularly amongst the best players. Keegan Bennetts has built as the year has gone on and David Sampson is a solid contributor. Leith Dabinett, Brad Rosenzweig & Clint Muster can all have an influence on the outcome.
Karoonda at home should account for Pinnaroo.
Lameroo v Murrayville
Lameroo are on top of the ladder with a win over BDT last week. They should have Ricky Hunter return this week to add strength in attack while Andrew Hunt is coming into his best form at the right time. Nicholas Johnson & Billy McNeilly are solid in defence with Stephen Kerley, Brad Zerk & Mark Benham experienced campaigners. Hayden Thorpe, Shaun Walker & Scott Fischer have dominated the midfield this year with Tom Caulfield a high leaping mobile ruckman. Fraser Sampson has been a very good recruit and continues to impress with David Philbey having an impact since returning to the A Grade side.
Murrayville are out of finals contention but will look to finish the year on a high. Michael Worsman is a big loss in the midfield as is Todd Jones in ruck. Brad Wyatt’s experience in defence will be missed and Stewart Edwards is an attacking option who has missed a few matches through injury. Drew Crane is a major target in attack with Cheyne Cronin also capable of kicking multiple goals. Ryan McCormack is supporting Rian Crane & Kevin Wyatt in the midfield. Clayton Sporn is able to play in ruck or a key position while Harry Brown is playing good football on a wing. Sam Mader has developed another side to his game as a running defender.
Lameroo are top of the ladder for a reason and will defeat Murrayville.
Peake v BDT
Peake had a narrow win over Pinnaroo last week and are coming to terms with injuries to key players in Gabe Phillips (season), Trevor Rigney (hamstring) & Shane Heinrich (driver). Patrick Gabb gives the Peake midfield a boost with Darren Hare and Michael Baker good at the clearances. Aish Simper, Ricky Piggott, Wade Saunders and Ryan Sargood are hard at it players who use the ball well with Matthew Whitford in good touch in attack. Nick Gregurke is a young player who makes a difference when he is home from college.
BDT have lost 2 in a row for the first time since joining the Mallee League. Josh Keller, Josh Richardson, Lachlan Richardson, Patrick Barrett & Jarran Crabb form a formidable midfield. Jarred Brock is good at the clearances with Chris Gregory holding the defence together with support from Braden Kennett & Ryan Vandeleur. Chris Butler is a versatile player who can be used at either end of the ground while Matt James provided a target in attack with 5 goals last week.
BDT should have too much firepower and retain the double chance.
Round 14 - August 9, 2014
Best: Karoonda - B. Quinn , J. Rosenzweig , L. Hocking , J. Smithson , D. Thiele , D. Walker. Murrayville - K. Wyatt , H. Brown , R. Crane , S. Mader , C. Cronin , C. Sporn. Goals: Karoonda - L. Hocking 8, J. Graetz 3, D. Thiele 2, D. Andrews 2, W. Luckett 2, J. Smithson 2, C. Knight , D. Walker. Murrayville - D. Crane 5, R. Crane 2, J. Vass 2, T. Colmer 2, H. Brown 2, J. Sanders 2, K. Keely , S. Mader , C. Cronin
Best: Peake - D. Hare , M. Baker , N. Gregurke , M. Whitford , R. Piggott , K. Markwick. Pinnaroo - J. Stringer , H. Boseley , K. Bennetts , A. Keough , S. Sampson , L. Dabinett. Goals: Peake - J. Dikkenberg 2, M. Whitford , W. Saunders , S. Janetzki , N. Gregurke , R. Morris. Pinnaroo - B. Rosenzweig 2, W. Nickolls 2, T. Bennetts 2
Best: Lameroo - A. Hunt , H. Thorpe , F. Sampson , B. Chinner , M. Benham , J. Barrett. BDT - J. Richardson , C. Butler , L. Richardson , J. Brock , P. Barrett. Goals: Lameroo - C. Altus 4, J. Ridgway 4, S. Agelis 2, F. Sampson 2, A. Hunt 2, T. Caulfield. BDT - M. James 5, C. Butler 3, J. Richardson 3, K. Harkness , B. Todd , S. Webb , B. Hooper
A couple of upsets last week has seen Karoonda firm as favourites to play finals with a big win over BDT and Murrayville being upset by Pinnaroo. Lameroo took a hold on the double chance with a narrow win over third placed Peake.
BDT v Lameroo (Tintinara)
BDT had what was possibly their largest loss since joining the Mallee League last week against Karoonda. Josh Keller, Jarran Crabb & Ben Hooper should return to add some stability and good ball use through the midfield. Josh Richardson is a match winner who will stand up to list his team with Lachlan Richardson becoming more dangerous when resting up forward. Patrick Barrett is in Mail Medal form although a head knock slowed him down last week. Jarred Brock is good at the clearances with Chris Gregory holding the defence together with support from Braden Kennett & Ryan Vandeleur.
Lameroo can clear on top of the ladder with a win over BDT. They have been winning without Ricky Hunter and Nicholas Johnson and play a good style of football. Hayden Thorpe, Shaun Walker & Scott Fischer have dominated the midfield this year with Andrew Hunt a large presence in attack. Tom Caulfield is a high leaping mobile ruckman with Billy McNeilly a key in defence with Mark Benham playing his best football at the right time of the year. Fraser Sampson has been a very good recruit and continues to impress with David Philbey having an impact since returning to the A Grade side.
It is a long time since BDT lost 2 in a row but Lameroo can continue their winning form and take top spot on the ladder.
Pinnaroo v Peake
Pinnaroo’s Chad Nickolls in ruck will have a great duel with Patrick Gabb who has missed the last 2 matches for Peake. Ty Bennetts is due to return and will give the midfield a boost while Wade Nickolls turned back the clock with a 5 goal haul last week while Alex Keough and Jaimen Stringer have been in strong form. Heath Boseley is playing a big role in defence with youngster Lachlan Pye in good recent form. Stuart Sampson is a cool customer in defence or the midfield and Brad Rosenzweig is regularly amongst the best players. Keegan Bennetts has built as the year has gone on and David Sampson is a solid contributor.
Patrick Gabb will return to give the Peake midfield a boost with Darren Hare and Michael Baker good at the clearances. Trevor Rigney may be in trouble with a hamstring injury in a major blow to Peake’s chances as he is the key to their attack. Aish Simper, Ricky Piggott, Wade Saunders and Ryan Sargood are hard at it players who use the ball well with Matthew Whitford in good touch in attack.
Peake should be too strong but Pinnaroo are not without a chance.
Murrayville v Karoonda
Murrayville have to win this match to be any chance of playing finals. Drew Crane is a major target in attack with Stewart Edwards & Cheyne Cronin also capable of kicking multiple goals. Jesse Vass & Brad Wyatt are keys to the defensive structure while Ryan McCormack is a consistent defender. Michael Worsman has been in great form for Murrayville but has an issue with an arm injury leaving Rian Crane & Kevin Wyatt to carry the midfield. Clayton Sporn is able to play in ruck or a key position and Todd Jones when fit is as good a ruckman as any in the Mallee League.
Karoonda dominated a depleted BDT last week and should welcome back Luke Hocking & Josh Rudiger this week. Zakk Bullard and Josh Smithson are in match winning form in the midfield and Lucas Neumann is playing well in ruck. Daniel Thiele is working hard and marking well in attack and Wayne Luckett is a natural forward. Karoonda’s defence has been solid with Josh Rosenzweig, Ryan Paech and Eli Koch working well and Todd Boughen has played well since moving back. Ben Quinn proved there is plenty of football left in him with a dominating performance last week
Karoonda look in better form and can win at Murrayville.
Round 13 - August 2, 2014
Best: Karoonda - Z. Bullard , B. Quinn , T. Boughen , D. Thiele , L. Neumann , J. Rosenzweig. BDT - J. Richardson , B. Kennett , L. Richardson , J. Brock , R. Vandeleur. Goals: Karoonda - W. Luckett 6, J. Graetz 3, W. Thomas 3, D. Thiele 2, Z. Bullard 2, D. Andrews 2, D. Walker 2, M. Cram , L. Neumann , J. Smithson. BDT - J. Richardson 4, L. Richardson 2, C. Ferguson , L. Slape
Best: Lameroo - S. Fischer , M. Benham , J. Ridgway , D. Philbey , A. Hunt , S. Walker. Peake - D. Hare , M. Whitford , B. Woodhouse , R. Piggott , G. Diprose , K. Markwick. Goals: Lameroo - D. Philbey 4, A. Hunt 2, C. Hay 2, C. Altus , J. Ridgway , M. Ridgway. Peake - T. Rigney 4, S. Heinrich , R. Morris , B. Woodhouse , S. Janetzki , W. Saunders , S. Paterson , L. Sparks
Best: Pinnaroo - A. Keough , J. Stringer , L. Pye , B. Rosenzweig , D. Sampson , K. Bennetts. Murrayville - R. Crane , K. Wyatt , J. Vass , R. McCormick , K. Keely , J. Venning. Goals: Pinnaroo - W. Nickolls 5, B. Rosenzweig 3, A. Keough , L. Dabinett , S. Dabinett , S. Hannam , S. Blacksell , C. Nickolls , L. Pye. Murrayville - D. Crane 4, T. Jones 2, J. Sanders 2, K. Keely , R. Watson , C. Sporn , C. Cronin
Football Preview 2/8/2014
This week’s round of matches may define the double chance in the finals and the final spot in the four or it may throw up more questions for the remainder of the year.
If Lameroo defeat Peake they will win the double chance but if Peake win it is wide open again. Karoonda face a huge task against BDT while Murrayville can draw level in forth position if they defeat Pinnaroo.
Karoonda v BDT
Karoonda need to stand up with a strong performance this week after some ordinary form with lapses during games recently costing them dearly. Zakk Bullard and Josh Smithson win possession in the midfield and Lucas Neumann is playing well in ruck. Daniel Thiele should return this week to add to the attack which also has Nick Zander & Luke Hocking as key targets. Karoonda’s defence has been solid with Josh Rosenzweig, Ryan Paech and Eli Koch working well but Andrew Smithson will be missed with a hamstring injury.
BDT can see the finals approaching and coach Matt James made an appearance in A Grade last week to add some height to the forward line. Josh Richardson is gaining match fitness with Lachlan Richardson never shirking a contest. Josh Keller & Patrick Barrett are hard to control for a full match while Ben Hooper is capable of turning matches. Jarran Crabb and Jarred Brock are good through the midfield with Chris Gregory holding the defence together.
BDT will be too strong for Karoonda.
Pinnaroo v Murrayville
Pinnaroo’s Chad Nickolls in ruck will have a great duel with Todd Jones to set up the midfield battle. Ty Bennetts was missing last week and Josh Sampson will not play again in 2014 which is a big blow. Alex Keough and Jaimen Stringer have been in strong form with Heath Boseley playing a big role in defence. Stuart Sampson is a cool customer in defence or the midfield and Wade Nickolls will provide on field leadership if he returns this week.
Murrayville will need Drew Crane, Jesse Vass, Brad Wyatt & Jake Venning to return to make this an easier match. Michael Worsman has been in great form for Murrayville and works well with ruck man Todd Jones. Rian Crane & Kevin Wyatt are smart midfielders with Clayton Sporn able to play in ruck or a key position.
Murrayville have a lot to play for and can defeat Pinnaroo
Lameroo v Peake
Lameroo are looking to consolidate second spot and may have Ricky Hunter back to bolster the attack this week and Nicholas Johnson to strengthen the defence. Josh Ridgway is in the most consistent form he has shown with Hayden Thorpe, Shaun Walker & Scott Fischer all creative in the midfield. Tom Caulfield is a high leaping mobile ruckman with Billy McNeilly a key in defence. Fraser Sampson has been a very good recruit and continues to impress.
Peak had Michael Baker and Trevor Rigney firing last week and Darren Hare is a quick running midfielder. Ryan Sargood, Rick Piggott, Aish Simper and Wade Saunders are hard at it all day and don’t waste disposals. Patrick Gabb should return this week to give Peake an advantage in ruck.
Lameroo to win and cement the double chance.
Round 12 - July 26, 2014
Best: BDT - J. Richardson , K. Harkness , P. Hunter , J. Crabb , B. Traeger , A. Stidiford. Murrayville - M. Worsman , B. Wilson , R. Crane , T. Jones , H. Brown , C. Cronin. Goals: BDT - M. James 4, J. Richards 3, T. Hawthorne 3, A. Reid 2, P. Barrett 2, B. Hooper 2, C. Ferguson 2, J. Richardson , L. Slape , B. Todd. Murrayville - M. Worsman 5, T. Colmer , R. Watson , B. Wilson , R. Crane
Best: Lameroo - B. Chinner , F. Sampson , B. Zerk , S. Walker , S. Fischer , M. Benham. Pinnaroo - S. Sampson , L. Pye , A. Keough , J. Stringer , H. Boseley , B. Rosenzweig. Goals: Lameroo - M. Ridgway 3, B. Chinner 3, S. Agelis 3, F. Sampson 3, D. Philbey 2, C. Altus , J. Barrett , B. Zerk. Pinnaroo - L. Bailey 2, S. Sampson , L. Pye , C. Nickolls , L. Dabinett , S. Dabinett , A. Keough
Best: Peake - T. Rigney , R. Morris , M. Baker , A. Simper , R. Piggott , S. Heinrich. Karoonda - T. Boughen , Z. Bullard , N. Zander , L. Neumann , J. Smithson , J. Woodward. Goals: Peake - T. Rigney 9, S. Janetzki 4, R. Morris 3, C. Jacob , M. Baker , D. Hare. Karoonda - L. Hocking 3, C. Knight 2, D. Andrews , T. Boughen , D. Walker , Z. Bullard , J. Graetz
Football Preview 26/7/2014
Mallee matches went as predicted last week with the top 3 defeating the bottom 3 teams. BDT look secure for the double chance while Peake will challenge Lameroo for the other spot in the top 2. Karoonda are hanging onto the last spot in the finals with pressure coming from Murrayville. Pinnaroo look out of finals contention but may still have a say on who does play in the major round.
Peake v Karoonda
Peake had a good win at Murrayville last week without key playmaker & goal kicker in Gabe Phillips. He has a knee injury & if serious will put a huge dent in Peake’s prospects come finals time. Michael Baker looks to be capturing his 2013 form and Darren Hare is a quick running midfielder. Ryan Sargood returns from suspension this week to add stability in defence with Rick Piggott. Trevor Rigney always has a good duel with Andrew Smithson and will be keen to get on top early. Patrick Gabb will win the ruck contest and give his on ball players an advantage at stoppages.
Karoonda’s defence has been solid with Josh Rosenzweig and Andrew Smithson holding key positions. They need support from on ball players to at least break even at centre clearances. Zakk Bullard is in good form as is Jarred Graetz. Daniel Thiele will return up forward this week and Luke Hocking wound the clock back with a 7 goal haul last week.
Peake look more settled and can win at home.
Lameroo v Pinnaroo
Lameroo are looking to consolidate second spot and should have Ricky Hunter back to bolster the attack this week. Josh Ridgway is in the most consistent form he has shown with Hayden Thorpe, Shaun Walker & Scott Fischer all creative in the midfield. Tom Caulfield is a high leaping mobile ruckman with Billy McNeilly a key in defence. Fraser Sampson has been a very good recruit along with Nicholas Johnson in defence.
Pinnaroo will have an advantage with Chad Nickolls in ruck and the on ball brigade of Ty Bennetts, Alex Keough and Jaimen Stringer will have a great duel with Lameroo’s midfield. Heath Boseley & Cejay Dabinett will play a big role in defence with Clint Muster and Brad Rosenzweig lively wingmen.
Pinnaroo are improving but Lameroo will be too strong.
BDT v Murrayville (Coonalpyn)
BDT can see the finals approaching and are steadily putting the foot down. Josh Richardson is gaining match fitness with Lachlan Richardson never shirking a contest. Josh Keller & Patrick Barrett are hard to control for a full match while Ben Hooper is capable of turning matches. Jarran Crabb and Jarred Brock are good through the midfield with Chris Gregory holding the defence together.
Michael Worsman has been in great form for Murrayville and works well with ruck man Todd Jones. Rian Crane & Kevin Wyatt are smart midfielders with Clayton Sporn able to play in ruck or a key position. Jesse Vass & Brad Wyatt are reliable in defence with Drew Crane, Stewart Edwards and Cheyne Cronin capable of having an impact in attack.
BDT are pushing towards finals and won’t lose to Murrayville.
Round 11 - July 19, 2014
Best: Lameroo - S. Fischer, H. Thorpe, J. Ridgway, S. Walker, F. Sampson, T. Caulfield. Karoonda - J. Graetz, Z. Bullard, J. Rosenzweig, J. Woodward, D. Andrews, L. Hocking. Goals: Lameroo - J. Ridgway 4, M. Ridgway 2, F. Sampson 2, S. Agelis 2, B. Chinner 2, S. Walker 2, N. Young , C. Altus , A. Hunt , S. Fischer , A. Hall. Karoonda - L. Hocking 7, N. Zander , Z. Bullard , B. Quinn , W. Luckett
Best: Peake - D. Hare, S. Heinrich, M. Whitford, M. Baker, W. Saunders, B. Woodhouse. Murrayville - C. Sporn, J. Vass, S. Mader, M. Worsman, B. Wyatt, K. Wyatt. Goals: Peake - T. Rigney 3, C. Jacob 2, M. Baker 2, N. Gregurke , S. Janetzki , B. Woodhouse , R. Morris , W. Saunders
Best: BDT - P. Barrett, J. Richardson, L. Richardson, J. Crabb, B. Kennett, B. Hooper. Pinnaroo - J. Stringer, H. Boseley, A. Keough, J. Kerber, C. Dabinett, R. O''Driscoll. Goals: BDT - P. Barrett 5, J. Richardson 5, L. Slape 2, L. Richardson 2, J. Crabb , T. Kennett , B. Hooper. Pinnaroo - W. Nickolls 3, J. Stringer 2, B. Rosenzweig 2, C. Nickolls , L. Bailey , L. Dabinett
Football Preview 19/7/2014
BDT sent a message to those who doubted them by demoralizing Peake last week and cementing the double chance in the finals. Lameroo snuck over the line against Murrayville to hold second spot while Pinnaroo upset Karoonda to throw open the race for the last spot in the finals.
Karoonda v Lameroo
Karoonda’s best football can match it with the best but lapses for a quarter have seen them lose games they should win. The defence is solid with Andrew Smithson, Josh Rosenzweig, Josh Smithson & Eli Koch leading the way. The midfield is skillful with Zakk Bullard, Corey Knight, Ben Quinn & Todd Boughen but they need to work harder on the defensive side of the game. Josh Rudiger & Lucas Neumann compete well in ruck with Daniel Thiele & Nick Zander strong marking targets up forward.
Lameroo know how to win important matches as they did last week. Stephen Kerley is in the best form for some time and is a cool head in defence. Mark Benham is returning with confidence after a knee injury with Nicholas Johnson solid at half back. Ricky Hunter and Andrew Hunt are focal points up forward and Shane Agelis if he returns this week is always a goal kicker. Hayden Thorpe, Shaun Walker, Matt & Josh Ridgway will win plenty of possession in the midfield and also kick goals when resting.
Karoonda need to win but Lameroo can reverse the result of last round and win a close match.
Murrayville v Peake
Murrayville lost on the last kick of the day last week and come up against a Peake side with plenty to prove after BDT gave them a lesson last week.
Clayton Sporn is in good form either in defence or attack and Peake always struggle to contain Drew Crane at full forward. Michael Worsman is a great clearance player with Rian Crane & Kevin Wyatt driving the ball forward all day. Brad Wyatt & Jesse Vass continue to get the job done in defence and Todd Jones works hard around the ground as a ruckman.
Peake have an advantage with Patrick Gabb in ruck and a strong midfield of Michael Baker, Gabe Phillips and Darren Hare able to match any other side. Rick Piggott and Ryan Sargood are cool heads in defence and Jeff Lines has settled well into defence. Trevor Rigney is always a danger at full forward but needs others to step up. Michael Whitford is in good form and Nicholas Gregurke adds to the side when home from College.
Should be a close match but Peake may pinch the points.
Pinnaroo v BDT
Pinnaroo will be buoyed by their win over Karoonda which should have been bigger with accurate kicking. Josh Sampson is a chance to return this week giving Pinnaroo a full side for the first time since early in the season.
Chad Nickolls will give an advantage in ruck with Alex Keough, Ty Bennetts & Jaimen Stringer tough midfielders who win clearances. Clint Muster and Brad Rosenzweig will give drive from the wings and Heath Boseley is a leader in defence. Stuart Sampson & Keegan Bennetts are consistent players who have added depth to the team. Rory O’Driscoll adds run to the midfield when home from College.
BDT look like they are starting to eye off another finals campaign with Josh Richardson adding to their attacking options. Patrick Barrett & Josh Keller are match winners and Lachlan Richardson does not always get credit for the hard work he does. Tasman Hawthorne has fitted in well and Mark Vandeleur is a reliable small forward who rarely fails to impact the scoreboard.
Pinnaroo are improving but BDT will win.
Round 10 - July 12, 2014
Best: Pinnaroo - J. Stringer, A. Keough, T. Bennetts, C. Muster, K. Bennetts, S. Sampson. Karoonda - Z. Bullard, J. Smithson, T. Boughen, C. Knight, J. Rosenzweig, E. Koch. Goals: Pinnaroo - T. Bennetts 2, C. Muster 2, S. Sampson , L. Bailey , J. Stringer , C. Nickolls , W. Nickolls , R. O''Driscoll , A. Keough. Karoonda - T. Boughen 4, C. Knight 2, J. Rudiger 2, B. Quinn , D. Thiele , N. Zander , Z. Bullard
Best: Lameroo - M. Benham, N. Johnson, S. Kerley, M. Ridgway, B. Zerk, F. Sampson. Murrayville - R. Crane, B. Wyatt, C. Sporn, J. Vass, M. Worsman, C. Cronin. Goals: Lameroo - C. Altus 2, R. Hunter 2, M. Ridgway , F. Sampson , S. Walker , S. Fischer , C. Hay , J. Ridgway. Murrayville - C. Cronin 3, S. Edwards 2, R. McKee 2, S. Mader , D. Crane , M. Worsman
Best: BDT - T. Hawthorne, P. Barrett, M. Vandeleur, J. Keller, L. Richardson, C. Butler. Peake - N. Gregurke, M. Whitford, P. Gabb, R. Piggott, B. Woodhouse, G. Diprose. Goals: BDT - J. Richardson 7, P. Barrett 3, J. Keller 3, M. Vandeleur 2, J. Brock 2, C. Butler 2, L. Slape. Peake - T. Rigney 3, C. Jacob , A. Simper , G. Phillips
Lameroo brought BDT back to the pack with a narrow win last week which sees Lameroo & Peake only 1 win away from top spot & both fighting desperately for the double chance. If Lameroo defeat Murrayville & Peake defeat BDT we will have 3 teams on equal points at the top of the ladder with one full round of matches to go in 2014.
Karoonda came out on top over Murrayville to hang onto 4th spot while Pinnaroo have struggled to put a full side on the ground early in the year but may improve after the break for the SA Country Championships.
Murrayville v Lameroo
Murrayville need to cause an upset somewhere in the back half of the season to keep the pressure on for a finals spot. Michael Worsman is amongst the best clearance player in the League and is given good supply from Todd Jones in ruck. Rian Crane and Kevin Wyatt read the play well and amass enormous amounts of possession every week. Drew Crane will look to bounce back after being held goalless last match while Stewart Edwards should return to add to the attack. Veteran Brad Wyatt is still strong at full back with Jesse Vass & Ryan McCormack rebounding defenders. Trent Wright has added some run while Clayton Sporn can play a variety of roles. Cheyne Cronin features in the goal kickers most week while Jake Venning is a strong bodied player who can play either end of the field.
Lameroo are always competitive and showed against BDT they will be around the mark again in 2014. Ricky Hunter is in fine form in attack with Josh Ridgway play consistently well. Stephen Kerley is getting better with aop:0;margin-bottom:0;">Karoonda will be hoping Nick Zander, Ben Quinn & Jarred Woodward recover from injury to take on Murrayville this week. Corey Knight’s form is as good as it has ever been and Jarred Graetz continues to play well. Andrew Smithson is the best defender in the league with Eli Koch & Josh Rosenzweig proving great support. Zakk Bullard & Danny Walker are good in the midfield with Daniel Thiele proving a strong marking target at half forward. Josh Smithson continues to impress across half back and Donald Andrews works hard across half forward. Josh Rudiger’s battle with Todd Jones in ruck will be crucial with both in very good form.
Michael Worsman, Rian Crane and Kevin Wyatt are a formidable midfield and if Simon Wiggins plays they will be hard to stop. Drew Crane has boosted the attack along with Clayton Sporn & Stewart Edwards. Jesse Vass leads the defence with Brad Wyatt while Jake Venning can play at either end of the field.
Murrayville’s form has been better than Karoonda’s and they can push into the four with a win at Karoonda.
Round 8 - June 21, 2014
Best: BDT - P. Barrett, J. Crabb, J. Keller, D. Head, T. Hawthorne, M. Vandeleur. Karoonda - C. Knight, J. Smithson, A. Smithson, D. Thiele, D. Andrews, E. Koch. Goals: BDT - P. Barrett 4, M. Vandeleur 3, B. Todd 2, L. Richardson 2, T. Hawthorne 2, L. Slape 2, C. Ferguson , B. Hooper , D. Head , J. Keller , J. Richardson. Karoonda - W. Luckett 2, L. Neumann 2, J. Graetz 2, D. Thiele 2, Z. Bullard , D. Walker , C. Knight , J. Woodward
Best: Murrayville - M. Worsman, J. Vass, T. Jones, C. Sporn, K. Wyatt, R. Crane. Pinnaroo - J. Stringer, C. Muster, A. Keough, T. Bennetts, N. Dabinett, B. Moyle. Goals: Murrayville - D. Crane 5, M. Worsman 4, S. Edwards 2, S. Mader , R. Crane , C. Cronin. Pinnaroo - C. Muster 2, T. Bennetts 2, B. Cook
Best: Peake - D. Hare, T. Rigney, G. Phillips, M. Whitford, S. Janetzki, P. Gabb. Lameroo - H. Thorpe, S. Fischer, J. Ridgway, B. Chinner, S. Walker, B. McNeilly. Goals: Peake - T. Rigney 5, G. Phillips 2, L. Sparks , M. Baker , M. Whitford , J. Dikkenberg , D. Hare , W. Saunders. Lameroo - R. Hunter 6, S. Fischer 2, S. Walker , T. Bell , M. Ridgway , J. Barrett , B. Chinner
Approaching the halfway point in the 2014 season the competition has opened up with 5th placed Murrayville easily accounting for previously undefeated BDT last week. Former Carlton player Simon Wiggins started well before being knocked out midway through the second term and will have an impact and the news is another ex Carlton player may be at Murrayville soon.
All teams have legitimate claims to play finals in 2014 but 2 clubs will ultimately end up disappointed.
BDT v Karoonda (Coonalpyn)
BDT come off their first loss of 2014 and will look to bounce back quickly. Stalwarts Josh Keller, Lachlan Richardson & Chris Gregory are the most reliable players going around with Patrick Barrett a match winner in the midfield or up forward. Michael Kempe has gone up a level in 2014 while Tasman Hawthorne has added to the midfield. Lee Slape, Jarran Crabb & Mark Vandeleur missed last week and will make a difference if they return against Karoonda.
Karoonda’ s form had been good for the last month, but their third term against Peake last week saw them slip back in a battle for 4th spot. Corey Knight and Jarred Graetz have been high in the best players all year with Zakk Bullard and Danny Walker playing well in the midfield. Josh Rudiger is a dominant ruckman with Nick Zander and Daniel Thiele key targets in attack. Josh Rosenzweig, Andrew Smithson and Eli Koch are reliable in defence and Josh Smithson continues to impress.
Cant’ remember when BDT lost 2 in a row so they will start warm favourites in this match.
Murrayville v Pinnaroo
Murrayville lost their first 5 matches but now look certainties to play finals. Drew Crane has returned and is still a very dangerous player at full forward. Clayton Sporn & Stewart Edwards are good attacking options and Todd Jones is rarely beaten in ruck. Michael Worsman, Rian Crane Kevin Wyatt and Simon Wiggins will not be beaten too often in the midfield and Trent Sporn will add to the attacking options when he plays.
Pinnaroo need a full team on the park and they were missing Chad Nickolls, Cejay Dabinett, Josh Sampson & Stuart Sampson last week. Jaimen Stringer has been a standout recruit with Ty Bennetts & Alex Keough always featuring amongst the best players. Clint Muster has strung more games together this year than he has for a long time and is playing well on a wing with Heath Boseley a strong defender.
Murrayville are building and won’t lose against Pinnaroo.
Peake v Lameroo
A win to Peake would almost shore up a finals spot and give a shot at the double chance. The midfield is dominant when given space with Darren Hare, Gabe Phillips, Michael Baker & Shane Heinrich quick players who can break through lines. Patrick Gabb is dominant in ruck giving the midfielders a big advantage while Trevor Rigney should return to full forward this week after playing mostly on a wing last week. Wade Saunders, Rick Piggott & Ryan Sargood are all cool in defence and use the ball extremely well. Jeff Lines has become a key defender and Jason Dikkenberg is having an impact at centre half forward.
Hayden Thorpe would be high in mail Medal contention for Lameroo with Shaun Walker also showing there is plenty of football left in him. Andrew Hunt and Ricky Hunter provide strong marking targets in attack and Shane Agelis is a goal kicking small forward. Billy McNeilly has returned to strengthen the defence and Tom Caulfield has carried the rucks well all season.
Peake gained some confidence last week and can win a tight match against Lameroo.
Round 7 - June 14, 2014
Best: Murrayville - T. Jones, D. Crane, K. Keely, M. Worsman, J. Vass, K. Wyatt. BDT - C. Gregory, M. Kempe, J. Keller, L. Richardson, A. Merry. Goals: Murrayville - D. Crane 8, T. Sporn 3, S. Edwards 2, T. Jones , R. Crane , S. Wiggins. BDT - B. Todd 2, J. Keller , M. Kempe , J. Fulwood , T. Hawthorne
Best: Peake - G. Phillips, W. Saunders, T. Rigney, R. Sargood, J. Lines, J. Dikkenberg. Karoonda - Z. Bullard, tyle="font-size:12px;">Karoonda had a big win against a severely depleted Pinnaroo last week and will have a much harder task against Lameroo this week.
Jarred Graetz & Corey Knight have lead from the front all year while Zakk Bullard is returning to his best form. Danny Walker, Jarred Woodward & Todd Boughen are making strong contributions while Josh Rudiger is carrying the ruck load well with support from Lucas Neumann. Daniel Thiele showed good signs at half forward last week to support veteran Luke Hocking & Nick Zander. Andrew Smithson heads a solid defence with Shard Malchow taking a key position.
Lameroo are winning but look to have improvement in them. Ricky Hunter will return to bolster the attack this week while Andrew Hunt has the size and ability to dominate matches. The midfield has depth with Hayden Thorpe, Shaun Walker, Matt & Josh Ridgway, Dylan Cabot and Scott Fischer all top line midfielders. Fraser Sampson has been a great recruit and knows how to kick goals.
Lameroo look a bit more accomplished and can win at Karoonda.
Peake v Murrayville
Peake put up a solid effort against BDT last week but will still be without key playmakers in Gabe Phillips, Michael Baker & Ryan Sargood. Trevor Rigney is in great touch with 23 goals in his last 4 games including 8 in the Interleague match. Wade Saunders accumulates possessions and Ricky Piggott provides calmness on field. Darren Hare is having an influence as match fitness improves and Michael Whitford can play in a key position. Patrick Gabb will always give Peake’s midfielders a good look at the ball in the ruck contests.
Murrayville will have Rian Crane back this week in a huge boost with Drew Crane and Stewart Edwards returning last week kicking 10 goals between them. Clayton Sporn also returned to take over centre half forward while Todd Jones will have a great duel with Patrick Gabb in ruck. Michael Worsman and Kevin Wyatt always have an influence in the midfield and Jesse Vass is experienced in defence.
Murrayville are close to a win and may cause an upset at Peake this week.
BDT v Pinnaroo (Tintinara)
BDT are cruising on top of the table and with Josh Richardson to return at some stage in 2014. Patrick Barrett is staring at back to back Mail Medals and Josh Keller is the classiest player going around. Lachlan Richardson does a lot of hard work and Michael Kempe has gone to a new level in 2014. Jarran Crabb and Mark Vandeleur back up in the midfield and Bill Traeger is carrying the ruck. Chris Gregory doesn’t always get a mention in the best players but is rarely beaten in defence.
Pinnaroo may be in a crisis with injuries. Chad & Wade Nickolls did not play last week and there were some worrying injuries to Ty Bennetts, Alex Keough, Stuart Sampson, Josh Sampson & Jarred Kerber, all of who must be in doubt for this week.
Jaimen Stringer is a classy act in the midfield and Clint Muster is a very good wingman. Cejay Dabinett is a youngster with a bright future and Lachlan Bailey shows promise.
BDT will win against Pinnaroo.
Round 5 - May 24, 2014
Best: Lameroo - Fraser Sampson, Joshua Barrett, Stephen Kerley, Thomas Caulfield, Shaun Walker, Haydon Thorpe. Murrayville : Kevin Wyatt, Todd Jones, Michael Worsman, Luke St Claire, Clayton Sporn, Stewart Edwards. Goals: Lameroo - Fraser Sampson 5, Scott Fischer 3, Joshua Ridgway 3, Shane Agelis 3, Andrew Hunt 2, Brodie Chinner 1, Matthew Ridgway 1, Shaun Walker 1, Joshua Barrett 1. Murrayville : Stewart Edwards 5, Drew Crane 5, Harrison Brown 1, Keegan Keely 1, Michael Worsman 1, Cheyne Cronin 1, Trent Wright 1
Best: BDT - Joshua Keller, Patrick Barrett, Bill Traeger, Jarran Crabb, Mark Vandeleur. Peake : Darren Hare, Aysh Simper, Trevor Rigney, Matthew Whitford, Richard Piggott, Samuel Janetzki. Goals: BDT - Mark Vandeleur 3, Tasman Hawthorne 3, Patrick Barrett 2, Benjamin Hooper 2, Chase Ferguson 2, Jarran Crabb 1, Joshua Keller 1, Ayden Reid 1, Alex Stidiford 1. Peake : Trevor Rigney 7, Jason Dikkenberg 1, Cameron Jacob 1, Richard Piggott 1, Wade Saunders 1, Matthew Whitford 1
Best: Karoonda - Jarred Graetz, Corey Knight, Ben Quinn, Josh Smithson, Danny Walker, Jarrad Woodward. Pinnaroo : Jaimen Stringer, Stuart Sampson, Cejay Dabinett, Tyron Bennetts, Clint Muster, Lachlan Bailey. Goals: Karoonda - Jarred Graetz 5, Luke Hocking 5, Josh Smithson 4, Zakk Bullard 3, Corey Knight 2, Daniel Thiele 2, Andrew Smithson 2, Todd Boughen 2, Nick Zander 1, Josh Rosenzweig 1, Jarrad Woodward 1. Pinnaroo : Joshua Sampson 2, Isaac Fischer 1, Tyron Bennetts 1, Alex Keough 1, David Sampson 1, Scott Hannam 1, Daniel Prout 1
Football Preview 24/5/2014
Lameroo v Murrayville
Lameroo lost last start to BDT and will need to regroup for the last match of the first round. The midfield is strong with Hayden Thorpe & Shaun Walker in great form. Matt & Josh Ridgway will give support and Dylan Cabot will improve as he gets to know his team mates. Tom Caulfield is doing a job in ruck with Andrew Hunt a big key forward who will have to carry a bit extra if Ricky Hunter is out this week. Nick Johnson and Travis Brown have strengthened the defence along with Billy McNeilly, Brodie Chinner and Stephen Kerley.
Murrayville will be without key play maker Rian Crane in a big blow for them. Michael Worsman is strong around the clearance with Kevin Wyatt and Clint Gates able to impact in the midfield. Todd Jones is carrying injury and is vital to their chances as he is strong in ruck. Clayton Sporn should resume to take up a key position with Jake Venning a young player who can fill a key position.
Lameroo will have too much depth and defeat Murrayville.
Peake v BDT
Peake would have been looking forward to this clash to test themselves with their only loss being to Lameroo this year. Gabe Phillips & Michael Baker are doubtful starters after picking up injuries in last week’s Interleague match which will have an impact on the midfield. Ryan Sargood is probably a couple of weeks away with a hamstring injury. Patrick Gabb will give Peake a big advantage in ruck with players like Shane Heinrich, Aish Simper, Wade Saunders & Ryan Morris needing to step up & fill the midfield vacancies. Jason Dikkenberg is playing well at centre half forward and Trevor Rigney is fresh from two 8 goal hauls – one in last week’s Interleague match.
BDT are still the benchmark in Mallee football and sit on top of the table. Josh Keller is the General who controls the play. Patrick Barrett is dynamic and looks headed for back to back Mail Medals with Lachlan Richardson just doing his job every week. Michael Kempe has stepped up to play a role through the midfield and Jarran Crabb can win his own ball as well as shut down opposition players.
BDT can continue their unbeaten run in 2014.
Karoonda v Pinnaroo
An important match for both sides with both only having 1 win in 2014. Karoonda won last match against Murrayville and will take some confidence from that win. The midfield of Corey Knight, Todd Boughen, Danny Walker, Josh Smithson & Zakk Bullard were strong and Jarred Woodward has started 2014 well. Jarred Graetz can fill any position while Nick Zander & Luke Hocking provide strong targets in attack. Andrew Smithson, Eli Koch & Josh Rosenzweig lead the defence and Josh Rudiger will have a good duel with Chad Nickolls in ruck.
Pinnaroo have been a bit inconsistent in 2014 with their best capable of winning. Chad Nickolls has been outstanding in ruck and Alex Keough is a great ball winner. Ty Bennetts is a class act with recruits Jaimen Stringer and Josh Sampson fitting in well. Clint Muster and Leith Dabinett have been around for a while and when they play well Pinnaroo usually do well.
Karoonda at home may just overcome Pinnaroo.
MALLEE WINS OVER MID SOUTH EAST
Best: Mallee - J. Keller, J. Graetz, T. Rigney, J. Crabb, P. Barrett, T. Bennetts. Mid SE - T. Renzi, A. Lyon, Z. Cocks, M. Fatchen, M. Roscow, C. Gallio. Goals: Mallee - T. Rigney 8, J. Keller 3, J. Graetz 3, T. Bennetts 2, G. Phillips 2, P. Barrett. Mid SE - G. Gascoyne 6, A. Lyon 5, A. Hentschke 2, Z. Cocks 2, J. Williams , S. Telfer
The Mallee League held off a fast finishing Mid-South East to win their A Grade Interleague clash at Tintinara by 17 points. In a high scoring match on a big oval the MSE big marking forwards had an impact in the last term but the Mallee side were able to keep their nose in front until the final siren.
The game looked like being a shoot-out in the first term with Mallee kicking 6-3 to MSE 6 goals straight. Trevor Rigney was leading well at full forward & kicked 4 goals for the quarter for Mallee.
The second term was again even with Mallee holding a 6 point lead at half time. MSE Captain Clinton Gallio was having a big impact in the midfield and Mallee’s Jarran Crabb did an excellent job of curbing his influence when moved onto him midway through the term.Mallee added 7 gaols in the third term to MSE 3 goals & held a 5 goal break at the last change.
Jarred Graetz showed an enormous work rate at centre half forward with the clever skills of Corey Knight & Hayden Thorpe having an impact. Patrick Barrett was dominant all day on a wing and Patrick Gabb used his height to advantage in the ruck. Ty Bennetts came into the game in the midfield and his impact gave Mallee the edge.
MSE came back in the last term with Alexander Ryan, who marked everything that came near him all day and Glen Gascoyne proving difficult to contain. Josh Keller showed his class and steadied the Mallee side and Trevor Rigney finished the day with 8 goals.
Ty Bennetts was named Best on Ground by the umpires while Trevor Rigney was awarded the Leighton Huxtable Medal by the Mallee Coaches.
Football Preview 17/5/2014
Interleague v Mid-South East at Tintinara
The Mallee League take on Mid-South East at Tintinara this week with Under 14’s, Under 17’s & A Grade teams competing.
The Mallee Under 14’s had a big win in 2013 at Kalangadoo and will be keen to back that up at home. The Under 17’s struggled last year and will look to put up a much stronger fight this time. Mallee won the A Grade convincingly and are keen to put up another strong performance.
The side that performed so well in 2013 will be missing some stars in Josh Richardson, Ben Greiger, Brad Sheridan, Ben Quinn, Andrew Smithson & Nick Noblett but there are some excellent replacements ready to step up.
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 Michael Baker will have an impact in the midfield. Ty Bennetts, Josh Keller & Lachlan Richardson will be strong through the midfield and Patrick Barrett is dominating the MFL at the moment.
Matt Ridgway, Jarred Graetz & Ben Hooper provide versatility being able to play most positions well. Chris Gregory & Nicholas Johnson can hold the key defensive roles with Kevin Wyatt, Joshua Sampson & Michael Kempe all capable of holding the defence together.
Gabe Phillips played well in attack last year and will support Trevor Rigney at full forward. Corey Knight, Michael Worsman, Rick Hunter, Rian Crane, Jarran Crabb, Jaimen Stringer & Hayden Thorpe will all play midfield or forward roles on the day.
The Mallee team should be able to back up 2013 & win again in 2014.
Round 4 - May 10, 2014
Best: Karoonda - J. Graetz, J. Smithson, J. Rudiger, T. Boughen, C. Knight, Z. Bullard. Murrayville - R. Crane, M. Worsman, C. Gates, J. Vass, T. Jones, J. Venning. Goals: Karoonda - L. Hocking 5, C. Knight 5, N. Zander 4, T. Boughen 3, D. Andrews 2, R. Paech , J. Smithson , Z. Bullard , J. Graetz , B. Quinn , D. Walker. Murrayville - R. Crane 7, C. Cronin 3, J. Venning 3, T. Jones 2, T. Wright , H. Brown , B. Wyatt , M. Worsman
Best: BDT - P. Barrett, J. Keller, B. Traeger, L. Slape, M. Kempe, J. Crabb. Lameroo - H. Thorpe, F. Sampson, S. Kerley, S. Walker, B. Chinner. Goals: BDT - L. Slape 4, J. Keller 2, P. Barrett 2, J. Crabb , L. Richardson , B. Todd , R. Vandeleur. Lameroo - A. Hunt 2, T. Hancock 2, J. Barrett , T. Caulfield , M. Ridgway , S. Agelis , R. Hunter
Best: Peake - T. Rigney, G. Phillips, W. Saunders, P. Gabb, M. Baker, J. Dikkenberg. Pinnaroo - A. Keough, J. Stringer, J. Sampson, T. Bennetts, L. Dabinett, C. Muster. Goals: Peake - T. Rigney 8, G. Phillips 5, S. Janetzki 3, A. Simper , D. Hare , J. Hewett. Pinnaroo - A. Keough 4, S. Sampson , C. Muster , J. Sampson , B. Schroeder , S. Hannam , L. Bailey , L. Dabinett
Football Preview 10/5/2014
BDT v Lameroo (Coonalpyn)
The match of the round will be at Coonalpyn where the 2 undefeated sides of 2014 face off for top spot on the ladder.
BDT have the skill & class of Josh Keller who is spending more time in defence early in 2014, Patrick Barrett has taken on the role of goal kicking midfielder & Lachlan Richardson to kick start the midfield with Bill Traeger a very good ruckman. Jarran Crabb is enjoying a good start to 2014.. Ben Hooper is a mobile half forward and after a quiet match last week will be keen to get back on the scoreboard and Chris Gregory can control centre half back. Thomas Caulfield adds depth to the midfield with Brett Todd & Chase Ferguson small forwards that will kick goals.
Lameroo have started 2014 in great form and the game plan set by coach Rodney Maynard si working well. Tom Caulfield is carrying the ruck duties & Hayden Thorpe a strong ball winning midfielder. Shaun Walker provides run and Shane Agelis will kick goals if given space. Andrew Hunt & Ricky Hunter are strong marking targets in attack with Matt Ridgway able to fill any position. Nicholas Johnson & Travis Brown have been good recruits in defence and Fraser Sampson is clever on a wing. Dillon Cabot came in last week and will further strengthen the midfield along with Josh Ridgway who can also push forward & kick goals.
Lameroo are looking solid and can account for BDT to take top spot on the ladder.
Pinnaroo v Peake
Pinnaroo had a good win over Murrayville to open their account last week.
Chad Nickolls has started well in ruck while Alex Keough would be close to the highest possession winner in the League. Jaimen Stringer has been amongst the best players along with Josh Sampson. Ty Bennetts can fill any role and is hard to contain.
Peake would be disappointed with last week’s loss and also have injury concerns over Gabe Phillips & Ryan Sargood. Patrick Gabb will win most ruck contests but needs to be more proactive around the ground and his duel with Chad Nickolls will be a clash of the giants. Michael Baker, Shane Heinrich & Darren Hare will all rotate through the midfield and use their pace to effect. Wade Saunders, Rick Piggott & Aish Simper are hardnosed midfielder / defender types with Michael Whitford in a key position. Trevor Rigney & Samuel Janetzki are dangerous deep in attack with Jason Dikkenberg playing at half forward.
Peake should bounce back with a win but they won’t want to take an improving Pinnaroo lightly.
Murrayville v Karoonda
Murrayville host Karoonda with both sides looking for their first win of the season.
Clint Gates has been in form for Murrayville while Michael Worsman may be back to Mail Medal form. Rian Crane has fitted in well after returning to the club and Kevin Wyatt will pick up possession wherever he plays. Todd Jones will have a great duel with Josh Rudiger in ruck while Clayton Sporn can hold down a key position. Jake Venning is a young player who uses his strength well and Keegan Keely is a strong recruit. Cheyne Cronin has built on his 2013 form and continues to play well.
Corey Knight has started the year well while Jarred Graetz plays many roles and Jarred Woodward is showing he can play consistently at a high level. Josh Rudiger is having an influence in ruck while Danny Walker & Todd Boughen win possessions in the midfield. The defence is held firm with Andrew Smithson, Josh Rosenzweig & Eli Koch working well. Nick Zander & Luke Hocking filled the key forward positions well last week but they will need more goals from the midfield.
Murrayville at home may just edge out Karoonda
Round 3 - May 3, 2014
Best: Pinnaroo - A. Keough, J. Sampson, T. Bennetts, C. Nickolls, L. Dabinett, S. Sampson. Murrayville - K. Wyatt, K. Keely, J. Venning, B. Wilson, D. Willersdorf, C. Cronin. Goals: Pinnaroo - A. Keough 2, B. Schroeder 2, J. Sampson , L. Dabinett , C. Nickolls , S. Hannam , J. Kerber , T. Bennetts , M. Fischer , A. Virgo , D. Sampson. Murrayville - R. Crane 2, C. Cronin 2, B. Wyatt , B. Wilson
Best: BDT - J. Keller, P. Barrett, C. Ferguson, B. Todd, K. Harkness, L. Slape. Karoonda - J. Graetz, J. Rosenzweig, C. Knight, J. Rudiger, J. Woodward, A. Smithson. Goals: BDT - P. Barrett 5, B. Todd 3, L. Slape , C. Ferguson , J. Crabb , T. Hawthorne , K. Harkness , J. Keller. Karoonda - J. Woodward 3, J. Graetz 3, L. Hocking 3
Best: Lameroo - S. Walker, J. Ridgway, H. Thorpe, B. Chinner, T. Brown, C. Altus. Peake - T. Rigney, K. Markwick, R. Piggott, A. Simper, R. Sargood, J. Hewett. Goals: Lameroo - S. Agelis 2, R. Hunter 2, N. Young 2, J. Barrett , D. Cabot , J. Ridgway , S. Walker , M. Ridgway. Peake - T. Rigney 4, A. Simper , M. Baker , G. Phillips
Lameroo v Peake
The match of the round will be at Lameroo where Peake will want to consolidate on their current position at the top of the ladder.
Lameroo have started 2014 well with Tom Caulfield carrying the ruck duties & Hayden Thorpe a strong ball winning midfielder. Shaun Walker provides run and Shane Agelis will kick goals if given space. Andrew Hunt & Ricky Hunter are strong marking targets in attack with Matt Ridgway able to fill any position. Nicholas Johnson & Travis Brown have been
good recruits in defence and Fraser Sampson is clever on a wing.
Peake had a strong win last week and poor goal kicking was the only thing preventing them from having a massive win. Patrick Gabb will win most ruck contests and Gabe Phillips will be the main beneficiary reading the taps well. Michael Baker, Shane Heinrich & Darren Hare will all rotate through the midfield and use their pace to effect. Ryan Sargood, Wade
Saunders, Rick Piggott & Aish Simper are hardnosed midfielder / defender types with Michael Whitford in a key position. Trevor Rigney & Samuel Janetzki are dangerous deep in attack with Jason Dikkenberg playing at half forward.
Peake are on a roll and can make it 3 in a row against Lameroo.
Karoonda v BDT
Karoonda have their first match at home this week and are still looking for their first win of 2014, but will find it tough against BDT. Corey Knight has started the year well but may miss this week which will be a blow to the midfield while Ben Quinn will miss a few weeks with injury. Jarred Graetz plays many roles and Jarred Woodward is showing he can play consistently at a high level. Josh Rudiger is having an influence in ruck while Danny Walker & Todd Boughen win possessions in the midfield. The defence is held firm with Andrew Smithson, Josh Rosenzweig & Eli Koch working well. More is needed from the forward area and at the moment there is a reliance on a few players to carry the load.
BDT have the skill & class of Josh Keller, Patrick Barrett & Lachlan Richardson to kick start the midfield with Bill Traeger a very good ruckman. Michael Kempe is Mr Reliable & Jarran Crabb can play a tagging or attacking role. Ben Hooper is a mobile half forward and Chris Gregory can hold down centre half back.
BDT will make it 3 wins for 2014 against Karoonda.
Pinnaroo v Murrayville
One of these teams will record their first win for 2014 after showing promising form early this year. Chad Nickolls has started well in ruck while Coach Wade Nickolls returned last week & kicked 4 goals. Jaimen Stringer has been amongst the best players along with Josh Sampson. Ty Bennetts & Alex Keough also have been in good touch this year. Clint Gates has been in form for Murrayville while Michael Worsman may be back to Mail Medal form. Rian Crane has fitted in well after returning to the club and Kevin Wyatt will pick up possession wherever he plays. Todd Jones will have a great duel with Chad Nickolls in ruck while Clayton Sporn can hold down a key position.
Murrayville’s form has been better than Pinnaroos & they can win their first match for 2014.
Round 2 - April 26, 2014
Best: Peake - Gabe Phillips, Ryan Sargood, Michael Baker, Richard Piggott, Matthew Whitford, Darren Hare. Karoonda : Corey Knight, Jarrad Woodward, Jarred Graetz, Joshua Rudiger, Andrew Smithson, Josh Rosenzweig. Goals: Peake - Gabe Phillips 6, Trevor Rigney 2, Jason Dikkenberg 1, Stephen Morris 1, Matthew Whitford 1, Samuel Janetzki 1, Aysh Simper 1, Darren Hare 1. Karoonda : Jarred Graetz 2, Luke Hocking 2, Jarrad Woodward 1, Todd Boughen 1
Best: Lameroo - Haydon Thorpe, Thomas Caulfield, Matthew Ridgway, Shaun Walker, Fraser Sampson. Pinnaroo : Jaimen Stringer, Chad Nickolls, Alex Keough, Tyron Bennetts, Joshua Sampson, Leith Dabinett. Goals: Lameroo - Shane Agelis 5, Shaun Walker 2, Andrew Hunt 2, Ricky Hunter 1, Matthew Ridgway 1, Joshua Ridgway 1, Charlie Hay 1, Joshua Barrett 1, Fraser Sampson 1. Pinnaroo : Wade Nickolls 4, Joshua Sampson 3, Clint Muster 1, Alex Keough 1, Tyron Bennetts 1
Best: BDT - Lachlan Richardson, Alex Stidiford, Joshua Keller, Michael Kempe, Patrick Barrett, Jarran Crabb. Murrayville : Clinton Gates, Rian Crane, Michael Worsman, Clayton Sporn, Cheyne Cronin, Keegan Keely. Goals: BDT - Chase Ferguson 2, Matthew James 2, Brett Todd 1, Joshua Keller 1, Jarran Crabb 1, Lachlan Richardson 1, William Clarke 1, Lee Slape 1. Murrayville : Clayton Sporn 3, Rian Crane 1, Harrison Brown 1, Clinton Gates 1, Cheyne Cronin 1
Football Preview 26/4/2014
Peake v Karoonda
Peake & Karoonda meet in the designated ANZAC match in Mallee Football this week.
Patrick Gabb is a big ruckman who will give an advantage in the midfield which Peake have not had in recent years. Michael Whitford & Rick Piggott form a strong half back line & Gareth Diprose will return to add depth. Darren Hare will play his first match this week and join Michael Baker, Gabe Phillips & Shane Heinrich in the midfield. Trevor Rigney is a key in attack and will have support from Samuel Janetzki coming off a 10 goal performance last week.
Karoonda has a strong midfield with Zakk Bullard, Corey Knight, Ben Quinn, Danny Walker, Jarred Graetz & Todd Boughen all capable of hitting the scoreboard as well. Nick Zander should return this week to strengthen the attack while Josh Rudiger will have a great battle with Patrick Gabb in ruck. Andrew Smithson & Josh Rosenzweig will hold the key defensive positions in a defence that performed well in 2013.
Peake started 2014 with a win and can win again against Karoonda.
Lameroo v Pinnaroo
Lameroo will welcome back Matt & Josh Ridgway, Mark Benham & Billy McNeilly this week after a strong performance in a first up win against Karoonda.
Ricky Hunter dominated at centre half forward and Andre Hunt is a big man who will kick a lot of goals when he overcomes a foot injury. Tom Caulfield provides a mobile option in ruck and Hayden Thorpe wins the ball regularly in the midfield. Shaun Walker always manages to sneak forward and hit the scoreboard while Nick Johnson & Travis Brown will be valuable players in defence.
Pinnaroo come off a loss to BDT last week and will be looking for their recruits to settle in this week. Jaimen Stringer, Josh Sampson & Stuart Sampson all played well last week with Ty Bennetts continuing his great form from 2013. Chad Nickolls is a big man who can dominate in ruck with Alex Keough a ball magnet through the midfield.
Lameroo look more settled & will win against Pinnaroo.
BDT v Murrayville (Tintinara)
BDT showed last week they have not slipped to far from 2013 form. Mail Medalist Patrick Barrett look set for another great year, Josh Keller & Lachlan Richardson always play well and Bill Traeger is a reliable ruckman. Tasman Hawthorne will add to the midfield while Lee Slape has moved forward to play a key position in attack. Chris Gregory will control the defence along with Michael Kempe who could be the most under rated player in Mallee football.
Murrayville have an extremely strong midfield with Rian Crane, Michael Worsman, Kevin Wyatt & Clinton Gates able to match any other side. Sam Mader provides pace off his wing and Todd Jones is a mobile ruckman who is a strong mark around the ground. Blake Edwards has developed into a good forward with Clayton Sporn & Drew Crane holding key positions for Murrayville.
BDT will maintain winning form and defeat Murrayville.
Round 1 - April 12, 2014
Best: Lameroo - R. Hunter, S. Fischer, T. Caulfield, A. Hunt, S. Walker. Karoonda - C. Knight, T. Boughen, J. Rudiger, J. Graetz, J. Woodward, D. Walker. Goals: Lameroo - R. Hunter 6, A. Hunt 3, S. Agelis 2, S. Walker 2, F. Sampson. Karoonda - J. Graetz 4, T. Boughen 2, S. Malchow 2, D. Andrews , C. Knight , J. Woodward
Best: Peake - M. Baker, S. Janetzki, R. Sargood, P. Gabb, R. Piggott. Murrayville - M. Worsman, K. Wyatt, C. Gates, R. Crane, R. McCormick, B. Edwards. Goals: Peake - Sam Janetzki 10, G. Phillips 3, S. Morris , M. Sparks. Murrayville - B. Edwards 3, C. Cronin , L. St Claire , J. Venning , M. Worsman , C. Gates , R. Crane
Best: BDT - P. Barrett, J. Crabb, M. Kempe, B. Hooper, J. Keller, W. Clarke. Pinnaroo - C. Nickolls, J. Stringer, T. Bennetts, A. Keough, J. Sampson, S. Sampson. Goals: BDT - P. Barrett 3, L. Slape 3, T. Hawthorne 2, B. Hooper 2, M. Vandeleur 2, B. Borchardt , J. Crabb , L. Richardson , J. Keller , T. Kennett. Pinnaroo - A. Keough , H. Boseley , R. O''Driscoll , S. Sampson , L. Bailey , S. Hannam , I. Fischer , L. Dabinett , J. Stringer
Round 1 Preview
12 April Matches - Lameroo v Karoonda
Lameroo made a late run in the 2013 finals series but could not quite overcome BDT in the Grand Final. Jonty Seal has returned to the west coast, Tristan Shaw is playing in Adelaide, Jarred Kerber is seeking a transfer to Pinnaroo while Ben Greiger is not playing in 2014 which will leave a big gap in the ruck & aerial contests around the ground.
Brodie Chinner has come in from Karoonda, Ricky Hunter is returning from Moonta with Nicholas Johnson coming with him. There are also another 2 very good players who are reported to be coming to Lameroo.
Shaun Walker and Shane Agelis are continuing in 2014 to work with Hayden Thorpe, Matt Ridgway & Josh Ridgway in the midfield. The defence will be led by Billy McNeilly as it is reported David Philbey has retired from A Grade football.
Karoonda will be looking to improve on last season’s 4thmost of the season. Andrew Cheer has come in from Ramblers with Todd Boughen & David Wallfried returning to the club. Brodie Chinner has left along with Wayne Luckett & Keelan White.
There is a strong midfield with Zakk Bullard, Corey Knight, Ben Quinn, Danny Walker,
Andrew Cheer, Jarred Graetz & Todd Boughen all capable of hitting the scoreboard as well.
David Wallfried can provide a target in attack with Nick Zander also set to return in 2014. Andrew Smithson & Josh Rosenzweig will hold the key defensive positions in a defence that performed well in 2013.
Lameroo can win the opening match in 2014 in a close contest.
Murrayville v Peake
Murrayville have lost some experience & talent with Thomas Bailey, Daniel Fry, Seb Moroney, Ali Vessali & Nick Noblett moving on. Rian Crane will provide a boost returning to Murrayville with Stewart Edwards, Keegan Keely & James Sporn the other recruits.
Kevin Wyatt & Sam Mader will gain plenty of possession in the midfield and Jesse Vass is a rebounding defender who can play a key position. Clayton Sporn developed into a strong centre half forward in 2013 and Drew Crane is always a danger in the forward line.
Peake are in a position where they must play finals after 2 years of recruiting some excellent players. Bryce Jaensch & Brendan Burns have left but there are 9 new players in the side. Patrick Gabb is a big ruckman who will give an advantage in the midfield. Rick Piggott returns after some years in the Mid North while Darren Hare was a strong performer when he played at Karoonda a few years ago. Michael Baker, Gabe Phillips & Shane Heinrich showed their class in 2013 and Trevor Rigney is a key in attack, although he will miss this week’s match.
Peake look to improved and will win at Murrayville.
Pinnaroo v BDT
Pinnaroo’s biggest loss is Brad Sheridan who played Zone football in 2013. Brad Rosenzweig was also a good performer while 2013 recruits Sean McIvor & Simon Reeves have moved on. Local veteran Brett Gum has also gone to Kangaroo Island. Pinnaroo have been busy on the recruiting front with brothers Joshua, David & Stuart Sampson coming with good reputations.
Jaimen Stringer will be valuable after playing at Strathalbyn & Keegan Bennetts joins his brother at Pinnaroo.
Alex Keough will again be prominent in the midfield while Chad & Wade Nickolls are a strong presence. Ty Bennetts showed in 2013 he is one of the best players in the MFL competition and Heath Boseley always puts in a solid performance.
BDT have lost Clint Richardson to Jervois, the reliable Travis Miegel has moved to Adelaide as has key forward Shane Binns. Key forward and ruckman Kevin Kock and inspirational leader Josh Richardson are also unlikely to play.
Tasman Hawthorne comes in from SAAFL along with Rylan Raper from Peake. There is still s strong core in the midfield with Josh Keller, Patrick Barrett & Lachlan Richardson leading the way. Bill Traeger led the ruck in 2013 and Chris Gregory can play key
roles at either end of the field. BDT should still have enough talent and can defeat Pinnaroo this week.
2014 Season Preview
April 6, 2014
Border Downs Tintinara
BDT have been regular Grand Finalists in recent times winning the past 4 Premierships. They have lost Clint Richardson, Travis Miegel & Shane Binns while Josh Richardson is not playing in 2014.
Tasman Hawthorne comes in to bolster the midfield which already boasts Josh Keller, Patrick Barrett & Lachlan Richardson.
Although maybe not as dominant BDT will still be a force this year.
Karoonda have been around the mark but have not won a Premiership in the Mallee League. Brodie Chinner has transferred to Lameroo and Wayne Luckett has returned to Tailem Bend. Todd Boughen returns to the club from Mannum as does David Wallfried from Salisbury West along with Andrew Cheer from Ramblers.
The defence was solid in 2013 led by Andrew Smithson & Josh Rosenzweig while the return of Nick Zander will strengthen the attack.
Karoonda should be around the mark again in 2014.
Lameroo had a strong finish to 2013 winning the Second Semi Final before going down to BDT in the Grand Final. Jonty Seal & Tristan Shaw have moved on with Jarrod Kerber also looking for a transfer.
Brodie Chinner comes in from Karoonda while Ricky Hunter returns from Moonta bringing Nick Johnson with him. Travis Brown & Fraser Sampson are also new recruits.
The biggest loss will be Ben Greiger not playing in 2014 and his strength around the ground will be missed.
Expect Lameroo to be up the top again in 2014.
Murrayville played in the Preliminary Final in 2013 but will need everything to go right to achieve this again in 2014.
There are some quality players gone including Ali Vessali, Thomas Bailey, Nick Noblett, Seb Moroney & Daniel Fry.
Rian Crane returns to add class along with Keegan Keely & Stewart Edwards.
Murrayville may slip down the ladder in 2014.
Bryce Jaensch & Brendan Burns have left from 2013 but there are a large number of inclusions to cover them.
Rick Piggott returns after a long time away as well as Patrick Gabb in ruck, Darren Hare who was 3rdin the Mail Medal when playing at Karoonda, Ryan Sargood, Matthew Whitford, Aysh Simper, Wade Saunders, Samuel Janetzki & Ty Bellaney.
Expect Peake to be the big improvers of 2014.
Brad Sheridan is a big loss along with Brad Rosenzweig. Sean McIvor & Simon Reeve have also departed after 1 season at Pinnaroo. There are some good recruits with Jaimen Stringer & Keegan Bennetts. The Sampson brothers, Joshua, David & Stuart are expected to have an impact in the Mallee.
Pinnaroo will improve on 2013.
It is extremely difficult to predict a Premiership Ladder so here is an attempt without seeing the impact of club recruits.
2013 Grand Final
Border Downs Tintinara does it again
Grand Final - September 7, 2013
BOG Clint Richardson BDT. West Adelaide Best Team Man: Lameroo - Ben Grieger, BDT - Bill Traeger
Best: BDT – C. Butler, C. Gregory, M. Vandeleur, C. Richardson, J. Crabb, B. Traeger. Lameroo - B. Grieger, M. Ridgway, D. Steer, S. Fischer, T. Shaw. Goals: BDT - M. Vandeleur 4, M. James 2, P. Barrett 2, J. Richardson 2, L. Richardson 2, S. Binns 1, J. Brock 1. Lameroo - S. Agelis 3, J. Seal 1, B. Grieger 1, C. Wellburn 1, M. Benham 1, H. Thorpe 1