Teams: Border Downs/Tintinara, Karoonda, Lameroo, Murrayville, Peake & Pinnaroo
FLOW FM Footballer of the Year
Voting up to and including July 12
Patrick Barrett (BDT) 16
MIchael Worsman (Murrayville) 11
Josh Keller (BDT) 9
Corey Knight (Karoonda) 9
Hayden Thorpe (Lameroo) 8
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 age and is a calming influence in defence and Fraser Sampson and been a great recruit and is a smart footballer. Hayden Thorpe, Scott Fischer & Shaun Walker win the ball in the midfield and give Andrew Hunt opportunities at full forward.
Lameroo will win to push for the double chance.
BDT v Peake
A big match which could open up the race for a top 2 position. BDT should have Josh Richardson back and with Jarred Brock & Dustin Head building match fitness will be hard to topple. Bill Traeger has been good in ruck and will need to nullify the influence of Peake’s man mountain Patrick Gabb. Lachlan Richardson is always winning the ball at stoppages and Josh Keller is all class. Patrick Barrett runs all day and will kick goals when pushing forward. Lee Slape, Brett Todd and Mark Vandeleur will chip in on the scoreboard with Kael Harknees making the most of his opportunities on a wing. Chris Gregory and Michael Kempe have been solid in defence but if there is a weakness in BDT’s side it is probably in the back half.
Peake can draw level with BDT in top spot with a win. Darren hare has provided a spark in the midfield with Gabe Phillips, Michael Baker and Shane Heinrich all capable of winning their own ball. Patrick Gabb is a huge presence in ruck with Trevor Rigney a focal point in attack. Samuel Janetzki & Jason Dikkenberg are active up forward with Matthew Whitford also pushing into attack at times. Wade Saunders, Ryan Sargood and Rick Piggott are cool customers who rarely waste a possession and set up many forward thrusts for Peake.
BDT Can win & consolidate a double chance.
Pinnaroo v Karoonda
Pinnaroo have been getting closer to putting out a full side out with Josh & Stuart Sampson missing last match. Jaimen Stringer has been amongst the best every week and Ty Bennetts provides a target when in attack and wins the ball in the midfield. Alex Keough wins possession at will and the return of Chad Nickolls in ruck is a massive boost. Veteran Wade Nickolls is still a dangerous player up forward and Heath Boseley works hard in a key defensive role. Keegan Bennetts has improved as the season has progressed and Clint Muster provides drive from a wing. Brad Rosenzweig has returned to the club and will provide some valuable pace around the ground.
Karoonda can strengthen their grip on a finals spot with a win at Pinnaroo. Josh Rudiger & Lucas Neumann will have a great duel with Chad Nickolls in ruck and the midfield is performing well with Corey Knight, Jarred Graetz, Zakk Bullard & Danny Walker all in good form. Daniel Thiele and Nick Zander are strong marking forward with Luke Hocking likely to return this week. Wayne Luckett has added another dimension in attack and Donald Andrews is playing smart football. Andrew Smithson has been dominant in defence with Josh Rosenzweig, Josh Smithson and Eli Koch providing excellent support.
A danger game but Karoonda should win at Pinnaroo.
Round 9 - June 28, 2014
Best: Lameroo - S. Kerley, J. Ridgway, D. Philbey, S. Walker, R. Hunter, A. Hunt. BDT - J. Brock, P. Barrett, C. Gregory, M. Kempe, B. Todd, L. Richardson. Goals: Lameroo - R. Hunter 5, J. Ridgway 2, A. Hunt , H. Thorpe , F. Sampson. BDT - P. Barrett 5, M. Vandeleur 2, J. Crabb , L. Richardson
Best: Karoonda - C. Knight, J. Smithson, A. Smithson, J. Graetz, Z. Bullard, E. Koch. Murrayville - M. Worsman, T. Wright, R. Crane, T. Jones, C. Sporn, J. Vass. Goals: Karoonda - N. Zander 3, C. Knight 2, B. Quinn 2, W. Luckett 2, D. Thiele , Z. Bullard , D. Andrews. Murrayville - J. Venning 2, C. Cronin 2, B. Edwards 2, M. Worsman
Best: Peake - S. Janetzki, M. Whitford, D. Hare, T. Rigney, S. Heinrich, W. Saunders. Pinnaroo - J. Stringer, K. Bennetts, T. Bennetts, L. Pye, H. Boseley, W. Nickolls. Goals: Peake - T. Rigney 6, S. Janetzki 4, G. Phillips 3, S. Heinrich. Pinnaroo - W. Nickolls 2, L. Bailey 2, C. Nickolls , C. Muster , A. Keough , N. Dabinett
Round Nine Preview 28/6/2014
BDT have opened up a 2 game break at the top of the table and with Josh Richardson, Dustin Head & Jarred Brock playing their first matches of 2014 last week they are starting to look a formidable force once again. Lameroo & Peake are fighting for second spot at the moment while Karoonda & Murrayville will fight over the final spot in the four this week.
Pinnaroo are suffering from having some of their best players sidelined and will win more matches in 2014 if they can get a full side on the field.
Lameroo v BDT
Lameroo need to win to hold second position on the ladder with Peake breathing down their neck. Hayden Thorpe is having an outstanding season in the midfield and Scott Fischer is an underrated player who plays a similar style to Thorpe. Josh Ridgway is a clever crumbing player while brother Matt is versatile enough to play most positions on the ground. Andrew Hunt & Ricky Hunter provide goal kicking targets in attack with Billy McNeilly & Nicholas Johnson solid in defence. Shaun Walker is an experienced campaigner who knows where to find the football.
BDT had Josh Richardson, Dustin Head & Jarred Brock return last week to provide a massive boost to their Premiership chances. Patrick Barrett may have already won the 20104 Mail Medal while Josh Keller steps up when required and Lachlan Richardson just keeps winning the contested ball. Bill Traeger is performing well in ruck and Chris Gregory leads the defence. Jarran Crabb & Tasman Hawthorne are valuable link players with Mark Vandeleur a very clever small forward.
BDT are looking ominous and can defeat Lameroo.
Peake v Pinnaroo
Peake are building and looking towards the double chance in the finals. Darren Hare has provided a spark in the midfield while Gabe Phillips continues to impress in the midfield & up forward. Patrick Gabb is a big ruckman and gives his midfielders a big advantage around the clearances. Trevor Rigney loves kicking goals at full forward and Jason Dikkenberg gives a strong marking target at half forward.
Pinnaroo are desperate to get some key players back from injury. Chad Nickolls, Josh Sampson & Stuart Sampson are key players they need to push other teams. Jaimen Stringer, Ty Bennetts and Alex Keough have shouldered most of the load with support from Clint Muster. Heath Boseley battles the odds in defence but their depth is being severely tested at the moment.
Peake will continue their push up the ladder and defeat Pinnaroo.
Karoonda v Murrayville
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, C. Knight, J. Graetz, J. Smithson, J. Rosenzweig, B. Quinn. Goals: Peake - G. Phillips 4, T. Rigney 3, J. Dikkenberg 3, R. Morris , D. Hare , M. Baker , C. Jacob , S. Janetzki. Karoonda - T. Boughen 2, N. Zander 2, L. Hocking , Z. Bullard , J. Graetz , C. Knight , D. Thiele
Best: Lameroo - S. Walker, J. Ridgway, H. Thorpe, C. Wellburn, B. McNeilly, R. Hunter. Pinnaroo - C. Muster, D. Sampson, T. Bennetts, A. Keough, J. Stringer, H. Boseley. Goals: Lameroo - R. Hunter 7, S. Walker 4, A. Hunt 4, D. Cabot 2, B. Chinner , M. Ridgway , J. Ridgway , N. Young. Pinnaroo - C. Muster 4, N. Westpahlen , J. Stringer , T. Bennetts , T. O''Driscoll , L. Dabinett , B. Hannam , A. Keough , W. Nickolls , D. Sampson
Football Preview 14/6/2014
Karoonda v Peake
These 2 sides have completely contrasting seasons so far with Karoonda losing the first 3 matches & winning the next 3 while Peake won their first 3 matches and have lost the last 3 games.
Karoonda have found a settled forward line with veteran Luke Hocking still a threat deep in attack and Nick Zander a strong focal point. Daniel Thiele has settled into centre half forward and the small forwards Corey Knight, Ben Quinn, Todd Boughen and Zakk Bullard are all goal kickers. Josh Rudiger’ s duel with Patrick Gabb in ruck will be worth watching while the defence is solid with Andrew Smithson, Josh Rosenzweig & Eli Koch leading the way.
Peake should welcome back star trio Gabe Phillips, Michael Baker & Ryan Sargood from injury in a major boost to the midfield. Wade Saunders & Aish Simper are strong on the wings while Trevor Rigney is a potential match winner in attack. Jeff Lines is playing well in defence and Matt Whitford can fill a key position at either end of the field. Ricky Piggott has fitted in well on his return and Darren Hare provides a spark through the midfield.
Karoonda’s form has been better than Peake’s although Peake will be better with a full side this week.
Hard to pick but Karoonda start slight favourites at home.
Pinnaroo v Lameroo
Pinnaroo will be hoping Alex Keough, Chad Nickolls, Josh Sampson & Stuart Sampson return from injury this week after a solid performance against BDT last match. Jaimen Stringer has been high in the best players all season and Ty Bennetts continues to dominate matches either in the midfield or up forward. Heath Boseley leads the defence with Clint Muster showing he still has plenty to offer when free of injury. Cejay Dabinett is a youngster with a bright future and has played some good football in 2014.
Lameroo are still second after a loss to Karoonda last match. Hayden Thorpe must be high in mail Medal calculations after another outstanding performance and Shaun Walker is a dangerous midfielder who kicks goals. Fraser Sampson, Travis Brown & Dylan Cabot have all made strong contributions for their new club while Andrew Hunt and Nick Johnson hold down key positions. Billy McNeilly should return this week to strengthen the defence and Stephen Kerley is a no fuss defender who gets the job done.
Lameroo will be too strong for Pinnaroo.
Murrayville v BDT
Murrayville opened their winning account last match and will win more games in 2014. The forward line looks potent with Drew Crane, Clayton Sporn & Stewart Edwards returning in recent weeks. Todd Jones is a solid ruckman who wins the ball around the ground. Rian Crane, Michael Worsman and Kevin Wyatt can match any midfield in the league and Jesse Vass provides run from defence. Clint Gates is having a very good season and Jake Venning is a young player with plenty of strength.
BDT are still undefeated and look forward to the return of Josh Richardson sometime soon. Patrick Barrett is in outstanding touch, Josh Keller steps up whenever BDT are threatened and Lachlan Richardson is cool under pressure. Michael Kempe has taken a big step forward with his football and Chris Gregory is rarely beaten in defence.
BDT have done nothing wrong in 2014 and can win a close match at Murrayville.
Round 6 - May 31, 2014
Best: Karoonda - J. Graetz, B. Quinn, J. Rudiger, C. Knight, D. Thiele, Z. Bullard. Lameroo - H. Thorpe, F. Sampson, T. Caulfield, S. Kerley, M. Ridgway, D. Cabot. Goals: Karoonda - L. Hocking 4, N. Zander 3, T. Boughen 3, C. Knight 3, J. Rosenzweig , Z. Bullard. Lameroo - S. Agelis 2, F. Sampson 2, R. Hunter , M. Ridgway , N. Young , J. Barrett , A. Hunt
Best: Murrayville - M. Worsman, D. Crane, J. Vass, C. Gates, K. Wyatt, T. Jones. Peake - J. Lines, D. Hare, M. Whitford, R. Piggott, T. Rigney, A. Simper. Goals: Murrayville - D. Crane 7, M. Worsman , J. Venning. Peake - T. Rigney 4, C. Jacob
Best: BDT - P. Barrett, C. Gregory, J. Keller, S. Webb, B. Todd, T. Hawthorne. Pinnaroo - J. Stringer, T. Bennetts, H. Boseley, C. Muster, D. Sampson, C. Dabinett. Goals: BDT - L. Slape 3, J. Keller 2, C. Ferguson 2, M. Vandeleur , A. Stidiford , B. Todd , L. Richardson , P. Barrett. Pinnaroo - C. Dabinett 2, S. Hannam , M. Fischer , C. Muster , S. Vogt , T. O''Driscoll
Football Preview 31/5/2014
Karoonda v Lameroo
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
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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