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2006 GRAND FINAL
Loxton 17.9 (111) def Loxton North 13.8 (86)

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WAIKERIE TOO GOOD IN GRAND FINAL

GRAND FINAL at Loxton on September 15, 2007

Waikerie

3.3

5.9

10.12

16.13 (109)

Loxton

4.1

5.2

7.5

10.8 (68)

Best: Waikerie - N Tape, D Stevens, A Thompson, J Keller, S Leibick, S Clonan. Loxton - B Smith, D Evans, J Smith, N Uren, R Liddle, A Montgomery. Goals: Waikerie - S Dubrick, N Tape, M Oliver, S Clonan 3, J Keller, S Leibich, C Gibson, J Plant. Loxton -- A Montgomery 3, B Smith, D Evans, B Quinn, N Uren, R Mitchell, R Liddle, B Yeomans.

Preliminary Final on September 8, 2007

Loxton 18.20 (128) d Berri 11.16 (82).

Best - Loxton. J Smith, B Manual, L Kruger, R Mitchell, M Thiele, N Uren. Berri: R Stanley, L Jennings, N Flynn, C Koenig, K Reed, P Safraldis. Goals - Loxton: B Liddle, M Hahn 3, A Montgomery, L Williams 2, D Evans, S Westbrook, B Quinn, D Fisher, N Uren, C McCallum, R Mitchell. Berri: N Flynn 3, M Kruger, S Hansen 2, P Safralidis, L Jennings, C Koenig, K Reed.

BABY DEMONS TERRORISE RENMARK    By Nicholas Kossatch
Last year's wooden spooners Berri produced a brilliant four-quarter performance with a 58-point win against Renmark in the cut-throat 1st semi final at Barmera's Lakeside Oval in A-grade RFL on Sunday.
The Demons square off against nemesis Loxton in next Saturday's preliminary final at Berri Oval with the winner of that match taking on Waikerie in the Grand Final a week later.
It was a Father's Day Massacre as Berri's main assassin Mark Kruger produced a magnificent seven-goal effort. Kruger, with fellow midfielders Kale Reed, Jake Langdon and Lachie Jennings (three goals), were far too classy against their Rover counterparts.
Rangy wingman Chris Scholefield was another fine contributor for the Dees he booted the opening major of the match. Skipper Terry Bonner was inspirational across half back and he set up Berri's fifth goal for the stanza after spinning out of trouble and then managing a handball to Langdon. Langdon's pass was spilt by Shane Hansen but Kruger mopped up for his second of the term.
The game was seemingly shot for the Rovers with Ryan Bennett the only goal-scorer. He benefited from a great smother by Adam Dunhill at the opposite end of the ground. The margin was cut back to 16 points with Bennett again the recipient from linking play between Craig Seekamp and player-coach Brett Exelby.
Matt Bartlett, David Bickmore and Matt Martinson began to win the clearances and when resting ruckman Nathan Farr goaled again for Renmark - they were back in it with the deficit under two straight kicks. Berri's young ruckman Rhys Stanley had the better in the hit-out department but it does not end there. His agility and second efforts were highlighted when he applied a tackle on Martinson. This created another goal-scoring chance to which Nathan Flynn obliged by kicking the first of his five for the afternoon.
Stanley had a hand in Jennings first after the ruckman smothered an attempted Renmark clearing kick from defence. The Flynn and Hansen combination came to effect with the latter booting his first and the Demons doing it easily. Dean Beer's goal from the boundary increased the lead to 40 points before a Seekamp six-pointer stemmed the tide somewhat prior to half time.
The third stanza belonged to the electric Kruger and when Scholefield controlled the ball in heavy traffic that culminated with Reed assisting Kruger for his fourth - it was as good as it gets for the Dees. Consecutive majors to Renmark's Scott Jenkins (three goals) and Harrison Beavis brought the margin back to 41 points.
More Kruger magic yielded him a further two sorties and his fifth was from a curling screw punt from the left forward pocket at the southern end. Flynn's goal on the run had Berri with an unassailable 57-point lead at the last change.
The Rover's best passages of play occured when the heat of the game eased in the last quarter. Their better performers in Martinson, Bartlett, Bickmore, Farr, Seekamp and Trevor Thorpe all battled hard whilst the promising Adam Hollamby kicked two majors after being moved forward.
Nathan Flynn excited the crowd with another three majors with young guns Langdon and Jennings playing a large part in those as well. A 55-metre bomb to Jennings gave him his third from a Hansen pass.
The big win would instil Berri confidence as they would need to rid of the demons that have haunted them every time they played Loxton. One senses that these young Demons have no fear anymore.

First Semi Final at Barmera on Sunday September 2, 2007

Berri

5.2

10.5

16.8

21.11 (137)

Renmark

1.4

4.5

7.5

12.8 (80)

Best: Berri – K Reed, M Kruger, L Jennings, N Flynn, R Stanley, C Scholefield. Renmark – A Dunhill, T Thorpe, B Exelby, S Jenkins, M Martinson, R Bennett. Goals: Berri – M Kruger 7, N Flynn 5, L Jennings 3, D Beer 2, C Scholefield, S Hansen, C Koenig, S Miller. Renmark – S Jenkins 3, A Hollamby, R Bennett, C Seekamp 2, H Beavis, T Thorpe, N Farr.

Second Semi Final at Waikerie on Saturday September 1, 2007

Waikerie

6.0

9.3

11.7

17.10 (112)

Loxton

4.4

11.7

14.9

15.9 (99)

Best - Waikerie: J Plant, N Tape, P Schilling, S Clonan, D Stevens, C Gibson. Loxton: N Uren, D Evans, R Liddle, J Smith, M Hahn, B Smith. Goals - Waikerie: M Oliver 3. D Stevens, N Tape, S Thompson, T Hyde, L Horner 2, J Thomson, C Gibson, J Plant, T Hansen. Loxton: D Evans, B Yeomans, N Uren 3, J Liddle 2, B Smith, S Westbrook, D Fisher, R Mitchel.

NORTH LEAVE THEIR BEST TIL LAST By Nicholas Kossatch....August 28, 2007
Bottom side Loxton North produced the upset of the season by stunning Renmark by 16 points at Renmark in coach Terry Eleftheriadis' last match at the helm. North's inclusion of veterans Craig Wooldridge, Dave Gregoric, Steve Inglis proved match-winning as the trio provided much needed skill and leadership to their younger team-mates in the final round RFL A-grade fixture.
The Panthers began like a team destined for finals action as the likes of skipper Michael Arnold and Paul Wood (four goals), Brad Williams and little Tim Arnold set the tone. On the contrary the Rovers played like wooden spooners and were made to look second rate as they missed targets, were second to the ball and their defence was loose and undisciplined.
In a further blow to Renmark's confidence was a serious neck injury to utility Aaron Camplin who was ironed out by rampaging Michael Arnold midway through the first stanza. Play was stopped for 12 minutes as trainers carefully aided Camplin onto the stretcher.
Wood booted three for the quarter with his third resulting from linking play by Inglis, Ryan Proud and Brett Stephens. Jamie Saint marshalled the defence and debutant Brad Mules was equally impressive on a wing. He set up Anton Cook (seven goals) for his first major and North's sixth straight for the stanza.
Renmark's Josh Howard (four goals) provided the much-needed spark with a burst of three six-pointers in the second quarter but the Panthers had an amazing 10 goals one point at half time. Just seven points separated the teams at the long break. Matt Camplin booted the last two majors before half time with Dot Cotsaris' clearance work important.
Goals were traded in the championship term but it was North that held firm with ruckman Simon Dymmott finding an opening and booting a major after another defensive blunder by the Rovers. They drew to within one point after player-coach Brett Exelby (five goals) booted his second for the quarter before consecutive Cook majors restored North's dominance. Yet another centre clearance by Williams saw Cook and Arnold combining for his second goal and a 16-point buffer at the last change.
The Panther captain effectively guaranteed his side their only win for the year after he slotted his third however they faced some anxious moments as Renmark pressed. A fifth major to Exelby was quickly followed by another to Cotsaris. North settled with another pair of goals to Cook in which Dymmott and Wooldridge played a part in Cook's seventh. The confidence of the Panthers was highlighted when Dymmott took a saving mark then bound away from Renmark's attacking half taking a bounce.
Renmark would need to bring their 'A' game along with a proper attitude when they face Berri in the first semi final next week whilst the Loxton North faithful would be left pondering why their side haven't produced more often this season.

Round 16 - August 25, 2007

Loxton North 18.11 (119) d Renmark 15.13 (103).

Best - Loxton North: B Williams, A Cook, S Dymmott, J Saint, R Proud, B Mules. Renmark: J Howard, R Bennett, T Thorpe, J Rowe, M Bartlett, B Files. Goals - Loxton North: A Cook 7, P Wood 4, M Arnold 3, C Wooldridge, R Proud, B Stephens, S Dymmott. Renmark: B Exelby 5, J Howard 4, M Camplin 2, J Preece, D Bickmore, D Cotsaris, M Bartlett.

Loxton 31.14 (200) d Barmera Monash 9.5 (59).

Best - Loxton: J Liddle, D Evans, N Uren, R Mitchell, M Hahn, R Liddle. Barmera Monash: M Tyrrell, M Leyson, T Swanbury, M Muellar, P Packer, A Nunnan. Goals --Loxton: J Liddle 11, N Uren 5, S Westbrook 3, B Manual, D Evans, R Mitchell, R Liddle 2, M Hahn, C McCullam, W Pritchard, S Goetz. Barmeral Monash: M Tyrell, R Villas 2, A Nunnan, R Burns, A Karner, D Packer, D Whitbourne.

Berri 19.10 (124) d Waikerie 11.13 (79).

Best -- Berri: R Stanley, M Kruger, P Safralidis, S Ingerson, C Koenig, C Scholfield. Waikerie: B Kayser, D Stevens, J Plant, N Tape, T Hyde, J Thomson. Goals - Berri: N Flynn 4. L Jennings, M Kruger 3, S Weinman, C Scholfield 2, P Safralidis, S Muller, S Hansen, K Reed, K Harwood. Waikerie: D Stevens 3, C Gibson, J Plant 2, G Dubrich, S Dubrich, P Schilling, N Tape.   

Round 15 - August 18, 2007

Berri 23.10 (148) d Loxton North 11.14 (80).

Best -- Berri: M Kruger, N Flynn, K Reed, C Scholefield, P Safraldis, C Kernig. Loxton North: B Stephens, S Dymmott, B Williams, T Arnold, B Miller, R Lawson. Goals -- Berri: M Kruger, N Flynn 5, K Reed 3, S Hansen, M Voigt, K Harwood 2, D Beer, L Jennings, C Scholefield. Loxton North: R Cook, B Stephens, C Kropinyeri 2, T Arnold, M Arnold, J Albrecht, S Dymmott. R Dews.

Renmark 17.12 (114) d Barmera Monash 6.5 (41).

Best - Renmark C Seekamp, T Thorpe, R Bennett, A Camplin, M Martinson, M Camplin. Barmera Monash: M Mueller, A Nunan, D Whitbourne, D Millard. L Middleton, M TyrreIl. Goals - Renmark: R Bennett, C Seekamp, B Exelby 3, M Camplin 2, H Beavis, T Thorpe, D Cotsaris, J Howard. Barmera Monash: R Villis 2, M Muellar, C Bonney. B Broughton, M Tyrrell

Sunday Game at AAMI Stadium : Waikerie 17.11 (113) def Loxton 13.11 (89)

Round 14 - August 11, 2007 (thanks safooty.net for this weeks details)

Loxton

7.1

10.4

16.7

23.10 (148)

Berri

1.2

3.2

6.7

7.11 (53)

Best - Berri: M Kirk, N Uren, D Evans. Loxton: M Kruger, R Stanley, P Safradis. Goals - Loxton: J Liddle 5; B Smith, N Uren 4; S Westbrook, R Mitchell 2; R Liddle, W Pritchard, M Hahn, D Fisher, D Evans, M Thiele. Berri: M Kruger 2; S Muller, N Flynn, T Levernez, M Voight, W Reed.

Barmera Monash

4.2

8.5

11.6

16.10 (106)

Loxton North

4.4

8.7

12.10

13.12 (90)

BEST: Barmera-Monash - A. Nunan, M. Mueller, D. Millard, M. Tyrrell, D. Whitbourne, D. Packer. Loxton North - B. Williams, R. Proud, M. Arnold, R. I’Anson, J. Saint, A. Cook. GOALS: Barmera-Monash - A. Nunan, R. Villis 3, S. Mitchell 2, R. Burns, N. Kuhn, M. Tyrrell, S. Drogemuller, M. Leyson, B. Broughton, M. Mueller, T. Saville. Loxton North - A. Cook 5, M. Arnold 4, C. Kropinyeri, R. Cook, P. Wood, J. Proud.

Renmark

2.0

6.3

10.5

10.7 (67)

Waikerie

4.5

5.6

8.8

12.11 (83)

BEST: Waikerie - J. Plant, S. Clonan, D. Stevens, C. Gibson, P. Schilling, L. Horner. Renmark - A. Dunhill, T. Thorpe, M. Martinson, A. Hollamby, M. Bartlett, B. Exelby. GOALS: Waikerie - M. Oliver, J. Plant, S. Clonan, D. Stevens 2, T. Hyde, C. Gibson, J. Keller, S. Liebich. Renmark - B. Exelby 4, M. Camplin 3, S. Jenkins 2, D. Cotsaris.

Round 13– August 4, 2007

Loxton 16.13 (109) d Renmark 12.8 (80).

Best - Loxton: J Liddle, B Manual, A Montgomery, J Smith, N Uren, R Mitchell. Renmark R Bennett, N Farr, M Martinson, D Cotsaris, B Exelby, S Howard. Goals - Loxton: J Liddle 5, R Mitchell, A Montgomery, L Kruger, N Uren 2, B Manual, B Smith, D Fisher. Renmark: R Bennett 7, D Cotsaris, M Camplin, M Martinson, A Dunhill, S Jenkins.

Waikerie 15.10 (100) d Loxton North 2.7 (19).

Best - Waikerie: J Keller, C Gibson, D Schilling, 0 Stevens, S Clonan, L Horner. Loxton North: S Dymmott, B Stephens, T Arnold, R Proud, D Jones, C Krodinyeri. Goals-Waikerie: M Oliver 6, J Keller 3, S Liebich, N Tape 2, C Gibson, J Plant. Loxton North: P Wood, D Dymmott.

Berri 14.15 (99) d Barmera Monash 8.10 (58).

Best - Berri: M Kruger, P Safralidis, K Reed, G White, C Koenig, K Harwood. Barmen Monash: M Tyrrell, N Kuhn, T Swanbury, S Drogemuller, M Mueller, D Millard. Goals - Berri: S Hansen 4, M Kruger 3, N Flynn, S Wenman, K Harwood 2, P Safralidis. Barmen Monash: S Drogemuller 2, S Sumner, D Whitbourne, N Tyrrell, R Villis, B Wegner, A Nunan

LOXTON SHOW LIDDLE RESPECT
By Nicholas Kossatch
Loxton returned to the winners list demolishing their cross-town rivals Loxton North by 135 points at Loxton Oval on Saturday. It was a complete team performance in Tiger skipper Nick Uren's 100th match as they increased their lead at each interval during the A-grade RFL 12th round fixture.
Despite some inaccurate kicking for goal in the first term Loxton's multi-pronged and mobile forward line, via the likes of Raphael and Jamahl Liddle (nine goals) and the evasiveness of Scott Goetze and Ben Yeomans, proved too much for North's bombarded defence.
Veteran Steve Westbrook (four second half goals) was providing plenty of run off half back as was Uren and centre half back Jesse Smith was on top of the Panther's Simon Dymmott. The Liddle siblings started the rot for their opponents with the first two majors of the game. Jamahl's first resulted from Uren's and Westbrook's switching of the play further up-field which enabled him to lead into space.
Brad Williams and Anton Cook were resolute in defence and Paul Wood showed plenty of class in midfield and across half forward and he kicked North's only goal for the quarter. The gap in class between the two teams increased during the second stanza as Jamahl helped himself to another four six-pointers and youngster Sam Proud booted an impressive goal. The Panther's raised their intensity as Dymmott willed himself into the match when moved into ruck.
North booted three in a row, two of which came off the boot of Rhyss Cook with the other to Wood. The Panthers were 37 points in arrears after Jamahl slotted through his fifth on the half time siren. The Tigers produced wonderful overlapping football during the championship quarter that yielded them 10 goals. So was their confidence that even Westbrook booted three goals as an attacking half back and Rhys Mitchell snared three also.
There were some great match-ups with Dymmott against Ash Montgomery in the ruck and Wood matched up on Uren when rested at half forward. A rare highlight for the Panthers was when Wood won the contest against Uren and he accelerated away from the Tiger captain and then speared a pass to Justin Proud who goaled.
Montgomery's third major had the margin beyond 100 points in the last term. The Tigers tried in vain to get to the 200 points tally along with Jamahl Liddle's tenth major but it was not to be. Yeomans, so cheeky and confident for one so young, had a hand in Sam Proud's second goal. When Daniel Evans and Westbrook combined for Evans' second and final goal of the match. It is symbolic Loxton's last two majors were booted by youth and experience - so vital at the business end of the season.

Round 12 scores - July 28, 2007
Loxton 31.13 (199) def Loxton North 9.10 (64)
Best - Loxton: J Liddle, S Westbrook, R Mitchell, N Uren, J Smith, B Manuel. Lox Nth - J Saint, T Arnold, P Wood, B Williams, R Davis, B Miller. Goals: Loxton - J Liddle 9, A Montgomery, S Westbrook 4, R Mitchell 3, D evans, S Proud, R Liddle 2, L Williams, B Quinn, M Hahn, B Yeomans, S Goetze. Lox Nth - P Wood 3, R Cook, B Miller 2, J Proud, S Crouch.

Renmark 15.13 (103) def Berri 10.10 (70)
Best - Renmark: A Camplin, R Bennett, M Bartlett, M Martinson, M Camplin, C Seekamp. Berri - M Kruger, S Wenman, C Loenig, D Beer, G White, S Ingerson. Goals: Renmark - M Camplin 6, R Bennett 3, B Exelby, J Rowe, M Bartlett, T Bennett, C Seekamp. Berri - D Beer 4, S Wenman 2, N Flynn, S Hansen, C Shoefield.
Wakerie 21.14 (140) def Barmera/Monash 9.6 (60)
Best - Wakerie: J Plant, P Schilling, J Keiler, L Horner, C Wilson, T Hansen. Barmera/Monash - C Bonneyy, M Tyrrell, R Burns, D Miliard, D Whitbourne, M Mueller. Goals: Wakerie - M Oliver 8, J Plant 3, S Clonan 2, J Keller, L Thomson, A Bland, B Kayser, P Schilling, C Gibson, T Hansen, L Horner. Barmera/Monash - M Tyrell, S Drogemuller, R Villis 2, D Millard, J Abdulla, B Wegener 1

BIG BERGS BULLOCKS PANTHERS   By Nicholas Kossatch
Renmark withstood a third quarter challenge from Loxton North to defeat them by 39 points at Panther Park in round 10 of A-grade RFL on Saturday. The win puts the Rovers just a game behind second-placed Loxton after their upset loss to another finals aspirant Barmera-Monash.
From the early stages of the game Renmark dominated with the nuggetty Adam Hollamby providing drive from the backlines and forwards Brett Excel by (three goals) and Matt Camplin (three golas) presenting themselves well.
Craig Seekamp was a tower of strength across the half forward in his best game for the Rovers. The Panthers livewire forward Rhyss Cook cleverly pounced on a loose ball and booted his side's only major for the first stanza before defender Ben Files drifted forward to get one back for Renmark.
Renmark slotted through six goals in the second term despite North's Tim Arnold's gut-busting running and work around the packs. Debutant Andrew Pocock took a courageous mark followed by a six-pointer and Chris Kropinyeri intercepted an errant Trevor Thorpe defensive kick. His resultant major suddenly had North just 11 points in arrears and the home crowd in full voice.
There were two legitimate old fashioned shirt fronts - one by Seekamp on Kropinyeri and the other where Arnold lined up David Bickmore. Bickmore was helped off the ground and took no further part in the game.
Renmark settled in the latter stages of the second stanza with the creative Simon Howard assisting Scott Jenkins for a major and his second for the term. Ryan Bennett put Renmark 36 points just before half time after regulation front and centre crumbing. North's Tim Arnold's tenacity was rewarded when the rover booted back-to-back majors early in the third quarter. This inspired the youthful Panthers and the Rovers rested on their laurels.
In fact they failed to kick a goal for the term and youngsters Josh Koch on a wing along with Roger Ianson and Kyle Worsfold in defence all lifted as did veteran Brad Williams. Just 13 points separated the sides at the last change. The Rover's felt the verbal wrath from player-coach Exelby during his three-quarter-time address. He simply told his players to 'pull their heads in'.
They responded in kind with a three-goal final term and a Seekamp major put the Rovers 19 points in front. The big forward then dished off a handpass to winger Jaryd Rowe whose check-side goal wrapped the match up for Renmark.
SCORE: Renmark 14.13 (97) d Loxton North 8.10 (58)
WRITER'S VOTING
3- VOTES: T. Arnold (LN)
2- VOTES: C. Seekamp (R)
1- VOTE: A. Hollamby (R)

Round 11 scores

Wakerie

5.4

7.5

9.6

11.9 (75)

Berri

3.2

8.4

15.5

16.10 (106)

Best - Berri: R Reed, T Bunner, S Wenman, C Koenis, N Flynn, M Krueger. Waikerie: J Keller. C Gibson, J Plant, N Tape. C Wilson, S Dubrich. Goals – Berri - N Flynn, K Reed 4, S Wenman, L Jennings, C Schofield 2, M Kruger. D Beer. Waikerie: M Oliver 5. C Gibson 2, N Tape, J Plant, S Thompson. T Hyde.

Loxton North

1.2

4.3

8.5

8.10 (58)

Renmark

4.1

10.2

10.6

14.13 (97)

Best - Renmark: N Farr. A Hollambv. C Seecamp S Howard. T Thorpe. B Files. Loxton North - T Arnold, B Williams, B Miller, K Worsfold, R Hanson, C Kropinyeri Goals - Renmark: B Exelby, M Camplin 3. C Seekamp. S Jenkins 2 J Rowe, D Bicamore. B Files. R Bennet. Loxton North: R Cook. T Arnold 2, J Albrecht. R Proud, C Kropinyeri, A Pocock.

Barmera/Monash

4.2

7.4

11.6

13.12 (90)

Loxton

0.4

2.7

7.8

9.8 (62)

Best - Barmera/Monash: T Saville, R Villis, A Nunan, M Mueller, J Smith, D Millard. Loxton -  J Liddle, N Uren, D Evans. J Smith. B Smith. B Quinn. Goals - Barmera/Monash - A Nunan 4. T Saville 3, M Tyrrell 2, R Burns, B Wegner, S Drogemuller, J Selfe. Loxton: J Liddle 6, D Fisher, A Montgomery. D Evans.

Round 10 - July 7, 2007

Renmark 11.10 (76) d Barmera-Monash 11.9 (75).

Best -- Renmark: N Farr. M Martinson, A Dunhill, S Jenkins, S Howard, B Exelby. Barmera-Monash: R Villis, M Mueller, C Bonney, A Nunan, S Mitchell, M Tyrrell. Goals - Renmark S Jenkins, M Camplin 3, C Seekamp, P Cotsaris 2, J Howard. Barmera­Monash: C Gilgen, M Tyrrell, S Drogemuller, B Wegner 2, T Saville, A Nunan, R Burns.

Loxton 14.13 (97) d Waikerie 9.8 (62).

Best - Loxton: L Kruger, A Montgomery, C McCallam, J Liddle, B Proud, B Smith. Waikerie: Josh Keller, G Dubrick, L Horner, J Sutton. D Smith, T Hyde. Goals Loxton: J Liddle 3, R Liddle 2, L Kruger, R Colls, B Smith, B Manual, A Montgomery, I Williams, D Evans, S Proud, R Mitchell. Waikerie: M Oliver 4, S Liebich 2, 8 Haynes, N Tape, T Hyde.

Berri 13.10 (88) d Loxton North 9.5 (59).

Best - Berri: K Reed, R Stanley, C Koenig, G White, S Ingerson. Loxton North: A Cook B Miller, T Arnold, W Rowe, S Dymmott. Goals - Berri: K Harwood, S Hansen 3, N Flynn, M Kruger 2, D Centofanti, K Reed, R Stanley. Loxton North: C Kropinyeri 3, S Golding 2, R Cook, P Wood, T Arnold, B Williams.

PROUD TIGERS ROAR BACK By Nicholas Kossatch
 Loxton inflicted fresh doubts on Berri's ability to match it with the best after they mauled the Demons by 80 points at League Headquarters.
 The ninth round RFL fixture promised so much but ended a fizzer as the Tigers hard-bodied midfielders Braden Smith Daniel Evans, Steve Westbrook and player-coach Leigh Kruger set the tone early in the piece as did the dashing Cameron McCullam off his wing.
 The hosts began promisingly with Chris Scholefield setting up Lachlan Jennings for the game's first goal before last year's premiers imposed themselves. Jamahl Liddle's freakish mark over Steven Wenman demonstrated his vast talents. He had two majors for the stanza and Loxton's Kruger delivered the ball well.
 Loxton increased their 23-point quarter-time advantage by slamming nine majors during the second term. Despite Demon Nathan Flynn's dominant three-goal and seven-mark stanza and defender Peter Safralidis' creative run - Loxton's Lindsay and Rhys Mitchell shared five goals between them with the former kicking three.
 Bronte Manuel was quelling Berri rover Mark Kruger's influence and the match-up between Jamahl Liddle and Safralidis was enthralling. The visitor's Shane Hansen booted his only six-pointer for the match with a snap which appeared to be kicked after the half time siren had blown.
 The championship stanza had a defensive edge to it and the Tigers did not allow Berri's running game going. Ash Montgomery was completely on top against his younger opponent Rhys Stanley who toiled hard.
 A fourth major to Lindsay Mitchell had the Tigers ten goals ahead just before the last change and coach Kruger urged them to press home their big advantage. He told his charges to 'bury Berri on their home turf.' That is exactly what they did as they booted another seven in the last stanza. Debutant Sam Proud had a number of quality touches that included a goal after accepting another gilt-edged delivery from his coach.
 Loxton's Mitchell brothers both booted their fifth goals in the last and the Liddle siblings shared six goals with Jamahl capping off an outstanding match with four. Berri's Flynn was superb in the forward lines, Safralidis was a consistent contributor, full back Sam Ingerson won his position and Mark Kruger finished the game off strongly.
SCORE: Loxton 23.16 (154) d Berri 10.14 (74). WRITER'S VOTING: 3- VOTES: B. Smith (L), 2: A. Montgomery (L), 1: L. Kruger (L)

Round Nine Scores- June 30, 2007

Barmera/Monash

5.4

8.6

10.10

12.15 (87)

Loxton North

0.2

2.4

5.5

6.11 (47)

Best -- Barmera: M Tyrrell, D Millard, M Leyson, M Mueller, A Nunan, R Vilus. Loxton North: M Arnold, S Dymmott, B Williams, J Saint, B Miller, T Arnold. Goals -Barmera: M Tyrrell 4, B Wegener 3, T Swanbury, D Packer, D Millard, M Mueller, T Saville. Loxton North: R Cook, M Arnold, J Albrecht, B Williams, B Miller, S Golding.

Loxton

5.7

14.9

16.15

23.16 (154)

Berri

2.2

6.9

8.11

10.14 (74)

Best - Loxton: L Kruger, D Evans, A Montgomery, A Smith, J Smith, A Manual. Loxton: N Flynn, I Bonner, J Langdon, S Weinman. Goals - Loxton: R Mitchell, L Mitchell 5, J Liddle 4, L Kruger, R Liddle 2, R Collis. B Smith, A Montgomery, B Quinn, S Proud, R Liddle. Berri: N Flynn 4, S Wenman, T Leverenz, L Jennings, S Hansen. K Reed, J Langdon.

Wakerie

5.3

13.6

15.7

16.9 (105)

Renmark

2.1

6.4

11.5

12.9 (81)

Best -- Waikerie: J Plant, A Thompson, S Liebich, J Keller, G Dubrich, L Horner. Renmark - A Camplin, M Martins, T Thorpe, S Jenkins, N Farr, D Bickmore. Goals - Waikerie: M Oliver 6, S Liebich 4, B Haynes, T Hyde 2, D Stevens. L Horner. Renmark C Seakamp 4, S Kenny, B Exelby, M Campus 2, M Bartlett, T Bennett

HANSEN EXPLAINS WHY BERRI REAL DEAL  By Nicholas Kossatch
Berri's resurgence as an RFL force continued after they thumped a listless Barmera-Monash by 57 points at Lakeside in round eight of RFL. The Demons also accepted the Fisher Cup and now share equal second spot with Loxton following their upset loss to Renmark.
With Rhys Stanley dominating the hit-outs the visitors got off to a flier and full forward Shane Hansen marked almost everything that came his way and he booted four for the opening stanza. Mark Kruger featured prominently and his spearing pass from the centre to Nathan Flynn was one of the many highlights Berri had. The Roos closed the gap to eight points following majors to Sam Mitchell and Troy Saville. The first term produced entertaining football yielding 10 goals but the Demons looked the more dangerous in the forward lines.
Berri half back David Centofanti was an inspiration and he delivered a crunching hip and shoulder. Shortly after Centofanti landed heavily on his head and shoulders but in Gavin Wanganeen-like manner recovered to thwart a goal to the home side. Flynn and Kruger posted two apiece but it was Roo Sam Mitchell's crude front-on hit on youngster Kirk Harwood which sparked some skirmishes and sparked the Dees furthermore. Harwood did recover to boot a major after he applied a strong tackle and the hosts were on their knees when Kruger set up Flynn to put them up by 52 points at the main break.
The third stanza produced some tremendous smothers and 'one-percenter' plays mostly by Berri and the six-foot six-inch Stanley's tackle Mitchell was as good as it gets for the visitors. Steven Wenman and Kale Reed were also hurting their opponents with their tenacity and ball winning ability in close. A Safralidis swoop on a loose ball and a left foot goal preceded two six-pointers to Barmera's Jake Smith - their first since the opening term.
The hosts Dillon Millard, Mark Tyrrell, Ryan Villis and Murray Middleton never gave up with their relentless running with Millard and Tyrrell especially displaying their versatility. Hansen however booted the last two goals of the game to finish with six for the match. Berri appear to have found the right balance with a mix of classy on-ballers, talls, youth and experience. The players gathered post-match in a huddle indicating that this group of Demons are on a mission for the second half of the season. It will be a testing time for Tyrrell's Roos which now face the difficult task of making the top four. WRITER'S VOTING 3- VOTES: D. Centofanti, 2- VOTES: R. Stanley, 1- VOTE: J. Langdon

Round Eight - June 23, 2007

Berri

6.2

12.7

13.11

16.13 (109)

Bermera/Monash

4.1

4.2

6.4

8.7 (55)

Best: Berri – Centofanti, Langdon, Wenman, Flynn, Stanley, Hansen. Goals: Berri – Hansen 6, Harwood, Jennings, Kruger, Flynn 2, Safralidis, Centofanti. Barmera/Monash – Drogemuller, Smith 2, Saville, Nunan, Mitchell, Tyrrell 1.

Waikerie

4.4

9.7

13.13

17.15 (117)

Loxton North

1.2

1.3

5.4

7.5 (47)

Best: Waikerie – Karir, Stevens, Schilling, Kayser, Horner, Plant. Loxton North – Arnold, Dymott, Cook, Miller, Hanson. Goals: Waikerie – Stevens, Oliver 3, Liebich, Schilling, Gibson, Hyde 2, Keller, Plant. Loxton North – Cook 2, Wood, Albrecht, Williams, Kropinyeri

Loxton

3.5

6.7

10.10

15.12 (102)

Renmark

4.2

10.5

17.6

20.8 (128)

Best: Renmark -  Kennedy, Bennet, Jenkins, Hollamby, Thorpe, Camplin. Loxton – Kruger, McCallum, Smith, Evans, Liddle, Mitchell. Goals: Renmark – Jenkins 7, Exelby 6, Camplin 2, Thorpe, Bartlett, Howard, Martinson, Bennett. Loxton – Mitchell 4, Kruger, Liddle 3, Montgomery 2, Evans, Westbrook, Mitchell 1.

ON-BALL CLONES OUTCLASS ROOS By Nicholas Kossatch.....Thursday June 21, 2007
Waikerie's on-ball brigade of Shane Clonan, Damian Stevens, Jim Thomson and Josh Keller proved too classy for a determined Barmera-Monash outfit at Lakeside Oval in round seven of RFL A-grade. The Magpies survived a scare during the second stanza but otherwise were always in control in their 20-point win.
Roos player-coach Mark Tyrrell (six goals) booted the first goal of the game and was the most dangerous forward on the ground along with Waikerie's burly Tom Hyde who finished with three. Both forwards had two goals in the first stanza during which Magpies Stevens, Clonan and Keller were busy around the stoppages.
The hosts Dillon Millard and debutant Ryan Burns provided early dash with the former legitimately shirted-fronted by Waikerie's by Stevens just prior to half time. Barmera's impressive Andrew Nunan and Mark Muellar and Ryan Villis' hardness were critical factors that kept them in the game and a snap by Troy Saville was courtesy due to David Packer's commitment just moments before. Hyde and Villis booted the last two goals of the keenly fought first half.
The Magpie's third quarter was their most productive but poor disposals marred the contest and in particular the home side. The visitors shot away to a four-goal lead after three successive six-pointers by Hyde and Tape, who took a one-handed mark. Some strong goal square shepherding by Hyde saw strong-performing Craig Wilson booting another for them. The Roos could manage just one point for the term and when Sam Mitchell turned the ball over, made worse by a 50-metre penalty and a goal to Luke Horner - it seemed the hosts had just pride to play for in the last quarter.
Some of this was restored for the Roos as Mitchell made amends for his error and had most of his possessions for the quarter. The Pies did boot the first two goals for the stanza via Keller and skipper Steve Liebich before Millard posted through his side's first goal since the second term. Burn's applied a bone-crunching tackle on Waikerie's Jim Thomson who came off second best impressing the home crowd. Tom Hyde honoured a precise Stevens pass by booting his third but the Roos fought it out with Tyrrell slotting through his sixth from the boundary.
Clonan, Stevens and Keller were creative whilst Liebich, Tom and Travis Hyde, Jim Thomson and Greg Dubrich had strong games. For Barmera Tyrrell was superb in the forward lines and as mobile ruckman but he lacked support up forward, Villis continued his great season, Muellar and Nunan ran strongly all day and young ruckman Josh Buchecker displayed plenty of agility.
WRITER'S VOTING: 3- VOTES: S. Clonan, 2- VOTES: M. Tyrrell, 1- VOTE: D. Stevens

Round Seven - June 16, 2007

Waikerie 14.8 (90) d Barmera Monash 10.10 (70).

Best - Waikerie: J Kellor, L Homer, G Dubrich, C Wilson, S Liebich, D Stevens. Banners Monash: M Mueller, A Nunan, M Tyrrell, R Burns, M Leyson, J Buchecker. Goals - Waikerie: T Hyde 3, L Horner, S Liebich, T Hyde, J Keller 2, N Tape, S Clonan, C Wilson. Barmera Monash: M Tyrrell 6, R Villis 2, D Millard, T Saville.

Berri 15.13 (103) d Renmark 12.11 (83).

Best - Berri: S Wenman, K Reed, M Kruger, K Harwood, S Muller. Renmark: N Farr, D Bickmore, S Jenkins, D Cotsaris, T Thorpe, M Camplin. Goals - Berri: M Kruger 4, L Jennings, S Hansen, K Reed 2, S Wenman, N Flynn, J Hangdon, K Harwood, C Scholefield. Renmark: D Cotsaris 3, B Exelby, S Jenkins, C Seekamp, M Camplin 2, D Bickmore.

Loxton 26.15 (173) d Loxton North 9.8 (62).

Best - Loxton: D Evans, B Smith, S Westbrook, J Liddle, R Mitchell. N Uren. Loxton North: B Stephens, M Arnold, D Proud, T Arnold, B Williams, J Voigt. Goals - Loxlon: S Westbrook, J Liddle 6, R Mitchell 3, C McCullam, N Uren, L Williams, D Evans 2, L Kruger, B Smith, A Montgomery. Loxton North: P Wood, R Cook 2, J Saint, M Arnold, R Proud, D Proud, B Miller.

RIVERLAND v MALLEE.....June 9, 2007 - RFL TOO GOOD IN ALL GRADES

“A” GRADE                           

Riverland:               5.2             10.5           13.9           20.13         133

Mallee:                    1.0             4.3             6.4             8.5             53

Goal Kickers: Riverland:  Jamahl Liddle 7, Trevor Thorpe 4, Nick Uren 3, Mark Tyrell 2, Rhys Mitchell 1, Ryan Villis 1, Mark Kruger 1, Damien Stevens 1. Mallee: Mark Gum 5, Sunyl Vogt 1, Tim Aloisi, Wade Nickolls 1

Best Players: Riverland:  Jamahl Liddle, Chris Gibson, Rhys Mitchell, Andrew Nunam, Simon Dymott, Leigh Kruger

Mallee: Sunyl Vogt, Lachlan Richardson, Mark Gum, Mark Boothey, Brad Scurodder, Luke Renfrey

UNDER 17’s

Riverland:                                                   9.9             63

Mallee:                                                        5.5             35

Goal Kickers: Riverland:   William Rowe 4, Josh Howard 1, Brad Broughton 1, Sam Proud 1, Michael Reynolds 1, Rhyce Cook 1 Mallee: Josh Rudiger 2, Alex Keogh 1, Josh Ridgway 1, Dewing James 1

Best Players: Riverland:  Jake Smith, Brad Broughton, Tyson Nitschke, Anthony Reynolds, Josh Howard, Tom Clayton.

Mallee: Alex Keogh, Josh Ridgway, Steven Morris, Kieren Jaensch, Ryan McCormick   

UNDER 15’s

Riverland:               2.5             5.7             7.8             10.9           69

Mallee:                     2.1             4.1             5.4             9.4             58

Goal Kickers: Riverland: Brad Pontt 3, David Hankin 2, Michael Scott 2, Nick Carr 2, Brad Kirk 1

Mallee: Josh Rudiger 3, Travis Hancock 2, Dylan ribbons 1, Chad Kennett 1, Ryan Cornish 1, Tom Keogh 1

Best Players: R iverland:  Drew Gallard, Brayden Kurtzer, Nick Carr, Brad Mules, Cain Pomeroy, Josh Schiller

Mallee:      Chad Kennett, Dylan Ribbons, Ryan Cornish, Sam Greiger, Pat Barrett.

The story so far in the Riverland by Duane Sholson-Schultz….Tuesday June 5, 2007

Despite dropping their first game of the season to Berri, Wakerie still sit on top of the table, one game clear of reigning premiers Loxton. Good form from the likes of Gibson, Liebech, Stevens and forward dynamos Tom Hyde and Matt Oliver have proven pivotal in Wakerie’s early dominance with 43 goals coming from the two sharp shooters.

Apart from odds-on wooden spooners Loxton North who have failed to register a win in the first six rounds, the competition seems pretty close. Reigning Premiers Loxton is in solid form with Renmark, Berri and Barmera/Monash all square with three-wins a piece.

Ash Montgomery continues to impress in the Tigers engine room as well as leading goal kicker Liddle Raphael who has 16 for the season. Last years Grand Finalists have battled hard all season with Tim Arnold continuing his solid form, but their skill under pressure is letting them down. Is it a lack of self belief? Is it a lack of fitness? Is it simply a skill thing? I’m not sure but it is reflective of their inability to string together four quarters of solid football. The boys must back themselves in and keep trying the things that enabled them to play off in the 2006 Grand Final. They have shown glimpses of form, sticking with hometown rivals Loxton to half-time in the Anzac Day epic. Maybe Coach Terry Eleftheriadis should take his boys out on a bonding exercise for the long weekend to relax and recapture their top-two performance of last year.Player/coach Brett Exelby will be happy with his teams form as well as his own performance for the first six rounds.

Renmark are sitting comfortable with three wins and new players Matt Bartlett, former under nineteens captain for North Adelaide with a devastating left boot and Matthew Camplin a fast paced, silky smooth player have settled in well, bobbing up for some handy goals.  Renmark’s free-flow running rebound style football has devastated sides with Jaryd Rowe and Trevor Thorpe running in waves through the centre off the ground. Their ability to jump on opposition errors have proved valuable in the first leg of the season.

Despite an early round loss of 138 points to Loxton Berri has resurrected its form with a 23-point win over league leaders Wakerie.

Mark Kruger’s efforts in the forward 50 have given him 15 goals for the season.

Barmera/Monash sits at a respectable three wins and three losses for their 2007 account.

Simon Sumner has shown some early form with leading goal kicking honours with player/coach Mark Tyrrell.

With the bye for the long weekend approaching it gives teams the chance to assess the shape they’re in and to build for the latter part of the season.

PANTHERS THORPE-EDOED By Nicholas Kossatch....Sunday June 3, 2007
Loxton North's winless season continued this time at the hands of Renmark by 39 points at Renmark Oval on Sunday in the sixth round of RFL. The hosts in form half back Trevor Thorpe stamped his authority early when he set up Dot Cotsaris for the game's first major.
Thorpe's running off half back was relentless and he finished with a game-high 31 possessions including 14 marks in a spectacular display. It was the Panthers skills that let them down badly but their endeavour, led superbly by Tim Arnold, could not be questioned. After a great crumbing major by Chris Kropinyeri to level the scores, the Rovers gradually extended to 20 points at quarter time.
Wingman Jaryd Rowe showed all why he is coming of age for Renmark with his brilliant running through the lines between half back and half forward. Coach Brett Exelby heaped praise on Rowe and gave a wrap to Scott Jenkins who booted a sensational goal from the boundary just prior to quarter time.
The Rovers increased their lead to beyond five goals as their fleet-footed on-ballers totally dominated. Dave Bickmore (31 possessions) was another to impress with his centre square work whilst Matt Martinson came into his own during the second stanza. Cotsaris' second six-pointer was followed by an Martinson-assisted Rowe goal and Renmark led by 38 points at half time.
The championship term was a scrappy affair and despite the efforts of ball magnet Arnold, ruckman Simon Dymmott and centre half forward Michael Arnold, the Panthers found themselves well and truly out of the contest. The lights were switched on but the visitors were not after a Matt Bartlett major had his side 50 points ahead. The quarter just yielded three goals collectively with both of those scored by the hosts.
Panther coach Terry Eleftheriadis told his players to move the ball quickly through the corridor and not to panic but he was frustrated by his side's poor skills which has plagued them all season. A huge lift by Ryan Proud and Paul Wood in the centre sparked a mini-revival and a major from a Michael Arnold grab reduced Renmark's lead to 25 points. Proud booted three of his side's five goals for the quarter and Proud's cameo included a tremendous one-handed grab.
Back-to-back Rover goals to Aaron and Matt Camplin (three goals) sealed it for the home side which had Thorpe, Rowe and Bickmore the stars. Ultra-consistent Ben Files and Adam Dunhill were reliable and rebounding defenders and Martinson, Josh Howard along with Cotsaris had their share of the ball. The Panthers best were undoubtedly Tim Arnold, Michael Arnold across half forward, Dymmott in ruck whilst Ben Miller and Josh Voigt stuck to their defensive tasks well.

Renmark

4.4

8.5

10.12

13.12 (90)

Loxton North

1.2

2.3

3.3

9.7 (61)

Best: T Thorpe, M Bartlett, M Martinson, M Camplin, J Rowe, D Bickmore. Lox Nth – M Maczkowiack, J Saint, S Dymmott, J Voigt, B Williams, R Cook. Goals: Renmark – M Camplin 5, J Rowe 3, D Cotsaris 2, S Jenkins, J Howard, M Bartlett 1. Lox Noth – R Proud, R Cook 3, M Arnold, C Kropinyeri 1.
WRITER'S VOTING: 3- VOTES: T.Thorpe (R), 2- VOTES: J. Rowe (R), 1- VOTE: T. Arnold (LN)

Other Games

Berri

4.3

6.5

9.6

14.7 (91)

Wakerie

2.3

4.3

6.7

10.8 (68)

Best: R Stanley, M Kruger, S Wehman, C Koenig, D Centofanti. Waikerie – J Keller, D Hayser, L Horner, J Plant, C Wilton, C Gibson. Goals: Berri – S Hansen 5, N Flynn 2, M Kruger, J Langdon, K Reed, D Beer, B Duffin, R Harwood, C Schoefield. Waikerie – T Hyde, M Oliver 3, D Stevens, S Clonan 2.

Loxton

3.0

6.5

8.12

13.14 (92)

Barmera Monash

1.1

4.6

6.7

9.7 (61)

Best: Loxton – L Kruger, D Evans, J Liddle, N Uren, J Smith, A Montgomery. Barmera Monash – M Heller, Buchecker, D Millard, T Swanbury, T Saville, A Nunnan. Goals: Loxton – B Yeomans, J Liddle, W Pritchard 2, A Montgomery, J Smith, S Westbrook, C McCullam, R Mitchell, S Goetz, D Fisher 1. Barmera Monash – M Tyrrel 3, T Saville 2, S Sumner, T Swanbury, S Drogemuller, B Waegner 1.

Round Five - May 26, 2007

Barmera Monash

4.3

9.4

12.11

16.13 (109)

Renmark

3.3

7.5

8.7

12.13 (85)

Best -- Barmera Monash: K Villis, J Smith, D Millard, J Buchecker, S Drogemuller, N Kuhn. Renmark: N Farr, M Camplin, S Howard, S Jenkins, T Bennett, D Bickmore. Goals --- Barmera Monash: R Villis 5; M Tyrrell 4; M Mueller 2, S Sumner, S Drogemuller, B Wegner, J Smith, S Horsley. Renmark: M Campus 6, S Kenney, C Seekamp, D Cotsaris, K Collinson, S Jenkins, B Exelby.

Waikerie

2.4

7.7

10.9

17.13 (115)

Loxton

4.3

7.6

13.7

17.9 (111)

Best: Wakerie – J Plant, J Keller, C Gibson, P Schilling, D Stevens, M Oliver. Loxton – N Uren, M Thiele, R Liddle, B Manual, J Liddle, D Evans. Goals: Waikerie – M Oliver 6, J Plant 4, S Liebich, C Gibson, C Miller 2, T Hyde 1. Loxton – R Liddle, R Mitchell 4, A Montgomery 3, J Liddle 2, S Westbrook, D Evans, L Williams 1.

Loxton North

4.1

4.4

5.6

5.9 (39)

Berri

3.4

6.4

10.7

12.12 (84)

Best: Loxton North – S Dymmott, T Arnold, N Schiller, B Stephens, D Jones, M Maczkowiack. Berri – P Stanley, S Wenham, M Kruger, D Centofanti, S Ingerson, K Harwood. Goals: Loxton North – P Wood, M Maczkewiack 2, K Worsfold 1. Berri – S Hansen 3, P Safralidis, S Wenman, N Flynn, M Kruger, T Leverenz, J Langdon, K Reed, K Harwood, M Hill 1.

Inter League Match - May 19, 2007

Riverland 20.13 (133) d Mallee 8.5 (53).

Best - Riverland: J Liddle, C Gibson, R Mitchell, A Nunan, S Dymott. L Kruger. Mallee: S Vogt, L Richardson, M Gum, M Boothby, B Schroeder, L Remfry. Goals - Riverland: J Liddle 7, T Thorpe 4, N Uren 3, M Tyrrell 2, R Mitchell, R Villis, M Kruger, D Stevens. Mallee: M Gum 5, S Vogt T Aloisi, W Nickolls.

U17: Riverland 9.9 d Mallee 5.5. U15: Riverland 10.9 69 d Mallee 9.4 (58).

LOXTON HUMBLE BERRI  By Nicholas Kossatch....Sunday May 13, 2007
Loxton powered their way to a 138-point mauling over Berri at Loxton in round four of the RFL. It was the ideal response Tiger's playing-coach Leigh Kruger was seeking after their loss to Renmark a week earlier.
The hosts rammed through 11 majors in the first quarter with Rhys Mitchell booting three through clever use of his body coupled with his evasiveness. The Demons were reduced to virtual bystanders as Loxton did what they pleased.
Jamahl Liddle, Danial Evans and Steve Westbrook dominated the midfield with clean and crisp ball movement from the centre. Raphael Liddle's first four goals were as a result from pin point delivery from his brother Jamahl.
Berri mentor Grant Russell was measured during his quarter time address telling his players they were second to the ball and he also demanded ruckman, Tom Leverenz, to lift.
The visitors did just that in the second stanza with star rover Mark Kruger inspiring his team mates with his unrelenting running at the contests. Demon full forward Shane Hansen had a purple patch with three six-pointers for the quarter and Berri's deficit was whittled away to 36 points when he booted his third.
Loxton's volatile Braden Smith was sent off for 10 minutes after an altercation with Leverenz and it appeared the Tigers were off the boil discipline-wise somewhat. Their lead at half time was seven goals with Mitchell and Raphael Liddle having six goals between them.
The home team had an ideal start during the beginning of the third term when Jesse Smith goaled after he accepted a pass from Mitchell. It was the first of ten majors for the stanza in which versatile Ash Montgomery, Jesse Smith and Raphael Liddle contributed two goals apiece.
Berri did have a highlight for the term when Hansen took a mark and as he shaped to kick for goal he dummied around his marker and slotted through his fourth. Dave Centofanti, in defence for the Demons, was impressive with his ball usage and Kale Reed continuing his consistency in an on ball role.
The height of Loxton's forward line stretched Berri's last line of defence with Ash Montgomery's marking a feature. He posted his fourth during the final quarter and his coach instructed the Tigers not to be goal hungry during his three quarter time address. Kruger's request of a 30-goal tally was met when ruck-forward, Liam Williams, kicked truly after a strong pack mark.
Berri's only shining lights amongst a dismal display were Mark Kruger's work ethic, Shane Hansen's five goals and Kale Reed's will to get the hard ball. The Tigers had at least a dozen players who deserved best afield honours with Jamahl Liddle, Danial Evans and Ash Montgomery showing all what class players they are.
WRITER'S VOTING: 3- VOTES: J. Liddle (Loxton), 2: D. Evans (Loxton), 1: A. Montgomery (Loxton)

Loxton

11.8

14.10

24.16

31.23 (209)

Berri

1.0

8.4

9.4

11.5 (71)

Best: Loxton – N Uren, J Liddle, R Liddle, R Mitchell, L Kruger, L Willliams. Berri – Jake Langdon, M Kruger, S Hansen, D Centifanti, B Griffin, K Reed. Goals: Loxton R. Liddle 7, R. Mitchell 6, A. Montgomery 4, L. Williams; J. Liddle; J. Smith;

C. McCullum 2, S. Westbrook; M. Reynolds; B. Quinn; S. Goetze; L. Kruger; B. Yeomans 1
Berri S. Hansen 5, K. Reed 2, J. Peltz; M. Kruger; R. Correll, D. Beer 1

Other Results from Round Four:

Barmera/Monash

8.4

10.6

14.11

18.11 (119)

Loxton North

4.0

6.2

6.5

8.6 (54)

Best --- Barmera Monash: T Saville, M Tyrrell, S Sumner, S Mitchell, N Kuhn, A Nunan. Loxton North: M Maczkowiack, J Saint, T Arnold, S Dymmott, N Schiller, B Williams. Goals - Barmera Monash: S Sumner 6, C Bilgen, S Drogemuller 3, T Saville 2, M Tyrrell, S Mitchell, R Villis, A Nunan. Loxton North: B Williams 4, H Maczkowiack, T Arnold, J Koch, K Worsfold.

Waikerie

3.6

6.9

7.15

10.23 (83)

Renmark

5.0

7.2

8.5

10.7 (67)

Best - Waikerie: D Stevens, J Keller, B Kayser, A Thompson, S Liebich, J Thompson. Renmark: T Thorpe, B Files, M Bartlett, M Camplin, J Preece, S Kenney. Goals - Waikerie: D Stevens, T Hyde 2, S Liebich, B Head, T Hansen, C Gibson, C Miller, A Thompson. Remmark: M Camplin 4, H Beavis 2, A Camplin, J Rowe, S Jenkins, D Cotsaris.

EXELBY A FACTOR IN ROVERS WIN  By Nicholas Kossatch   Sunday May 6, 2007
Renmark's two pronged attack in Brett Exelby and Scott Jenkins produced a match winning score defeating Loxton at Rover Park in round three of the RFL.
Playing coach Exelby had a six goal second half and four of those came in the pulsating last quarter. He was simply too clever for Kyle Hand then later Raphael Liddle. Jenkins three of his five majors was kicked during the third term - the beginning of which the hosts faced a 15-point deficit.
It was Renmark's first win against the arch enemy in their previous 14 meetings and it will instil self belief for the remainder of the season. The home side were kicking with a slight wind and they held an 18-point advantage at quarter time. Ruckman John Preece dominated the hitouts against Jesse Smith and Liam Williams but Smith in particular was creative around the ground whilst Rover Matty Martinson read Preece's taps well.
The Rover's Aaron Camplin booted the first major for his team after some ill-discipline by Tiger Michael Reynolds. Simon Howard and Renmark team-mate Dot Cotsaris were especially busy around the packs with Howard having a hand in Jenkins' second goal. The hosts Trevor Thorpe's diving tackle prevented a certain Loxton goal during time on of the first stanza.
Loxton star Jamahl Liddle rammed home a major 30 seconds into the following quarter. Renmark did not help themselves by kicking to two on one contests in the first half of the second term and over-using the ball. Loxton skipper Nick Uren regularly chopped off Renmark's forward forays as did the tall and agile Ash Montgomery.

Two separate tackles added to the 'one percenter' highlights reel with Thorpe and later Bronte Manuel applying excellent tackles. Exelby added his third and his side's only one for the second stanza. Montgomery's defensive attack on the ball was rewarded with Jamahl Liddle's second after his mark against Shane Kenny. Renmark's lapse, as they did two weeks prior against Berri, came to haunt them again. Jamahl's brother Raphael two successive goals backed up by Steve Westbrook had Renmark with a huge challenge for the second half.
The hosts responded in kind with six-pointers to Exelby and Jenkins and the Tigers' lead just three points early in the third quarter. The game lifted in tempo with ferocious attack on the ball by the two combatants. In a match were courage was on full display none were more courageous than Renmark's Jaryd Rowe who was crunched by Loxton hardman in Braden Smith in a marking contest.
Tempers became flared but a great snap by the hosts Matt Bartlett, who was carrying an injured shoulder, was followed by a third goal to Loxton's Daniel Evans for the championship stanza. Renmark lead by six points when Exelby slotted his fifth on the three quarter time siren.
Rover Nathan Farr was a strong competitor across half forward and he played a part in Exelby's sixth. The hosts coach then booted three in a row but a potential 'Mark of the Year' to Jenkins was interpreted as an infringement by the umpires which angered and baffled the home crowd.
Loxton's Williams kicked his third after a strong mark to peg the margin to nine points but Renmark would not let this game slip when Exelby, ably assisted by Josh Howard, calmly guided through his ninth and final goal of the day in one of the best games witnessed at Renmark.
WRITER'S VOTING: 3- VOTES: B. Exelby (R), 2: T. Thorpe (R), 1: N. Uren (L)

Renmark

5.2

6.6

13.8

17.9 (111)

Loxton

2.1

9.3

12.8

14.11 (95)

Best: Renmark – B Exelby, T Thorpe, N Farr, M Camplin, M Martinson, S Jenkins. Loxton – N Uren, J Smith, D Evans, L Kruger, A Montgomery, B Smith. Goals: Renmark – B Exelby 9, S Jenkins 5, A Camplin, M Bartlett, H Beavis 1. Loxton – S Westbrook, L Williams, R Liddle 3, D Evans 2, L Kruger, R Mitchell, J Little 1.

Loxton North

0.0

0.1

1.2

1.6 (18)

Wakerie

3.7

12.8

19.13

26.17 (173)

Best: Loxton North – J Saint, C Vowles, A Cook, B Miller, B Williams, T Arnold. Wakerie – J Keller, D Stevens, C Gibson, T Hyde, B Hoad, J Sutton. Goals: Loxton North – R Proud 1. Wakerie – T Hyde 7, M Oliver 6, D Stevens, S Dubrich, S Liebich, C Gibson 2, J Keller, Travis Hyde, C Wilson, B Haynes, P Schilling 1.

Start of Round Three - Saturday April 28, 2006

Barmera/Monash

2.3

6.6

8.7

10.12 (72)

Berri

4.0

4.2

9.4

10.6 (66)

Goals: Barmera/Monash – A Nunan 3, C Gilgen, B Fisher 2, S Sumner, J Selfe, I Saville 1. Berri – M Kruger 3, T Bonner, C Scholefield 2, D Centofanti, N Flynn, G Wenman 1.

LOXTON TOO GOOD FOR LOXTON NORTH IN ANZAC DAY CLASH ....April 26, 2007

A Crowd of near on 2,000 turned up to the see the inaugural match for the Proud Cup between inner town rivals, Loxton and Loxton North on Anzac Day. The Proud family have been wonderful with their involvement with Riverland footy over the years and follows The Fisher Cup which is battled for when Berri and Barmera Monash meet.

The Tigers started well, having a 14 point lead at quarter time, before Loxton North fought back in the second adding 6.2 to 4.2 to trail by just 9 points at the long break. After half time it was pretty much one way traffic with Loxton adding 10 goals to 4 to run out victors by 58 points. Brayden Smith and Ash Montgomery were best for Loxton, while Steve Westbrook kicked six goals, for Loxton North, their best were Tim Arnold and Nathan Schiller, the Proud brothers Daniel and Ryan kicking three goals apiece

Loxton

4.2

9.5

11.10

19.13 (127)

Loxton North

2.0

8.2

9.2

11.3 (69)

Best: Loxton – B Smith, A Montgomery, J Liddle, N Uren, D Evans, B Yeomans. Loxton North – T Arnold, N Schiller, C Vowles, J Saint, R Lawson, D Proud. Goals: Loxton – S Westbrook 6, L Kruiger 3, L Williams, R Mitchell, J Liddle, R Liddle 2, N Uren, S Goetz, A Montgomery 1. Loxton North – D Proud, B Proud 3, P Wood 2, M Arnold, R Gray, J Koch 1.

DEMONS DO IT FOR COACH.......BERRI v RENMARK......Saturday April 21, 2007
By Nicholas Kossatch
Berri overcame a traumatic week and the brilliance of Renmark's six-goal Brett Exelby to record a come-from-behind 11-point victory at League Headquarters on Saturday.
The Demons opened their account when the most impressive Kale Reed spotted wingman Chris Scholefield who goaled. It was the visitors though who had the superior foot skills via the likes of half back Trevor Thorpe, Aaron Camplin and Matty Martinson.
Renmark's defence was solid ably led by centre half back Shane Kenny, Thorpe and youngster Sam Frahn. A poor Berri kick out culminated with a booming left foot major by Renmark's Matt Bartlett and this was followed by the first of playing-coach Exelby's six goals for the day after he took a customary strong mark.
He praised Frahn for his defensive efforts during the quarter time break. The Rovers Trent Preece made an immediate impact in the ruck against Tom Leverenz during the second stanza winning most of the taps. Exelby booted his second after excellent team centre clearance play between Preece and Todd Bennett and the battle between Thorpe and star West Gambier recruit Mark Kruger had the latter kept in check.
The visitors stretched their lead to 34 points after more Exelby class this time from a one-handed mark. He linked with Matt Camplin whose kick spotted Nathan Farr who kicked a six-pointer. Young Berri ruckman Ben Pickering was infringed with and a resulting Kruger goal gave his side a glimmer of hope but an answering major to Martinson had Renmark's lead beyond five goals at the half time.
Kruger had plenty to say at the half time break telling his team-mates to work harder like they did so well a week earlier against Waikerie. The nuggety rover booted the first of the third quarter and following another Exelby major for his fourth - the first of Berri's two comebacks commenced. Gun in Peter Safralidis worked his way into the game with typical hard running and an assist from Hansen had 'The Saf' with a goal.
Runners in Kruger, Reed, Lachlan Jennings and David Beer began to hurt Renmark but Dot Cotsaris featured in three of the Rover's six majors for the term. One of those was a superb curling goal and Exelby's great defensive spoil played a large part in the goal as well. After Scholefield's clever trap of the ball then a goal Exelby put his team 25 points clear at the last change.
He demanded his players not to get 'sucked in' by the increasingly enthusiastic Berri home crowd. Aided by a breeze the host's were full of running in the last term. The withering final quarter produced them with six of the best. Great courage was shown by Berri's Matthew Eisenberg who put his body on the line in a contest with Renmark's speedy Jaryd Rowe. The result was a major to Hansen who shortly, after combined with Kruger and Scholefield, finished with his third for the game.
Forward pocket in Beer completed Berri's amazing turnaround after he added his third for the game putting the result beyond doubt. There were plenty of positives for both clubs and the Demons are most likely to easily surpass their two win tally from last season. The Rovers were so good for three quarters but they will be searching for another forward to step up to support Exelby and this defiency proved their fate in the end.
WRITER'S VOTING: 3- VOTES: B. Exelby (Renmark), 2: P. Safralidis (Berri) and 1: M. Kruger (Berri)

Berri

1.3

3.5

10.7

16.10 (106)

Renmark

3.4

8.6

14.8

14.11 (95)

Best - Berri: P Safralidis, S Hansen, M Kruger, K Reed, C Scholefield, L Jennings. Renmark: S Kenney, B Exelby, T Thorpe, M Martinson, S Howard, J Preece. Goals - Berri: M Kruger, S Hansen, D Beer 3, C Scholefield, K Reed 2, P Safralidis, T Bonner, L Jennings. Renmark: B Exelby 6, N Far, D Cotsaris 2, S Howard, M Bartlett, M Martinson, C Seekamp.

Waikerie

4.1

10.5

12.9  

14.14 (98)

Barmera Monash

2.3

3.5

5.7

6.8 (44)

Best: Wakerie – D Stevens, L Horner, P Schilling, S Liebich, C Gibson, J Thomson. Barmera/Monash – N Dillon, S Marks, M Tyrrell, D Millard, S Drogemuller, M Mueller. Goals: Wakerie – M Oliver 5, T Hyde 3, D Stevens, J Thomson, T Hyde, P Schilling, N Tape, J Plant 1. Barmera/Monash – C Gilgen, S Drogemuller 2, M Tyrrell, T Saville 1.

WINS FOR WAKERIE, LOXTON NORTH AND BARMERA MONASH

TIGHT MATCHES IN THE OPENING ROUND (a Special Correspondent)               Monday April 15, 2007

The 2007 season kicked off on Saturday night at Wakerie with the Magpies having a 17 point victory over Berri. After an even first term Wakerie motored away in the second quarter adding 7.7 to 3.2 to lead by 34 points at the main break. After a close third term,  the Demons did their best to make up the gap with a seven goal final term but it wasn’t enough. Chris Gibson was best for Wakerie, M Kruger kicked seven goals for Berri and was their best.

On Sunday, Loxton North had a handy 21 point half time lead over Renmark. Slowly the Rovers pegged the lead back and thanks to a 4.1 to 1.2 last term got the win by 9 points. Trevor Thorpe was the best for Renmark while Jamie Saint wast best for the Panthers.

In the other match of the round, Loxton got over Barmera Monash in a tight clash. The lead changed a number of times with the Tigers getting over the line by three points. Daniel Evans (two goals) was best for Loxton, with Liam Williams kicking four, while Leyson, Millard and Villis were amongst the best for the Roos

Round One, April 14 & 15, 2007

Saturday Night

Wakerie

5.2

12.9

16.14

21.15 (141)

Berri

4.3

7.5

12.6

19.10 (124)

Best: Wakerie – C Gibson, J Thompson, S Liebich, J Plant, D Stevens, S Thompson. Berri – M Kruger, S Wenman, C Scholfield, S Hansen, T Leverenz, J Langdon. Goals: Wakerie – S Liebich, T Hyde, M Oliver 4, T Hyde 3, J Plant, D Stevens 2, J Thomson, C Gibson 1. Berri – M Kruger 7, J Langdon, S Wenman, N Flynn 2, L Jennings 2, J Peltz, S Hansen, K Reed, C Scholfield 1.

Sunday

Loxton North

3.7

6.8

6.10

7.12 (54)

Renmark

1.2

3.5

5.8

9.9 (63)

Best: Loxton North – J Saint, B Williams, T Arnold, C Vowles, S Dymmott. Renmark – T Thorpe, A Camplin, N Farr, M Camplin, J Rowe, M Bartlett. Goals: Loxton North – J Koch 3, R Davis 2, P Wood, B Williams 1. Renmark – J Rowe 2, B Exelby, A Camplin, S Howard, M Camplin, C Seecamp, D Cotsaris, T Thorpe 1.

Barmera Monash

2.3

5.3

11.6

13.6 (84)

Loxton

3.1

7.1

11.3

13.9 (87)

Best: Barmera Monash – M Leyson, D Millard, R Villis, D Pedler, N Kuhn, S Drogemuller. Loxton – D Evans, A Montgomery, J Liddle, N Uren, M Kirk, L Williams. Goals: Barmera Monash – J Selfe, R Villis, B Wegner, T Saville 2, D Whitbourne, C Gilgen, S Drogemuller, S Mitchell, A Nunan 1. Loxton – L Williams 4, D Evans, C McCullum 2, J Smith, S Westbrook, N Uren, J Liddle, D Portolesi 1.

COACHES FOR 2007

Barmera-Monash - Mark Tyrrell
Berri - Grant Russell.
Loxton - Leigh Kruger.
Loxton North - Terry Eleftheriadis.
Renmark - Brett Exelby.
Waikerie - Darren Dean.

(From the River News – February 28)

Night game to kick off RFL season
Waikerie Football Club will host a night game as the opener of the 2007 Riverland Football season on Saturday April 14. The local teams will play Berri with the main game starting at 6 p.m., Seconds at 4.15 p.m. and the Thirds at 2.40 p.m. Loxton North versus Renmark and Barmera Monash versus Loxton will complete the round one fi xtures on Sunday, April 15.
In releasing the proposed program last week the RFL has confirmed the AAMI Stadium curtain raiser when Waikerie will play Loxton before Mark Ricciuto’s testimonial match against the Western Bulldogs.
The final series in RFL will commence on Saturday September 1 when Barmera will host the second semi-final and Waikerie will host the fi rst semi-fi nal on the Sunday, September 2.
The preliminary final has been scheduled for September 8 at Berri and the grand fi nal will be hosted by the Loxton Football Club on September 15. The Whillas Medal will be held at the Berri Hotel on September 3.

 

ANDREW DUFFIELD STEPS UP FOR WAKERIE

Local cricket star, Andrew Duffield has committed to the Waikerie Football Club for the 2007 and will coach the seconds side to what he hopes will be a very successful season.
Better known for his feats with the bat and ball, Andrew was formerly a footballer only retiring after many years, to concentrate on his cricket career.
He said that he first played the game with Mt. Compass Football Club in the junior ranks of the Great Southern League and then spent five years with South Adelaide progressing from the junior through to the league reserve side.
After South Adelaide he returned to Mt. Compass as an assistant coach and then coach of the McLaren Vale Club.
“That was 11 years ago,” said Andrew who is moving from Morgan to Waikerie with his family in the next couple weeks.
Andrew works in Waikerie, and taking on the coaching job as well means he will be spending more of his time in the town. As for the season ahead Andrew wants to win games of footy.
“The Club has been successful and I want to continue that this year.
“My main aim is to keep the club heading in the right direction,” said Andrew.
Since his arrival in the Riverland West area four years ago, Andrew Duffield has made a big impression on the sport of cricket and now is keen to make an impression on football.
He said that training is every Tuesday and Thursday night and he is hoping now that the coaching role has been settled a few more guys will come out more frequently.

 

From The Murray Pioneer - 30/1/07
Demons coach says new system 'unfair'By NICK DILLON
New Berri A grade coach Grant Russell believes his side is at a disadvantage following the introduction of the new points system to control recruiting in the Riverland Football League.
The points system replaced the salary cap last month and gives every player a point rating based on the level of football he has played at in previous seasons.
However, with all current Riverland players to start on a 'base rate' of zero, including those players who travelled to the region last year, Russell believes Berri will have difficulty in making up ground on the top three teams this season.
"When you finish bottom, you get your 14 points the same as Loxton who finished top," Russell said.
"In a way, it's harder for us because we don't get the sort of guys that they had last year for free."
Russell, who took over from 2006 coach Murray Voigt after a stint with West Gambier, said the top teams that had players travelling from Adelaide last season who are now worth zero points, would have an advantage over the Demons.
Berri won just two games last season and could lose several players including livewire midfielder Michael Hare.
"It's somewhat unfair, even though it's a good idea to bring it in," he said.
"I think in the first year it should have been graded with points allocated according to finishing places.
"Then we could revert to the current system."
Russell said Renmark would be at a disadvantage as well this season.
"What they're really doing in the first year is making the gap bigger instead of smaller," he said.
"It's self-defeating really, because you'd think the league would want Renmark and Berri, the two bottom clubs, to improve to make for a better competition.
Russell said the system was a good idea, but needed to be fine tuned for the first season.
"The system is good, I'm not complaining about the system, but I just think they could have introduced it a bit better," he said.
Meanwhile, Russell said Demons were training three nights a week but had focused on ball work rather than fitness.
"We've spent a fair bit of time on the skill side of things and also on how we want to play," he said.
"The fitness stuff is all worked into the ball work.
"It's not going too badly, I'm pretty pleased with the way things are going generally.
"The club seems pretty switched on about things."
Russell said the club had picked up several former players that would play important roles this season.
"We've picked up a full forward and a centre half forward but more importantly we've got some guys back that didn't play last year like Luke Taylor," he said.
"They make a heck of a difference because they don't cost us any points."

 

 

 

 
07 Final Table P Pts Perc
Waikerie 16 24 57.47
Loxton 16 22 61.35
Berri 16 20 50.07
Renmark 16 16 51.24
Barmera-Monash 16 12 43.70
Loxton Nth 16 2 33.35
07 Leading Goalkickers Club Rd Total
Matt Oliver Waikerie 3 70
Jamahl Liddle Loxton 0 64
Brett Exelby Renmark   44
Matt Camplin Renmark   40
Shane Hansen Berri   39
Rhys Mitchell Loxton 1 39
Mark Kruger Berri   37
Mark Tyrrell Barm/Mon   32