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RIVERLAND FOOTBALL 2010
(Teams: RFL - Barmera/Monash, Berri, Loxton, Loxton North, Renmark and Waikerie)
LEAGUESBEST TEAM EVER
BERRI TOO STRONG IN GRAND FINAL WIN
FIRST FLAG SINCE 2002
Grand Final at Waikerie, Saturday September 11, 2010
Best: Berri - J. Langdon, J. Sutherland, M. Barber, S. Raeder, M. Hill, P. Safralidis. Barmera Monash - M. Smart, S. Maddern, D. Millard, D. Perry, M. Leyson, R. Price. Goals: Berri - M. Barber 6, J. Sutherland 5, C. Scholefield 2, M. Hill 2, K. Stone , D. Fromm , J. Langdon , C. Ridgway. Barmera Monash - S. Peucker 3, R. Price 3, M. Leigh 2, M. Smart , M. Middleton , B. McPherson , J. Lynch
Preliminary Final - September 4, 2010
Best: Barmera Monash – T Smitham, M Smart, C Bonney, S Maddern, R Price, D Perry. Loxton – P Smith, G Dahlitz, L Kruger, B Manuel, R Liddle, A Montgomery. Goals: Barmera Monash – A Leyson, R Price 2, M Leigh, D Perry, R Villis. Loxton – S Westbrook, P Smith, B Manuel, L Kruger.
DEMONS BURN OFF BARMERA
EN-ROUTE TO GRAND FINAL
Berri have progressed through to their first RFL Grand Final since 2002 with a runaway 39-point win over bitter enemies Barmera-Monash in the 2nd Semi Final at Renmark Oval on Saturday.
First Semi Final - August 29, 2010
Best: Loxton - R. Liddle, A. Montgomery, G. Dahlitz, M. Fazekas, B. Manuel, L. Kruger. Waikerie - A. Thompson, D. Stevens, J. Sutton, N. Tape, C. Miller, J. Thomson. Goals: Loxton - R. Liddle 8, P. Smith 2, R. Mitchell 2, B. Kurtzer 2, S. Westbrook 2, L. Kruger , N. Uren. Waikerie - A. Thompson 5, N. Tape 4, B. Venning 2, C. Miller , M. Beelitz , C. Hawke , T. Bevan , G. Dutton
Second Semi Final - August 28, 2010
Best: Berri - D. Hankin, J. Langdon, L. Pearson, A. Beauchamp, J. Sutherland, B. Duffin. Barmera Monash - M. Smart, D. Perry, B. McPherson, T. Swanbury, M. Leigh, M. Middleton. Goals: Berri - D. Hankin 5, K. Harwood 3, K. Stone , J. Peltz , D. Fromm , L. Pearson , A. Beauchamp , C. Scholefield , J. Reeks. Barmera Monash - S. Peucker 4, D. Perry , T. Wilson , M. Middleton , C. Hughes , R. Price
Best: Barmera Monash - A. Nettlebeck, M. Smart, M. Middleton, J. Broughton, S. Peucker, R. Price. Berri - A. Beauchamp, D. Hankin, T. Allen, C. Scholefield, L. Pearson, J. Langdon. Goals: Barmera Monash - S. Peucker 5, R. Villis 3, R. Price 2, M. Leigh 2, C. Hughes , M. Middleton , T. Wilson , A. Nettlebeck. Berri - D. Hankin 5, M. Barber 4, K. Harwood 2, J. Sutherland , G. Franks , K. Stone
Best: Loxton - R. Liddle, P. Smith, R. Mitchell, P. Portolesi, M. Hahn, B. Manuel. Loxton North - D. Proud, T. Arnold, C. Edmunds, R. Proud, J. Voigt, B. Williams. Goals: Loxton - P. Smith 7, S. Westbrook 2, W. Pritchard 2, J. Mann , A. Montgomery , N. Uren. Loxton North - D. Proud 4, B. Williams 2, R. Proud , K. Worsfold , J. Proud
Best: Waikerie - A. Thompson, T. Bevan, D. Stevens, A. Bachmann, F. Twigden, C. Hawke. Renmark - N. Farr, J. Warnock, T. Thorpe, M. Camplin, C. Seekamp, A. Camplin. Goals: Waikerie - A. Thompson 9, T. Bevan 4, D. Stevens 3, C. Hawke 2, B. Haynes 2, A. Bachmann , T. Eldredge , M. Beelitz , S. Stevens. Renmark - C. Seekamp 4, M. Camplin 3, P. O''loughlin 2, N. Farr , R. Menz , A. Camplin , W. Carr
Round 15 - August 14, 2010
Best: Barmera Monash - T. Wilson, M. Smart, D. Millard, R. Villis, C. Hughes, A. Nettlebeck. Renmark - M. Camplin, T. Thorpe, C. Seekamp, J. Rowe, A. Dunhill, J. Perry. Goals: Barmera Monash - S. Peucker 6, T. Wilson 5, C. Hughes 3, M. Middleton 3, J. Lynch 2, R. Villis 2, M. Leigh , R. Price, T. Smitham. Renmark - J. Rowe , P. Hooper , A. Dunhill , N. Gillard
Best: Berri - J. Sutherland, C. Ridgway, M. Barber, D. Hankin, A. Beauchamp, J. Peltz. Loxton North - B. Hentschke, D. Proud, A. Cook, J. Nelson, R. Proud, B. Williams. Goals: Berri - J. Peltz 5, D. Hankin 5, K. Harwood , M. Barber , L. Pearson , J. Reeks. Loxton North - A. Baker , D. Proud , J. Nelson , R. Davis , J. Proud
Round 14 - August 7, 2010
Best: Waikerie - N. Tape, J. Thomson, C. Miller, G. Dubrich, G. Dutton, F. Twigden. Barmera Monash - M. Leyson, D. Millard, S. Peucker, A. Nettlebeck, T. Smitham, T. Swanbury. Goals: Waikerie - D. Stevens 3, N. Tape 2, S. Leibich 2, C. Miller , Z. Caudo , C. Hawke , C. Griffiths , S. Stevens , J. Sutton. Barmera Monash - S. Peucker 5, T. Wilson 2, M. Smart 2, B. McPherson , D. Millard , A. Svensden , J. Lynch
Best: Loxton - R. Mitchell, L. Kruger, P. Smith, R. Liddle, P. Portolesi, B. Manuel. Berri - L. Pearson, P. Safralidis, A. Beauchamp, N. Geyer, J. Langdon, K. Stone. Goals: Loxton - P. Smith 4, R. Mitchell 3, L. Kruger 2, A. Montgomery 2, B. Kurtzer , N. Uren , B. Wheeldon. Berri - C. Scholefield 2, D. Hankin 2, D. Fromm , K. Harwood , P. Safralidis
Best: Renmark - T. Thorpe, C. Seekamp, M. Camplin, H. Beavis, T. Scott, N. Farr. Loxton North - B. Williams, J. Nelson, D. Fielke, B. Walter, J. Proud, J. Voigt. Goals: Renmark - B. Townsend 3, N. Gillard 3, M. Camplin 2, C. Seekamp 2, P. O''loughlin 2, W. Carr , J. Perry , R. Menz , T. Thorpe , A. Dunhill. Loxton North - J. Proud 5, R. Proud 2, J. Nelson , D. Fielke , C. Kropinyeri , C. Edmunds , A. Baker
LOXTON NOW ARE A FLAG THREAT
By Nick Kossatch
Match Report Loxton v Barmera/MonashLoxton has emerged as a genuine flag contender after disposing of second-placed Barmera Monash by 25 points at Loxton on Saturday. It is the club’s first ‘big scalp’ this season as they gather momentum leading into the finals.
The first quarter, as expected, was tight and physical as highlighted by the Tiger’s Brett Wheeldon’s bump on Darren Perry that had the Barmera halfback winded. The Roos dominated their forward inside 50 entries but the Tiger defence, led by centre half back Raphael Liddle, fullback Mark Thiele and high-flying youngster Bradley Kirk stood tall.
Barmera’s Jake Lynch sneaked passed a pack to slot through the games first goal whilst at the other end of the ground Simon Maddern kept Loxton’s Ash Montgomery in check but there was always the threat the big forward was to take a trademark pack mark at some stage.
One of the Whillas Medal favourites, Rhys Mitchell, assisted evergreen Loxton forward Steve Westbrook with a goal. Although Barmera had the wind Loxton played the better football. This was illustrated by a superb gather and handball, almost in one motion, by All-Australian skipper Leigh Kruger to Mitchell for a goal just prior to quarter time.
The second quarter began with easy misses respectively by Tiger quick-silvered Brett Manuel and speedster Travis Wilson, who sprayed his kick wide. Wheeldon managed to bend a beauty through the uprights opening up an 11-point lead to the Tigers. Mitchell and the clean-skilled Pete Smith ruled the midfield and defender Pat Portolesi carried the ball out of defence with aplomb for the Tigers.
Chris Hughes was excellent off a wing for the Roos, defender Tyson Swanbury and rover Brett McPherson kept their side in the game. Barmera were 17-points down at half time with their goal coming via Lynch as a result from hard running from Michael Smart.
The third quarter began with the Roos attacking early but for no reward. Pete Smith’s superb sidestep that evaded Smart led to Montgomery’s first goal. Both sides had no dominant forwards and turnovers were aplenty in the breezy conditions. A brilliant ‘hanger’ from Tiger Kirk thrilled the crowd. Peucker escaped the clutches of Theile to mark but his shot at goal hit the post. It was costly because Montgomery handballed to Kruger for the ‘goal of the day’. It put Loxton 28-points clear at three-quarter-time.
The last quarter showed some resemblance of Barmera playing like a second-placed team. Peucker booted three goals in a term in the midst of the Roos mini-revival. The brilliant Smith put the game out of reach with his second goal after a brilliant Nick Uren pirouette from trouble enabled him to combine with Kruger.
Loxton’s stars were Mitchell and Smith as prolific ball winners. Portolesi was terrific in defence as was Kirk, Kurtzer was calm and collected as a defender and Kruger was at his usual creative best.
Barmera’s best were Swanbury and McPherson. Ruckman Aaron Nettlebeck battled valiantly against Craig Fisher and Maddern just shaded Montgomery. Hughes was busy on a wing and Ben Harrington showed promise.
Round 13 scores - July 31, 2010
Best: Loxton - R. Mitchell, L. Kruger, P. Smith, P. Portolesi, B. Manuel, B. Kirk. Barmera Monash - B. McPherson, T. Swanbury, A. Nettlebeck, C. Hughes, S. Maddern, B. Harrington. Goals: Loxton - A. Montgomery 3, P. Smith 2, S. Westbrook 2, R. Mitchell 2, L. Kruger , N. Uren , B. Wheeldon. Barmera Monash - S. Peucker 3, J. Lynch 2, M. Leigh , T. Smitham , J. Broughton
Best: Berri - K. Stone, P. Safralidis, T. Allen, A. Beauchamp, J. Langdon, L. Hagean. Renmark - R. Bennett, C. Seekamp, C. Webber, D. Minther, H. Beavis, K. Pedler. Goals: Berri - S. Raeder 4, K. Harwood 3, J. Sutherland 2, C. Scholefield 2, D. Hankin , K. Stone , L. JENNINGS , M. Barber , N. Geyer. Renmark - A. Dunhill 2, J. Smedley , N. Gillard , K. Pedler
Best: Waikerie - B. Helbig, C. Hawke, C. Miller, T. Bevan, M. Beelitz, J. Sutton. Loxton North - T. Arnold, M. Scott, T. Thiele, B. Mules, D. Fielke, J. Nelson. Goals: Waikerie - C. Hawke 4, B. Helbig 4, T. Bevan 3, N. Tape 2, M. Beelitz 2, C. Miller , Z. Caudo , C. Griffiths. Loxton North - A. Cook 4, B. Williams 2, R. Proud , D. Proud , T. Arnold , B. Wehrumuller , J. Proud
ROUND 13 PREVIEWS WITH NICK KOSSATCH
WAIKERIE V LOXTON NORTH
The equation is simple for Waikerie. Win this and they will book themselves in yet another finals campaign. They will because gun players Ben Venning from an ankle injury, Damian Stevens and Andrew Bachmann from state duties, all return for their home clash against Loxton North. North have to be admired how they play their football and Brad Williams is back from injury. Both sides take on wooden spooners Renmark with the Panthers playing them next week. The Panthers can also leapfrog the Magpies should they beat them. It will not happen. Waikerie will win by 16 points.
BERRI V RENMARK
Berri’s David Hankin has fond memories of his five-goal first quarter in his side’s last meeting against Renmark. It may well happen again! The Demon’s are on fire and the only worry is whether they have peaked too soon. Jason Sutherland and Lachlan Jennings return from Central Districts and West Adelaide (bye) to further boost an already impressive Berri outfit. 15 year olds Kaiden Brand and Ryan Langcake will make their A-grade debuts for the Demon tomorrow. The Rovers also have youth with Josh Warnock, Sam Frahn, Daniel Minther and Chris Webber to build the club’s future on. Berri will have a big day out ‘mosh pitting’ out a 120 plus point win.
LOXTON V BARMERA MONASH
Loxton has its’ best chance to topple a top two side when it plays against Barmera Monash at Loxton. Pete Smith is back to his 2008 form and Rhys Mitchell has been a standout in all the games. The vital match-up will be between the Tiger defender, Raphael Liddle and the Roos gun forward Simon Peucker though in-form Mark Theile may get the job. I predict Loxton will win because the side would have learnt from its’ final quarter fade-out last time they met. All-Australian captain Leigh Kruger may do battle with Barmera’s Todd Smitham. Big Ash Montgomery could be the matchwinner for Loxton at full forward. The Tigers by 12 points.
Round 12 - July 24, 2010
Best: Barmera Monash - M. Leyson, D. Millard, D. Perry, S. Maddern, J. Lynch, M. Middleton. Loxton North - D. Proud, R. Proud, M. Scott, J. Vowles, B. Mules, J. Voigt. Goals: Barmera Monash - J. Lynch 5, S. Peucker 4, T. Swanbury 2, J. Smith , C. Hughes , M. Leigh , M. Middleton , M. Smart , T. Smitham . Loxton North - J. Proud 3, R. Proud 2, A. Cook 2, D. Fielke , J. Nelson , C. Kropinyeri , T. Thiele , T. Arnold , D. Proud
Best: Loxton - R. Mitchell, R. Liddle, A. Montgomery, P. Smith, P. Fisher, B. Kurtzer. Renmark - A. Camplin, C. Seekamp, M. Camplin, H. Beavis, K. Polst, T. Thorpe. Goals: Loxton - P. Smith 5, A. Montgomery 4, N. Uren 3, R. Mitchell 3, R. Liddle 2, S. Westbrook 2, J. Mann . Renmark - T. Thorpe , H. Beavis , P. O''loughlin
Best: Berri - D. Hankin, P. Safralidis, A. Beauchamp, T. Allen, L. Hagean, K. Stone. Waikerie - J. Thomson, N. Tape, T. Bevan, C. Miller, C. Hawke, A. Thompson. Goals:Berri - L. Hagean 5, K. Stone 4, C. Ridgway 2, C. Scholefield 2, S. Raeder , G. Branford . Waikerie - J. Thomson , T. Bevan , C. Hawke , M. Butcher , C. Miller , A. Thompson , C. Griffiths
LOXTON V LOXTON NORTH – ROUND 11 2010
TIGERS THE SLEEPING GIANT ON THE PROWL
By Nick KossatchLoxton’s dominance over cross-town rivals Loxton North continued with an important 45-point win at Loxton Oval in round 11 of RFL. A big crowd including members of Loxton’s 1960 and 1970 premiership sides witnessed a flying start by the Tigers as they piled on six goals in the first quarter.
Pete Smith continued where he left off last week and he tore the Panthers apart with a devastating three-goal term. Loxton North’s defence was under pressure despite the best efforts of Michael Scott, Chris Vowles and captain Josh Nelson. The head-to-head clash between Scott and Nick Uren was an even affair with both players having good moments. Big Ash Montgomery’s clever use of his body helped himself to his second goal of the quarter preceeded by desperation from in-form defender Mark Thiele where he was awarded a free kick. Veteran Steve Westbrook combined with Nick Uren that ended with a great curling goal to Wade Pritchard.
It put Loxton 41 points clear at quarter-time before Loxton North made some inroads into the lead early in the second quarter on the back of inspiration from rover Daniel Proud. He booted a goal from long range and when Nelson kicked another for his team – the Panthers had some momentum. Brad Williams worked his way into the match but missed two chances that really would have put doubt into the Loxton player’s minds.
Raphael Liddle was keeping dangerous Panthers forward Justin Proud relatively quiet and his team-mate and captain Leigh Kruger was racking up damaging possessions. Smith had four goals to half time and was clearly best on ground. Rhys Mitchell threaded through a neat goal courtesy of a precise pass from Kruger and unfortunately, for the Panthers, they had to make do without aggressive ruckman Michael Arnold with a suspected fractured cheekbone just prior to half time.
The Panthers began with greater intensity around the stoppages and Justin Proud’s first goal of the third quarter began a mini-revival for Loxton North. Tempers became frayed as Loxton’s Mitch Fazekas left the field with a badly broken nose. Loxton’s lead was whittled to within five goals after Brad Mules booted another following a couple ill-disciplined 25-metre penalties. The game lifted in tempo as the Tigers’ sensed their opponents mounting a challenge. Mitchell’s second and only goal of the term almost put the game out of Loxton North’s reach.
They badly missed Arnold with Craig Fisher dominating the centre taps as Loxton finished off the game in style with a five-goal to two final quarter. Westbrook may have lost a yard in pace but still has the awareness. He added his name to the goal-kickers list after a series of handballs from Mitchell, Smith and Pritchard. The Panthers were left to rue such a sluggish start to the game. It may prove costly in the bigger scheme of things as well.
Kruger, Smith and Proud were the top three players on the ground. Smith helped set up the game for Loxton with four first half goals and Kruger never wasted a disposal. Other better performers for the winners were Pat Portolesi in midfield and defenders Liddle, Manuel and youngster Brayden Kurtzer again impressed.
Round 11 - July 17, 2010
Best: Berri - J. Sutherland, N. Geyer, T. Allen, D. Hankin, L. Jennings, A. Beauchamp. Barmera Monash - D. Perry, A. Nettlebeck, M. Smart, M. Morrell, D. Millard, N. Kuhn. Goals: Berri - J. Sutherland 5, L. Jennings 4, D. Hankin 3, J. Langdon 2, G. Branford , M. Voight. S. Peucker 3, J. Lynch 2, C. Hughes , N. Kuhn , M. Leyson , J. Smith
Best: Loxton - B. Manuel, B. Kurtzer, L. Kruger, P. Smith, C. Fisher, R. Mitchell. Loxton North - D. Proud, J. Nelson, M. Scott, B. Mules, J. Vowles, A. Baker. Goals: Loxton - P. Smith 4, S. Westbrook 2, A. Montgomery 2, R. Mitchell 2, M. Fazekas , W. Pritchard. Loxton North - J. Proud 2, B. Williams , D. Fielke , C. Kropinyeri , B. Mules , D. Proud , J. Nelson
Best: Waikerie - B. Helbig, N. Tape, C. Hawke, J. Thomson, M. Butcher, D. Stevens. Renmark - C. Seekamp, M. Camplin, T. Scott, K. Pedler, H. Beavis, S. Frahn. Goals: Waikerie - B. Helbig 5, N. Tape 3, D. Stevens 3, C. Griffiths 3, G. Dutton 2, J. Thomson , C. Hawke , M. Butcher , S. Stevens. Renmark - P. Hooper , M. Camplin , D. Pfeiffer , K. Collinson , K. Pedler , T. Thorpe , H. Beavis , P. O''Loughlin
ROUND 11 - PREVIEW WITH NICK KOSSATCH
LOXTON V LOXTON NORTH
A win to Loxton will almost assure it of a finals berth whilst victory to Loxton North will certainly keep the heat on their opponents and Waikerie. The Panthers’ home-grown talent in Justin and Ryan Proud and Tim and Michael Arnold are in form. Their defence is solid with key position players Josh Voigt and Blake Hentschke in terrific touch. The key to this game will be the match-ups in midfield with the Tigers Pete Smith and Pat Portolesi back in good form. The battle between Voigt and the strong-marking Ash Montgomery will have a bearing on the outcome where I feel North will continue their momentum to win by seven points.
BARMERA MONASH V BERRI
Barmera are poised to wrest top spot from Berri by 27 points but it matters little because both sides have cemented positions one and two. The Demons are offset a little by the injuries to the impressive Dustin Fromm and goal-kicker Kirk Harwood but this is tempered by the return of charismatic ruckman Jason Sutherland from duties with SANFL side Central Districts. The square-off between Berri half forward and Roos’ defender Darren Perry will be a beauty. Steven Raeder will need to get on top of gun centre half back Simon Maddern from Barmera if the Demons are to win. Martin Barber also will have to kick some majors. Simon Peucker returns for Barmera to further boost their forward line stocks.
RENMARK V WAIKERIE
This game is probably Renmark’s best chance of causing a boilover. It is a pipedream. The Rovers’ season is lost and the Magpie’s finals chances hinge on winning games such as these. They will and will do it well by seven goals. Waikerie’s Damian Stevens is short-priced favourite for the Whillas Medal and Andrew Bachmann has enjoyed a stellar season playing in a variety of positions. Ben Venning and Renmark’s young centre half back Daniel Minther should be pitted against one another in a crucial match-up. Nick Gillard, at just 16 years old, will be one to watch.
LOXTON V WAIKERIE – ROUND 10
BIG ASH MAKES HIS MARK IN SECOND HALF
By Nick Kossatch
Loxton moved a step closer to locking in a finals berth with a solid 26-point win against Waikerie at Loxton in round 10 of the RFL. The Magpies’ finals chances are now uncertain with the resurgent Loxton North now equal on points with them following their upset win over previously undefeated Berri.
The Tigers’ Pete Smith returned to his 2009 form with a sparkling on-ball role where he gathered many possessions. He also kicked two goals. Waikerie booted two of the games first three goals and the first came from a customary Ben Venning mark.
Tiger veterans Grant Dahlitz and Steve Westbrook combined with an answering goal to the latter as both sides applied fierce pressure.
The individual duel between Loxton centre half back Raphael Liddle and Venning was an engrossing one. The home side opened up a handy 26-point lead at quarter time and its’ runners Nick Uren, who booted two goals for the quarter, Pat Portolesi and Brett Manuel were prominent. A brilliant run through the centre by Portolesi resulted in an inspiring major.
Mark Thiele had it all over ace Waikerie full forward Tom Hyde but on the plus side Magpie youngsters Gerrard Dutton and Tom Eldredge provided much-needed pace and energy. The evergreen Craig Griffiths repelled numerous Tiger forays. Tim Bevan and experienced Damian Stevens and wingman Jim Thomson combined well in the visitor’s midfield that started to get on top in the second stanza.
Waikerie’s Aaron Thompson’s wonderful snap swung the momentum their way as they outscored the hosts five goals to one. ‘Beaver’ Venning cleverly marked an errant kick off the ground from a Tiger defender, leant back and slotted another one through. Thompson soon added a second major courtesy of great awareness from Damian Stevens who also booted the ball off the ground straight to Thompson. This happened moments after Loxton’s Ash Montgomery missed a relatively simple shot at goal.
Loxton led by just four points at half time but they replicated their first quarter dominance during the third term. Again the Magpies kicked two of the first three goals started by an excellent snap by speedster Thomson and a neat six-pointer by Dutton. Big Montgomery then started to have a say on proceedings with a series of marks including a spectacular one handed grab in front of the club. He should have had three goals but for some missed chances. His slick handpass to Westbrook opened up a 19-point lead at three-quarter-time but the Pies had the breeze in the last term.
Brett Manuel’s open goal and a Leigh Kruger captain’s sortie, when crumbing off the pack, were other Loxton highlights for the quarter.
Waikerie managed just one goal in the last stanza courtesy of Thompson who posted his third. Liddle kept Venning (three goals) goal-less in the second half and he won a vital contested possession that ended with ‘Monty’ nailing his third and thus sealing Loxton’s finals aspirations.
The Tiger's Brayden Kuertzer clears from defence
A scuffle breaks out between Loxton and Waikerie players.
Round 10 - July 10, 2010
Best·- Loxton North - J. Proud, M. Scott, D. Proud, M. Arnold, B. Mules, R. Proud. Berri - N. Geyer, M. Barber, P. Safralidis, T. Allen, J. Woolston, K. Stone. Goals: Loxton North - J. Proud 6, R. Proud 2, D. Fielke , T. Thiele. Berri - M. Barber 3, G. Franks 2, B. Duffin , S. Hirschi , D. Hankin
Best: Loxton - M. Thiele, P. Smith, R. Liddle, A. Montgomery, L. Kruger, B. Manuel. Goals: Loxton - A. Montgomery 3, S. Westbrook 2, N. Uren 2, P. Smith , R. Mitchell , B. Manuel , L. Kruger , K. Smith , P. Portolesi. Waikerie – B. Venning 3, A. Thompson 3, J. Thomson , T. Bevan , A. Bachmann , G. Dutton
Best: Barmera/Monash - T. Smitham, M. Smart, B. McPherson, A. Nettlebeck, C. Hughes, M. Leyson. Renmark - T. Thorpe, A. Dunhill, M. Camplin, S. Frahn, W. Carr, N. Farr. Goals: Barmera Monash - C. Hughes 4, R. Villis 3, T. Swanbury 3, M. Leigh 2, J. Lynch 2, T. Smitham 2, D. Millard, M. Smart, B. McPherson , A. Grose. Renmark - N. Gillard 2, P. Hooper , C. Seekamp , H. Beavis
ROUND 10 PREVIEW with NIck Kossatch
RENMARK V BARMERA MONASH
Renmark play host to second placed Barmera Monash and this will be the only thing that will go in the host’s favour as the Roos will show no mercy and pound the Rovers by 100 points plus. The positives for Renmark has been the return to form of captain Trevor Thorpe, the continued consistency of Matt Camplin and the promise of youngsters Sam Frahn, Jake Anspach and Josh Warnock. Barmera have class and experience on every line with Michael Smart, Darren Perry and Simon Maddern starring almost every week. Simon Puecker looms as a huge threat as he has kicked 10 goals the last time these sides met. Maybe Craig Seekamp – a similarly-built player to Puecker – could match up on him.
LOXTON V WAIKERIE
This will be a vital match for both sides as third spot could be secured by the winner. Waikerie have not three games in a row for several years and need Cameron Hawke to lift in the forward lines and ruck. Damian Stevens has been in sparkling form for the Magpies and Ben Venning also will feature highly in the club’s best and fairest. Youngsters Tim Bevan has been outstanding in the last few weeks but experienced forward Tom Hyde has struggled and will be keen to get his goal-kicking touch back. I predict the visitors, Waikerie, to win a close one by 15 points. The Tigers need Pete Smith to replicate last year’s form and skipper Leigh Kruger has enjoyed another solid season. Big Ash Montgomery is the key and if he fires then his side is a big chance.
BERRI V LOXTON NORTH
Loxton North will find out exactly where they are at when they confront pace-setters Berri at League Headquarters. North coach Craig Wooldridge is starting to assemble a fairly handy side built with home-made products. Brad Williams and Michael Arnold, since returning from injury, have boosted the Panthers and captain Josh Nelson along with Ryan Arnold have taken their games to another level on a consistent basis. Justin Proud may provide the Demons with a few headaches with his strong overhead marking in the forward lines. Panther Brad Mules likes to take the game on off either halfback or wing. Berri have a host of talented players and none come better than skipper Peter Safralidis and Adam Beachamp. David Hankin’s raking left foot goals have been occurring each game and the rangy Chris Scholefield is a class wingman who loves to drift forward and kick goals. I’d say the Dees will win by 27 points in an entertaining match
WAIKERIE V BARMERA MONASH – ROUND NINE 2010
Round 9 - June 26, 2010
Best·- Berri: A. Beauchamp, J. Langdon, K. Sampson, P. Safralidis, D. Hankin, D. Fromm. Loxton - B. Kurtzer, B. Manuel, G. Dahlitz, P. Fisher, R. Mitchell, K. Smith. Goals: Berri - D. Hankin 4, K. Harwood 3, G. Franks 2, M. Barber 2, J. Woolston 2, C. Scholefield 2, P. Safralidis , A. Beauchamp. Loxton - S. Westbrook 3, L. Kruger , A. Montgomery , R. Mitchell
Best·- Loxton North: D. Proud, R. Proud, J. Voigt, S. Nelson, J. Proud, B. Hentschke. Renmark - T. Thorpe, N. Farr, H. Beavis, M. Camplin, N. Gillard, J. Anspach. Goals: Loxton North- S. Nelson 2, A. Cook 2, J. Proud 2, R. Proud , R. Davis , T. Arnold , S. Inglis. Renmark - P. O''loughlin 3, P. Hooper 2, N. Farr , J. Anspach , R. Glazbrook , K. Polst , N. Gillard
Best·- Barmera Monash: N. Kuhn, M. Smart, M. Middleton, T. Smitham, J. Lynch, R. Price. Waikerie - T. Bevan, C. Mudge, B. Venning, A. Bachmann, J. Sutton, D. Stevens. Goals: Barmera Monash - J. Lynch 4, S. Peucker 3, M. Middleton 3, R. Price 3, A. Grose 2, T. Swanbury , B. McPherson. Waikerie - C. Miller 3, C. Hawke 2, T. Eldredge , B. Venning , L. Twigden , N. Tape , T. Bevan , J. Thomson , G. Dutton
ROUND NINE PREVIEW WITH NICK KOSSATCH (25.6.10)
BERRI V LOXTON
Top side Berri play host to Loxton in front of what promises to be a huge crowd.
Amongst the crowd will be many ex-Berri players celebrating the clubs 100th year.
The current Demon outfit will be pumped for the occasion. Too pumped I wonder? The
Tigers will be keen to spoil the party but they have been too inconsistent. Loxton's
Brayden Kurtzer has the unenviable task of minding fellow young gun David Hankin,
fresh from his eight-goal haul against Renmark. The versatile Steven Raeder this
week should return. This game will be won and lost in midfield. Berri's Jake
Langdon, Adam Beachamp, skipper Peter Safralidis and goal-kicking wingman Chris
Scholefield pitted against Loxton's Leigh Kruger, Nick Uren, Rhys Mitchell and Pat
Portolesi. I have a funny feeling that the Tigers may inflict the Demon's first loss
of the year by a couple goals.
LOXTON NORTH V RENMARK
Loxton North will be buoyed and full of confidence following their come-from-behind
win against Waikerie last Saturday. That momentum will continue against hapless
Rovers. They have fallen from grace - so much so that even blooding youngsters
should not be held as an excuse any more. No side should get pumped continually by
100 plus points week-in, week-out. North won't 'buy' a premiership. They would have
earnt it and that's more than what money can buy! Blake hentschke will control the
defence for the Panthers as will the tough Josh Voigt. Captain courageous Josh
Nelson, Ryan Proud and Brad Williams will dominate the midfield and Justin Proud
should take control across half forward. The hosts will win by about 97 points with
the only resistance coming from the Rovers' best and fairest favourite Matthew
Camplin, skipper Trevor Thorpe and centre half forward Craig Seekamp.
WAIKERIE V BARMERA MONASH
Waikerie will see this game as an opportunity to put the heat on the Roos for second
spot. A win to the visitors will secure the double-chance and have the Magpies
likely to play Loxton (or maybe even Loxton North) in the cut-throat first semi
final in September. Leg speed is a worry for Waikerie as they have already been
exposed with it by Berri and North. Michael Smart, Darren Perry and centre half back
Simon Maddern have starred regularly for Barmera and the 'Pies' skipper Damian
Stevens is in super form. The clash between Maddern and Waikerie's 'marking machine'
Ben Venning will be worth the admission money itself. I am tipping another upset and
the hosts to finally notch a close win by five points with burly Tom Hyde nailing
LOXTON NORTH V WAIKERIE ROUND EIGHT 2010
COME BACK KID LEADS COME BACK WIN
By Nick Kossatch (June 24, 2010)
Loxton North produced a stunning last-quarter comeback to record an upset three-point win against Waikerie at Loxton North in round eight of RFL. The hosts were 23-points behind and booted five goals to the Magpies four points largely on the back of come back kid Brad Williams’ two-goal final quarter. The second of those was the match-winner after Anton Cook had won a free kick in the centre square. Williams then pounced on the spillage and somehow squeezed through the winning major. The final siren soon sounded as Waikerie surged forward for one final fling for victory.
The Panthers began with promise but could muster only two goals in the opening quarter. A small reward for effort considering their inside 50’s far outweighed Waikerie’s. Ben Venning (17 marks) grabbed everything that came his way for the visitors – firstly at centre half forward and then as a ruckman. Justin Proud’s terrific one-handed mark produced the first goal of the game. Magpie defenders Andrew Bachmann and Matthew Butcher were the others who prevented any further goals from North’s forward entries that were mainly engineered by Ryan Proud, skipper Josh Nelson and Michael Scott.
Waikerie were the more efficient going forward and held a one-goal lead at quarter-time. It soon increased after Craig Miller’s super spoil enabled speedster Jim Thomson to receive a handball from Aaron Thompson. Thomson then ran along the club side half forward line, turn Brad Mules inside-out, to slot one through. Bachmann provided some dashing runs from defence for Waikerie. The hosts were in danger of falling right away after a pair of Tom Hyde majors put his team almost five goals clear. His opposite number, Danny Fielke, got one back against the trend of play to keep Loxton North in touch at the long break.
As was the case in the first stanza, the Panthers attacked but for little reward and made no inroad into the Magpies lead. It was all Waikerie during the middle stages of the quarter. Gerard Dutton and Venning combined for captain Damian Stevens’ second goal and the lead grew to 37 points after Timothy Bevan snapped truly for his third sortie. But North’s newfound resilience, under impressive coach Craig Wooldridge, came to the fore. Goals to Cook, resulting from a Williams’ contested possession and Andrew Baker pegged the margin to a gettable 23 points. North were pressing home the advantage through clean-skilled Scott, Mules, Nelson and Blake Hentschke kept Hyde in tight check.
Waikerie’s goal-kicking yips continued with the athletic Cameron Hawke failing to convert at the start of the last term. The crowd sensed that the Magpies were tensing up because they could not nail the hosts. North’s dream became Waikerie’s nightmare when Williams banged through a beauty after the Pies’ failed to clear the ball from defence. Loxton North won almost every clearance from there on in and Shannon Nelson posted another sending Waikerie to panic mode despite Venning, Damian and Shayne Stevens’ calmness.Justin Proud then accepted a bullet-like pass from Williams and the resultant six-pointer put the Panther’s within a kick before more Williams’ heroics put the Magpies almost out of the double-chance contention
PHOTOS FROM ROUND 8 (FROM NICK KOSSATCH)
Waikerie skipper Damian Stevens about to gather another possession.
Loxton North's Darren Saint hemmed in on the boundary.
North's coach Craig Wooldridge instructing his players at three-quarter time.
Loxton North's Andrew Baker about to handball as Waikerie's Jim Thomson closes in.
Round 8 scores - June 19, 2010
Best·- Barmera Monash: B. McPherson, M. Smart, D. Perry, R. Price, S. Maddern, M. Morrell. Loxton - B. Kurtzer, R. Liddle, G. Dahlitz, B. Manuel, M. Thiele, P. Fisher. Goals: Barmera Monash - J. Lynch 3, S. Peucker 2, R. Price 2, M. Leigh 2, T. Wilson , D. Perry , B. McPherson , A. Grose. Loxton - A. Montgomery 3, R. Mitchell 2, P. Smith , P. Portolesi
Berri 30.18 (198) def Renmark 5.7 (37)
Best — Berri: P Safralidis, M Barber, C Scholefield. Renmark: M Camplin, K Pedler, T Thorpe. Goals — Berri: D Hankin 8; G Franks 6; C Scholefield 4; C Ridgway, P Safralidis, A Beauchamp, M Barber, K Harwood, D Fromm 2. Renmark: M Camplin 2; D Pteilfer, C Seekamp, K Polst.
Loxton North 11.7 (73) d Waikerie 9.16 (70)
Best — Loxton North: J Nelson, R Proud, M Scott. Waikerie; T Bevan, D Stevens, A Bachmann. Goals — Loxton North: B Williams, J Proud 3; A Baker 2; A Cook, D Fielke, S Nelson. Waikerie: T Bevan 3; T Hyde 2; A Thompson, J Sutton, S Stevens, J Thomson.
ROUND EIGHT PREVIEW - WITH NICK KOSSATCH
LOXTON NORTH V WAIKERIE
This promises to be an interesting match with Waikerie reeling from their two-point home loss to Berri a fortnight ago. North will be boosted by its' encouraging form against Barmera last round and will be wary to quell form players Damian Stevens, Ben Venning and Jim Thomson. Justin and Ryan Proud are in excellent goal-kicking form for the panthers and need to fire if they have any chance against the Magpies. I think the home side can produce an upset and can by two points. I suspect Loxton North will try and replicate Berri's tactics by exposing the 'Pies' for pace.
BARMERA MONASH V LOXTON
Barmera will be keen to separate themselves from Loxton in what will be an emotion-charged match. There will be a minute's silence just before the game in honour of ex-Barmera player Corey Siemers who was tragically killed in a car accident last week. The Roos new recruits have starred and none better than Simon Peucker and Michael Smart. Peucker is a solid full forward and Mark Theile will get the job on him. The Tigers have an impressive midfield that has not really hit their straps until their last encounter. That was against Renmark though. Rhys Mitchell has been an out-and-out star for Loxton whilst Pete Smith is returning to form. The Tigers will turn the tables in a tight and tough affair by seven points and big and versatile Ash Montgomery looms large for Barmera.
RENMARK V BERRI
If ever there is a mismatch, this game is it. A year is a long time in footy and turn back the clock 12 months - it were the Berri side that were playing for pride. Last year's premiers Renmark are rebuilding with youngsters. Sam Frahn was excellent in a side that was thrashed against Loxton in defence. Fellow youngster Jake Anspach again impressed for the Rovers and captain Trevor Thorpe recaptured his touch in the previous round. Matt Camplin and Craig Seekamp will feature highly in Renmark's best and fairest but the Demons have a good dozen who will get plenty of votes. Chris Scholefield is in career-best form for Berri and recruit Adam Beachamp is starring in the centre. Centre half forward Steven Raeder should return only to boost an already impressive forward line that features David Hankin and the clever Kirk Harwood. Captain Peter Safralidis and his deputy Jake Langdon will lead the Dees to a 20-goal plus win.
Round 7 - June 5, 2010
Best: Loxton – N Uren, R Mitchell, P Smith, L. Kruger, P. Fisher, P. Portolesi. Renmark - S. Frahn, T. Thorpe, M. Camplin, C. Seekamp, J. Anspach, T. Scott. Goals: Loxton – N Uren 6, P Smith 4, L Kruger, A Montgomery , G Dahlitz, B Wheeldon, D Shannon, P Portoloesi, M Thiele. Renmark – B Blackwell 2, N Farr, K Collinson, M Camplin
Best·- Barmera Monash: S. Peucker, A. Nettlebeck, B. McPherson, S. Maddern, M. Smart, D. Perry. Loxton North - M. Scott, R. Proud, A. Cook, T. Arnold, J. Voigt, S. Nelson. Goals: Barmera Monash - S. Peucker 5, D. Perry 2, J. Lynch 2, M. Middleton. Loxton North - J. Proud 5, R. Proud 2, D. Saint , D. Fielke , M. Scott
Best·- Berri – D. Hankin, P. Safralidis, M. Barber, J. Langdon, C. Scholefield, S. Hirschi. Waikerie – D. Stevens, B. Venning, J. Thomson, C. Wilson, A. Bachmann, L. Horner. Goals: Berri – D. Hankin 4, K. Harwood 3, K. Sampson 2, P. Safralidis, G. Franks, J. Sutherland, . Branford. Waikerie – N. Tape, T. Hyde 4, B. Helbig 2, A. Thompson, S. Stevens.
ROUND SIX 2010 -WAIKERIE REMAIN IN TOP TWO HUNT
By Nick Kossatch
Waikerie kept their top two chances alive after their 77-point win against Renmark at a rain-soaked Renmark Oval. The win was a great result in Shayne Stevens’ 200th game and the champion rover was chaired off the ground after the game.
The hosts began with the first three goals of the game and looked the hungrier side with Jaryd Rowe in everything. He set up Brett Blackwell, on the comeback trail, for the first goal of the match. Slowly and surely the Magpies worked their way into the game mainly on the back of skipper Damian Stevens’ two-goal first quarter. Both were trademark snaps and the margin was just seven points at quarter time in the Rovers’ favour.
The home side’s lead soon became a comprehensive deficit as Waikerie outscored them five goals to two during the second term. Craig Griffiths revelled in the heavy conditions as he continually fed his quicker (and much younger) Magpie team-mates with slick handballs. Both sides were wayward with their forward line entries but the industrious Steve Leibich found space at the back of a pack to slide through a goal putting his team 14-points ahead.
Renmark suffered a blow when Rowe injured his groin robbing the Rovers of their better players but Craig Seekamp put one through to bring the margin back to eight points. The turning point happened after Nick Carr ran into the centre square and as a result and the classy Tim Bevan made no mistake with a goal. The Magpies were never challenged from that point on.
Waikerie kept Renmark goal-less in the third quarter whilst piling on five goals and the best passage of play was an exchange of handballs starting with Joseph Haines and ending with another major to Damian Stevens. It put the ‘Pies lead beyond five goals. Ben Venning had a great duel against the Rovers’ Nathan Farr in the ruck and no sooner Cameron Hawke was unmarked in the goal square to goal – Waikerie’s lead was 64-points at three quarter time after Shayne spotted Damian Stevens for his fourth goal.
For all the hosts excellent early form, the game was a cakewalk for Waikerie. Youngster Tom Eldredge, who was lively across half forward with two goals in the middle quarters, assisted veteran Tom Hyde with his third goal. A high-point for Renmark involved its’ best player Matthew Camplin who took on his Magpie opponent and kicked their first goal since the second stanza.
Other than Matthew Camplin, who was a standout for the losers, the Rovers’ other better players were Farr in ruck and Craig Seekamp kicked two goals in an enthralling duel against Andrew Bachmann. Youngsters Jake Anspach and Dale Pfeiffer showed patches of promise and Russell Menz put his body on the line.
Waikerie’s Griffiths and Damian Stevens stood out with clean skills, Leibich was tough inside, Luke Horner and Jim Thomson were important linking players. Venning and Hawke took numerous marks in a difficult day and Eldredge impressed.
PHOTO COVERAGE OF WAIKERIE v RENMARK (BY NICK KOSSATCH)
Renmark's Jaryd Rowe wins the hard ball.
Waikerie's Tom Eldredge drives his side forward.
Magpie Lance Twigden looks for options.
Round 6 scores - May 29, 2010
Best: Berri - A. Beauchamp, D. Hankin, C. Scholefield, S. Raeder, M. Hill, T. Allen. Barmera/Monash - S. Maddern, A. Nettlebeck, B. McPherson, M. Morrell, S. Peucker, M. Smart. Goals: Berri - S. Raeder 4, D. Fromm 3, M. Barber 2, A. Beauchamp , G. Franks , J. Sutherland , J. Langdon , C. Scholefield , D. Hankin. Barmera/Monash - R. Villis 4, S. Peucker 2, M. Leigh 2, J. Lynch 2, T. Smitham
Best·- Loxton: A. Montgomery, P. Smith, L. Kruger, R. Liddle, T. Durling, C. Fisher. Loxton North - J. Nelson, R. Proud, D. Proud, M. Arnold, B. Hentschke, J. Voigt. Goals: Loxton - P. Smith 3, D. Shannon 3, W. Pritchard 2, T. Durling , M. Fazekas , A. Montgomery , R. Mitchell. Loxton North - J. Nelson 2, R. Proud , D. Proud , B. Mules , N. Francis , J. Proud
Best·- Waikerie: D. Stevens, B. Venning, L. Horner, J. Thomson, C. Griffiths, T. Eldredge. Renmark - N. Farr, R. Menz, M. Camplin, T. Thorpe, A. Camplin, W. Carr. Goals: Waikerie - D. Stevens 4, T. Hyde 4, S. Leibich 2, J. Thomson 2, T. Eldredge 2, C. Hawke , B. Venning , A. Bachmann , C. Mudge , T. Bevan. Renmark - B. Blackwell 2, W. Carr , D. Pfeiffer , C. Seekamp , M. Camplin , A. Camplin
ROUND SIX PREVIEWS by Nick Kossatch
LOXTON NORTH V LOXTON
Loxton North would feel they are a chance against an out-of-form Loxton in the Proud Cup match. The Panthers were three goals in front against top-side Berri before succumbing in the second half and Loxton collapsed against Waikerie. I predict the host's will continue Loxton's worrying form slump in a narrow win by two points. Brad Mules, Josh Nelson in midfield and Josh Voigt in defence have stood out for North. The Tigers' Nick Uren has been consistent as has Rhys Mitchell. Pete Smith and Leigh Kruger have not recaptured last year's form and the home side will be wary of the dangerous duo.
BERRI V BARMERA MONASH
This match promises to be an epic - just like in the first round at Barmera Oval where the Demons won by four points. Since that game the Roos have been equally as impressive as Berri. There will be great match-ups with Barmera's Aaron Nettlebeck pitted against Berri giant Jason Sutherland in the ruck. Simon Peucker booted a bag two weeks ago. I expect the in-form Les Pearson to play on him and try to run him up the ground as a rebounding full back. The Roos have quality midfielders with Darren Perry, Todd Smitham and Michael Smart in stellar form but none come better than the Demons' ball magnet Adam Beauchamp. He has excellent support from tough nut Jake Langdon, skipper Peter Safralidis and rangy wingman Chris Scholefield, who has added goal-kicking to his game. I just think Berri may have extra scoring options with Martin Barber, Kirk Harwood and Dustin Fromm in consistent form. For that reason the Dees will do the Roos by 12 points in a classic.
RENMARK V WAIKERIE
Waikerie were put to the sword against Loxton a fortnight ago before over-powering the younger Tigers in the second half. Forwards Cameron Hawke, Ben Venning and Tom Hyde combined well in that game and the trio pose a blend of Hawke's athleticism, Venning's marking and Hyde's clever use of the body, to Renmark's young defence. The Rover's were blown away by Barmera two weeks ago and will be blown away at home by Waikerie's experienced and hardened players. The margin won't by over 20 goals. It will be somewhere around 70 points. Matt Camplin and Jaryd Rowe have had excellent seasons whilst Josh Warnock and the burly Craig Seekamp have been Renmark's most threatening forwards. Renmark's home crowd will be looking forward to how the youngsters stand up to the might of Nathan Tape, Luke Horner, Jim Thomson and the Stevens brothers - Shayne and Damian.
BARMERA MONASH V RENMARK – ROUND FIVE REPORT
By Nick Kossatch
Barmera Monash inflicted more misery on Renmark’s season with a 136-point blow-out win at Lakeside Oval on Saturday. The Roos’ piled on the pressure right from the start with winners all over the ground. Murray Middleton kick-started the host’s with a pair of goals and when the smooth-moving Dillon Millard hit Simon Peucker (10 goals) on the chest, Barmera quickly skipped away to a 27-point lead. It was the turning point there and then as Renmark had nowhere to turn.
Simon Maddern was impassable at centre half back and Michael Smart supreme off half back. His class was evident after he combined with Todd Smitham for a Tyson Swanbury major. Things looked glum for the Rovers apart from Matt Camplin’s outstanding efforts in an on ball role. Apart from getting plenty of it, Camplin was just as impressive off the ball. He, along with Jaryd Rowe, applied strong tackles whilst ruckman Nathan Farr worked hard around the ground.
The second quarter belonged to full forward Peucker in one of the great individual displays in a single term. The solid left-footer and ex-North Adelaide player slammed through six goals as he monstered youngster Sam Frahn. The Roos’ fleet of midfielders continually fed Peucker who led to the ‘fat’ side of the ground.
This was momentarily quelled when the Renmark coaching staff belatedly stationed Aaron Camplin in the ‘hole’ ahead of Peucker. Aaron Camplin took four marks in almost as many minutes which thwarted Barmera’s goal barrage and at the same time the visitors at least applied some scoreboard respectability.
Paul Cooper enjoyed a cameo two-goal burst for Renmark as the hosts did over-use the ball a couple of times. Peucker took one-handed marks, marked on the lead and even snapped for goals as his side muscled their way to a 73-point half time lead.
The third term degenerated into a scrap as Barmera wasted chances and Renmark managed just one goal via Brad Pitt. He was the recipient of a clever knock-on from team-mate Jason Smedley. Barmera broke the shackles after a series of points when Smart, Chris Bonney and skipper Matthew Leyson all put through majors. Speedster Travis Wilson threatened to inflict further pain on Renmark but for missed opportunities.
His time was had in the last quarter after Renmark’s Nick Carr drove home a goal. Wilson sharked on a loose ball to snare his first and soon after the hard-running Smart put Barmera within reach of a 100-point lead. Peucker added two more majors including an elegant snap that sliced through the uprights that swelled his team’s lead to well beyond twenty goals.
The Roos have two classy half forwards and apart from Wilson (two goals), they have Matthew Leigh who posted four goals. Apart from Smart, Peucker and Perry - Barmera had other great players that included Jake Smith in midfield, Bonney in the ruck and centre half forward, captain Leyson and Swanbury along with Middleton.
Renmark’s stand-outs were Matt Camplin, Farr in ruck, Rowe in midfield and in defence. Kym Polst was good down back and Jarrad Collinson had his moments as did Aaron Camplin.
Renmark's Russell Menz is hemmed in by Tyson Swanbury whilst Rover Jaryd Rowe offers support (All photos by NIck Kossatch).
Barmera's coach Mark Wilden barks instructions a one of the break
Renmark's Jaryd Rowe bounds away from his Barmera opponent.
Round 5 scores- May 15, 2010
Best: Barmera/Monash - M. Smart, J. Smith, T. Smitham, M. Middleton, S. Peucker, M. Leyson. Renmark - J. Rowe, M. Camplin, J. Collinson, C. Seekamp, B. Pitt, K. Polst. Goals: Barmera/Monash - S. Peucker 10, M. Leigh 4, M. Smart 2, M. Middleton 2, T. Wilson 2, T. Swanbury , C. Bonney , B. McPherson , M. Leyson , J. Smith. Renmark - P. Hooper 2, N. Farr , B. Pitt , R. Menz , N. Carr , J. Smedley
Best: Berri - L. Pearson, C. Scholefield, P. Safrallidis, S. Raeder, L. Hagan, T. Allen. Loxton North - B. Mules, J. Nelson, M. Scott, R. Proud, B. Hentschke, D. Proud. Goals: Berri - K. Harwood 3, C. Scholefield 3, P. Safrallidis 2, J. Sutherland 2, D. Fromm 2, S. Raeder 2, D. Hankin 2. Loxton North - D. Saint 3, A. Cook 2, D. Proud 2, J. Proud , B. Wehrumuller , T. Arnold
Best: Waikerie - A. Bachmann, D. Stevens, N. Tape, B. Venning, C. Hawke, C. Miller. Loxton - B. Manuel, B. Manuel, R. Liddle, N. Uren, R. Mitchell, P. Fisher. Goals: Waikerie - C. Hawke 5, B. Venning 3, T. Hyde 3, T. Bevan 2, C. Wilson , A. Thompson. Loxton - P. Smith 3, B. Manuel 3, N. Uren 2, R. Liddle 2, R. Mitchell , K. Smith
ROUND FIVE PREVIEW by Nick Kossatch
BARMERA MONASH V RENMARK
Barmera Monash will win by over 100 points against Renmark because they are rebuilding with an influx of juniors. Jake Anspach, the very impressive Josh Warnock, Daniel Minther have stood up for the Rovers. If they are to win, then the likes of Craig Seekamp and Matt Camplin would have to kick bags. The Roos have picked up ex-North Adelaide player Simon Peucker who booted three goals in their big win over Waikerie. Barmera’s physical strength will be too much for the visitors with Murray Middleton, Michael Smart and Tyson Swanbury in red-hot form not to mention the lightning-quick Travis Wilson who snared five last weekend.
WAIKERIE V LOXTON
I know it’s only early in the season but these two sides will meet in the cut-throat first semi final later in the year. Both have lost their past two matches comprehensively. Ruckman Craig Miller has been in outstanding form for Waikerie but his team-mates’ form have been rather patchy, mirroring the Magpies. The Tigers’ have had the wood on Waikerie recently but I expect Loxton’s Leigh Kruger and Pete Smith to lead them to a narrow eight-point victory. They do lose Ash Montgomery with a hamstring. Mark Theile has been consistent in defence and he may stand Waikerie’s star forward Ben Venning. This will be crucial to the end result.
LOXTON NORTH V BERRI
Loxton North will be buoyed by their excellent win over the hapless Renmark outfit last week. They do however face the most improved sides from one season to the next in many years, Berri. They have simply put sides (except Barmera) away early in matches and then smash them further into the turf. Adam Beauchamp has led the charge and is now a favourite for the Whillas Medal. He has had plenty of support with big James Sutherland dominating in the ruck – in an Aaron Sandilands sort of way! Veteran Chris Scholefield lopes around on a wing getting telling touches at will and Jake Langdon is tough at the stoppages. North’s Justin Proud kicked five majors against Renmark last round and Josh Voigt is a rising star in defense. He’ll likely to stand forward Geordie Franks. It poses to be a highlight between two talented players. Berri will win by 45 points at Panther Park.
Round 4 - May 8, 2010
Best: Berri - A. Beauchamp, K. Sampson, C. Scholefield, L. Pearson, M. Voight, D. Hankin. Loxton - G. Dahlitz, B. Manuel, B. Manuel, M. Fazekas, M. Thiele, B. Wheeldon. Goals: Berri - K. Harwood 5, D. Fromm 4, C. Scholefield 2, D. Hankin 2, G. Franks , M. Barber , T. Allen. Loxton - P. Smith 2, G. Dahlitz 2, B. Wheeldon 2, W. Pritchard , L. Kruger , N. Uren
Best: Barmera Monash - M. Middleton, M. Smart, A. Nettlebeck, T. Wilson, M. Leigh, J. Smith. Waikerie - C. Miller, N. Tape, L. Horner, C. Griffiths, D. Stevens, C. Hawke. Goals: Barmera Monash - T. Wilson 5, S. Peucker 3, M. Leigh 3, M. Smart 2, T. Swanbury 2, C. Hughes 2, B. McPherson , M. Middleton , N. Kuhn , T. Smitham. Waikerie - N. Tape 3, B. Venning 2, T. Bevan 2, A. Thompson , C. Miller , C. Griffiths
ROUND FOUR 2010 PREVIEW WITH NICK KOSSATCH
LOXTON V BERRI
This is the first of three matches deserved of ‘game of the round status’. Loxton are coming off a shock home loss to Barmera Monash and they face a stern test against the white-hot Berri outfit. It has been years since the Demons have beaten the Tigers on their home turf. Saturday’s the day they will by about 22 points. Berri midfielders Adam Beauchamp, Jake Langdon, Ty Allen, David Hankin etc will feast on the taps from giant ruckman Jason Sutherland, who will be pitted against Loxton’s Ash Montgomery – no small man himself. Tiger fullback Mark Theile will have an engrossing battle against Berri full forward Geordie Franks. Pete Smith is a match-winner for Loxton and the midfield match-ups with Pat Portolesi, Rhys Mitchell and Nick Uren against Berri’s will be a highlight
RENMARK V LOXTON NORTH
Renmark were absolutely taken to the cleaners by Berri last week and will be keen to get their first premiership points against another wooden spoon contender Loxton North at Renmark. On form, one has to say North has much more of it and because of this they should win comfortably by 40 points. The Rovers possibly will not have the services of key players Craig Seekamp, Matt Camplin and Adam Bryant who were all injured last week. That means more youngsters will be introduced. The ones that have stood up have been Josh Warnock across half forward and defender Daniel Minther who has been most impressive. The Panthers Danny Proud poses as a threat to Renmark in the forward lines. The other’s to do so are rover Tim Arnold and Anton Cook.
BARMERA MONASH V WAIKERIE
This game is a toss of the coin and more than likely will fight it out for second spot. The Roos’ recruits Todd Smitham, Darren Perry, Michael Smart and Simon Maddern have been finding their feet at RFL level whilst skipper Matt Leyson and Tyson Swanbury have starred thus far. The speed Travis Wilson booted three goals last weekend against Loxton and must be watched closely if the Magpies are to win. There is some suggestion that they lack leg speed with the ageing Nathan Tape, Damian and Shayne Stevens and Luke Horner in midfield. They still are quick in mind and know where and how to find the ball. Recruit Andrew Bachmann stood out for the Pies last week with three goals. I’m predicting the home side Barmera to just get over the line by nine points in an entertaining match.
ROUND THREE 2010
By Nick Kossatch
BERRI confirmed itself as the new powerhouse in the RFL with a remarkable 156-point demolition of Renmark in an at times spiteful match at Berri Oval. The Rovers are a mere shadow of the side that won the premiership last year. They have lost a host of players and their fall from grace has them bound for the wooden spoon.
The Demons came out breathing fire with ruckman Jason Sutherland (10 marks) tremendous at the centre bounces and around the ground. Big ‘Pumpa’ helped set up Chris Scholefield with the first of an electrifying 11-goals in the first quarter. The brilliant youthful zest of David Hankin across half forward was too much for Renmark. The left footer laced out passes to Kirk Harwood (six goals) who goaled on both occasions.
Berri shared the ball around with defenders Nathan Geyer and Les Pearson impressive and Adam Beauchamp playing like a man possessed in midfield. Langdon’s brilliant footpasses found Geordie Franks and Beauchamp for goals. The latter had 15 touches in the first term and Renmark’s only goal was a result from a contest by Matthew Camplin. Jarrad Collinson then snapped through the Rovers’ first goal but they were gone as they faced a 58-point deficit at quarter time.
Wingmen Michael Hill and Scholefield were driving forces for the Dees and they continued the carnage during the second term. Berri blonde bombshell Martin Barber (four goals) snapped a terrific goal quickly followed by Harwood. Renmark were simply monstered and when Dustin Fromm marked between two Rover defenders to goal – the visitor’s resilience was at its’ lowest ebb.
Fromm, who finished with five goals, bobbed up with three in the second term. 15-year-old debutant Josh Woolston took a great mark after he protected the space in front of him but unfortunately missed his set shot. Beauchamp rattled up 23 posessions to half time and his side led by 102 points.
The third quarter was somewhat more of an even affair and the visitors ‘enjoyed’ three successive goals after Harwood snapped through his fifth for the demolishing Demons. Renmark’s Adam Bryant intercepted a Hill kick to goal that brought much cheer for the club’s supporters in the grand stand. No sooner after Josh Warnock (two goals) and Jaryd Rowe followed suit with majors, Berri’s quick ball movement ended with Fromm’s fifth. Rover recruit Phillip O’Loughlin played his best game for Renmark but they had no other winners. Craig Seekamp and Nathan Farr at times broke even with Sutherland’s aggressive approach at the centre bounces.
Woolston booted his first goal at senior level after swooping on a loose ball, all started from another strong defensive Sutherland mark. A scuffle broke out at three quarter time that did show the Rovers had fight – but not where it counted most.
They did kick the first goal of the final quarter via Dale Pfieffer but the Demon’s ended up outscoring their opponents by 42 points. The last stanza was spiteful with Sutherland and Seekamp involved in an incident that had the Renmark strongman lying winded on the ground. Hankin (three goals) helped himself to another two six-pointers. O’Loughlin was red-carded after his clash with a Berri player, spoiling his excellent match.
It was a complete team effort by Rod Hankin’s Demons with Beauchamp having an amazing 51 possessions. Renmark’s better players other than O’Loughlin were perhaps Farr and Seekamp in ruck, Rowe and Warnock with two goals each.
Berri meet Loxton in Loxton whilst Renmark host Loxton North in what promise to be much more even matches next week.
Round 3 -May 1, 2010
Best: Berri - A. Beauchamp, D. Hankin, D. Fromm, K. Harwood, N. Geyer, J. Sutherland. Renmark – P. O''loughlin, N. Farr, C. Seekamp, A. Bryant, J. Collinson, D. Minther. Goals: Renmark - K. Harwood 6, D. Fromm 5, D. Hankin 3, G. Franks 3, M. Barber 3, T. Allen 2, P. Safrallidis 2, C. Scholefield 2, A. Beauchamp 2, K. Sampson , J. Warland , C. Ridgeway , M. Hill , J. Sutherland , J. Woolston. Renmark - J. Rowe 2, J. Warnock 2, D. Pfeiffer , J. Collinson , A. Bryant , T. Thorpe , N. Carr
Best: Barmera/Monash - D. Perry, M. Leyson, M. Smart, S. Maddern, M. Middleton, B. Harrington. Loxton - M. Thiele, M. Fazekas, J. Mann, B. Manuel, B. Freudent, P. Smith. Goals: Barmera/Monash - R. Price 4, T. Smitham 3, T. Swanbury 3, T. Wilson 3, J. Lynch 2, D. Millard , M. Leyson , N. Kuhn , J. Buchecker , R. Villis. Loxton - A. Montgomery 4, J. Mann 3, P. Smith 2, R. Mitchell 2, B. WHEELDON 2, M. Fazekas , P. Portolesi
Best: Waikerie - D. Stevens, A. Thompson, L. Horner, C. Griffiths, C. Hawke, M. Butcher. Loxton North - J. Voigt, A. Cook, J. Proud, T. Arnold, J. Nelson, R. Proud. Goals: Waikerie - C. Griffiths 4, A. Bachmann 3, N. Tape 2, C. Hawke 2, T. Hyde 2, D. Stevens , B. Venning , A. Thompson , T. Sutton. Loxton North - D. Proud 3, T. Arnold 2, A. Cook 2, A. Baker , M. Scott , C. Edmunds
RFL ROUND THREE 2010
by Nick Kossatch
WAIKERIE V LOXTON NORTH
This promises to be a one-sided game with the experienced Waikerie outfit angry following their heavy loss to resurgent Berri. North coach Craig Wooldridge’s list are all ‘home grown’ and he is looking at the bigger picture and further improvement in this game. Brad Mules heads the youngsters brigade and starred in their loss to the Magpies. Experienced Michael Arnold and Rob McLean and Anton Cook are likely to play forward though Arnold is best suited to get the job on Waikerie star centre half forward Ben Venning. The Magpies’ Nathan Tape will be keen to get amongst it after he was tagged brilliantly by the Demon’s Jake Langdon last weekend. The Magpies will win by 48 points.
BERRI V RENMARK
Berri have shown the RFL football world that they are the real deal in their 100th year. Coach Rod Hankin has the Dees playing an exciting brand of football headed by the charismatic and passionate ruckman Jason ‘Pumpa’ Sutherland. The bid fella booted four goals against Waikerie and Geordie Franks is in magnificent form leading the goalkicking with 10 majors. What of Renmark? They won the premiership last year but have lost the best part of three quarters of that side for this year. The emergence of youngsters Josh Warnock and Daniel Minther are positives and the more experienced Adam Bryant, Matt Camplin, Russell Menz and Nathan Farr in ruck have been consistent. This won’t be enough for the Rovers to cause an upset because Dees’ brilliant skipper Peter Safralidis, Jake Langdon and ‘Pumpa’ will lead them to a 56-point win.
LOXTON V BARMERA MONASH
This promises to be the match of the day. Loxton were superb last week against hapless Renmark and the Tigers have a plethora of midfielders capable of creating damage by scoring goals or setting them up. None are better at this than Pete Smith, who slotted through six last week and captain Leigh Kruger. Nick Uren and Anzac Day medallist Rhys Mitchell can run through the centre of the ground as can young gun Jackson Fielke and the athletic Mitch Fazekas. Barmera’s on-ballers are no slouches either with Ryan Villis and recruit Darren Perry and Jake Smith likely to match up on the impressive Tiger engine room catalysts. Loxton’s Raph Liddle can bookend both ends of the ground as can the burly Ash Montgomery. The Roos’ have Rob Price and Tyson Swanbury as the forward focal points. I am leaning toward the Tigers. They should get up in a thriller by five points.
RENMARK V WAIKERIE RFL – ROUND TWO 2010
By Nick Kossatch
Loxton reversed last year’s RFL grand final result after its’ emphatic 85-point win against Renmark in the Anzac Day twilight match at Renmark. It was a scrappy opening quarter with the visitors wasteful in front of goal particularly by Ash Montgomery. The powerful centre half forward missed a couple chances after strong marks before quicksilver Jackson Fielke nailed the Tigers’ first major. Midfielders Nick Uren and Pat Portolesi and Rhys Mitchell were controlling the centre clearances for Loxton.
The Rover’s Josh Warnock was lively as a lead-up forward and Jaryd Rowe battled against the Loxton forward tirade. With premiership star Craig Seekamp absent from Renmark’s line-up - the hosts struggled to find a forward who demands the ball. Renmark were robbed of Matt Camplin’s forward duties because he was given a midfield role where he was creative. ‘Crumpet’ did kick the Rovers’ first goal early in the second stanza.
Before Loxton’s Pete Smith exploded with three goals, Camplin almost snared his second after the energetic and evasive Jason Smedley set him up only for the ball to cannon into the post. Smith, who was obviously determined to erase his 2009 grand final performance, certainly played with no limitations this time around. His three goals propelled the Tigers to a 39-point half time lead. Loxton’s eight-goal to two second term was superb with utility Mitchell’s marking chopping off Renmark’s forward entries. He, along with the speedy Brett Manuel, Uren and the versatile Raphael Liddle, were the other Tiger goal kickers.
It was surprising as to why the fleet-footed Rowe was not to be Smith’s new opponent however the match sprang to life. The hosts took the momentum away from Loxton in the third quarter with recruit Phillip O’Loughlin finding the ball. Harrison Beavis kicked his second goal that began a string of four successive Rover majors but not before Smith hauled in a one-handed mark preluding his fourth sortie.
Youngsters Warnock and Kyle Collinson booted back-to-back six pointers and when Nick Carr converted from some terrific team play by Smedley and Camplin – the crowd found voice with their side just 13 points behind with a quarter to play.
The locals were soon silenced in the fourth term after the hard-working Smedley was outnumbered by Tigers on the club side wing. Captain Leigh Kruger then booted a class goal and he, just seconds after, again spotted Smith. The clever forward’s fifth goal was a peach after he kicked the ball over his left shoulder. Mitchell and company reasserted their centre clearance dominance. It was an Anzac Day smashing in the end with the visitors piling on a further six goals. Joshua Mann took a spectacular mark in front of goals and he converted. The Rovers hardly gave a yelp with a goal-less last quarter.
Chester Warren, who served with the 4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in Vietnam, presented Loxton’s Rhys Mitchell with the Anzac Day Medal. Mitchell just shaded Smith for the award but undoubtedly he was the star four-quarter standout.
Round 3 - April 24 & 25, 2010
Loxton 1.6 8.9 9.10 19.15 (129)
(Photo Nick Kossatch).
RFL ROUND TWO 2010
by Nick Kossatch
LOXTON NORTH V BARMERA MONASH
Barmera Monash will be angry for letting their home game slip against Berri last Saturday and on Saturday they play the youthful Loxton North at Panther Park. I sense that the Roos will win but it won’t be easy. North showed glimpses with Ryan Proud keeping them in the hunt in the first half against Loxton. Josh Nelson, Chris Vowles and Tim Arnold were others to lead the way for the Panthers and they will need to repeat the dose against Barmera. The boys from Lakeside should win by 22 points and I expect the side, with the new recruits Jake Lynch, Simon Maddern, Darren Perry and Todd Smitham, to gel as a unit.
BERRI V WAIKERIE
A big crowd is expected at Berri Oval to watch the Demons test themselves against Waikerie who are coming off a 122-point smashing over Renmark last Saturday. Make no mistake Berri’s win against a talented Barmera side was ultra important and impressive in their Centenary year. Les Pearson and Geordie Franks starred for thee Dees at respective ends of the ground with Franks booting four goals and Pearson dashing in defence. Berri coach Rod Hankin is only too aware not to allow the Magpie midfield of Nathan Tape, Shayne and Damian Stevens to roam free. Tagger Joe Reeks will be given a tagging role against any of these three. Recruit Kym Sampson will probably get the job on Waikerie gun centre half forward Ben Venning. If that does not work out then Hankin will turn to Steven Raeder or skipper Peter Safralidis. For the second week in a row I’m tipping Berri in another upset to pip the Pies by 10 points.
RENMARK V LOXTON – ANZAC DAY TWILIGHT MATCH
This Renmark side is vastly different to the one that demolished Loxton in last year’s decider. The Rovers have lost Matt and Paul Stelzer, Peter Dempsey, Aaron Camplin, Mick Townsend, Ben Wagnitz, Simon Callahan, Ryan Bennett and Brett Excelby to either other clubs or retirement. This prompted coach Brenton Venebles to introduce youngsters Josh Warnock, Will and Nick Carr and Sam Frahn to a rampant Magpie side that were eager to vent their ferocity last week. Loxton’s midfielders will be too quick for the Rovers that badly struggled in that area against Waikerie apart from the lion-hearted Adam Bryant. Brett and Bronte Manuel were terrific for Loxton last Saturda as was big man Ash Montgomery. Throw in Pete Smith, Leigh Kruger and Pat Portelisi and the Tigers should roar to a comfortable 33-point win on Anzac Day.
WAIKERIE V RENMARK RFL – ROUND ONE 2010
By Nick Kossatch
WAIKERIE produced a brilliant brand of football to destroy reigning premiers Renmark by 122 points in round one of RFL at Waikerie Oval. It was a procession as the hosts class band of midfielders, led by skipper Damian Stevens (five goals), stamped their authority from the outset. It was over as a contest by quarter time after the Magpies had piled on seven majors. Centre half forward Ben Venning broke off the tight reigns from youngster Sam Frahn by booting three goals. The Rovers’ Josh Warnock, one of several debutants in both sides, was rewarded a free kick and made no mistake in kicking his side’s first goal. Despite the best efforts of midfielder Adam Bryant, the visitor’s were 42-points in arrears at quarter time. Nathan Tape added to the ‘Pies highlights reel with a wonderful snapped goal in front of the clubrooms.
Apart from Waikerie’s attacking ferocity – they were tremendous across defence with Timothy Bevan and Scott Pogorecki repelling Rover forward sorties and utilised Jim Thomson and Matthew Butcher as midfield link men. The versatile Cameron Hawke showed his desperation after thwarting an almost certain Craig Seekamp goal by tackling the big Renmark forward-ruckman. Seekamp was trying his best to lift his side by booting two for the term but the quarter belonged to the rampant and angry Waikerie players. Craig Miller won most taps at the ruck contests and also was a strong-marking ‘road block’ to Renmark’s inside forward 50 entries and was used as a marking target between defence and attack. The grey-haired Tape (three goals) ran around gathering possessions at will. The veteran knows where to run and the likes of Damian and Shayne Stevens duly deliver the ball to him. Tape knows how to kick a goal, win free kicks and set them up. Renmark’s Jaryd Rowe threw Tape to the ground. It resulted in a second major to first-gamer Samuel Feist that involved Luke Horner and Tom Hyde in the lead-up passage of play.
If the first half was great by Waikerie then in the third quarter the men in black and white stepped it up further with 12 goals in the premiership quarter. They led by a mammoth 126 points at three quarter time. It was a struggle to find any bright spots for the Rovers but forward Matt Camplin (five goals) snared two goals but his efforts were soured when he was ‘yellow-carded’ for charging young debutant Tom Eldredge. Butcher provided dash in midfield for the Magpies and when he split the uprights from the boundary set shot, they could do no wrong. A chain of handballs from the centre culminated in Miller gleefully accepting a handball from Venning to goal. Gun recruit Andrew Bachman got better as the game wore on.
He added his name to Waikerie’s long list of goal kickers with a superb long goal at the start of the last term aided by Butcher. Renmark’s Aboriginal trio of Jason Smedley, Phillip O’Loughlin and Christopher Calypun had their moments amongst the Renmark wreckage as did Harrison Beavis who ran hard all day for three goals. 15 majors were kicked between the two sides in the last quarter with the visitors winning the term by a goal. Waikerie’s Daniel Richards had a first A-grade game to remember when he made the most of another Rover turnover to post his side’s 31st goal. Waikerie had 10 multiple goal-scorers 41 year-old Craig Griffiths helping himself to three. Venning also finished with five goals and was rested for most of the second half.
Renmark will be eager to replicate their 2009 Grand Final form when they meet Loxton in a twilght Anzac Day match in Renmark. It is hard to see that happening any time soon. Waikerie travel to Berri for their round two clash.
PHOTOS FROM ROUND ONE by Nick Kossatch
RENMARK'S JASON SMEDLEY BOOTS THE BALL FORWARD
WAIKERIE'S TOM HYDE IS BEING CORNERED BY
RENMARK'S JARYD ROWE (L) & WILL CARR
WAIKERIE PLAYERS REST AT 3/4 TIME
RENMARK'S ADAM BRYANT LETS RIP AT TEAMMATES AT 3/4 TIME
Round 1 - April 17, 2010
Best: Berri - L. Pearson, K. Sampson, N. Geyer, M. Hill, C. Scholefield, P. Safrallidis. Barmera/Monash - M. Leyson, M. Smart, D. Perry, C. Bonney, S. Maddern, C. Hughes. Goals: Berri - G. Franks 4, J. Sutherland , D. Fromm , S. Raeder , P. Safrallidis. Berri - J. Buchecker 3, R. Price 2, T. Swanbury , M. Smart , C. Hanna
Best: Loxton - B. Manuel, C. Fisher, R. Mitchell, A. Montgomery, P. Fisher, B. Manuel. Lox Nth - J. Nelson, C. Vowles, T. Arnold, B. Hentschke, M. Scott, A. Baker. Goals: Loxton - R. Mitchell 3, P. Smith 3, L. Kruger 3, A. Montgomery 3, M. Fazekas 2, B. Manuel 2, N. Uren , G. Dahlitz , B. Falting , P. Portolesi , J. Fielke . Lox Nth - R. Proud 2, B. Wehrumuller 2, A. Cook 2, J. Proud 2, D. Saint , A. Baker
Best: Waikerie - N. Tape, D. Stevens, T. Bevan, C. Miller, J. Thomson, C. Griffiths. Renmark - M. Camplin, A. Bryant, H. Beavis, J. Rowe, C. Seekamp, R. Menz. Goals: Waikerie - D. Stevens 5, B. Venning 5, A. Thompson 3, C. Griffiths 3, N. Tape 3, T. Bevan 2, C. Hawke 2, M. Butcher 2, T. Hyde 2, J. Thomson 2, S. Stevens , S. Feist , D. Richards , C. Miller , A. Bachmann. Renmark - M. Camplin 5, H. Beavis 3, C. Seekamp 2, J. Warnock , C. Calyun , J. Watson , J. Smedley , J. Rowe
RFL ROUND ONE 2010 preview by Nick Kossatch
LOXTON V LOXTON NORTH
Last year’s wooden spooners Loxton North, under the guidance of new coach Craig Wooldridge, will be keen to atone for a disappointing 2009. The Panthers have no better test when they face cross-town rivals Loxton at Loxton Oval. The Tigers will be fuming after their insipid Grand Final loss against Renmark last season. North have lost key players Brad Williams (injured) and ruckman Matthew Hampel (Browns Well) but have picked up a host of youngsters from the under 18’s. Key position player Michael Arnold holds the key to the Panthers chances of beating Loxton. This won’t happen because the hosts will have too much class via Leigh Kruger, Pete Smith, along with the Mitchells in Rhys and Lindsay. The Tigers will win by 56.
BARMERA MONASH V BERRI
This game promises to showcase the abundant new players that the two clubs have recruited in the tussle at Barmera Oval. The Demons also have a new coach, Rod Hankin and have their Centenary year this season whilst the Roos are tipped to be the big improvers with B-grade premiership coach Mark Wilden at the helm. They have several players from Port Districts; Jake Lynch, Darren Perry and former player Nick Kuhn returning. Travis Wilson is an excitement machine in the mould of Hawthorn Cyril Rioli. The Dees have signed ruckman Jason Sutherland from Kaniva and by all reports – he is a gun. Jay Warland returns to Berri after a stint with the Goodwood Saints. I think the Demons can cause an upset with Geordie Franks booting a bag. Dees by 7 points.
WAIKERIE v RENMARK
The 2009 premiers Renmark travel to Waikerie to take on the black-and-whites. It is a test for the Rovers because they have lost a number of premiership stars in Peter Demspey (Eastern Park) and Ben Wagnitz who has gone to Hahndorf - to name just a few departures. Renmark will blood promising youngsters but their main recruit is the silky smooth Phil O’Loughlin who is the brother of ex-Sydney Swan star Michael. Waikerie have gained Doug Walker from Edwardstown and the talented Andrew Bachmann from Great Southern Football League club Christies Beach. He has dominated in that competition which augers well for the Magpies. I predict the hosts to win by 23 points.
RIVERLAND'S WHILLAS MEDAL GOES TO DAMIEN STEVENS
Waikerie’s Damian Stevens has won the Whillas Medal for 2010
He polled 20 votes, Loxton’s Pete Smith was second with 16, Smith’s team-mate Rhys Mitchell and Berri midfielders Adam Beauchamp and Ty Allen finished tied for third on 13 votes.
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