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RIVERLAND FOOTBALL 2012
(Teams: RFL - Barmera/Monash, Berri, Loxton, Loxton North, Renmark and Waikerie)
Match Reports and Previews by Nick Kossatch unless otherwise stated
BARMERA MONASH BREAKS 23 YEAR DROUGHT
First flag since 1989
GRAND FINAL at Renmark on September 15, 2012
Best: Barmera Monash - J. Selfe, M. Smart, D. Millard, C. Buchecker, S. Elliott, M. Elliott, R. Burns. Waikerie - T. Bevan, J. Thomson, B. Venning, C. Underwood, S. Braun, A. Bachmann. Goals: Barmera Monash - M. Elliott 6, L. Middleton 2, R. Burns , M. Middleton , S. Elliott , B. McPherson , T. Baldock , M. Smart. Waikerie - B. Venning 4, T. Bevan 2, C. Lush 2, J. Thomson 2, S. McKinnon , C. Miller , S. Braun , M. Underwood
Preliminary Final - September 8, 2012
Best: Waikerie - S. Braun, G. Schreiber, M. Bratton, J. Haines, R. Smyth, T. Bevan. Loxton North - D. Proud, J. Nelson, B. Walter, A. Cook, J. Dean, T. Arnold. Goals: Waikerie - M. Underwood 3, T. Bevan 2, T. Eldredge , S. McKinnon , C. Lush , D. Stevens , M. Bratton. Loxton North - M. Scott , D. Proud , J. Tapper , B. Whitelaw , B. Milich
BERRI V LOXTON NORTH – 1st Semi Final Report
By Nick Kossatch at Barmera Oval
Loxton North kept its back-to-back premiership chances alive with a sensational 16-point upset win against Berri in RFL 1st Semi Final at Barmera Oval on Sunday. North face Waikerie in next Saturday’s preliminary final.
The warm weather did not phase the fleet-footed Panthers and it kicked the first three goals as the team showcased its running brand of football. Two of those six-pointers came from its tall key forwards Blake Milich and Justin Proud, who both booted left foot majors. The Panthers linked well with runners Michael Scott, Ryan Proud in particular and half backs Josh Nelson and Ben Walter were superb. The Demons steadied as on ballers Adam Beauchamp, Peter Safralidis and Nathan Geyer began winning their fair share of possessions. Half back Ryan Porter continued his stellar season with his class and poise as Geyer spotted Lachlan Jennings that got Berri to within a kick at quarter time.
North’s Justin Proud was having a terrific tussle with Demon centre half back Steven Raeder. Raeder took a brilliant mark in a one-on-one contest against him but the rangy Panther number 10 got one back on Raeder by helping set up the hard-working Tim Pannell for a goal. Both teams traded goals for the quarter which was highlighted by Justin Proud’s sidestep that culminated with a soaring Milich mark and resultant goal. David Hankin gave great mate Jennings his second goal before a Jennings centre clearance returned Hankin the favour but last year’s premiers were three-points in front at half time after Justin Proud nudged Raeder under the ball and used the space in front of him to kick his second goal.
The third term belonged to the dynamic Ryan Proud. His gut-running was a treat and he burst the game open with three goals. Scott scorched off half back to half forward and drove the ball deep into attack for Ryan Proud to skirt at the back of the pack for an open goal that put his team 18 points clear. Daniel Proud was having an impact in just his second game for the year. Although lacking some fitness, his football smarts were magnificent. He combined with Jamie Ferguson to get Milich on the lead and his third goal. Ferguson was another who rose to the occasion in North’s five goal term.
Berri outscored North in the last quarter to get within two goals with a pair of Hankin goals but a spectacular Ryan Proud grab and fifth goal ended Berri’s season. Waikerie start as favourites next weekend but Loxton North’s legs peed could worry the Magpies.
First Semi Final - Sunday September 2, 2012
Best: Loxton North - R. Proud, M. Scott, D. Proud, J. Proud, T. Pannell, B. Milich. Berri - P. Safralidis, A. Gepp, M. Blackie, M. Voigt, R. Langcake, L. Jennings. Goals: Loxton North - R. Proud 5, J. Proud 3, B. Milich 3, T. Pannell 2, T. Arnold. Berri - L. Jennings 3, D. Hankin 3, P. Safralidis 2, M. Barber , C. Ridgway , J. Milburn , R. Langcake , R. Porter
Second Semi Final - Saturday September 1, 2012
Best: Barmera Monash - Jack Selfe, Brett McPherson, Lachlan Middleton, Murray Middleton, Matthew Leyson, Danny Millard. Waikerie - Timothy Bevan, Michael Bratton, Craig Miller, Steven Braun, Matthew Underwood, Damian Stevens. Goals: Barmera Monash - Robert Price 3, Murray Middleton 3, Lachlan Middleton 3, Malcolm Greenwood 1, Callan Buchecker 1, Sam Elliott 1,
Nicholas Kuhn 1, Marc Elliott 1. Waikerie - Ben Venning 5, Andrew Bachmann 3, Timothy Bevan 1, Damian Stevens 1, Stefan Mazzeo 1, Michael Bratton 1, Matthew Underwood 1
Round 15 - August 18, 2012
Best: Waikerie - Michael Bratton, Timothy Bevan, Damian Stevens, Craig Miller, Joseph Haines, Shane McKinnon. Loxton: Nick Uren, Michael Kirk , Jamahl Liddle, Kale Smith, Brock Birkin, Matthew Benson. Goals: Waikerie - Ben Venning 4, Jim Thomson 2, Shane McKinnon 2, Damian Stevens 2, Tom Truscott 1, Clayton Lush 1, Steven Braun 1, Michael Bratton 1, Aaron Thompson 1, Robert Smyth 1. Loxton: Jamahl Liddle 3, Brett Manuel 2, Raphael Liddle 1, Jesse Smith 1, Nick Uren 1
Best: Berri - Bradley Dolling, Lachlan Jennings, Greg White, Peter Safralidis, Mitchel Blackie, Daniel Wilson. Renmark - Trevor Thorpe, Russell Menz, Dale Pfeiffer, Steven Pitt, Nathan Farr, Jaryd Rowe. Goals: Berri - David Hankin 6, Steven Raeder 2, Lachlan Jennings 1, Nathan Geyer 1, Derek Griffiths 1, Peter Safralidis 1. Renmark - Ben Wagnitz 4, Steven Pitt 3, James Bentley 2, Harrison Beavis 1, Matthew Camplin 1, Jayms Bleeze 1
Best: Barmera Monash - Malcolm Greenwood, Dillon Millard, Ryan Burns, Jake Schwertfeger, Marc Elliott, Matthew Leyson. Loxton North - Ben Miller, Anton Cook, Ryan Proud, Jamie Ferguson, Tim Pannell, Tim Roberts. Goals: Barmera Monash - Malcolm Greenwood 4, Robert Price 3, Lachlan Middleton 2, Marc Elliott 2, Jack Selfe 1, Murray Middleton 1, Nicholas Kuhn 1. Loxton North - Ryan Proud 2, Jamie Ferguson 2, Anton Cook 1, Justin Proud 1, Tim Roberts 1, Todd Andrews 1
Round 14 - August 11, 2012
Best: Barmera Monash - Murray Middleton, Matthew Leyson, Marc Elliott, Malcolm Greenwood, Dillon Millard, Michael Smart. Waikerie - Michael Bratton, Timothy Bevan, Steven Braun, Stefan Mazzeo, Ben Venning, Glen Schreiber. Goals: Bamera Monash- Murray Middleton 5, Robert Price 2, Lachlan Middleton 2, Sam Elliott 1, Tyler Baldock 1, Marc Elliott 1, Matthew Leyson 1. Waikerie - Clayton Lush 2, Stefan Mazzeo 2, Matthew Underwood 2, Daniel Smith 1, Steven Braun 1, Shayne Stevens 1, Michael Bratton 1, Ben Venning 1
Best: Berri - Peter Safralidis, Jamie Milburn, Daniel Haines, Ryan Porter, Mitchel Blackie, Lachlan Jennings. Loxton North - Michael Scott, Josh Voigt, Brogan Whitelaw, Jamie Ferguson, Anton Cook, Ryan Proud. Goals: Berri - Martin Barber 2, Daniel Haines 2, Peter Safralidis 2, Kym Sampson 1, Mitchel Blackie 1, Andrew Hume 1, Nathan Geyer 1, Clint Ridgway 1. Loxton North - Justin Proud 3, Anton Cook 2, Michael Scott 1, Andrew Baker 1, Jamie Ferguson 1, Tim Arnold 1
Best: Renmark - M. Camplin, B. Wagnitz, J. Rowe, N. Farr, R. Menz, N. Gillard. Loxton - L. Kruger, N. Uren, B. Freundt, K. Smith, M. Fazekas, M. Benson. Goals: Renmark - B. Wagnitz 7, M. Camplin 5, J. Bleeze 3, J. Bentley 2, L. Jackson 2, T. Thorpe. Loxton North - N. Uren 3, R. Colls 2, M. Benson , Z. Kirk , J. Liddle
Round 13 - August 4, 2012
Best: Barmera Monash - Malcolm Greenwood, Dillon Millard, Matthew Leyson, Jack Selfe, Ryan Burns, Lachlan Middleton. Loxton - Leigh Kruger, Michael Kirk , Mark Thiele, Jamahl Liddle, Nick Uren, Kale Smith. Goals: Barmera Monash - Malcolm Greenwood 7, Marc Elliott 3, Dillon Millard 1, Jake Smith 1, Danny Millard 1, Lachlan Middleton 1, Joshua Graetz 1. Loxton - Jamahl Liddle 5, Nick Uren 2, Nathan Flight 1, Brock Birkin 1, Rhett Colls 1
Best: Renmark - Ben Wagnitz, Jaryd Rowe, Brodie Redpath, Joshua Warnock, Matthew Taylor, Matthew Camplin. Loxton North - Ryan Proud, Michael Scott, Josh Nelson, Josh Voigt, Anton Cook, Tim Roberts. Goals: Renmark - Ben Wagnitz 8, Anthony Rothe 1, Craig Seekamp 1, Matthew Camplin 1, Jayms Bleeze 1, Josh Albanese 1, Reece Glazbrook 1. Loxton North - Blake Milich 3, Jason Dean 2, Tim Pannell 2, Jamie Ferguson 2, Ben Miller 2, Ryan Proud 1
Best: Waikerie - Michael Bratton, Jim Thomson, Glen Schreiber, Timothy Bevan, Steven Braun, Matthew Underwood. Berri - Ryan Porter, Greg White, Michael Voigt, Aaron Gepp, Bradley Dolling, Peter Safralidis. Goals: Waikerie - Jim Thomson 8, Andrew Bachmann 2, Ben Venning 2, Shane McKinnon 1, Aaron Thompson 1, Stefan Mazzeo 1, Matthew Underwood 1. Berri - Martin Barber 3, Lachlan Jennings 2, David Hankin 2, Nathan Geyer 1, Adam Beauchamp 1, Peter Safralidis 1
ROUND 13 PREVIEWS
August 3 , 2012
BERRI V WAIKERIE
Berri celebrate its’ 10 and 20-year premiership reunion with a crucial ‘four-point game’ against flag fancies Waikerie in Berri. The Demons have beaten the in-form Magpies twice already this season but it has not lost a game since Berri pulled off a miracle win in Waikerie last month. Berri were in the game against Barmera before a poor final term and it seems to lack an imposing forward presence. Instead it relies on damaging small forward David Hankin. Martin Barber is not far away from full fitness and was better against the Roos with two goals. Waikerie simply look too strong with Ben Venning a key centre half forward. Steven Raeder seems the best bet on him but he played as a forward last Saturday. Stefan Mazzeo, who kicked four last weekend, is another for the Dees to worry about. The Magpies should win by 22 points and cement second spot.
LOXTON V BARMERA MONASH
Loxton lost another golden opportunity slip against Loxton North last week when it led early in the last quarter but Jamie Ferguson again sealed the Tigers’ fate with a goal. Barmera have been doing just enough to win in the last two weeks because of its’ big final quarters. The Roos have flexibility all over the park with Whillas Medallist Dillon Millard following on from his brilliant year last season, Tyler Baldock kicks goals and rucks effectively, ably supported by veteran Robert Price and Malcolm Greenwood adds more grunt and goal-kicking prowess. Nick Uren, the brilliant Tiger midfielder has been magnificent for his team and a ‘dark horse’ for the Whillas this season. He could have a match-up on Millard whilst Dillon’s brother Danny has been steady at fullback and may line up on Jamahl Liddle. Liddle has been Uren’s star sidekick. The Roos will get into some more ‘four-quarter’ form and win comfortably by 43 points.
RENMARK V LOXTON NORTH
Renmark faces a ‘four-point’ game of its’ own when it hosts Loxton North, a team it has overcome twice this season by narrow margins. North will need to shut down big Craig Seekamp who was at his most physical best against Waikerie despite his team losing. Josh Voigt or Anton Cook will get first crack at ‘Burgers’ Seekamp. The Panther’s midfielders have pace to burm. Andrew Baker, Josh Nelson, Michael Scott, Ben Walter, Jamie Ferguson. It will be too much for the Rovers to cover. Jaryd Rowe puts in week-in-week-out and he, along with Josh Warnock, are the only ones with genuine speed to match it with Loxton North. Matthew Camplin is another who has had a consistent year and will need to kick two or three, with Seekamp and a couple other forwards if it is to cause an upset. The Panthers should prevail by 23 points and book a finals berth next month.
LOXTON NORTH WINS DERBY
By Nick Kossatch at Loxton North Oval
AUGUST 1, 2012
Loxton North have inflicted further heart-break to its arch-enemy Loxton with a fighting nine-point win and cement fourth spot in round 12 of the RFL at Loxton North. In almost a repeat of when these sides last met, Jamie Ferguson again goaled with only seconds left. Only this time his team had a three-point lead over the Tigers who had struggled to get the ball out of its back half during the latter stages of the final quarter.
Scores were locked away at quarter-time in a game which was fast-paced. Loxton forward-cum-midfielder Jamahl Liddle got the game’s first goal with an excellent left-foot snap but the Panther’s premiership on-ball brigade got busy. Josh Nelson, hard-running Tim Roberts, pacy pair Andrew Baker and Michael Scott became the link-men through the middle of the ground as Anton Cook and Liddle were involved in an absorbing battle that mirrored the match. Nelson charged into the contests head-on and his outside play complemented his hardness in the packs.
Baker brought delight to the crowd with a three-goal burst in the second quarter. He was Cyril Rioli-like with his anticipation. He burned off his opponents in an exhilarating term that had his side five goals up before Loxton dynamo Nick Uren took matters into his own hands. He booted the next two goals just before half time. Uren took a mark from a Leigh Kruger pass, kept running and then put through a major after accepting a Rhett Colls hand pass.
Uren’s feats inspired the Tigers to a three-goal to one third term. Liddle booted two goals as both teams showed free-flowing football. Blake Milich provided the tall target North had been craving since Geordie Franks’ departure and should have kicked three goals. The Tigers, however, appeared to have the momentum after Nathan Flight judged a mark early in the last quarter. His goal put Loxton a point ahead. The Panthers then kicked a series of points amidst an unexpected Scott Golding ‘screamer’ bringing a cheer amongst North fans and then Ferguson’s goal put an end to the Tiger’s finals dream.
Nelson was courageous and brilliant for Loxton North. Roberts and defender Jason Dean were dashing and ruckman Ben Miller shaded Loxton’s Craig Fisher. Uren was outstanding for Loxton with Jamahl Liddle dominant up forward and in the middle. Kruger was steadying off half back and midfielder Brock Birkin gained valuable touches.
Round 12 - July 28, 2012
Best: Waikerie - Damian Stevens, Matthew Underwood, Jim Thomson, Craig Miller, Michael Bratton, Timothy Bevan Renmark - Nathan Farr, Aaron Camplin, Russell Menz, Craig Seekamp, Jaryd Rowe, Nicholas Gillard. Goals: Waikerie - Stefan Mazzeo 3, Matthew Underwood 3, Ben Venning 2, Timothy Bevan 1, Tom Truscott 1, Mitchell White 1. Renmark - Matthew Camplin 2, Steven Pitt 1, Nicholas Gillard 1, Dale Pfeiffer 1, Reece Glazbrook 1
Best: Loxton North - Tim Roberts, Anton Cook, Josh Nelson, Jason Dean, Andrew Baker, Ben Miller. Loxton - Nick Uren, Leigh Kruger, Jamahl Liddle, Brock Birkin, Jarrod Milich, Raphael Liddle. Goals: Loxton North - Andrew Baker 3, Tim Roberts 2, Jamie Ferguson 2, Ryan Proud 1, Michael Scott 1, Brogan Whitelaw 1, Ben Miller 1. Loxton - Jamahl Liddle 3, Nathan Flight 2, Nick Uren 2, Jesse Smith 1, Leigh Kruger 1, Michael Kirk 1
Best: Barmera Monash - Michael Smart, Tyler Baldock, Marc Elliott, Dillon Millard, Jack Selfe, Malcolm Greenwood. Berri - Ryan Porter, Darren Marner, Aaron Gepp, Nathan Geyer, Peter Safralidis, Steven Raeder. Goals: Barmera Monash - Tyler Baldock 4, Marc Elliott 4, Malcolm Greenwood 3, Robert Price 3, Sam Elliott 2, Michael Smart 2. Berri - David Hankin 4, Martin Barber 2, Peter Safralidis 2, Mitchel Blackie 1, Darren Marner 1, Andrew Hume 1, Nathan Geyer 1, Steven Raeder 1
ROUND 12 PREVIEWS
July 27, 2012
BARMERA MONASH V BERRI
‘Rivalry Round’ returns with a huge clash at Barmera between the Roos and the Demons. The latter will need to win to keep in touch with second-placed Waikerie who play fifth-placed Renmark. Barmera will be keen to make it a three-zip clean sweep but one senses Berri is not going to be easy opposition despite it getting thrashed against the Roos last time they met. Both teams possess classy midfielders but Barmera’s forward line seems more potent. Veteran Robert Price at full forward and centre half forward are big and imposing and Demon defenders Steven Raeder and Michael Voigt need to be on their game with Kym Sampson to provide support. Sam and Marc Elliot, Dillon Millard all roll through the middle at various stages and it could be a running duel between Berri skipper Peter Safralidis and Millard. There’s no shortage of quality in the Demon on ball brigade with ‘Saf’, Clint Ridgway, Adam Beauchamp and Lachlan Jennings to rotate in the centre. The Dees rely on chipping the ball and then spread wide through the centre to allow forwards Martin Barber and the evasive David Hankin plenty of space in which to lead to. The home team should prevail narrowly by seven points.
LOXTON V LOXTON NORTH
Loxton North travel down the road to take on its arch-rival Loxton in what should be an interesting affair given the Tigers still fancies itself for a finals berth. It can draw from ‘the one that got away’ in its previous clash against North where a Jamie Ferguson goal ruined Loxton’s day. Nick Uren has been the Tiger’s best player almost every game this season and his fellow experienced team-mates Jamahl and Raphael Liddle have supported him well. Leigh Kruger will return but big Jamahl looms large to the Panther’s defence. He gave Josh Voigt a lesson last time and it would not surprise if veteran Anton Cook gets the nod to stand on the powerful Tiger. Michael Scott is one of the more exciting youngsters in the RFL and he leads North’s fleet-footed midfield comprising of Josh Nelson, Tim Arnold and goal-kicking midfielder Jamie Ferguson. Key forward Justin Proud returned to form for the Panthers with five goals. This is where Loxton North will exploit Loxton and win by 22 points.
WAIKERIE V RENMARK
Waikerie have hit top form and in doing so have become premiership fancies. It dismantled Loxton North on its home ground last weekend. Gun centre half back Steven Braun is back from state duties and key forward Ben Venning is in a rich vein of goal-kicking form. The Renmark side have been competitive but when the game is there to be won, it fades and this may prove costly. Josh Warnock has been the club’s standout and biggest improver on a wing with his dash and high-marking. It’s difficult to see who will match up on Venning although Aaron Camplin could get the gig. Aaron’s brother Matthew has had a consistent season and he likes to create. Braun will likely to go step-for-step with Craig Seekamp in a battle of the heavy weights. Andrew Bachmann could have an exciting clash with Warnock. The Magpies have a ruthless feel about them now as finals draw nearer and it will close the door on the Rover’s finals dream with a 56-point win.
BARMERA MONASH OUTLAST RENMARK
By Nick Kossatch at Lakeside - July 25, 2012
Barmera Monash survived a stern challenge from a desperate Renmark to win by 26 points in round 11 of A-grade RFL in Barmera on Saturday. The match looked set for another nail biting finish but a seven-goal final quarter from the home side set up the win.
Best: Waikerie - Michael Bratton, Damian Stevens, Robert Smyth, Andrew Bachmann, Jim Thomson, Jackson Sutton. Loxton North - Michael Scott, Josh Nelson, Justin Proud, Tim Roberts, Josh Voigt, Brogan Whitelaw. Goals: Waikerie - Ben Venning 4, Michael Bratton 3, Andrew Bachmann 2, Shane McKinnon 2, Damian Stevens 1, Tom Truscott 1, Timothy Bevan 1, Mitchell White 1, Craig Miller 1, Joseph Haines 1. Loxton North - Justin Proud 5, Tim Roberts 2, Michael Scott 1, Brogan Whitelaw 1, Jamie Ferguson 1
Best: Berri - Bradley Dolling, Adam Beauchamp, Peter Safralidis, Ryan Porter, Clint Ridgway, Darren Marner. Loxton - Nick Uren, Mitchell Fazekas, Bryce Freundt, Jesse Smith, Wade Pritchard, Jamahl Liddle. Goals: Berri - Josh Knight 2, Bradley Dolling 2, Clint Ridgway 2, Adam Beauchamp 2, David Hankin 2, Peter Safralidis 2, Darren Marner 1, Nathan Geyer 1, Martin Barber 1. Loxton - Wade Pritchard 2, Jamahl Liddle 2, Raphael Liddle 1, Jesse Smith 1, Brett Manuel 1, Michael Kirk 1, Nick Uren 1, Bronte Manuel 1
Best: Barmera Monash - Matthew Leyson, Dillon Millard, Malcolm Greenwood, Michael Smart, Tyler Baldock, Jake Schwertfeger. Renmark - Jake Anspach, Joshua Warnock, Matthew Camplin, Jaryd Rowe, Aaron Camplin, Steven Pitt. Goals: Barmera Monash - Robert Price 3, Sam Elliott 3, Murray Middleton 2, Tyler Baldock 2, Malcolm Greenwood 1, Brody Jennings 1. Renmark - Matthew Camplin 3, Craig Seekamp 2, Jayms Bleeze 1, Nathan Farr 1, Joshua Warnock 1, Ben Wagnitz 1
ROUND 11 PREVIEW
July 21, 2012
BARMERA MONASH V RENMARK
It could be said ladder-leaders Barmera Monash are in a ‘mini-slump’ following a loss to Waikerie in round nine and an unconvincing win against last year’s premiers Loxton North at Panther Park in Loxton. The thing about it is is that the Roos can afford to ‘go off the ball’ as it has almost assured of a top-two finish. It meets Renmark at Barmera’s home oval fully aware that the Rovers will be desperate to cause an upset. It left a golden opportunity slip against Berri last weekend in the wet but never-the-less gained a point on Loxton North following its draw to the Demons. It is going to be the experienced and in form Michael Smart pitted against one of the brightest rising stars in the RFL, Renmark’s Josh Warnock. He picked up another best afield award last Saturday night. Steven Pitt needs to do more and perhaps closer to goal would be a start and if it’s a dry day both he and Craig Seekamp may exploit Barmera’s defence. The ball needs to get down to Renmark’s forward line consistently. The Roos have too many classy midfielders to prevent this from happening too often and in fact veteran Robert Price and Murray Middleton will benefit from Sam and Marc Elliott, Dillon Millard, Jake Smith and the like. The home team should and will win comfortably by 43 points.
BERRI V LOXTON
If last week’s game was not Berri’s danger game against Renmark, then this game certainly will be when the Demons host Loxton. The Tigers pushed Waikerie till the last quarter and again its experienced players Leigh Kruger, Nick Uren and Jamahl Liddle showed how it is done. The match-up between two athletic and gifted players Berri’s Peter Safralidis and Tiger Jamahl Liddle will be one to watch. Uren will most likely be opposed to Demon Clint Ridgway who was most impressive against Renmark. Martin Barber returned from injury last weekend and moved freely for Berri and he will be better for the run. Barber won’t get much freedom against the tough Mark Theile, one of the best fullbacks in the league. The Demons are a well-drilled team and it showed this in patches last week. This will be a much-closer game than what many are expecting because of both the teams respective positions on the ladder. Berri knows what is at stake and will not let this one slip to win by eight points.
LOXTON NORTH V WAIKERIE
If the Anzac Day round one clash between these teams is any guide, then this game will be another thriller. The Panthers will be wary of Renmark which is just one point underneath it on the ladder. It has a big chance of using the pace of in-form Michael Scott, Josh Nelson, Ryan Proud, Jamie Ferguson and Tim Arnold at the wide expanses of its home ground. Ferguson and Proud have been regular goal-kickers since the departure of full forward Geordie Franks. Tim Bevan and Michael Bratton provide the midfield class and run for the Pies and Andrew Bachmann offers his athletic speed and unpredictability to the team. Big men Ben Venning and Steven Braun book-end the attacking and defensive key positions and both are in form. Glen Schrieber is a very handy recruit and can play either forward or back. Barmera’s big men did the damage and proved the difference last week and expect Waikerie to do the same and win by 18 points.
DRAWN GAME AT RENMARK
RENMARK V BERRI
By Nick Kossatch at Renmark Oval – July 18, 2012
Renmark and Berri produced a stunning draw in round 10 of the RFL at a wet and muddy Renmark Oval in front of the club’s 1981-82 Premiership Reunion players. Demon Andrew Hume had the chance to give his team another remarkable come-from-behind win with a set shot after the siren but the heavy football narrowly went wide.
It was a game of missed opportunities for both clubs as it could be costly for Berri’s double-chance aspirations and the Rovers competition for fourth spot with Loxton North.
The rain fell during the first half and it were the hosts getting off to a flier as Berri struggled to find any clear winner in attack despite the best efforts of wet-weather specialists Clint Ridgway and Adam Beauchamp in the midfield. Renmark’s rangy Josh Warnock combined with Ben Wagnitz to set up the game’s first goal to a running Adam Bryant.
The Rovers did not allow its opponent no time and space and Jaryd Rowe, in particular, kept Demon dangerman David Hankin to minimal disposals. Half back Harrison Beavis was arguably playing his best game this year for Renmark and his rebound sent the ball forward that ended with a superb snap from the left-footed Nick Gillard.
After an excellent major to Matthew Smith, the Rovers had a handy 19-point lead at quarter-time with Matthew Camplin and Bryant busy and Warnock continuing his confident form.
Frustrations boiled over with Hankin’s tagger Rowe sent off with a bloodied nose before he resumed hostilities with the fiery Demon minutes later. Craig Seekamp’s terrific solo-effort with a soccer-type goal put the home team 26-points clear in the damp conditions but like the well-drilled and coached team it is, Berri gradually pegged back the lead.
Rory Correll got at the end of some quick play through Hankin and as conditions improved, so did Berri’s swift ball movement through the likes of its class players. Lachlan Jennings began finding space and the ball using it with precision and Hankin snared a brilliant goal. Martin Barber, in his return from a knee injury, got the Dees within striking distance with his first and the remainder of the match became an arm wrestle.
Berri’s on ball brigade were running as Renmark got nervous especially after ‘Captain Inspiration’ Peter Safralidis put the Demons ahead for the first time. It was short-lived when Seekamp was infringed and goaled to regain the lead.
The heavy conditions took its toll in a torrid final quarter that produced just one goal courtesy of more Hankin magic. Both teams missed chances but none came bigger than the last kick of the game.
Round 10 - July 14, 2012
Best: Renmark - Joshua Warnock, Matthew Camplin, Adam Bryant, Matthew Taylor, Harrison Beavis, Daniel Minther. Berri - Clint Ridgway, Daniel Wilson, Andrew Hume, Kym Sampson, Adam Beauchamp, David Hankin. Goals: Renmark - Craig Seekamp 2, Matthew Camplin 1, Matthew Smith 1, Jayms Bleeze 1, Adam Bryant 1. Berri - Rory Correll 2, David Hankin 2, Martin Barber 1, Peter Safralidis 1
Best: Waikerie - Timothy Bevan, Glen Schreiber, Michael Bratton, Joseph Haines, Ben Venning, Steven Braun. Loxton - Nick Uren, Leigh Kruger, Jamahl Liddle, Mitchell Fazekas, Brett Manuel, Brock Birkin. Goals: Waikerie - Ben Venning 5, Andrew Bachmann 3, Timothy Bevan 1, Damian Stevens 1, Tom Truscott 1, Michael Bratton 1, Jim Thomson 1. Loxton - Jamahl Liddle 2, Raphael Liddle 1, Craig Fisher 1, Jarrod Milich 1, Brett Manuel 1, Michael Kirk 1, Nick Uren 1
Best: Barmera Monash - Matthew Leyson, Michael Smart, Justin Bonney, Dillon Millard, Malcolm Greenwood, Christopher Bonney. Loxton North - Michael Scott, Ryan Gray, Jamie Ferguson, Tim Roberts, Ben Miller, Jason Dean. Goals: Barmera Monash - Robert Price 4, Sam Elliott 4, Malcolm Greenwood 2, Dillon Millard 1, Murray Middleton 1, Lachlan Middleton 1,
Tyler Baldock 1. Loxton North - Jamie Ferguson 3, Ryan Proud 2, Blake Milich 2, Michael Scott 1, Andrew Baker 1, Ben Wehrumuller 1, Ben Miller 1, Tim Arnold 1
ROUND 10 PREVIEW
July 14, 2012
LOXTON NORTH v BARMERA MONASH
Loxton North has found some of the mojo that won it the premiership last year with a comprehensive win over 2012 flag fancies Berri on its home deck last Saturday. The Panthers will feel confident it can inflict Barmera Monash a second successive loss this weekend at Loxton North. Tim Arnold led the way with five goals and it has been the small, fleet-footed brigade kicking most of its goals this year. Jamie Ferguson is another and Michael Scott put in another best afield game against the Demons who missed Lachlan Jennings’ class in midfield. Ryan Proud and Josh Nelson are of the other class midfielders who played well. The Roos Elliott brothers Marc and Sam were well held against Waikerie and Murray Middleton was restricted to just two goals. Anton Cook is likely to go to him this Saturday. Barmera are likely to bounce back but it certainly won’t be easy with the margin to be under a goal at the finish.
RENMARK V BERRI
Berri have lost second spot following its shock home loss to Loxton North and Waikerie’s surprise away win against Barmera Monash. Renmark must win this game if it is to keep in touch with the fourth spot and what better chance than at home and in front of the club’s 1982 Premiership Reunion when all four sides won flags. The Demons have been unsettled with injuries to key players but have unearthed youngster Josh Woolston. The Rovers will miss skipper Trevor Thorpe with a severely dislocated thumb. 2010 premiership hero Martin Barber is likely to return following a four-goal haul in his comeback game from injury in the seconds. With David Hankin consistently kicking goals (he also kicked eight points last week with his four goals) – it suddenly straightens the Demons up. The Rovers are an interesting side who have under-achieved so far. The midfield key will be between Berri star Adam Beauchamp and Renmark’s Adam Bryant who has been in terrific form for most of the season. Steven Raeder will need to watch Renmark powerhouse forward Craig Seekamp. The unpredictable Rovers will continue to tease and beat Berri narrowly in a bruising affair.
WAIKERIE V LOXTON
Waikerie have a huge chance to cement second spot when it hosts Loxton. Both teams boast classy players but the Magpies have the greater depth. Micahel Bratton and Andrew Bachmann are ex-SANFL players for Waikerie as is Leigh Kruger for the Tigers. The clash between Steven Braun and Tiger centre half forward Jamahl Liddle will be tremendous. Both players possess the best contested marking ability in the competition and Glen Schrieber played his best game for the Pies against Murray Middleton last week. Defender Raphael Liddle will mind Waikerie big man Ben Venning but there will be too many holes to fill for the Tigers. Damian Stevens and last Saturday’s four-goal performer Aaron Thompson are others for the Tiger defenders to worry about. The home team should get up by 35 points.
BARMERA MONASH V WAIKERIE
By Nick Kossatch - July 11, 2012
Waikerie inflicted a first loss to Barmera Monash in round nine of the RFL at Lakeside on Saturday and snared second spot off Berri in the process.
The visitors were keen to atone for its dramatic last quarter fade-out against the Demons a week early and it more than matched the Roos much-vaunted midfield and forward line. Michael Bratton, Tim Bevan and Damian Stevens in the middle of the ground and the strong marking pair of Ben Venning and under-rated Aaron Thompson, who kicked a pair of goals in the first quarter, ensured the Magpies led at four points at quarter time.
Michael Smart found it difficult to break free from the tag of the super-fit Craig Wilson and Wilson’s Waikerie team-mate and state country representative Steven Braun again was a repelling defender with telling marks.
Recruit Glen Schrieber had the better of Barmera in-form forward Murray Middleton and it was left to his evasive brother Lachlan to spark the Roos after the half time break. He slotted a goal and it was thought the hosts were to do what they have been in the first eight rounds – to run away with a convincing win.
A major to Bevan broke back the momentum to the Pies but the scores were level with a quarter remaining. Roos half back and captain Matt Leyson and Dillon Millard relished in the high-pressure match but their team-mates had moments of dominance.
The visitors booted the first three goals of the final term to break the game open. Thompson kicked his fourth goal courtesy of a strong mark and Bratton’s long left-foot goal capped off his best game for the year. The Magpie coaching staff would have been delighted with the team’s strong finish against the top side whilst it is a wake-up call to the Roos camp. It will be well aware now that it is the hunted.
Round 9 - July 7, 2012
Best: Waikerie - Glen Schreiber, Michael Bratton, Timothy Bevan, Andrew Bachmann, Steven Braun, Aaron Thompson. Barmera Monash - Matthew Leyson, Dillon Millard, Lachlan Middleton, Tyler Baldock, Ryan Burns, Aaron Manning. Goals: Waikerie - Aaron Thompson 4, Timothy Bevan 2, Matthew Underwood 2, Ben Venning 2, Craig Miller 1, Clinton Williams 1,
Michael Bratton 1. Barmera Monash - Lachlan Middleton 3, Murray Middleton 2, Ryan Burns 1, Malcolm Greenwood 1, Robert Price 1, Tyler Baldock 1
Best: Loxton North - Michael Scott, Tim Roberts, Ryan Proud, Jamie Ferguson, Tim Arnold, Josh Nelson. Berri - Aaron Gepp, Michael Voigt, Clint Ridgway, Rory Correll, Adam Beauchamp, Josh Woolston. Goals: Loxton North - Tim Arnold 5, Ryan Proud 2, Anton Cook 2, Michael Scott 2, Andrew Baker 2, Tim Roberts 2, Jamie Ferguson 2. Berri - Tim Arnold 5, Ryan Proud 2, Anton Cook 2, Michael Scott 2, Andrew Baker 2, Tim Roberts 2, Jamie Ferguson 2
Best: Loxton - Leigh Kruger, Nick Uren, Jamahl Liddle, Jarrad Collinson, Joshua Norman , Mark Thiele. Renmark: Adam Bryant, Matthew Taylor, Trevor Thorpe, Steven Pitt, Craig Seekamp, Russell Menz. Goals: Loxton - Jamahl Liddle 4, Nathan Flight 2, Brett Manuel 2, Raphael Liddle 1, Leigh Kruger 1. Renmark: Craig Seekamp 3, Jayms Bleeze 3, Harrison Beavis 1, Jake Anspach 1, Matthew Camplin 1, Matthew Taylor 1
ROUND NINE PREVIEWS
July 5, 2012
BERRI V LOXTON NORTH
In-form Berri have the chance to widen the gap between itself and the other sides that are showing any semblance of ‘stealing’ second spot from it. The visiting Panthers have struggled all year in the forward line and a loss will spell danger to its premiership defence, especially if the resurgent Renmark have a win against Loxton at Loxton. The Demons’ confidence is at an all-time high after its come-from-behind miracle win over Waikerie a fortnight ago. Skipper Peter Safralidis returned to his inspirational best and can play in any position but this season he has kicked goals. Lachlan Jennings and David Hankin are all class whilst Steven Raeder may get the job on the dangerous Justin Proud. The midfield battle will be intriguing with Michael Scott, Andrew Baker, Josh Nelson, Ryan Proud and maybe returning from injury, Daniel Proud, pitted against the Dees Adam Beauchamp, Jennings, Hankin, ‘Saf’ and maybe Ryan Porter, if he gets over an ankle injury. Berri’s ruck stocks are boosted with recruit Aaron Gepp feeding his fleet-footed on ballers. This should be enough to generate the home team a winning score with Berri to win by 23 points.
BARMERA-MONASH V WAIKERIE
This will be a danger game for hosts Barmera. Waikerie will be filthy for letting a winnable lead, with just a few minutes remaining, diminish as quickly as it did against Berri two weeks ago. It cost the Magpies second spot and the club may never regain it. The undefeated Roos have in form players all over the park with Michael Smart, Marc and Sam Elliott, Jake Smith, Murray Middleton and youngsters Jake Schwertfeger and Luke Chamberlain giving energy. Unlike in previous years Barmera have pace and this will worry the Magpies which Berri exposed this to in the last round. The duel between Waikerie’s (and the Riverland’s only representative) State Country Team Of The Carnival defender Steven Braun and Murray Middleton will be one to watch. Players with the ilk of Michael Bratton, Andrew Bachmann, Tim Bevan, Braun and Ben Venning can worry the hosts but the Pies have not really clicked together as a team on a consistent basis. It will find the going tough because coach Lynton ‘Snoopy’ Burns’ Barmera outfit won’t allow the Pies to gel properly. The Roos should get up by 19 points in a tough and physical contest.
LOXTON V RENMARK
The two bottom-placed teams meet at Loxton with plenty of motivation because a win will put either side in finals contention whilst a loss will give the losers wooden-spoon favouritism. The Tigers will feel every bit as confident because the Rovers have been its only victim. Craig Seekamp was Renmark’s match-winner with six goals against Loxton North and no doubt Tiger coach Mick Zerna will come with a plan to quell the big man’s influence. Mark Theile defies height but is one of the best defenders in the RFL and is likely to get first crack at ‘Burgers’ Seekamp. If this fails then that assignment will go to Loxton’s versatile Raphael Liddle whose reach, rebound and marking strength stopping opposition deep forward entries is and has been critical this season. Nick Uren and Leigh Kruger provide experience to an otherwise young team and Jamahl Liddle has been a powerhouse more often than not in a losing cause at centre half forward. The Rover’s Josh Warnock has elevated his game to another level, maybe two whilst Steven Pitt played as a high forward and showed excellent signs against Loxton North. Renmark will be favourites and for this reason Loxton will repeat its fine first effort against it and could just get up by a goal yet again.
BARMERA MONASH EASY VICTORS OVER LOXTON
By Nick Kossatch at Barmera Oval
June 27, 2012
Barmera-Monash cruised to an 85 point win in an at times scrappy affair against bottom side Loxton in round eight of RFL at Lakeside.
The top side took a while to get going as Loxton came prepared to apply fierce pressure on the undefeated pacesetters. Wirilla recruit Tyler Baldock got the Roos going with two goals including a snap off a ruck contest where it began with Dillon Millard following Loxton star Jamahl Liddle wherever he went and Mitch Fazekas minding Barmera gun centre half forward Murray Middleton.
Robert Price returned from a month’s lay-off with a hamstring injury and Mail Medallist Malcolm Greenwood re-united with his old club to kick goals and establish a 29-point lead at quarter time. Michael Smart combined with youngster Jake Schwertfeger to be damaging running weapons off their respective wings. Smart, especially, used the ball superbly and found space at will but it was Greenwood who slotted through a sensational goal from the boundary, for his second, to begin a rush of five more goals. Lachlan Middleton was another to give run whilst Dillon Millard showed dash and his counterpart Liddle showed all why he is one of the best marks in the competition.
Nick Uren did his all to lift Loxton. It faced a 53-point deficit at half time and that was despite any great output from Murray Middleton who was well held by Fazekas in the first quarter before spending the second term as another focal point to support the busy Raphael Liddle. Mark Thiele kept a tight rein on Barmera and leading RFL goal kicker Marc Elliott.
Uren snapped a goal to start the third quarter in a rare highlight for his side but the hosts had plenty. Solidly-built Greenwood, with more match fitness will be a huge asset come finals time. He featured as the linkman between Smart and Murray Middleton who goaled and aided Dillon Millard for another.
Loxton’s Nathan Flight did some nice things amid Barmera’s dominance and was involved in its first two goals of the last quarter – to Jesse Smith and kicking his second major to be Loxton’s only multiple goal kicker with two.
Price began on the bench but by the last quarter he pulled out some party tricks making the most of frequent deep inside 50s. He ripped down a right-handed mark and used his body brilliantly in the goal square en route to three final quarter goals and five for the game.
Baldock kicked four first half goals along with stints at the centre bounces as did Price. The Roos also have the luxury of having the prodigious-leaping Luke Chamberlain in ruck. He also played a cameo in the forward line to boot a goal late in the game. Smart and Lachlan Middleton and Dillon Millard were midfield masters and Danny Millard ran off his fullback position with confidence and dare. Uren continues his great season for Loxton and the Liddle brothers are consistent and Thiele rarely gets beaten in a side that regularly does.
Round 8 - June 23, 2012
Best: Barmera Monash - M. Smart, D. Millard, L. Middleton, T. Baldock, M. Middleton, J. Bonney. Loxton - N. Uren, M. Thiele, J. Liddle, J. Collinson, R. Liddle, P. Portolesi. Goals: Barmera Monash - R. Price 5, T. Baldock 4, M. Middleton 2, M. Greenwood 2, C. Hanna 1, D. Millard 1, S. Elliott 1, B. McPherson 1, L. Middleton 1, L. Chamberlain 1. Loxton - N. Flight 2, J. Smith 1, B. Manuel 1, W. Pritchard 1, N. Uren 1
Best: Renmark - J. Warnock, J. Anspach, D. Pfeiffer, C. Seekamp, N. Farr, R. Menz. Loxton North - M. Scott, T. Roberts, R. Proud, B. Walter, R. Gray, A. Baker. Goals: Renmark - C. Seekamp 6, J. Bleeze 3, S. Pitt 2, G. Abdulla 2, J. Warnock 1, M. Taylor 1. Loxton North - R. Proud 4, B. Whitelaw 2, M. Scott 1, T. Roberts 1, B. Wehrumuller 1, J. Ferguson 1, T. Arnold 1
Best: Berri - P. Safralidis, A. Gepp, N. Geyer, K. Sampson, A. Beauchamp, M. Voigt. Waikerie - T. Bevan, M. Bratton, D. Stevens, A. Bachmann, J. Thomson, G. Schreiber. Goals: Berri - D. Marner 3, P. Safralidis 3, L. Jennings 1, D. Hankin 1, D. Wilson 1, M. Voigt 1, C. Ridgway 1, B. Dolling 1, K. Sampson 1, R. Porter 1. Waikerie - M. Bratton 3, S. McKinnon 2, C. Miller 2, D. Stevens 2, A. Bachmann 2, A. Thompson 1, T. Bevan 1, J. Sutton 1
ROUND EIGHT PREVIEWS
June 21, 2012
BARMERA MONASH V LOXTON
It’s top versus bottom with Barmera Monash hosting last-placed Loxton in round eight of RFL. The Roos perhaps produced its best four-quarter effort against second-placed Berri last Saturday to win by 73-points and the margin should be something similar again. The Tigers should have beaten its arch rivals Loxton North last week and it still relies on star players; Leigh Kruger, Jamahl and Raphael Liddle and Nick Uren who all put in four-quarter games against the Panthers. Raphael faces in-form centre half forward Murray Middleton whilst Dillon or Danny Millard may get the job on Jamahl who was brilliant last week. Jake Smith and Marc Elliott are absolutely carving it up in the midfield and the Loxton defenders will be nervous once again when Elliott ‘rests’ in the forward lines. Elliott’s brother Sam, a former Crows-listed rookie, is no slouch either and should help his team to a 12-goal win and effectively end Loxton’s finals dream in the process.
LOXTON NORTH V RENMARK
Loxton North will be up and about when it faces visitors Renmark in a ‘danger’ game. Realistically, North got out of jail courtesy of in-form rover Jamie Ferguson making the most of a deft Ben Miller tap in the dying seconds. The Rovers have been competitive but coach Brett Blackwell would be sick and tired of ‘honourable’ losses. He’ll be laying it on the line to his players. Trevor Thorpe and Josh Warnock have had stellar seasons for the club and recruit Steven Pitt would be keen to kick half a dozen goals – because that is what needs to occur if Renmark is to cause an upset. The Panthers have an abundance of fleet-footed runners Michael Scott, Andrew Baker, Ferguson, Josh Nelson and the talented Ben Walter who will one day take ‘the mark of the century’. Josh Voigt was soundly beaten by Loxton’s Jamahl Liddle early in the game before Anton Cook got the job on Liddle. It’s likely both key defenders will match up on Pitt and Craig Seekamp respectively. Loxton North have too many skilful players and it won’t leave it to the last few seconds against Renmark but then again! North by five points.
WAIKERIE V BERRI
Outright second spot is up for grabs when injury-plagued Berri travel to Waikerie. The Magpies will have its last meeting against the Demons fresh in its mind and are primed to atone. Berri will be without ‘X-Factor’ forward cum midfielder Kirk Harwood with a possible season-ending knee injury whilst star recruit Ryan Porter’s fitness will be monitored during the week but is unlikely to suit up. Steven Braun has firmed as a clear favourite for the Whillas Medal and is dominating at centre half back. Veteran Damian Stevens’ return from injury to fitness and form is gaining momentum and Tim Bevan along with youngster Joseph Haines continue to impress. A key duel may be between burly Magpie centre half forward Ben Venning and Steven Raeder and an interesting clash looms between Aaron Gepp who is a new recruit for Berri as a ruckman and Craig Millar. Gepp was the Dees best player last Saturday and he’ll need all his team-mates to step up if it is to derail Waikerie’s charge as a serious flag threat to Barmera Monash. The Pies will win by 34 points.
LOXTON V LOXTON NORTH
By Nick Kossatch at Loxton North Oval
Wednesday 20 July 2012
Livewire Loxton North rover Jamie Ferguson kicked the match-winning goal with just seconds remaining in a famous come-from-behind one-point win against cross-town rivals Loxton in the RFL Proud Cup at Loxton North. The smallest player on the ground pounced on a clever tap from ruckman cum centre half forward Ben Miller to kick his fifth goal that put a dagger through the Tiger’s hearts and finals aspirations.
Loxton dominated for all but the last dramatic 15 minutes of the round seven fixture, during which Ferguson booted three goals. Tiger centre half forward Jamahl Liddle was too strong for Josh Voigt with the key forward taking six marks in the first quarter. Jamahl was complimented by the other Loxton stars - Leigh Kruger, Nick Uren and centre half back Raphael Liddle and when the Tiger number 19 powered away from a pack to kick his second – the hosts were also 19 points in arrears and the move was made with Anton Cook minding Jamahl Liddle.
Justin Proud was showing glimpses of his 2011 form goaled to pull the margin back to two goals as both midfields had periods of dominance. Michael Scott and Andrew Baker gave North plenty of speed through the midfield. Baker made amends from his fumble that ended with a third major to Jamahl Liddle by kicking a team-lifting goal created by some bustling work from Tim Roberts. It was a third quarter in which both teams traded blows. It literally occurred when a melee broke out after the Panther’s Daniel Hampel applied a strong tackle on Brock Birkin.
North may have lacked the imposing presence of a Jamahl Liddle but Ben Wehrumuller gave some timely leads and booted two third term goals which included a checkside from the boundary. Brett Manuel slotted home his third as his Tigers held on to a six-point lead at three-quarter-time.
The last quarter produced as frenetic as football can get. A brilliant intercept by Baker in the middle of the ground was thwarted by a saving mark from Tiger fullback Mark Thiele. Back-to-back goals to Ferguson, with the second of those a result from a high tackle by Loxton’s Pat Portolesi, put North in front. It appeared the hosts were home after Jeremy Vowles brilliantly stripped the ball off Michael Kirk and his kick found Tim Roberts on his own. Roberts’ goal gave the Panthers a ‘mini-break’. The Tigers twice rolled the dice with goals to Jamahl Liddle and a freakish six-pointer to Wade Pritchard to momentarily justify its status as the better team on the day.
Scott was Loxton North’s most even four-quarter contributor with classy line-breaking runs and effective disposals, Baker was pivotal in the third term, Miller nullified Craig Fisher and promising Jacob Harris influence at the centre bounces, Vowles was solid in defence. Ryan Proud and Josh Nelson ran themselves into the ground. Loxtons best were Jamahl Liddle, who was a deserving winner of the Proud Medal for best on ground. Kruger and Uren gathered over 50 touched between them and Raphael Liddle was a springboard from centre half back.
It faces a tall order against undefeated Barmera Monash in Barmera whilst Loxton North can almost guarantee a finals berth with a win against Renmark on its home ground next Saturday.
Round 7 - June 16, 2012
Best: Loxton North - M. Scott, J. Ferguson, A. Baker, R. Proud, J. Nelson, J. Vowles. Loxton - J. Liddle, L. Kruger, N. Uren, B. Birkin, Z. Kirk, R. Liddle. Goals: Loxton North - J. Ferguson 5, A. Baker 2, B. Wehrumuller 2, J. Proud 1, T. Roberts 1. Loxton - J. Liddle 4, B. Manuel 3, R. Liddle 1, W. Pritchard 1, B. Birkin 1
Best: Waikerie - S. Braun, T. Bevan, B. Venning, D. Stevens, J. Haines, A. Nettlebeck. Renmark : T. Thorpe, A. Camplin, C. Seekamp, J. Anspach, B. Redpath, J. Warnock. Goals: Waikerie - B. Venning 5, S. McKinnon 2, G. Schreiber 1, M. Briggs 1, J. Thomson 1, J. Haines 1. Renmark - C. Seekamp 2, S. Pitt 2, A. Bryant 2, J. Anspach 1, J. Rowe 1, J. Warnock 1
Best: Barmera Monash - J. Smith, C. Bonney, M. Leyson, S. Elliott, M. Smart, T. Baldock. Berri - A. Gepp, N. Geyer, M. Blackie, A. Beauchamp, L. Jennings, D. Hankin. Goals: Barmera Monash - M. Middleton 4, J. Smith 3, M. Smart 2, M. Elliott 2, N. Dillon 2, S. Elliott 1, B. McPherson 1, L. Middleton 1, J. Selfe 1, C. Bonney 1. Berri - R. Langcake 3, D. Hankin 2, N. Geyer 1, P. Safralidis 1
ROUND SEVEN PREVIEW
June 14, 2012
BERRI V BARMERA – Fisher Cup
Undoubtedly this is the game of the round with the first-placed Barmera Monash venturing to Berri in the Fisher Cup. There is class all over the ground at League Headquarters with the Roos Murray Middleton choc full of confidence after a nine-goal haul against Renmark before the break. The Demons’ big-game performer Steven Raeder is likely to get the job on Middleton. The home team have its own game-breakers with Ryan Porter, Lachlan Jennings and goal-kicker David Hankin posing a huge threat for the Barmera defence. It will not surprise if last year’s Whillas Medallist Dillon Millard gets the gig on firebrand Hankin. Mark Elliott will need to be watched closely by the Demons as he is a creative midfielder as well as one of the leading goal-kickers in the RFL. Aaron Gepp is a new player – a ruckman for the Dees and he will go up against Barmera’s mobile Tyler Baldock in a key match-up. This will be a cracking match and Berri pushed Barmera on its home deck the first time these sides met only to go down by seven points. This time around the result is predicted to be reversed with Berri to win by the same margin.
LOXTON NORTH V LOXTON – Proud Cup
Both teams suffered heavy defeats at the hands of Waikerie and Berri two weeks ago. The loser may as well kiss its finals chances goodbye in this Proud Cup ‘Cross-town Showdown’. Form-wise, the Panthers are a little better because it did show some good signs against an in-form Magpie outfit. Brogan Whitelaw booted four goals and may play as a permanent forward for North. Its onball brigade is still one of the best in the competition with Michael Scott, Josh Nelson and the classy Jamie Ferguson getting plenty of the ball. Josh Voigt is likely to be pitted against Loxton’s Jamahl Liddle and also brother Raphael who goes forward during various stages of a game. The Tigers Leigh Kruger has given his team plenty of drive through midfield and off half back but he’ll need others such as Pat Portolesi and the like to increase their input for longer periods. The experienced Nick Uren has also been one of Loxton’s shining lights but this will not be enough. The Panthers should prevail by 32 points at Panther Park.
RENMARK V WAIKERIE – Gill / Lehman Cup
It will be curtains for hosts Renmark, if it is to fall shorts against the visiting Waikerie team in this Gill / Lehman Cup fixture. The Rovers have been disappointing thus far and so has recruit Steven Pitt who has failed to live up to expectations especially on the score board. Pitt did start in the centre square against Barmera last round but he may return to full forward against the Magpies. Steven Braun continues to enhance his reputation as one of the best centre half backs seen in the RFL in years such is his dominance for Waikerie. He will get the job on Renmark strongman Craig Seekamp who will be keen to have more of an impact. Magpie Tim Bevan oozes class and can kick goals as shown in previous weeks. He will likely to face-off against the Rovers Matthew Camplin who is nearing his best form whilst the duel between speedsters Jaryd Rowe and Magpie Jim Thomson will be one to watch. The hosts will challenge Waikerie but the class of the Pies will see them on top by 39 points.
MIDDLETON'S NINE GOALS KILLS OVER RENMARK
By Nick Kossatch at Renmark Oval - June 6, 2012
A nine-goal haul to Barmera-Monash powerhouse forward Murray Middleton led it to a 29-point win against a gallant Renmark in the RFL on Saturday. The Roos remain unbeaten after six rounds but were certainly tested against the much-improved home side.
Middleton kicked three goals in the first quarter where the Rovers’ Steven Pitt surprisingly started in the centre square alongside Dillon Millard. Midfield dominance, along with Middleton’s aerial strength was too much for Renmark to counter early in the piece. Josh Warnock was having a great duel with Barmera wingman Michael Smart but the high-leaping Luke Chamberlain gave the visitor’s on-ballers, Jack Selfe, Dillon Millard and Jake Smith first use of the ball.
Chamberlain out-jumped the taller Matthew Taylor but Renmark made some inroads into its opponents 28-point quarter-time lead but an ugly brawl marred Barmera’s bright start. Pitt booted a clever goal courtesy of fierce forward pressure from Craig Seekamp and Ben Wagnitz which dragged the margin to within three goals and full back Aaron Camplin stopped everything that came his way with strong marks and with spoils just as effective as kicks.
Renmark skipper Trevor Thorpe kept star recruit Mark Elliott relatively quiet whilst providing dash from defence and opposing skipper Matthew Leyson was just as effective for his team. All momentum was with the hosts in the third quarter and when the industrious Adam Bryant kicked truly – the Roos were suddenly not as self-assured with its lead just four points.
The hosts failed to capitalize on its forward entries and the turning point was Leyson’s brilliant spoil on Wagnitz. The Roo captain then gathered possession and it ended with the sublime Sam Elliot snapping a six-pointer.
The visitor’s class eventually shone through in the final quarter with youngster Tom Oates’ desperation inspiring his team mates after his tackling effort on Renmark’s strongly-built Jayms Bleeze. Middleton added three more majors to end the Rovers’ challenge.
Middleton was the match-winner with his nine goals, Dillon Millard gathered possessions all over the ground and Leyson was impassable at half back. Renmark’s Josh Warnock continued his great year and probably played his best game for the club and the Camplin brothers – Aaron in defence and Matthew with four goals were terrific players.
Round 6 - June 2, 2012
Best: Barmera Monash - M. Middleton, D. Millard, M. Smart, M. Leyson, S. Elliott, J. Bonney. Renmark - J. Warnock, A. Camplin, M. Camplin, A. Bryant, H. Beavis, T. Thorpe. Goals: Barmera Monash - M. Middleton 9, M. Elliott 3, L. Chamberlain 1, J. Smith 1, S. Elliott 1, J. Graetz 1. Renmark - M. Camplin 4, C. Seekamp 2, B. Wagnitz 2, S. Pitt 1, J. Rowe 1, A. Bryant 1
Best: Waikerie - S. Braun, T. Bevan, M. Underwood, C. Miller, M. Bratton, J. Sutton. Loxton North - R. Proud, J. Ferguson, J. Nelson, M. Scott, B. Wehrumuller, R. Gray. Waikerie - B. Venning 4, G. Schreiber 3, A. Bachmann 2, C. Williams 2, C. Underwood 1, D. Stevens 1, T. Bevan 1, J. Thomson 1, M. Bratton 1, M. Underwood 1, A. Nettlebeck 1. Loxton North - B. Venning 4, G. Schreiber 3, A. Bachmann 2, C. Williams 2, C. Underwood 1, D. Stevens 1, T. Bevan 1, J. Thomson 1, M. Bratton 1, M. Underwood 1, A. Nettlebeck 1
Best: Berri - A. Hume, N. Geyer, A. Beauchamp, L. Jennings, S. Raeder, R. Porter. Loxton - L. Kruger, R. Liddle, J. Collinson, J. Liddle, N. Uren, C. Fisher. Goals: Berri - D. Hankin 6, R. Porter 3, C. Ridgway 2, J. Woolston 1, L. Jennings 1, A. Hume 1,
N. Geyer 1, A. Beauchamp 1. Loxton - R. Liddle 2, J. Liddle 2, N. Uren 1
ROUND SIX PREVIEW
May 31, 2012
LOXTON V BERRI
This match, in a round where the top three sides (Barmera, Berri and Waikerie) will play against the bottom three, is a danger game for Berri. Loxton let itself down badly by getting smashed by a rampant Waikerie outfit only a week after upsetting Renmark. The Demons have too many even contributors with new players Ryan Porter, Jamie Milburn, Daniel Wilson and its latest new recruit Aaron Gepp from the South East debuting last Saturday against Renmark. The Tigers will need its senior players to continue to play well if it is to upset Berri. Nick Uren Jamahl and Raph Liddle have had excellent seasons but others have to step up. David Hankin is in brilliant goal-kicking form. He, along with Lachlan Jennings, Porter and co. will lead the Dees to a comprehensive win by 45 points.
RENMARK V BARMERA MONASH
Renmark will have the going extremely tough against the runaway Barmera Monash Roos at Renmark this Saturday. Steven Pitt will need to justify his high status and kick goals if the Rovers are to be at least competitive. The Roos are fit, quick and confident. Mark and Sam Elliott have been super with Mark especially damaging whilst resting in the forward lines. The visiting Barmera side have way too many big guns with wingman Michael Smart, Jake Smith, Jack Selfe and Dillon Millard. Throw in Murray Middleton at centre half forward – it is a lethal mix. Middleton may have in form Renmark young gun Josh Warnock minding him. Warnock has stepped up immensely in a real positive for Renmark. It will need players like Craig Seekamp and Harrison Beavis to hit their straps. Even that will not be enough and Barmera should win by 70 points.
WAIKERIE V LOXTON NORTH
Loxton North travel to Waikerie and take on a side with renewed confidence after the Magpies’ 100 plus point thumping over Loxton last week. Damian Stevens returned with a vengeance from a hamstring injury to boot four goals for Waikerie. It has a potent mix of smalls – Stevens, Michael Bratton, Tim Bevan, Joseph Haines – to name a few and strong-bodied big men Ben Venning, defender Steven Braun who takes countless marks across half back and the aggressive Craig Miller who can ruck or play forward or back. The Panthers need Ben Miller to at least break even with Craig Miller in ruck. It missed the departed Geordie Franks (Browns Well) but may have found another replacement. Certainly not of Franks’ ilk but Jason Dean showed he’s capable of presenting himself with timely leads and kicking multiple goals. Gun midfielder Daniel Proud may return to help out skipper Josh Nelson, Michael Scott and young jumping-jack Ben Walter. This match will be closer than expected but the home side should get up by 15 points.
BARMERA MONASH STAYS UNBEATEN
ROUND FIVE 2012 – Report May 30, 2012
By Nick Kossatch at Lakeside Oval, Barmera
Barmera Monash remains unbeaten after round five of the RFL when it easily accounted for Loxton North by 56 points at Lakeside Oval on Saturday.
The hosts blew the game open in the first quarter and essentially the contest was over at quarter time when the Roos slammed seven goals to nil to lead by 46 points. Chris Bonney, back with his original club as West Adelaide had the bye, kicked five goals and took countless marks. He capitalised on the silver service deliveries offered by gun Strathalbyn imports Mark and Sam Elliott and deft left foot kicks from Jake Smith.
Michael Smart on a wing and Dillon Millard were others who gave Barmera plenty of run but last year’s premiers did not help itself by continually turning the ball over – largely due to the absence of Geordie Franks – and its inability to find another reliable forward focal point. The efforts rebounding defender Ryan Gray, skipper Josh Nelson and youngster Ben Walter could not be questioned and North were at least more competitive in the second term with goals to Jamie Ferguson and Jason Dean. Murray Middleton kicked two goals to have three by half time for Barmera.
The second half was a much more even affair with the third quarter producing nine goals. The hosts also made its own luck when Jack Selfe ‘hacked’ the ball off mid-air to hit the chest of Middleton preluding his fourth goal. There was also courage shown by the lightly-built Ferguson who ran with the flight of the ball to take a mark. The smooth-moving Dillon Millard showed brilliance by side-stepping an opponent to slot his second major that took his team beyond a 10-goal lead.
The Panthers perhaps may have Jason Dean as its full forward as he displayed a couple timely leads to go with his three goals. Brogan Whitelaw booted two goals and is one of those players who seem to have plenty of time. Middleton and Bonney both kicked their fifth goals in the last quarter but unfortunately lost promising defender Reece Hogan to knee injury late in the game.
Smith was a deserved winner of the inaugural Corey Siemers Medal for best afield. The Elliott brothers, Smart and Tyler Baldock, with his ability to give the ball to Barmera’s runners – were the stars for the hosts. Gray, the energetic and creative Walter and Nelson were easily North’s most consistent contributors.
Round 5 - May 26, 2012
Best: Waikerie - M. Bratton, D. Stevens, T. Bevan, C. Miller, J. Haines, S. Braun. Loxton - L. Kruger, Z. Kirk, J. Smith, N. Uren, J. Liddle. Goals: Waikerie - T. Bevan 5, G. Schreiber 4, S. Mazzeo 4, D. Stevens 4, M. Briggs 1, C. Miller 1, S. McKinnon 1, M. Bratton 1, M. Underwood 1, B. Venning 1. Loxton - R. Liddle 2, J. Liddle 2, J. Smith 1, S. Proud 1, L. Forward 1, K. Smith 1
Best: Berri - J. Milburn, M. Voigt, G. White, R. Porter, D. Marner, D. Hankin. Renmark - J. Warnock, T. Thorpe, A. Camplin, B. Redpath, J. Anspach, A. Bryant. Goals: Berri - D. Hankin 6, P. Safralidis 2, R. Porter 2, L. Jennings 1, D. Marner 1, A. Gepp 1, R. Langcake 1, K. Harwood 1. M. Camplin 3, J. Anspach 1, A. Bryant 1, P. Hooper 1
ROUND FIVE PREVIEWS
May 24, 2012
BARMERA MONASH V LOXTON NORTH
Loxton North will travel to Barmera needing to win and keep in touch with the top two – Barmara Monash, who are undefeated and Berri, who sit a game behind in second spot. Last year’s premiership full forward Geordie Franks has left the club to play for Independent club Browns Well for a lucrative match pay. The Panthers generated enough inside 50s against the Demons last Saturday but failed to capitalise. Jamie Ferguson continues his great form this season for North and could go head-to-head with Jake Smith for the Roos. Whillas Medallist Dillon Millard was best for Barmera last week against Waikerie and the 24-year-old can play anywhere but may get the job on Justin Proud, who needs a big game if Loxton North is any chance. Big Matthew Golding may line up at full forward for North. Barmera, with Mark Elliott and Tyler Baldock in tremendous goal-kicking form should win by 43 points.
BERRI V RENMARK
Berri’s flag chances are suddenly shortening by each winning game and this Saturday will be no different when they take on a disappointing Renmark at League Headquarters in Berri. The Demons have a classy on ball brigade that also kick goals. Lachlan Jennings and David Hankin, after stints with West Adelaide, have led by example with their professionalism and goal-kicking and Adam Beauchamp returned back to his best against Loxton North last round. Daniel Wilson, a new player from Brighton, shone in the ruck for the Demons whilst youngster Ryan Langcake 17 played his best game for Berri. The Rovers will need Craig Seekamp, Steven Pitt and fellow big man James Bentley to perhaps get physical against Demon defenders Steven Raeder and Kym Sampson. They’ll also need to kick at least three goals each to have any chance. Loxton’s midfield and much-improved skill exposed Renmark last game. The Berri side will do the same and run away with a predicted 30-point win.
LOXTON V WAIKERIE
This game in Loxton will be perhaps the game of the round. Waikerie have played in patches and matched it against current pace-setters Barmera Monash last week only to falter in the final quarter at Waikerie. The Tigers Jamahl Liddle will be a huge threat at centre half forward and in the midfield. He booted four goals in a match-winning display against Renmark. Waikerie’s in form Steven Braun is dominating at centre half back and the Jervois recruit will get the gig against Liddle. Raphael Liddle is another who’ll pose a problem or two for the Magpie defence. Andrew Bachmann plays a similar role to that of Raphael for Waikerie but both these players’ best value is in attack. Ben Venning is a key forward and will be pivotal to Waikerie’s chances. Jesse Smith, who curtailed Renmark’s Craig Seekamp last week, probably will be assigned the huge task. Nick Uren, new player Brock Birkin and Michael Kirk, were all superb last week in the Tigers’ upset over the Rovers. Loxton at home, look like getting another win by 10 points because its pace will expose Waikerie.
LOXTON WINS TIGHT CLASH OVER RENMARK
By Nick Kossatch at Renmark Oval
23 May 2012
Loxton produced a character-building six-point win against Renmark in round four of A-grade RFL at Renmark Oval on Saturday. It was by far its best performance to date and the visitors sensed Renmark were complacent because of the Tigers being winless. Until now.
Jamahl and Raphael Liddle were the two dominant forwards on the ground with Jamahl’s four goals proving the difference – as were the brothers’ overhead marking. James Bentley booted two goals for the Rovers in the opening quarter but the Tigers, with Nick Uren, recruit Brock Birkin and Leigh Kruger providing run through the middle of the ground – led by six points. It should have been a much bigger lead if not for some wasteful kicking for goal.
Renmark began getting on top in the second quarter but turnovers were hurting both sides. The Rovers’ Adam Bryant made amends for a couple early clangers with his second goal as Loxton’s intensity dropped for a period. The return of Kruger into the side was proving invaluable and he combined with hard-running Uren to help set up Raphael Liddle with a goal but the home team held on to an eight-point lead at half time.
There were some terrific match ups with Jesse Smith holding up against Renmark strongman Craig Seekamp and Mark Thiele giving up height against Rover Steven Pitt. The lead changed several times in the third quarter but Loxton found itself nine points in front following the Liddle brothers combining for Raphael’s second goal. The hosts got the momentum going back its’ way after the creative Matthew Camplin got at the end of a Tiger turnover to goal his second.
Renmark’s three quarter time lead evaporated as tension rose in a dramatic final term which produced just two majors – all to the Tigers. Uren made the most of confusion between Bryant and Brodie Redpath to goal a beauty and some indiscipline from Renmark gifted a goal to Jamahl Liddle for his fourth just moments later.
Uren, the Liddle brothers, Birkin and defenders Smith and Thiele were superb and ably supported by experienced Kruger in a performance where other Loxton players made valuable contributions. Renmark’s Bryant was its’ most consistent player over four quarters whilst Camplin was effective before fading in the final quarter. Russell Menz and Josh Warnock did some good things in defence.
Round 4 - May 12, 2012
Best: Loxton - N. Uren, M. Kirk , B. Birkin, J. Smith, M. Thiele, R. Liddle. Renmark - A. Bryant, T. Thorpe, J. Warnock, J. Albanese, M. Camplin, J. Rowe. Goals: Loxton - J. Liddle 4, R. Liddle 2, S. Proud 2, N. Uren 2, J. Milich , B. Birkin. Renmark - A. Bryant 3, S. Pitt 2, J. Bentley 2, M. Camplin 2, C. Seekamp , B. Wagnitz
Best: Barmera Monash - D. Millard, M. Smart, R. Burns, J. Selfe, M. Leyson, J. Smith. Waikerie - S. Braun, T. Bevan, J. Haines, M. Bratton, T. Eldredge, J. Thomson. Goals: Barmera Monash - R. Price 3, M. Elliott 3, J. Smith 1, M. Middleton 1, S. Elliott 1, D. Millard 1, M. Smart 1. Waikerie - M. Underwood 3, S. McKinnon 1, T. Bevan 1, A. Bachmann 1, S. Mazzeo 1, M. Bratton 1,
J. Haines 1
Best: Berri - R. Langcake, D. Wilson, L. Jennings, A. Beauchamp, A. Hume, R. Porter. Loxton North - J. Ferguson, R. Proud, R. Gray, T. Pannell, A. Cook, J. Nelson. Goals: Berri - D. Hankin 4, D. Marner 2, J. Milburn 2, A. Beauchamp 2, R. Langcake 2, L. Jennings 1, K. Harwood 1. Loxton North - A. Cook 2, J. Proud 2, J. Ferguson 2, M. Scott 1, T. Pannell 1, B. Walter 1
ROUND FOUR PREVIEWS – 17TH MAY
LOXTON NORTH V BERRI
This game will be a cracking contest- two young and quick sides going head-to-head. Berri have been most impressive with recruits Ryan Porter, Mitch Blackie and Darren Marner in the best players list consistently. Blackie did the job on ex-Sturt player Michael Bratton and he’ll probably get the gig on Loxton North’s Michael Scott, who was sensational against Renmark. The Demons’ regular stars Peter Safralidis and Adam Beauchamp now have others stepping up in Nathan Geyer. ‘Saf’ may play on Justin Proud much in the same role as Renmark’s Josh Warnock did so successfully last week. Kym Sampson will be up against the Panther’s freakish-skilled full forward Geordie Franks. Berri have an even spread of goal-kickers and should just get up in a thrilling match by two points at Loxton North.
RENMARK V LOXTON
Loxton are in the doldrums with a combination of inexperience, injuries and a lack of depth. Only the Tigers’ Nick Uren, new player Brock Birkin, Mark Thiele in defence and Raph Liddle its shining lights. Others need to step up – just like Renmark have done in the past two weeks after its massive loss to Barmera Monash in round one. The Rovers will win easily because its big men Craig Seekamp and Nathan Farr in superb form. Farr, in particular has dominated in the ruck and around the ground and is getting better with age. Steven Pitt lived up to the hype that surrounded the club following his signing with a match-winning four-goals against Loxton North last weekend. His duel with Thiele will be interesting and a key. Matt Camplin showed glimpses last week for the Rovers and needs to be watched. The home side Renmark will add more misery to a Loxton outfit whose only hope is for enigmatic forward Jamahl Liddle to kick a bag that he is capable of. The Rovers by 39 points.
WAIKERIE V BARMERA MONASH
In form and undefeated Barmera Monash travel to Waikerie in what promises to be a terrific clash. The Roos had a dozen goal-scorers last week and in contrast Ben Venning booted over half of the Magpies score last weekend. Marc and Sam Elloitt have been brilliant for Barmera in the midfield adding and adding another avenue to goal, especially March who kicked eight against Loxton last Saturday. It’s hard to see Waikerie winning this despite its home ground advantage. Steven Braun leads the way in defence for them but it needs more goal scoring options if it is to upset the Roos. It should be four-zip for Barmera with a comfortable 22-point victory.
PITT LEADS RENMARK TO VICTORY
RENMARK V LOXTON NORTH
Played Sat May 12th
By Nick Kossatch at Renmark Oval
A four-goal haul to Renmark’s prized recruit Steven Pitt helped it to an upset 13-point win against reigning premier Loxton North in A-grade RFL. The hosts had North on the back foot in the first quarter with quick ball movement that enabled Pitt to be isolated’one out’ against experienced Anton Cook.
The former Norwood and Collingwood player booted three goals in the first quarter as the Rovers led by 18 points at quarter time. Josh Warnock was assigned the task of minding North centre half forward Justin Proud and relished the challenge. Jaryd Rowe ran hard for touches and chased like a man possessed for the Rovers. Warnock combined with fellow defender Daniel Minther and Ben Wagnitz for Pitt’s third before Minther’s opponent Geordie Franks got away to post his team’s first goal.
The second quarter showed more of why the Panthers won the flag last year as its runners – Michael Scott, Ryan Proud, skipper Josh Nelson, Jamie Ferguson and Tim Arnold got it into the game with a five goal to two term. Scores were tied away at half time and it seemed Loxton North would run away with the game. Ferguson was at the end of some brilliant run from defence to goal and the Panthers were in front for the first time via a brilliant Scott pass to Franks. When big Craig Seekamp goaled to level the scores – it appeared either North’s runners or the Renmark’s agile big men were to be the match-winners.
Warnock denied Proud a clean grab that led to James Bentley handballing to Renmark’s new cult hero Yiani Papgeorgios for the first goal of the third quarter. The Panthers’ forwards needed to reward the runners’ hard work through the middle of the ground and Franks was off the ground briefly with a slight injury. Seekamp’s strong bustling work culminated with an inspirational Dale Pfeiffer goal on the boundary helping Renmark to a two-goal lead at three quarter time.
Renmark’s aforementioned better players rose to the challenge after the visitor’s kicked the first two goals in the last term. Matt Camplin kicked a pair of majors and despite a brilliant reply from Franks with a soccered goal – the sealer was from impressive debutant Josh Albanese who got at the end of a James Bentley handball. Scott was a standout for the Panthers whilst defender Ryan Gray was solid before a fair heavy Seekamp bump curtailed him.
Round 3 - May 12, 2012
Best: Renmark - N. Farr, J. Warnock, C. Seekamp, T. Thorpe, M. Camplin, B. Redpath. Loxton North: M. Scott, R. Gray, J. Voigt, B. Miller, T. Arnold. Goals: Renmark - S. Pitt 4, C. Seekamp 2, M. Camplin 2, Y. Papageorgios 1, J. Albanese 1, D. Pfeiffer 1, R. Glazbrook 1. Loxton North: G. Franks 5, M. Scott 2, R. Proud 1, J. Dean 1, B. Walter 1, J. Ferguson 1
Best: Berri - N. Geyer, R. Porter, A. Hume, M. Blackie, R. Langcake, D. Marner. Waikerie: C. Underwood, B. Venning, C. Williams, S. Braun, C. Miller, D. Smith. Goals: Berri - D. Marner 3, L. Jennings 2, A. Hume 2, J. Milburn 2, R. Porter 2, G. White 1, R. Langcake 1. Waikerie: B. Venning 5, T. Bevan 1, C. Williams 1, M. Bratton 1, J. Thomson 1
Best: Barmera Monash - J. Smith, M. Elliott, M. Smart, D. Millard, J. Bonney, S. Elliott. Loxton - J. Liddle, N. Uren, B. Birkin, R. Liddle, M. Thiele, K. Smith. Goals: Barmera Monash - M. Elliott 8, R. Price 2, M. Smart 2, T. Baldock 2, L. Chamberlain , J. Graetz , D. Millard , T. Oates , S. Elliott , R. Hogan , C. Hanna , B. Jennings. Loxton - J. Liddle 5, J. Smith , J. Collinson , J. Walding , R. Colls
ROUND THREE PREVIEWS, 10TH MAY 2012
BERRI V WAIKERIE
This promises to be a most interesting match. Berri have been impressive, even in its loss to Barmera Monash last Saturday after being 26 points behind at three quarter time. Waikerie were made to work hard again for its win against Renmark. Recruits Jamie Milburn, prodigal son Lachlan Jennings, Darren Marner and Ryan Porter all booted two goals or more and Marner can take the big grab. The Magpies defence is solid with Steven Braun and new recruit Glen Schreiber again starring. The match up of Demon superstar Adam Beauchamp and ex-Sturt Michael Bratton will be a terrific duel. Ben Venning was quiet last Saturday and Steven Raeder will need to be at his best for the 2010 premiers Berri. The Demons are coached very well and in somewhat of an upset to win by 16 points because of its abundant small forwards – Jennings, Marner and X-Factor Kirk Harwood.
LOXTON V BARMERA MONASH
Undefeated Barmera Monash travel to winless Loxton’s home ground choc full of confidence. State country ruckman Tyler Baldock showed his versatility by booting five goals against Berri and is currently the recruit of the year. Sam and Marc Elliott are also dominating in the midfield for the Roos. The Tigers’ Brock Birken played another impressive game for his new club last week but it will have its work cut out. A lot again will be asked of Loxton’s ‘old firm’ Mark Theile, Nick Uren and Raph and Jamahl Liddle. Barmera should get up by 56 points.
RENMARK V LOXTON NORTH
Renmark finally get a home game after being visitors in the opening two rounds and it will be buoyed from its fighting performance against Waikerie last weekend. Recruit Steven Pitt showed much better form and the return of future skipper Jaryd Rowe added more desperation to the team. Pitt will not find the task any easier with Anton Cook set to return to the Panthers on Saturday whilst Justin Proud returned to form with four goals last week. Quick off the mark and with a strong set of hands, the Rovers are likely to have Josh Warnock against Proud. North have a ‘mosquito fleet’ of speedsters with Jamie Ferguson, Michael Scott, Andrew Baker and high-flying Ben Walter to run the Rovers off its feet. Rowe, captain Trevor Thorpe and Warnock are the only ones who can match the Panther’s speed but its skill level is questionable at this early stage of the season. Loxton North will run away in the second half with its superior fitness to win by 34 points.
LOXTON RUTHLESS IN 12 GOAL WIN
Round 2 Report - LOXTON V LOXTON NORTH
By Nick Kossatch at Loxton Oval
Loxton North returned to its premiership form of last year with a ruthless 72-point win against cross-town rivals Loxton in round two of RFL. The game was broken open in the second quarter when the 2011 premiers booted eight goals.
Justin Proud was back to his strong-marking best and provided a focal point at centre half forward and he kicked four goals, as did the colourful Geordie Franks. His cousin Ryan also created havoc with five majors.
It was a tight first term with Loxton skipper Nick Uren doing all he can to keep his team in the game and recruit Brock Birkin was in amongst it as well. Raphael and Jamahl Liddle both had enthralling duels with the much-improved North defender Matthew Golding.
Golding is relishing his role in the absence of the injured Josh Voigt and veteran Anton Cook. The Panthers outscored the Tigers by five goals in the second half and pint-sized Jamie Ferguson continued his great start to the year with plenty of the ball and three goals to his name.
Speedsters Andrew Baker and Wunkar recruit Jake Tapper each kicked two and were zippy around the packs whilst Brogan Whitelaw is one of these players who has a lot of time in getting rid of the ball effectively. Ryan Gray was on top in defence and Tim Arnold was another of the smaller players inflicting damage at Loxton.
It seems a long season is in store for the club that will build its team around the Liddle brothers, Uren and solid fullback Mark Theile, who played another terrific game.
Brock Birkin was another better player for the Loxton side and it faces an undefeated Barmera Monash side whilst Loxton North travels to Renmark on Saturday.
Round 2 - May 5, 2012
Best: Waikerie - M. Bratton, C. Underwood, B. Schiller, G. Schreiber, S. Braun, T. Bevan. Renmark: T. Thorpe, N. Farr, M. Camplin, J. Warnock, J. Rowe, A. Bryant. Goals: Waikerie - T. Bevan 2, A. Bachmann 2, M. Underwood 2, M. Briggs 1, C. Underwood 1, M. Butcher 1, J. Haines 1, B. Venning 1. Renmark - S. Pitt 2, M. Camplin 2, Y. Papageorgios 1, R. Menz 1, J. Rowe 1
Best: Loxton North - J. Ferguson, R. Proud, R. Gray, J. Proud, T. Arnold, G. Franks. Loxton - N. Uren, R. Liddle, M. Thiele, B. Birkin, J. Liddle, N. Flight. Goals: Loxton North - R. Proud 5, J. Proud 4, G. Franks 4, J. Ferguson 3, A. Baker 2, J. Tapper 2, B. Walter 1, B. Whitelaw 1, T. Arnold 1. Loxton - R. Liddle 3, J. Liddle 3, N. Flight 2, N. Uren 2, J. Sumner 1, Z. Kirk 1
Best: Barmera Monash - M. Smart, T. Baldock, S. Elliott, D. Millard, M. Elliott, J. Smith. Berri - D. Marner, R. Porter, A. Beauchamp, L. Jennings, S. Hirschi, D. Haines. Goals: Barmera Monash - T. Baldock 5, M. Elliott 4, S. Elliott 3, R. Burns 2, M. Smart 2, D. Millard 1, B. Jennings 1. Berri - L. Jennings 4, J. Milburn 4, D. Marner 2, R. Porter 2, J. Woolston 1, S. Hirschi 1, M. Voigt 1, R. Langcake 1, K. Harwood 1
ROUND TWO PREVIEW
BARMERA MONASH V BERRI
These bitter rivals both come off impressive wins in the first round. Loxton did take it up to the Demons in the first half before the class of David Hankin and the returning Lachlan Jennings spear-headed an 11 goal to two second half. Hankin probably will return to West Adelaide’s reserves team this weekend. New recruits Ryan Porter and Mitch Blackie were particularly good for their new club and equally as good were Barmera’s new players Marc Elliott and Tyler Baldock. Steven Raeder is a big game player and he may well get first crack at the Roos evergreen Robert Price who booted five goals. Greg White is another who has had success against big ‘Pricey’ previously. Jack Selfe has begun in blazing fashion and Berri need to curtail his gut-busting Parry Dangerfield-type running and ball getting ability. Demon inspirational skipper Peter Safralidis could be matched up on the Barmera gun. In what will be a fast-paced and high class game the home side Roos should win a tight affair by eight points.
LOXTON V LOXTON NORTH
The local derby at Loxton Oval and both clubs will be desperate for a win and Loxton North will be keen to carry momentum from its last quarter fight back against Waikerie on Anzac Day. Justin and Daniel Proud had relatively quiet games by their lofty standards as did full forward Geordie Franks. New recruit Brock Birkin showed class against Berri and Jamahl and Raph Liddle featured in Loxton’s better players also. The duel between Franks and Loxton’s best player from last week, Mark Theile at fullback will be a great contest. North will be eager to get the win and should by 18 points.
WAIKERIE V RENMARK
Renmark were made to look slow and simply second rate against a rampant Barmera. Of the rare highlights, experienced midfielder Adam Bryant got plenty of the ball, Nathan Farr won his position in ruck and recruit Matt Taylor, from Broadview never gave up. In a quirk with the RFL draw – Renmark again have to travel away and this time to Waikerie. The Rovers will have to find a way around big and strong marking powerhouse Waikerie centre half back Steven Braun, who simply stopped most Loxton North forward entries on Anzac Day. Craig Seekamp will likely be lining up at centre half forward for Renmark whilst Matt Camplin will be keen to show why the club were keen to get back his services. If Camplin is switched on, this will go a long way of the Rovers causing an upset. This won’t happen. Renmark will improve but the Magpies would want to finish a side off. Waikerie to win by 56 points.
BARMERA MONASH V RENMARK
By Nick Kossatch at Bruce Oval, Barmera
MAY 2, 2012
Barmera-Monash trounced Renmark by 119-points in a surprisingly one-sided affair in round one of RFL in Barmera on Saturday. It took a few minutes before the first goal was scored as both sides tested themselves with willing tackles and crunching bumps. However it were the Roos that stamped its authority with a four-goal first quarter and Strathalbyn recruit Marc Elliott showed all why Barmera signed him with two goals in the term. Jacke Selfe began in outstanding fashion and he took full toll with the absence of Renmark speedster Jaryd Rowe, who was a late withdrawal with a leg strain.
The game was as good as over for the Rovers by half time and a long, raking goal by another new player for Barmera, Tyler Baldock from the Wirrulla Football Club, preceded a 57-point lead at half time. Renmark’s skills were poor and Whillas Medallist Dillon Millard, with the role as full back on ex-Norwood and Collingwood player Steven Pitt, shut him out of the game.
The visitor’s failed to kick a goal in the opening half but ruckman Nathan Farr, Ben Wagnitz in defence and then in the forward lines, Adam Bryant and skipper Trevor Thorpe all showed resilience against the Barmera onslaught. Brodie Jennings, a lightly built youngster summoned to the A-grade from the under 18s, kicked two goals in the second quarter and had three for the half. Defenders Kieren Nairne-Kassulke and Aaron Manning displayed polish and class for players with youth on their side.
Renmark’s best was its third term with Thorpe, Wagnitz and the pacy Kane Pedler as the sparks that ignited a four-goal quarter. Pedler got the first goal for his side with some run and carry – exactly what Barmera have been doing but a brilliant six-pointer on the boundary from Baldock after his tackle on Pedlar ended any semblance of a comeback from Renmark. Jake Smith and Sam Elliott were others who got plenty of the ball for Barmera and fellow left-footer Josh Warnock sent the ball inside the Rovers’ forward 50 numerous times to be one of its best.
The home side put on the after-burners in the last quarter with a superb 10-goals and it was a case of youth blending with experience with Jennings and the returning veteran Robert Price combining with 11-goals. Price, well held by Daniel Minther for the bulk of the match, kicked three goals in the last term to finish with five whilst the quick-silver Jennings played the perfect small forward role with a six-goal game. Jordan Roissetter is another with genuine leg-speed and he helped himself to three-second half goals. Danny Millard was a handy foil for Price and Jennings with two goals before providing rebound out of defence.
Remainder of Round 1 - April 28, 2012
Best, Barmera Monash : M. Elliott, J. Selfe, S. Elliott, B. Jennings, J. Smith, D. Millard. Renmark: A. Bryant, N. Farr, M. Taylor, N. Gillard, J. Bleeze, S. Frahn. Goals, Barmera Monash: B. Jennings 6, R. Price 5, M. Elliott 4, T. Baldock 3, J. Roissetter 2, D. Millard 2, J. Selfe 1, S. Elliott 1. Renmark : R. Menz 2, K. Pedler 1, P. Burne 1, B. Wagnitz 1.
Best: Berri - A. Beauchamp, L. Jennings, N. Geyer, M. Blackie, D. Hankin, P. Safralidis. Loxton - M. Thiele, K. Smith, J. Liddle, B. Birkin, R. Liddle. Goals: Berri - D. Hankin 6, R. Porter 2, L. Jennings 2, M. Blackie 2, P. Safralidis , M. Voigt , G. White , R. Correll , S. Raeder , J. Woolston. Loxton - J. Liddle 2, R. Liddle , N. Flight , B. Manuel , P. Portolesi , M. Fazekas , A. Jachmann , N. Uren
MAGPIES WIN ANZAC DAY CLASH
LOXTON NORTH V WAIKERIE
By Nick Kossatch at Loxton North
Waikerie withstood a stern fight back from last year’s premiers Loxton North to defeat them by five points in a pulsating Anzac Day RFL round one match at Loxton North. Tanunda recruit Craig Underwood made his return in black and white stripes in the best possible way by winning the Anzac Day medal for best afield.
Andrew Bachmann booted two opening goals and Waikerie skipper Ben Venning, took full advantage of Josh Voigt’s absence with an ankle injury sustained 20 minutes into the match, to monster his new opponent with numerous marks across half forward. The Panther’s trademark run was missing and despite a much-needed goal to Tim Arnold – the Magpies threatened to win big and at least ease the pain a little from last year’s Grand Final loss.
Waikerie kicked the first three goals at the start of the second term and when the tall and agile Craig Miller snapped truly, Loxton North needed to respond. Geordie Franks broke the tight defensive reigns of Port District recruit Glen Schrieber to kick two goals but the home team had too many players down on form.
The red-haired Joseph Haines gathered quality possessions and used the ball well for the Magpies as did Tim Bevan. Captain Josh Nelson and Tim Ferguson put their heads over the ball for the hosts but bookend players Venning and Steve Braun marked everything that came their way but their team-mate Damien Stevens, in his comeback game from a serious knee injury, was off the ground with a hamstring strain.
Midfielder Clint Williams impressed in his first game for the Magpies but North found its grand spirit from last year with a six-goal third quarter. Ben Walter showed class and poise with a goal and helped set up Ryan Proud for his second to close the margin to 18 points but Bachmann found space behind a pack to get one back for his team and his fourth major.
Braun drifted forward to kick the first goal of the fourth quarter to put Waikerie 25-points clear. Daniel and Justin Proud came into their own but a desperate lunge from a Waikerie defender stopped an almost certain Michael Scott goal.
Both teams showed plenty and have further improvement but the Waikerie coaching staff would be delighted with the win and form of its new recruits and key position payers
Best: Waikerie - S. Braun, J. Haines, T. Bevan, J. Sutton, A. Bachmann, G. Schreiber. Loxton North - J. Ferguson, B. Miller, R. Proud, T. Arnold, B. Walter, M. Scott. Goals: Waikerie - A. Bachmann 4, B. Venning 2, M. Butcher , S. Braun , C. Underwood , T. Bevan , C. Miller , A. Nettlebeck , J. Fladrich , C. Wilson . Loxton North - R. Proud 3, G. Franks 3, J. Proud 2, B. Walter 2, A. Baker , J. Voigt , J. Ferguson, T. Arnold
ROUND ONE PREVIEW 2012
LOXTON NORTH V WAIKERIE – ANZAC DAY
Last year’s runner-up Waikerie have had a huge pre-season and have steeled itself for ‘some what’ of a revenge against Loxton North at Panther Park. The Panthers have had some big personnel losses with champion and Grand Final medallist Michael Arnold overseas and Brad Williams enjoying retirement. The Magpies have two new coaches and new ideas- Craig Griffiths and Brenton Kay. Barmera Monash recruit Aaron Nettlebeck will assist Craig Miller in the ruck. Miller is set for a great season and is fitter and stronger but expect him to play more of a role in the forward line with Nettlebeck rucking for most of the games. Damien Stevens is back from injury to help Tim Bevan and Andrew Bachmann in the midfield. The duel between Steven Braun and Panther centre half forward Justin Proud will be crucial to the result and full forward Geordie Franks is keen to back up his leading goal-kicker efforts from last year. I’m predicting Waikerie to be 13-point winners.
APRIL 28 MATCHES
BERRI V LOXTON
Both clubs have had big off and off field changes. Allan Brand takes on the coaching role at the Demons whilst the Tigers have Mick Zerna returning as coach. Another famous name returns to Berri with Lachlan Jennings likely to provide experience and pace to the midfield and the forward line. Loxton has class midfielder Leigh Kruger back at the club after a stint in the Great Southern League. Steven Raeder and Kym Sampson lead a solid backline for the Demons who will be eager to beat its bogey side. Sam Hirschi showed great promise in the ruck for Berri last year and is poised for a great year. Perhaps Berri have the edge with the elusive Kirk Harwood and Jennings, in the forward line, likely to trouble the Loxton defence. Ryan Smith will have a big role to play in the ruck for the Tigers in the absence of the injured Ash Montgomery. Loxton’s dominance over Berri may be broken and the Demons to win by a nine points on its home ground.
BARMERA MONASH V RENMARK
New Barmera coach Lyndon Burns has brought a fresh enthusiasm to the club. It has lost gun ruckman Mason Middleton and a host of ex-Port District players except Michael Smart whose experience will again be invaluable. Tyler Baldock, an athletic left-footed ruckman is an able replacement for Middleton and will have an interesting battle against Renmark’s experienced Nathan Farr and Craig Seekamp. The Rovers’ forward line looks potent with Seekamp (who kicked seven goals against Barmera at Lakeside last year including a five-goal first term) and the returning Matt Camplin – a proven big-game sharp-shooter. Steven Pitt is Renmark’s big-named recruit and the ex-Collingwood and Norwood utility is likely to play at full forward. This game will be a block-buster. Former Crows-listed player Sam Elliott and his brother Marc, who is a goal-kicker, may be the difference in a match which promises so much for both clubs. The Roos, on its home turf, should prevail by two points.
April 17, 2012
By Nick Kossatch
Last year’s runners-up Waikerie are, to most local experts, the premiership favourite for season 2012. However this year promises to be one of the closest seasons ever. All the six clubs have recruited well, shoring up last year’s deficiencies. The Magpies have appointed a unique coaching ‘double’ with Brenton Kay and Craig Griffiths as its coaches. Of the big names recruited, Renmark have signed ex-Collingwood and Norwood player Steven Pitt. He’ll fill the void left by 2011 best and fairest Ryan Bennett whilst Barmera Monash have signed former Crows-listed player Sam Elliott and his brother Marc will provide much-needed goal-scoring power, a facet that has haunted the Roos in previous failed finals campaigns.
Berri, with new coach Allan Brand at the helm, will opt for youth. Brand knows about it because he was a country zone development officer with West Adelaide. The Demons have ex-Central District player Ryan Porter but have suffered a blow with gun midfielder Jake Langdon set to miss the year with a knee injury. This may be offset however with Lachlan Jennings returning from a couple years at West Adelaide under 18s and reserves. Jennings will provide midfield and goal-scoring prowess.
Loxton North, last year’s premiers, have lost some key players – Michael Arnold, Brad Mules, Rhett Davis and the retired Brad Williams. They have players who will step up in the mentioned players absence with Josh Voigt touted to be Arnold’s ‘replacement’ after his breakthrough 2011 season. Despite losing Nathan Brown to West Adelaide, the Panthers’ midfield will still trouble most during the year with a fitter and stronger Andrew Baker and Michael Scott poised to step up.
Loxton finished a disappointing last place last year but with the return of Mick Zerna as coach – team discipline and the return of champion midfielder Leigh Kruger and promising Mitch Fazekas – a climb up the ladder will occur. The Tigers have lost key players Pete Smith, Tim Inkster and Ash Montgomery, to name a few. Jamahl Liddle is a jet when on song and if he is as consistent as his brother Raphael, then his side will cause problems.
Below are the INS and OUTS, coach and prediction for the six clubs.
BARMERA MONASH - Coach: Lyndon Burns
INS: Robert Price (Sunraysia), Ryan Burns (Gaza), Jarred Burns (SAAFL), Aaron Manning (SAAFL), Marc Elliott (Great Southern), Sam Elliott (Great Southern), Tyler Baldock (Mid West), John Pilla (Moorook-Kingston), Luke Hamood (Mallee), Tom Wiseman (Cobdogla)
OUTS: Chris Hughes (Pinnaroo), Matthew Leigh (SAAFL), Simon Maddern (SAAFL), Darren Perry (SAAFL), Simon Peucker (SAAFL), Todd Smitham (SAAFL), Darren Perry (SAAFL), Aaron Nettelbeck (Waikerie), Corey Hanna (SAAFL), Simon Sumner (Lyrup)
BERRI Coach: Allan Brand
INS: Jamie Milburn (North Eastern), Darren Marner (CMS Crows), Daniel Wilson (Brighton), Damien Brown (Northern Areas), Scott Murphy (Westminster), Ryan Porter (South Gawler), Steven Hunter (Whyalla), Lachlan Jennings (West Adelaide)
OUTS: Brad Dolling (work), Luke Hagean (Melbourne), Jack Barker (work), Kieren Stone (River Murray), Toby Schulz (SAAFL), Robbie Vagg (Queensland), Chris Scholefield (SAAFL), Jake Langdon (injured), Anthony Karner (Pinnaroo)
LOXTON - Coach: Mick Zerna
INS: Leigh Kruger (Victor Harbour), Brett Manuel (injury), Michael Kirk (East Murray), Ryan Smith (East Murray), Kale Smith (East Murray), Josh Norman (East Murray), Brock Birkin (SAAFL), Samuel Proud (SAAFL), Lachlan Muir (SAAFL), Bryn Zerna (SAAFL), Jarrad Collinson (Renmark), Mitch Fazekas (Far North), Russ Charles (Browns Well), Matthew Recchia (Lyrup), Thomas Haywood (Great Southern)
LOXTON NORTH - Coach: Craig Wooldridge
INS: Ben Walter (Sunraysia), Brogan Whitelaw (Northern Areas), Jason Dean (Adelaide Uni), Tim Pannell (Kowree Naracoorte Titiara), Jake Tapper (Wunkar), Matthew Wheeler (Mallee), Jeremy Miatke (Mid South East)
OUT: Michael Arnold (overseas), Brad Williams (retired), Nathan Brown (West Adelaide), Rhett Davis (Hills), Brad Mules (illness), Jesse Koch (SAAFL)
RENMARK - Coach: Brett Blackwell
INS: Jayms Bleeze (SAAFL), Matt Camplin (SAAFL), Sam Frahn (Paringa), Jed Millington (Paringa), Steven Pitt (SAAFL), Zac Quintrell (SAAFL), Barry Sweetman (North Eastern), Matthew Taylor (SAAFL)
OUT: Ryan Bennett (Far North), Peter Dempsey (SAAFL), Phillip O’Loughlin (SAAFL), Brett Wakefield (Hills), Darren Wakefield (Hills), Bradley Yates (AFL), Joel Watson (Paringa), Ryan Sard (SAAFL), Jake Anspach (Southern), Nick Carr (Paringa), Aaron Tripney (Paringa), Josh Albanese (SANFL), Jarrad Collinson (Loxton), Josh Howard (SAAFL), Brett Exelby (Hills)
WAIKERIE - Coach: Brenton Kay and Craig Griffiths
INS: Jimmy Kafexholli (Ramco), Clayton Lush (returning), Aaron Nettlebeck (Barmera-Monash), Benjamin Ross (North Eastern), Glen Schreiber (SAAFL), Clinton Williams (Kowree Naracoorte Titiara), Cameron Wells (River Murray)
OUT: Chris Gibson (Far North), Craig Griffiths (retired), Cameron Hawke (Ramco), Luke Horner (retired), Nathan Tape (retired), Brad Gay (Ramco), Casey Somerville (North Eastern)
LOXTON NORTH TOO STRONG IN GRAND FINAL
By Nick Kossatch at Loxton North
Loxton North broke a seven-year hoodoo by thrashing Waikerie to the tune of 42 points in the RFL Grand Final at Loxton North. The Magpies dominated the play early with skipper Ben Venning booting the first goal of the match with the wind and it seemed the Panthers were in for a tough afternoon against its finals-hardened opponents.
Itdid not take long for the home side to kick into gear by doing what they have been all season and that is using its skills and pace. Speedy wingman Andrew Baker (three goals) sparked the confidence into his team by slotting through a goal on the run in front of the scoreboard. North’s array of runners; Jamie Ferguson, captain Josh Nelson and defender Ryan Gray inflicted damage and despite Venning booting his second goal to have Anton Cook nervous, the Panthers were 10 points in front at quarter time.
Waikerie lifted with the wind in the early part of the second quarter when Justin Dellazoppa goaled from a free kick and gun midfielder Tim Bevan won important touches. Wunkar recruit Nathan Brown showed all why Loxton North were seeking the youngster’s services. The youngster sharked a loose ball behind the pack to snare a goal and his team-mates work-rate went up a notch. Champion defender Michael Arnold was a springboard from defence launching into attack with either his strong marks or runs down the ground and Brad Mules kept danger man AndrewBachmann quiet.
Veteran Nathan Tape struggled to have much input for Waikerie but in contrast Ryan Proud found the ball some 12 times in the second quarter and his superb goal into the wind sent alarm bells through the Magpie camp at the start of the third term. The much-improved Rhett Davis took a majestic pack mark and following goal to bring the pro-North crowd into rapture. Michael Bratton led the way for the Waikerie midfielders to follow and Cameron Hawke was a foil for Venning though Hawke did not trouble the scorers.
Steven Braun was on top of leading goal kicker Geordie Franks who appeared frustrated in the second term. Franks got his turn by ‘losing’ the tight-checking solidly built Braun with a goal as a result from a terrific switch of play from Cook at the opposite end of the ground.
Heavy rain began falling at three quarter time and it could be said North’s lead was equivalent to 62-points instead of 31. Despite an early goal for Dellazoppa’s second, the retiring Brad Williams, so much the heart and soul of this proud football club, booted two in a fairytale finale for the skilled utility. If that was not good enough, the best on ground Michael Arnold kicked a goal to top off a grand game while Franks nailed his second amidst a crowd that was poised to party.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: The once maligned Rhett Davis took a classical pack mark in the second term to post a goal. Davis’ improvement mirrored his team’s rise from also ran to premiers.
TURNING POINT: Andrew Baker’s scorching running goals for two goals in front of the scoreboard then later from a blistering run down the wing in the first quarter set the tone for Loxton North.
BEST ON GROUND: Panther warrior Michael Arnold did it all on the biggest stage to establish himself as the most influential RFL player seen in years. Spoils, marks, dash from defence, the big Panther even showed desperation when the game was lost for Waikerie with two smothers and he capped off a champion’s game with a late game goal.
Grand Final Scoreboard - September 10, 2011
Loxton North 4.2, 7.3, 9.6, 13.7 (85)
Waikerie 2.4, 3.10, 3.11, 5.13 (43)
GOALS, Loxton North : Andrew Baker 3, Geordie Franks 2, Brad Williams 2, Ryan Proud 1, Rhett Davis 1, Nathan Brown 1, Michael Arnold 1, Tim Roberts 1. Waikerie : Ben Venning 5, Justin Dellazoppa 2. BEST, Loxton North : Michael Arnold, Brad Mules, Ryan Proud, Andrew Baker, Brad Williams, Anton Cook. Waikerie : Michael Bratton, Timothy Bevan, Rob Smyth, Steven Braun, Craig Miller, Luke Horner