Great Flinders football
Ramblers 11-13 (79) def Cougars 0-9 (9)
RAMBLERS hosted Cougars in a game where a win was vital for both clubs as both are in the mix for a top four finish.
Ramblers kicked with a slight breeze and had most of the play early but did not goal until the 10-minute mark with the elusive Adam Haarsma finding space.
Cougars’ Sam Ness and Luke Moroney were getting plenty of it but they were falling down up forward.
Ramblers’ defence led by Tysan Mickan and Scott Blacker were in good touch keeping Cougars to one point at the first break.
Cougars’ Levi Konitzka was winning the big man battle, his midfielders were in everything but Ramblers continued to score through Kennerley, Williams and Haarsma.
Cougars could not take a trick in front of goal, missing some gettable ones and had five points at half time to trail by 32 points.
Ramblers were well served by the young legs of Jacob Kennerley, Will Haarsma and the underrated Kyle Darling.
The momentum stayed with Ramblers in the third with more goals to Kennerly, Williams and Adam Haarsma.
Ben Quigley was taking some good intercept marks in defence and George Pedler and Jesse Rule were hurting Cougars with their run and ball use. Wes Bilney was his usual skillful self.
This left Cougars chasing hard. If not for Moroney, Ness, the Kenny brothers and Wedd they would have been in more trouble.
They worked the ball forward plenty of times just to see it come straight back out.
With Cougars unable to goal in the third and Ramblers having eight the game was over and they had pride on the line in the last.
Goals to Kennerley, Williams and Shawn Fitzgerald saw Ramblers end up with 11 for the day. All the focus was on Cougars in the last for them to goal.
A well-judged mark by Ackland at the 20-minute mark, at a gettable distance, had the crowd hushed. With some speedy legwork from the goal umpire he tapped the goal post to signal yet another point.
Best: Ramblers: Scott Blacker (MAC Medal winner), Wes Bilney, Will Haarsma and Kennerly; Cougars: Luke Moroney, Zeb Kenny, Levi Konitzka , Boyd Kenny and Sam Ness.
Times scribe votes: Scott Blacker, 3, Wes Bilney, 2, and Jacob Kennerley, 1.