Great Flinders football
Ramblers 19-15 (129) def Lock 2-5 (17)
RAMBLERS hosted Lock in Cummins on Saturday with strong winds pushing across the ground.
Ramblers were looking to cement a top four spot while Lock were playing for pride.
The task was not made any easier for Lock with eight senior players out sick.
Ramblers won the toss and elected to kick to the southern end, which the wind was favouring.
The famous Roaming Larry’s dad, Shawn Fitzgerald, stole some of the limelight back by snagging the first two goals in the opening minutes, the first from a 55-metre bomb.
This set the scene for the game, with Ramblers adding the next 13 unanswered goals.
Lock’s determination could not be faulted however as their young brigade threw themselves at the footy all day. They just didn’t have a target up forward and the Magpie defence was at its ruthless best.
Tysan Mickan, Ben Quigley and Jack Parsons were marking everything and Lock managed only a solitary point in the opening quarter. Up the other end, Lock’s defence was under siege with Ramblers having six separate goal scorers including a snap on the siren from a dusty Rowan McDonald.
Ramblers’ pressure at the ball was fantastic, as was their run and carry. At the end of the quarter scores were 7-5 (41) to Lock’s 0-1 (1).
The second term started how the first ended, with yet another Rambler goal coming in the first 30 seconds. Wes Bilney ran into an open goal after an excellent forced turnover from McDonald.
Lock dug deep and attacked hard, controlling the next five minutes but could not get it through the sticks.
Blacker and Shirley, in defence for Ramblers, made the task even harder.
Young Grady Dutschke, Andy Hetzel and Douglas Pearce all worked hard for the Roos but to no avail.
Lock’s Billy Brown, Sam Britza and Andrew Heath worked tirelessly for the rest of the quarter as Ramblers again controlled the play but with wayward kicking, they added only another two goals to take the half time scores to 10-8 (68) to the Roos’ 0-1 (1).
The third term began with Lock attacking hard into the breeze but again they could not get a goal.
Kit Williams had no troubles however, kicking the first two goals of the quarter after some great plays from Kyle Darling, Billy Pilgrim, Fitzgerald and George Pedler. Pilgrim added another for Ramblers after a clever snap out of a thick pack in the goal square.
Lock managed another two points with some off-target kicks at goal to their supporters’ dismay.
The fourth was the Battle of The Billys as Ramblers’ Billy Pilgrim and the Roos’ Billy Brown went on a rampage.
Pilgrim was involved in everything for the Pies while Brown got horns tooting with Lock’s first goal half way through the term.
Aaron Beard added another a few minutes later but it was all Ramblers, kicking another six goals for the term with nine different goal scorers, including four to both McDonald and Williams.
Lock were well served by Brown, Britza, Douglas Pearce and Ryan Siebert. From Ramblers it was truly a team effort with everyone working hard for the entire game.
Times scribe votes: Billy Pilgrim, 1; Jack Parsons, 2; George Pedler, 3.
United Yeelanna 14-23 (107) def Tumby Bay 8-1 (49)
United Yeelanna kicked many behinds but still managed to outclass Tumby Bay and run out convincing winners by 58 points at Karkoo.
In the first quarter Tumby Bay were all over the Eagles but it would take four quarters of contested football to upset the Eagles.
Jace Calverley was lively down forward and along with Stephen Rees they managed to give Tumby Bay an early advantage, each kicking goals.
While the Eagles had plenty of the football only behinds resulted until Aaron Lawrie put a kick straight through the middle. Tumby Bay 2-1 to Eagles 1-6.
The centre and ruck duels were a treat to watch with Eagles’ Jaxen Norton, Xavier Watson and Matthew Crettenden all having an huge influence.
Not to be outdone, the Blues’ Nigel James, Mitch Lawrie and Jordan Hind were applying plenty of pressure to the Eagles’ gun midfield.
Eagles’ Bryce Breed was equally matched up with Jon Hunt who was turning away many of the Eagles’ forward movements.
Tumby Bay young gun Joe Walker was finding the footy and combining well with Stuart Richardson out of the backlines.
Jack Jacobs and Jordan Hind were also finding some ball through the middle but the Eagles’ defence lead by Sam Glover, Matt Dyer, Brock Jolly and Ricky Skinner held firm.
The game evened up considerably at half time, Eagles 5-13 to Blues 5-1.
While the Eagles managed to kick five goals, they also kicked five points and some of these misses were very gettable. To the Blues’ credit they managed three goals to keep the pressure on.
A great ruck duel had developed and was worth the entrance fee as Jaxen Norton and Nigel James threw everything at each other with strong pack marks around the ground and ruck taps a rover could only dream about.
The class of Xavier Watson was starting to shine through, breaking free of the packs and along with Casey Carr, starting to run the ball forward to find the elusive Kade Dufek, Bryce Breed, Stephen Crettenden and Matthew Crettenden.
Eagles were on top at last change 9-19 to Blues 8-1.
Tumby Bay could not score in the last quarter. They tried hard but nothing was working as Eagles rested and ran players off the bench and never missed a beat in the middle or down back.
The plucky Blues side could not keep up with the Eagles after half time as they amassed 37 scoring shots to Tumby’s nine.
The Blues did not score in the last quarter, which would not have pleased coach Jon Hunt.
The Eagles’ defence goes unheralded at times but Ben Carr, Jack Crettenden, Ricky Skinner, Matt Dyer and Brock Jolly shut the Blues out.
Eagles’ best: Jaxen Norton Xavier Watson Matthew Crettenden Matt Dyer Casey Carr. Blues’ best: Nigel James Mitch Lawrie Jordan Hind Stephen Rees Jace Calverley
Times scribe votes: Jaxen Norton, 1; Xavier Watson, 2; Nigel James, 3.