Ramblers roar home

A GRADE: Cougars' Lochie Paech and Jack Green chase down Ramblers' George Pedler. Picture: Lisa Warner.

A GRADE: Cougars' Lochie Paech and Jack Green chase down Ramblers' George Pedler. Picture: Lisa Warner.

Great Flinders football

Ramblers 14-9 (93) def Cummins-Kapinnie 6-8 (44)

Ramblers hosted Cummins-Kapinnie at Cummins on a breezy Saturday. Cougars were missing some big names and Ramblers were down a couple also so a good contest was anticipated.

Cougars had first use of a good breeze and took an early lead with clever goals to Lochie Paech and Thomas Wedd, from outside 40 on tight angles. 

Ramblers were chasing early and looked unsettled with Cougars having most of the play. 

It was not until the return of forward specialist Adam Haarsma, and his ability to read the ball off the pack and snap truly, that Ramblers hit the board.

Ramblers were rattled when they lost two players in quick succession after some tough encounters in their forward line. 

They settled for another goal to see scores level at the first break. 2-1 – 13 each.

The second quarter saw Richards snap a good goal for Ramblers to set the scene for the Tysan Mickan show, for the next 15 minutes, supporting a designer goatee that was way too good for a backman. 

He moved himself to full forward to bag four goals in the term, all through strong marks and good leads. On most occasions the crowd did not have to wait for the goal umpire to signal as the big man was celebrating his accuracy off the boot. 

This brought supporters to their feet and if it was not for the good work of Cougars’ Adam Green, Wedd and the Paech boys Ramblers would have had an even better lead at half time. 

Ramblers 8-5 – 57 to Cougars 2-1 – 13.

The wind was still worth the a couple of goals and Cougars had to dig deep if they wanted to be in touch at the last break. 

They had a productive 25 minutes adding four goals to Ramblers one. 

Konitzka and Hall were rucking well with Ramblers youngster Isaac Hall holding his own against the more experienced Cougar, but Konitzka was proving a handful around the ground while adding two goals. 

Crawford and youngster Jayden Gale had good quarters for Cougars and they reduced the deficit back to 18 points.

The Pedler and Dennis brothers for Ramblers had good quarters, as did Joel Paech and Tom Freeth for Cougars.

Ramblers stepped it up a notch in the last to add five goals to Cougars’ two points. Rule, Mickan and Haarsma all goaled to add to the Cougar woes. 

They battled hard all day but were exposed by Ramblers experience as the game wore on. 

Rob Shirley had another classy outing, well supported by Harry Ford across half back, Logan and Mitch Dennis were solid all day. 

Young look-a-likes Jake Skinner and Liam Sampson got plenty of the ball, as did Jesse Rule and George Pedler. 

James Pedler proved a handful at half forward and the welcome return of Jedd Dunbar gave Ramblers too much all over the ground for Cougars to match.

Cougars best were Corey and Lochie Paech, Adam Green who had a solid game, Crawford and Jayden Gale.  Freeth provided a target for Cougars. 

Times Scribe: Tysan Mickan (3), Harry Ford (2),Lochie Paech (1)

United Yeelanna 11-23 (89) def Lock 8-6 (54)

United Yeelanna came out on top in the game built as the game of the round, but it never reached any great heights as Eagles got the win over Lock by 35 points

In a tight opening quarter Eagles kicked with a strong northerly wind and after the first 10 minutes of scrappy play it was the Eagles captain Casey Carr who broke free across halfback and kicked a long bomb goal.

Soon after that Matt Coombs managed to kick a rovers goal then Gaetan ‘Viking’ Gerber who took on the Lock defender to kick his first goal and Eagles had managed to break open the game.

Aaron Watson pushed forward and side stepped two Lock defenders to kick a great goal.

Lock was absorbing all the pressure but with the ball continually at the goal front Billy Brown, Levi Brown and Damien Kelly had to work overtime to keep the Eagles from scoring again.

Some easy missed shots on goal cost the Eagles a greater margin at quarter time.

Lock’s backline desperation was first class, shutting down Dan Havelberg.

Eagles 4-7 Lock 0-0

Lock’s Tim Boehm was rewarded with a goal after doing some great work around the ball.

The Eagles pressure on the Lock defenders was telling but another missed score was all they could register.

Matt Coombs was causing the Lock defenders all sorts of problems as his pressure and clever play caused many of Lock’s turnovers, allowing Aaron Watson to kick his second for the day.

Lock’s big ruckman in Fergus Slape took an excellent mark and kicked a goal and then after a centre clearance Lock managed to scramble another to have the crowd up and about.

Eagles’ runners were starting to get hold of the ball with Bryce Breed, Adam Murnane and Brayden Martin continually breaking the lines with run and carry. Down back, Jaxen Norton was stopping everything and dominating the air like he had the ball on a string. His Eagles teammates combined well with the reliable Sam Glover, Brock Jolly, Jack Crettenden and Lenard Lawrie shutting down Lock’s forwards.

Eagles 7-8 to Lock 4-1

Eagles came out full of run and carry in the third quarter and peppered the goals not allowing Lock to score in the quarter.

Eagles kicked three goals seven for the quarter and if they had kicked straight, the game could have been ugly for the Lock Roos. 

Havelberg kicked a goal after getting close attention from the Lock defenders. Matt Dyer drifted forward to kick a classy goal and Michael Crettenden clunked a mark to kick straight to give the Eagles a healthy margin.

Eagles only managed to kick one last quarter goal that was after a great mark from C. Carr and then Lock’s Ty Habner managed to kick two. Kane Tiller also chipped in with a goal and veteran Andy Hetzel also got on the end of good passage of play to kick his first for Lock.

Eagles’ best: C. Carr, J. Norton, B. Breed, S. Glover, M. Coombs; Locks best: L. Brown, B. Brown, H. Wright, F. Slape, D. Pearce

Times scribe: Casey Carr (3), Jaxen Norton (2 ), Bryce Breed (1) 

Tumby Bay 13-16 (94) def Eyre United 6-6 (42)

Eyre United travelled to Tumby Bay to challenge the Blues in an eagerly anticipated game.

With both sides level at two wins each and the always important bragging rights up for grabs, it was always going to be a willing affair.

It was not until the 15-minute mark of the first quarter that a goal was scored. A stiff breeze assisted the Saints and they went into the quarter time huddle leading 1-2 to Tumby’s 0-1.

Eyre United combined well in the early moments of the second quarter to score first. S. Richardson used the wind to peg a goal back from 40 metres out.

Then when emerging young gun N. Bates, playing his first game of A grade, made himself an opportunity to take possession and goal from 35 metres, the Blues used the celebration to boost morale.

The home side linked up well and T. Kelly, making the appropriate adjustments for the wind, goaled from a set shot.

Tumby Bay led at the long break 4-8 (32) to the visitors 3-2 (20).

Aware of the wind advantage, Saints came out and put on a motivated display but when Calverley, who is building a reputation for flair, combined with young prospect B. Cooper to bounce the ball through, the Saints knew they would need to dig deep.

After pegging a goal back before the siren the Saints still led at the break: 6-5 (41) to Tumby Bay’s 5-9 (39).

Having been run over in the last quarter at home by the league leaders, Tumby Bay were determined not to fall into a hole in the final stanza. Two points down but with the wind in their favour the Blues looked to close the show.

With his confidence increasing Calverley started snapping goals from the forward lines. When Reeves marked and jogged un-contested to goal, Tumby were all of a sudden 16 points clear.

Things got hectic for the Saints in the final 10 minutes with their back lines under siege from the home side’s long range target practice.

N. Budgera closed the show with two goals to blow the final score out of proportion for the hapless Saints.