Cougars victorious at last

Great Flinders Football

United Yeelanna 19-15 (129) def Eyre United 7-14 (56)

United Yeelanna have a firm grip on top of the Great Flinders football premiership ladder after an easy win against Eyre United at Karkoo.

The Eagles handed out a 73-point belting against the Saints.

Saints ball handling errors and goal kicking would not have pleased Eyre United’s coaches but even though they were missing numerous star players they certainly did not give up the fight.

Stephen Crettenden got the Eagles of to the perfect start kicking his first goal after clever work from the Eagles midfielders.

Then Xavier Watson drifted forward to kick another and Eagles now had all the momentum.

After a comedy of kick in errors the Eagles gifted a goal to the Saints big man in Nick Telfer.

S. Crettenden was again on the end of great midfield forward delivery and kicked another goal.

Brayden Martin was rewarded for his efforts and kicked straight which put the pressure Saints to respond.

The Saints tackling and pressure was first class but shots on goal cost them and they could have easily been in front at quarter time. Eagles 4-3 to Saints 1-7

Eagles stepped up the pressure and took the game away from the Saints with a dominate quarter of footy with Matt Coombs kicking two goals along with the captain who kicked two goals after clever work in tight from Matt Dyer and Michael Crettenden.

Saints’ pressure in the goal square was brilliant and allowed Chris Dunn to kick his first for the day.

Adam Murnane and X. Watson combined well to deliver the ball forward and the pressure was on the Saints again as Andrew Jericho, Jack Crettenden and Jaxen Norton were marking everything down back.

Eagles 11-6 to Saints 3-11

Bryce Breed kicked a great running goal and then big man Zac Glover kicked a goal to put the pressure on the Saints.

Mitchell Hall responded for the Saints after an excellent mark but when Jack Crettenden and Matt Dyer kicked truly it was all over for the Saints

Eagles coach Jamie Kidney rested and rotated players from back to forward.

The last quarter was a formality with Eagles dominating; Casey Carr found plenty of the ball and Breed was breaking the lines with run and carry.

Eagles had winners all over the ground and they had shut down Saints’ gun full-forward Scott Taylor who had a tough day against the Eagles backlines.

 Eagles’ best: Michael Crettenden, Jaxen Norton, Xavier Watson, Jack Crettenden, Casey Carr; Saints’ best Wade Sumner, Brayden Traeger, James Neal, Anthony Webb.

Times Scribe votes: Michael Crettenden (3), Xavier Watson (2), Casey Carr (1)

Ramblers 11-4 (70) lost to Tumby Bay 11-18 (84)

Ramblers hosted Tumby in the battle for second spot on another cracker day for football.

Ramblers were without five players, including veterans Rob Shirley and George Pedler, but welcomed back Scott Blacker after proving himself in the reserves.

Tumby looked to be at near full-strength.

Ramblers had first use of a slight breeze and Wes Bilney goaled twice to get them going early.

Mitch Lawrie, who was making a welcome return after a knee reconstruction, marked well and kicked truly to give his team mates and the Blues’ faithful something to cheer about.

Ramblers goaled again after the ball was taken from defence via Jake Skinner, Jordy Darling, Mitch Dennis, Adam and Will Haarsma and finally Ben Deslandes goaling.

Jayce Calverley added one late for Tumby to see them only four points down at the first break.

Tumby came out firing in the second to dominate the quarter.

Nigel James was dominate in ruck giving his runners first use of the ball.

Jordan Hind and Tom Kelly were outstanding and the young legs of Brett Cooper and Jackson Murphy were making Ramblers look second rate.

If it was not for Tysan Mickan, Jordy Darling and Scott Blacker in defence for Ramblers, the half-time deficit of 30 points could have been much worse.

Goals to Rees, Murphy, Hennell and Tom Kelly, who was dominating all over the ground, had the Rambler boys looking flat and well out of the contest.

Tumby missed a couple of easy goals which would have added to Ramblers pain if they kicked truly.

A steadier from James Pedler was the only real highlight for the Rambler boys.

Tumby 8-7 (55) to Ramblers 4-1 (25)

Ramblers came out firing in the third with early goals to Mitch Dennis and a classy bomb from Wes Bilney seemed to fire the Pies up.

William Roderick and Joe Walker clashed hard, both were looking at the ball which showed both teams’ desperation.

Brett Cooper took three very good intercept marks to halt the Rambler forays.

His opposite number, Will Haarsma was having a good game and getting plenty of the ball also.

A strong run and goal to Jesse ‘Turbo’ Rule saw Ramblers pile on five for the quarter to only seven behinds to a wayward Tumby.

The Tumby lead was cut to 12 points with Ramblers having the momentum into the last.

The stage was set for an enthralling last quarter and the players from both teams did not let their supporters down.

Early goals to James Pedler, Mitch Dennis and a running snap to Wes Bilney saw Ramblers suddenly a goal in front.

To Tumby’s credit they dug deep and responded with a desperate final 10 minutes.

Tom Kelly had massive influence taking strong marks and kicking a nice goal, he was supported by Nigel James, Brayden Calderwood and Stephen Rees.

Tumby held on to win by 14 points in a game that did not disappoint.

Best for Tumby were Nigel James in the ruck, Jordan Hind who had a solid four quarters and Tom Kelly.

Ramblers best were the ever-reliable Scott Blacker, William Roderick and Wes Bilney.

Times Scribe votes: Nigel James (3), Scott Blacker (2), Jordan Hind (1).

Lock 6- 9 (45) lost to Cummins-Kapinnie 12-10 (82)

Cummins-Kapinnie got off to a great start in round two to record their first win for the season.

Still missing playmaker Hazelgrove they took the game on full of confidence and virtually had it won at quarter time.

Cougars took the first centre clearance and had a goal within 30 seconds.

Lock took stock and were able to send the ball inside fifty six times for the paltry reward of two points.

L. Paech, Wedd and Pedler were instrumental in ambushing the Roo plans until Cougars hit their stride with five unanswered goals.

Freeth’s brilliant contested mark in the square and subsequent major began the avalanche which was coming from left, right and centre of the ground.

L. Heath led the attacking defence with Bury and Hetzel, the Roo battlers, but Monfries, J. Howell and Konitzka were playing gold star football to see their team at six straight goals to the Roos three points at the first change.

When Cougars kicked their seventh major within two minutes of the second quarter the Roos were almost gone.

A point apiece then big Sellen was able to mark on the run to add Lock’s second major.

From here on, the quarter had plenty of play from both sides to add only seven consecutive points.

Cougars outpaced the Roos and their delivery by hand or foot was accurate.

They were reading the ball much better, but just could not find the big sticks netting 1-7 for the quarter.

At half time it was still a six goal lead to Cougars.

In a reasonably even quarter, Crawford opened Cougars account after seven minutes.

Green was their star defender with Wedd, Moroney and Paech driving forward and Freeth along with Konitzka floating over the ground at will.

Kelly and Heath continued their stalwart defence for the Roos with Slape loping around the ground providing much needed height.

Siebert continued his forward battle and was able to snatch a six pointer on the run with Hetzel and Habner his wing men.

Cougars looked good and went into the final change with an eight-goal advantage and their tails in the air.

The pace of the game changed here as coach Habner snapped a quick goal then a second from a pass off from Siebert.

The Roos went up a gear and final quarter lifted to a well matched game.

Lack of discipline led to young Crosby advancing 50 metres and kicking straight followed by evergreen Hetzel making no mistake when the chance came his way.

The lead had halved and pressure was back on Cougars.

Konitza, L. Paech and Howell were in everything and Freeth continued to make his presence felt.

L. Paech was finally able to stem the flow and put his team back on level footing, with a final major to Cougars just before the siren.

The Roos won the final quarter, bemoaning the fact of their slow start.

Cougars were worthy victors; the team gelled well and were rewarded for their accurate ball skills.

Konitzka played a great game, L Paech and Freeth suppored all over the ground and Monfries, J Howell and Gale amongst Cougars best.

Siebert’s reading of the ball and dash earnt him the Roos best with Slape’s commitment and body an asset for the Roos. Heath’s attacking defence and Hetzel and Habner were in the Roos best listing.