Eagles 19-15 (129) def Blues 10-6 (66)
United Yeelanna had stars missing, yet it did not stop them beating Tumby Bay by 63 points at the Kooplex.
Jaxen Norton, Stephen Crettenden and Daniel Havelberg were absent from the Eagles line up but they simply had too much class and skill for a plucky Tumby side which at times looked the goods.
Tumby were first to score through the young Chris Bawden.
When Eagles Adam Murnane and Matt Dyer combined with Xavier Watson out of the middle it was Casey Carr who was the benefactor, kicking truly.
The Blues’ backlines were under pressure but Justin Bugeja and Joe Walker combined well to stop a rampant Eagles from completely taking the game away in the first quarter.
Eagles were attacking the ball and none better than Matt Coombs who hit the pack at speed which allowed Michael Crettenden to find space and kick truly.
X. Watson also got on the goal kicking list and Casey Carr also kicked another.
The Blues’ midfielders where just too loose, that was the message being delivered by the Blues coaching staff. Eagles 5-2 to Blues 2-0 at quarter time.
To Tumby’s credit they managed to kick three goals for the quarter with link players in Jordan Hind and Tyler Franklin finding more of the ball and, along with Nigel James, found space and provided the spark for Bawden who found space and kicked a goal.
Eagles also managed to kick three goals with C. Carr a huge threat at full forward and through the middle; he was finding plenty of the ball.
After half time the Eagles led the Blues all over the oval with C. Carr and X. Watson unstoppable at full forward, they managed to kick nine goals between them and dominate the Blues backline players.
The Eagles backline, Matthew Crettenden and Jack Crettenden along with Ricky Skinner and Brock Jolly were all over the Blues.
Eagles young guns Adam Murnane and Brayden Martin found plenty of the ball after halftime and the classy Matt Dyer found space and time to deliver to anyone leading out of the forward lines.
When Lenard Lawrie ran forward and grubbed through a goal the game was well and truly over.
The Blues’ young guns were getting time on the ground with Harry Degner and Chris Bawden and Jackson Murphy all showing A grade skill.
Times Scribe votes: Casey Carr thee votes, Matthew Crettenden two votes, Xavier Watson one vote.
Ramblers 9-7 (61) def Lock 8-6 (54)
Ramblers hosted Lockon Saturday in Cummins and with both clubs needing a win to keep their season on track it promised to be a good game.
Ramblers were a few big names down and Lock looked stronger than the round one encounter which Ramblers stole in the dying seconds.
With no breeze advantage it was close and even in the first quarter with Ramblers getting an early goal but Lock replied with three to hold a 12-point margin at the first break.
Sam Britza was running the lines and delivering well, the Heath boys were on top around the ground and the ruck battle between Hall and Slape was a good one.
Jake Skinner and his look alike Liam Sampson were in everything for Ramblers as was Guy Morton for Lock.
Ramblers added three to Lock’s one in the second as they steadied around the ground to control the play.
Hall was having a great game for Ramblers and was well supported by Jesse Rule whose run and carry had the coach smiling.
George Pedler was in and under the packs to give his team mates first use of the ball.
With light rain the game closed down to a slog but with positions in the top four on the line the players continued to hit in.
Ryan Siebert and Luke Northcott were running hard and getting plenty of possessions for Lock. Lock 4-4 (28) lead Ramblers 4-2 (26) at half time.
The rain cleared for the second half and the closeness continued with the scores never more than a goal apart.
Northcott was on the end of a good centre clearance to goal early for Lock but Tysan Mickan took a strong grab to get one back for the Pies.
Scott Blacker was up to his old tricks in defence for Ramblers, the wily veteran dodging players half his age to hit targets at will.
His partners in crime, Shawn ‘Bunga’ Fitzgerald and George Pedler, were also defying their Sporting Pulse dates of births to prove they still have plenty to offer.
Lock were getting plenty of the ball but failed to hit the scoreboard where it counted and found themselves a goal down at the last break.
Guy Morton and Lachy Heath were the main contributors for the Roos.
The last 25 minutes was not pretty football and the game could have gone either way.
A bit of magic from Rambler youngster Ethan Langley with a great goal on his left got the D grade netballers going and Ramblers looked home.
The efforts of Doug Pearce and tough work from the Brown boys saw Lock get one back through Sam Britza to stay in touch with not long to go.
A good grab to Damien Kelly and another goal to Bryce Sellen saw the margin back to seven points with time on lurking.
A bit of old fashion magic from Bunga Fitzgerald with a massive bomb from inside 30 on the run saw Ramblers 13 points ahead with the timer off his chair.
Lock got one after the siren to end up only seven points behind.
Best for Ramblers were Isaac Hall, who had a great game in defence, Jessie Rule on the wing and Jake Skinner and Liam Sampson who used their pace and ball sense well.
Best for Lock were the Heath boys who gave 100 per cent all day, Slape in the ruck and Sam Britza.