Blues’ spot never in doubt

A GRADE: Tumby Bay's Tyler Franklin lays a tackle on Ramblers' Jake Skinner. Picture: Meryl Weetra.
A GRADE: Tumby Bay's Tyler Franklin lays a tackle on Ramblers' Jake Skinner. Picture: Meryl Weetra.

GREAT FLINDERS FOOTBALL

A GRADE – Tumby Bay 11-9 (75) def Ramblers 3-4 (22)

In front of a big crowd Ramblers and Tumby faced off in the Preliminary final at Cummins on a sunny but breezy Saturday afternoon.

It was Tumby who set the pace early with pressure and intensity at the ball and the Rambler players.

Jacko Murphy and Mitch Lawrie were dominant around the packs feeding the ball in constantly.

With goals hard to come by it was Tumby who had three at the first break from Stephen Rees, Jackson Murphy and Jordan Hind.

Every time Ramblers went into attack the solid Tumby defence sent it long back the other way.

Will Haarsma, Liam Sampson and Jake Skinner were racking up early possessions for Ramblers trying to keep them in touch.

Ramblers opened up the second term with a goal to Jessie Rule after good play from Jake Skinner, Billy Pilgrim and Adam Haarsma.

Tumby were quick to respond after Tyler Franklin’s long bomb cleared the pack and Jayce Calverley got on the end of the tough work in the packs by Tom Kelly.

Jordan Hind continued his great form and with a classy gather in the middle he ran to 50 metres and slotted a very good goal to give his team real belief they were heading to next week.

A late goal to Liam Sampson was the only scoreboard highlight for the Rambler boys. Tumby were up by 27 points at half time and Ramblers looked rattled.

With only two terms left Ramblers had to find something if they wanted to defend their crown, but it was Tumby who came out firing.

Nigel James continued his dominance in the ruck and around the ground with two strong pack marks and a goal, Mitch Lawrie crumbed a clever goal and when Stephen Rees slotted one late in the term the Blues looked to have all the answers.

A great leap and grab from Hind on the wing saw Tumby continue to pile on the pressure.

Brett Cooper was running his wing well, Scott Edmonds was up and about and with a solid defence, led by the Cave boys and Stuart Richardson, Tumby were clear leaders at the last break.

Rob Shirley and George Pedler were in everything but the damage was done.

With Ramblers playing for pride and Tumby hoping to finish without injury, the last quarter was a formality.

Harry Ford defended and rebounded well and Luke Rowe continued to present in the Rambler forward lines.

After clever goals to Jacko Murphy and Nigel James the Blues were home.

Ramblers managed a late goal to Wade Starke, but at the final siren Tumby were nine goals in front.

A dominant display all around the ground from Tumby, Hind was best on ground and he had 20 team mates who contributed, James, Murphy and Brett Cooper doing the bulk of the damage.

Ramblers were outclassed but Rob Shirley and Luke Rowe put in all game, as did Jordy and Kyle Darling.

As Ramblers coach Darren Rule said, they were outclassed by a very good team today that did not let them into the game.

Tumby are in good form and their well balanced side will test the undefeated Yeelanna boys next week.

B GRADE – Ramblers 8-14 (62) def Tumby Bay 7-8 (50)

Clear skies with a strong westerly wind greeted the two sides.

Tumby Bay won the toss and kicked to the southern end.

Ramblers started the game well with a few shots on goal missing until Ben Franklin set up Alex Will for the game’s first.

Scott Blacker was his usual brilliant self, giving Will another shot on goal.

David Fleming was strong across half back, but Tumby hardly worried the score board in the first quarter.

Ramblers were full of run with Jameson Povey having a brilliant quarter, but inaccurate kicking kept Tumby in the game.

The second quarter was a complete reversal of the first.

Doug Wilson on Blacker stemmed the forward thrusts from Ramblers out of their backline and Tumby Bay managed to work their way back into the game.

Marley Butler, Reece Gerrie played exceptional hard football and Prime, with two goals, gave Tumby a two-point lead at half time.

Ramblers kicked the first after half time taking the lead back and the game then became a battle of the back lines, Tumby Bay had a few unsuccessful shots on goal through Jake Rogers.

Tom Nelligan, William Roderick and Ben Franklin were playing well for Ramblers but Braeden Hammond and Prime kept Tumby in the game at three-quarter time.

The fourth quarter started as a hard fought game, but Ramblers slowly got on top.

Against the flow Tumby kicked the first goal as Ramblers lost their full back and full forward to injury.

Darnell Richards’ was breaking the lines for Ramblers and creating opportunities in their forward line and they goaled through Shawn Fitzgerald.

Damien Modra and Mitchell Higgins played well for Tumby Bay and their back line was working overtime, in the end Ramblers won by two goals in a highly entertaining game.

COLTS – Cougars 18-11 (119) def Tumby Bay 6-6 (42)

Cougars were too strong all over the ground for Tumby Bay in a 77-point colts’ preliminary final win.

Tumby Bay started with the early attack only to be repelled by a strong Cougars’ defence.

Cougars’ perseverance was rewarded with a snap goal by Brodie Laube, setting the tone for the rest of the quarter with further goals to Aiden Millhouse from a 25-metre penalty, and Max Turnbull after roving in goals.

Jagga Cross chipped in with one for Tumby to keep them in it but Cougars were up by two at the break.

Tumby opened the second quarter with a goal to Cross to give them a chance, but from then on Cougars’ Jayden Gale controlled the game, feeding the ball forward to Laube who kicked three goals in the quarter.

Cougars led at half time 7-7 to 2-3.

Charlie Richardson broke from centre and Kyle McInerney goaled in the first minute, only to see Cougars respond with another to Laube.

It was a tough third quarter with Cougars outscoring Tumby Bay four goals to two.

In the last Cougars ran away with the game kicking seven goals to two from Tumby.