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LOXTON North claimed its
second victory against a much
improved Renmark outfit, with a
17-point win at Loxton North in
RFL A grade on Saturday.
The centre clearances were
a crucial part of the game from
the outset, with numerous scor-
ing opportunities eventuating as
There were a number of
enthralling match-ups, with the
ruck battle of Panther Matthew
Hampel and Rover Zac Gartery
a defining contest, while the
Panthers’ livewire Nathan Brown
went head-to-head with the
Rovers’ running machine Matt
Following a minute of silence
pre-game for former Loxton
North trainer Neil Uzzell, who
sadly passed away during the
off-season, the Panthers played
inspired football in the early stag-
es of the match.
The Panthers dominated
the centre early, as a result
of Hampel’s ruck work, which
was taken advantage of as Scott
Meneghetti kicked three goals in
the opening quarter.
Woolford was getting busy
around stoppages for the Rovers,
but Brown was also finding plenty
of the football early.
Despite Loxton North’s domi-
nant start, Renmark’s fast play
and straight kicking in the latter
part of the term saw it go into the
first break with a two-point lead.
The ascendency, once again,
went the way of the Panthers in
the opening half of the second
quarter, with Ben Grieger kicking
his first goal for Loxton North,
and his teammates coming from
everywhere to help celebrate with
the key forward.
The momentum swung again
in the Rovers’ favour in the sec-
ond-half of the quarter, as multi-
ple forward 50 entries gave Tim
Blight and Matthew Halsey plenty
of scoring opportunities.
Despite an encouraging fin-
ish to the term from Renmark, it
was North that went into the main
break with a two-point lead.
When play resumed, Loxton
North once again enjoyed a prom-
inent start, with Brown winning
a clearance and finishing off his
work in front of goal.
The combination of Hampel
and Brown in the middle was
proving hard to stop as the pair
racked up numerous clearances.
Despite the Panthers’ domi-
nance, their young defence soon
became caught up the ground,
allowing the Rovers’ forwards to
find plenty of space out the back.
The contest was well and truly
alive at the final break, with North
holding a slender four-point lead.
Both teams came out hard in
the final term, continuing with
their free-flowing and attacking
A late major to Josh Nelson
and repeat forward 50 entries saw
the Panthers close out the contest
The win proved a brave one for
the Panthers, with their skipper
Josh Voigt absent from the team
and Ryan Gray suffering concus-
sion in the second quarter.
Rovers recruits Rhys
Stanbridge and Dan Brown
showed they will be welcome
acquisitions to a rising Renmark
Loxton North’s Maison Eckerman gets a clearing kick from defence in his
side’s win at Panther Park. PHOTOS: Grant Schwartzkopff
Berri in RFL
A grade on
their home ground, the Magpies registered the big-
gest winning margin in the six-team competition’s
history, stretching back to 1964, when Loxton North
joined the A grade ranks.
Waikerie kicked a staggering 24 goals in the sec-
ond half, including 14 in the last quarter when any
Berri resistance was decimated.
A highlight was the performance of gun Southern
Football League recruit Daniel Nobes, who kicked 11
goals to follow on from his seven-goal haul against
Barmera-Monash in round one.
Berri coach Terry Eleftheriadis had a pre-match
plan of dropping Mallee recruit Clayton Sporn into
the hole in front of Nobes.
While Sporn was a standout for Berri – continuing
his positive start to the 2017 RFL season – it made
little difference to Nobes, who showed he is already
on track to kick 100 goals this season.
Waikerie dominated all four quarters, keeping
Berri goal-less until late in the fourth quarter when a
major from Geordie Franks ensured Berri avoided the
ignominy of going a full game without scoring a goal.
Waikerie dominated the centre, setting up count-
less forays forward during the day.
The Magpies’ superior fitness and rock-solid back-
line was simply too much for Berri, which fielded
a handful of players still eligible for under 18s and
playing their second game of the day. In addition,
Demon Reece Lehmann is still eligible for under 15s.
Matt Spencely continued his goal-scoring spree
for Waikerie, kicking eight goals from about a dozen
shots on goal.
Superstar teenager Rhys Shaw showed he will
again be a major factor in his club’s push for back-
to-back titles with another excellent performance,
including six goals.
Vice captain Tim Bevan was another star for
Waikerie, along with the impressive Tom Eldredge.
For Berri, Sporn showed his class and battled hard
all day, as did Peter Safralidis and Brody Thompson.
Nobes was awarded the Anzac Medal at the con-
clusion of the match.
Efficient Roos dispose of Tigers
A FAR more efficient Barmera-
Monash scored a 77-point victory
over Loxton at the Barmera Oval
on Saturday in perfect weather
conditions that would have been
ideal for a cricket match.
The opening term was a torrid
affair with umpires having to douse
spot fires as a series of scuffles
In the early stages it was the vis-
itors who spent time in attack as
their big men Ryan Smith and Craig
Fisher set up an ascendancy at the
ball-ups that lasted for the afternoon.
In fact it was only at the 17-min-
ute of the first term that the Roos
scored their first goal, so a glance at
the scoreboard at the first interval,
with Barmera-Monash 6-3 (39) to
Loxton 2-1 (13), did not seem an
accurate assessment of the play thus
But it was and it really summed
up the whole match.
If the result was based on effort
alone this game may well have been
a lot closer but when it came to
teamwork, run and use of the ball
the home side won hands down.
Despite the Loxton rucks consist-
ently getting their hands to the ball
first the outstanding young band
Barmera-Monash has gathered in a
mobile brigade never stopped creat-
Jake Smith, Steve Burton, Sam
Butterworth, Steve Sullivan, former
Loxton speedster Matt Benson, Taso
Bantolas and company not only used
their pace to break into the open
but also won the hard ball when
Luke Thomas led the Roos
defence superbly, impressive new
forward Jacob Fisher (four goals)
was one of a number of reliable tar-
gets up forward and ‘The General’
Dillon Millard just kept bobbing up
where he was needed.
On the other hand Loxton did not
lack real toilers and they included
Ryan Smith, Tyler Oxlade, Lachlan
Bradley, Jesse Will and Lewis
Cregan. But a problem that plagued
the side in 2016, failing to influence
the scoreboard sufficiently, remains
The Tiger forwards however
would seem entitled to interven-
tion by a Department Of Supply.
Teammates up field constantly
bombed the ball in their direction
with no real plan or method which
was in stark contrast to the Roos
who had players breaking clear, lift-
ing their eyes and looking for a tar-
Efficiency definitely won it for
the home team, which kicked five
goals to nil in the final term to wrap
up the match in style.
5 Daniel Nobes
4 Ryan Shaw
3 Matt Spencely
2 Bradley Truscott W
1 Tyson Lindsay
5 Matthew Hampel LN
4 Scott Meneghetti LN
3 Brodie Redpath R
2 Joel Worsfold
1 Matt Woolford
5 Jake Smith
4 Steve Burton
3 Sam Butterworth BM
2 Dillon Millard
1 Ryan Smith
Roos’ captain Dillon Millard attempts a contested mark
while Tigers’ Matthew Lidgerwood tries to spoil.
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