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RFL A GRADE
Saturday, May 13 -
q Loxton vs Loxton North
q Waikerie vs Renmark
q Barmera-Monash vs
Saturday, May 13 –
q Sedan-Cambrai vs
q Cobdogla vs Wunkar
q Paringa vs BSR
q Lyrup vs Brown’s Well
and JOE SCHWAB
WAIKERIE will look to
continue its undefeated start
to the season when it takes on
a rapidly improving Renmark
side in RFL A grade football
With the Gill-Lehmann Cup
on the line, the match will be a
tough contest, with the Rovers
looking to take a big scalp.
Coming off a strong finish
that saw them claim a 58-point
win over Loxton North, the
Magpies will be tough to
stop, with Daniel Nobes and
Matt Spencely proving to be a
dynamic duo up forward.
Renmark has shown dramat-
ic improvement in 2017, but is
yet to take the scalp of a side
above it, suffering narrow losses
to Loxton North and Barmera-
Waikerie Football Club presi-
dent Henry Crawford said the
game should be worth the trip to
“I think it should be a great
spectacle and it will be interest-
ing to see where Renmark are at.
“I think they’re probably a
fairly improved side from last
year, which is terrific,” he said.
While they have shown
strength across the park, the
Rovers defence will face its
sternest test to date this week.
Nobes has kicked a stunning
36 goals in four rounds in his
first season for the club to add to
an already strong Waikerie side
which is gunning for back-to-
“I think Nobes is really the
key for us, but also for Renmark
in terms of who they can put
on him and go with him to
restrict his goal scoring,” said
Renmark coach Matt
Martinson said tomorrow’s
match will be a good challenge
for his side.
“We are really looking for-
ward to testing ourselves against
the best team going around at
the moment,” he said.
“We spoke about it a few
weeks ago with the Barmera
game and this one and what it
was for us and what it would
mean to try and get one of those
“Obviously it didn’t happen
against Barmera, but we knew
that game and just didn’t finish
off our forward entries as well
as we would have liked.”
Martinson believes there are a
couple of key areas that will be
vital in deciding the result.
“They are a pretty strong side
across all the lines, so for us
it will be important to get our
matchups right and play some
good contested footy,” he said.
“If you can influence the
amount of times the ball goes
into their forward line to Nobes
then you can change the game.
“Winning the stoppages will
also be key.
If the Rovers stand any
chance of knocking off the lad-
der-leading Magpies, their mid-
field will have to put together a
big game, while their forwards
will have to convert every pos-
Back on its home deck,
Waikerie will be looking to con-
tinue its dominance in 2017.
Gill-Lehmann Cup battle resumes
and JOE SCHWAB
ARGUABLY the fiercest rivalry
in the Riverland Football League
will be renewed tomorrow, with
Loxton hosting Loxton North.
The latest chapter in the story
of the Proud Cup sets up to
be an intriguing one, with the
Tigers coming off their first win
of the season last week, while
the Panthers suffered their first
loss of 2017.
Loxton North A grade coach
Shane Uren said there was
always a bit more at stake when
it comes to taking on Loxton.
“I think any game where
there’s a trophy up for grabs
there’s a little bit extra to it,” he
“Ultimately it’s just round
five of the footy season and
we’re just looking to win every
game we possibly can, but any
time that Loxton and Loxton
North meet it’s a little more
“I think it comes down to that
cross-town rivalry. It becomes
the talk of the town and some-
thing that is spoken about a lot
and not just among the players.”
Loxton A grade coach Leigh
Kruger said Loxton North is
playing some impressive foot-
ball this season but hoped his
players would take it to their
“We’re trying to develop
some young players, but hope-
fully it can be a close contest
and we’ll just have to wait and
see,” he said.
“Nathan Brown is a classy
midfielder for them, but
we would like to think Ben
Yeomans would be able to
match him in that area.
“They have a lot of good
young players that we’ll have to
pay close attention to.”
Coming off a disappointing
loss to Waikerie, the Panthers
will be looking to bounce back
in a big way and will be hoping
Joel Worsfold and Ben Grieger
can shake off injuries that saw
them miss part of that game.
If Grieger is to miss the
match, then focus will shift to
Ryan Proud who has been his
partner in crime up forward this
season, kicking 12 goals so far.
Loxton skipper Brad Yeomans
made a welcome return from
a shoulder injury to boot four
majors in his team’s victory last
week and he will need to repli-
cate that performance tomorrow
to help give his team a chance.
His brother Ben Yeomans
will also have a large say in the
Tigers’ hopes, as he goes head
to head with the likes of Brown
and Kyle Worsfold in the mid-
Battle of the big cats
Waikerie’s Tristan Geehman will aim
to help lead his side to victory in the
Gill-Lehmann Cup tomorrow.
PHOTO: Grant Schwartzkopff
Tigers big man Ryan Smith will have a challenge on his hands when he comes up
against Panthers’ ruckman Matthew Hampel tomorrow in the Proud Cup.
PHOTO: Grant Schwartzkopff
Fisher Cup on the line
BRAGGING rights will be on the
line tomorrow, when Barmera-
Monash hosts Berri in the latest
edition of RFL’s the Fisher Cup
Always a fierce contest, this
year’s Fisher Cup will be no dif-
ferent, with Barmera-Monash
still looking to find consistency
in 2017 and Berri still gunning for
its first victory.
The Roos will be looking for
a number of fresh faces to stand
up, with several important players
under serious injury clouds.
Despite being major under-
dogs, the Demons will still fancy
their chances as they look to build
under new coach Brian Gates.
Gates said he was pleased with
what he saw in his first game at
“We had some really good
signs in last week’s game,” he
“We are all about development
this year, so it is important to take
steps forward and not steps back.
“There is plenty to work with
and work on, so hopefully we
can put it all together this week
Gates knows his side faces a
tough challenge tomorrow.
“They (Barmera-Monash) are
also a young side, but they have
had a couple of years together, so
they will be very tough,” he said.
“Steve (Marks) has got them
playing a good brand of team-ori-
entated football, so we will have
opportunity to win.”
Roos coach Steve Marks said it
was an “important week” for his
“We certainly won’t be taking
Berri lightly,” he said.
“They have made a few chang-
es at their club and they are going
to have a positive mindset.
“We want to make sure we are
playing our best football and pro-
gressing each week as a group.”
Marks believes the Demons
possess enough talent to be a
tough side on their day.
“Their recruits are a little bit
unknown,” he said.
“They have still got a good
core group of players with
the likes of (Peter) Safralidis,
Ridgeway is back in and Geordie
Franks is kicking a few goals.
“They still have some danger-
ous players in their team and there
are definitely a few that we are
going to have to put a bit of time
Rivalry round has seen its fair
share of upsets in previous years,
and the Demons will be hoping
for big games from the likes of
Clayton Sporn and Tyson Lindsay
to help them cause a boil over.
With doubt surrounding the fit-
ness of a number of key names,
the depth of the Roos squad will
be tested on their home deck.
Barmera-Monash skipper Dillon Millard will aim to help his team retain the
Fisher Cup tomorrow. PHOTO: Grant Schwartzkopff
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