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By JACK KOVACIC
Berri defeated Loxton
by two points in Riverland
A grade football to likely
hand the Tigers their second
wooden spoon in three years.
Early on both sides were poor,
with consistent turnovers making
it a far from an entertaining game
Nick Uren found plenty of the
ball in the early stages for the
Tigers, while Berri captain Peter
Safralidis led by example with
his solid rebound from defence.
The Demons finished off the
quarter well and Andy Hyland
capped it off with a goal on the
quarter time siren to bring the
margin back to a point.
After a long run down the
wing, including four bounces,
Loxton’s Brok Schubert kicked
the first goal of the second quar-
ter to extend his team’s lead.
Berri should have hit the
lead during the quarter but the
Demons kicked seven behinds for
Tiger Nick Uren was the best
player on the ground in the first
half and was rewarded for his
efforts when he kicked a late goal
to give his team an eight-point
lead at half time.
Berri 16-year-old Nick
Hankin showed the poise of a
man 10 years older every time
he touched the ball, making very
few bad decisions.
After having 10 more inside
50s for the quarter and kicking
five goals straight, Berri won the
But after Ryan Nickolls goal-
ed late in time on in the third
term, Berri’s lead was cut back to
just a goal.
After the Demons kicked
the first two goals of the quar-
ter, Loxton fought back hard to
eventually draw level thanks to
Schubert kicking two goals in the
space of only a few minutes.
There was much confusion
around Tigerland after a few mis-
haps with the scoreboard in the
last two minutes, but eventually
when the final siren sounded the
Demons were in front.
Uren and Leigh Kruger were
by far Loxton’s best, while for
Berri Adam Willson and Darren
Marner played crucial parts in
the Demons coming away with
By LIAM WORMALD
In a pivotal game regarding
the ladder, it was a momentous
two-point win for Loxton North
over Waikerie in Saturday’s
Riverland A grade match.
At the start of the game, there
were some dangerous players
for both teams, with Magpie Jim
Thomson collecting some effective
deliveries forward, while Barry
Kaesler was creating goals for the
Jordan Hentschke started the
game with an influential first quarter
for the Panthers in the midfield but,
despite Hentschke and his team’s
efforts, they trailed Waikerie at
quarter time by 14 points.
At the quarter break, Loxton
North coach Craig Wooldridge
demanded that his players get the
ball on the boot more often.
Loxton North kicked two goals
in the second quarter, while holding
Waikerie to three behinds.
Joel Worsfold and A grade
debutant Lewis George left their
mark on the game.
Scores were level at the main
break, with both teams having had
their fair share of momentum.
When the teams returned to play
the second-half the Magpies, through
Luke Exton and Michael Bratton,
were dictating the play.
With Waikerie looking to head
into the final break with a handy
lead, the Panthers responded by
kicking the last two goals of the
third term in quick succession, with
George kicking his first A grade
goal. A spoil to Michael Arnold in
front of the Waikerie goals in the
last few seconds of the term, saw
the Panthers within one point of the
Magpies at the final break.
At the final break, Waikerie coach
Shayne Stevens asked his players to
put on some scoreboard pressure.
But it was the Panthers who came
out with some fire-power, with Barry
Kaesler putting through his third
goal while Ryan Proud kicked his
first goal of the day.
Waikerie stepped up and with the
Panthers’ defence under siege late
in the quarter, it was up to the likes
of Josh Voigt and Arnold to stand up
and lead the way as they held on for
a thrilling win.
Jordan Hentschke kept his
cracking form going with another
For the narrowly beaten Magpies,
Matt Butcher and Tim Bevan tried
valiantly to get their team over the
line and provided leadership.
The win now puts the Panthers
one game ahead on top of the ladder,
while the loss puts a dent in the
Demons avoid the spoon
Panthers pounce on top two
Berri skipper Peter Safralidis in action against Loxton on Saturday.
Loxton’s Nick Uren snaps the ball forward as Berri’s Clint Ridgway moves in to smother.
goals for the
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