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Min bags eight in Roo win
Matthew Min led his team to a
convincing 55-point victory over
Renmark in Riverland A grade football
Min was outstanding for the Roos,
kicking eight majors for the match.
It was a case of musical defenders
for the Rovers with Mitchell Jenke,
David Strongman and Jake Whenan all
spending time on Min, but to no avail.
The Roos got out to a substan-
tial lead in the opening quarter,
with Steven Burton, Jack Selfe and
Matthew Benson having a significant
impact in the centre.
Despite Zachary Gartery win-
ning the majority of the ruck taps for
Renmark, the Rovers struggled to
move the ball forward or were stopped
by the Roos’ classy defence line.
With captain Dillon Millard
and Murray Middleton back in the
Barmera-Monash line-up, the Rovers’
forwards found it difficult to find
Up the other end and Jenke strug-
gled to keep up with Min and con-
ceded goals whether the powerful for-
ward marked the ball or collected the
Sherrin at ground level.
There was little movement from
Renmark when its defenders were
kicking out from full back, which
resulted in turnovers and costly goals.
The Roos were up by 26 points at
quarter time and looked far hungrier
for the win and a chance for second
spot on the ladder.
Renmark looked a lot better in the
second term and willed themselves at
the footy, with Matt Woolford collect-
ing touches at all parts of the ground.
Woolford was a standout for the
Rovers, kicking two goals and racking
up disposals all day.
The Rovers attempted to claw them-
selves back into the contest, however
the Roos lifted when needed and kept
the challengers at arm’s length.
Rhys Stanbridge performed well in
the Rover defence under the constant
assault from the Barmera-Monash
Youngster Jack Austin kicked his
first A grade goal for the Rovers after
taking a spectacular grab.
In an effort to score more majors,
Gartery was moved forward and
Austin spent time in the ruck, however
the Renmark midfield brigade couldn’t
get the footy into the big hands of the
Min continued to dominate
up forward for the Roos and was
helped along with Burton and Sam
Butterworth who slotted three goals
Despite a better quarter, Renmark
trailed by 17 points at half time and
unfortunately couldn’t keep up the
intensity in the second half.
Renmark’s Matthew Halsey failed
to emerge after the long break with
bruised ribs and Renmark missed the
classy midfielder’s run and work rate.
Burton continued to dominate,
while Matthew Benson had a major
impact through the centre and Mitch
Wellington found plenty of the footy.
Jaryd Rowe looked dangerous for
the Rovers up forward and marked
everything, but couldn’t capitalise on
his chances, kicking three goals from
about nine shots.
Renmark trailed by 31 points at
three-quarter-time and a determined
Barmera-Monash side got going in the
Min continued to prove a hand-
ful even for experienced defender
Whenan who has spent most of 2017
Woolford fought hard until the
final siren, but the Roos midfield bri-
gade was too much for the Rovers,
with Burton, Steven Sullivan and
Butterworth all dominating.
A seven-goal final term put the
game beyond doubt for the Roos and
raised questions for the Rovers.
Burton ran out the game strongly
and was rewarded with a goal in the
dying stages to take his team to a
Barmera-Monash’s Steve Burton (right) celebrates a goal ahead of Renmark’s Rhys Stanbridge on
Saturday at Barmera.
Nobes held, but Pies still triumph
UNDEFEATED ladder leader
Waikerie defeated second-placed
Loxton North by 57 points
at Waikerie on Saturday but
the contest was far more even
throughout than the scoreboard
The home side was really forced
to work hard for its victory, despite
the final score of 16.15 (111) to 8.6
Talking to officials of both
clubs after the game it was gen-
erally agreed that the two teams
had shared the time in their attack-
ing regions 50/50, but that the
Magpies’ edge in teamwork and
system had proven the difference.
Going into the game with an
average winning margin of 102
points from previous outings a
competitive match was probably
welcomed by Waikerie coach
Shayne Stevens, as although the
major round is still a way down the
track he would be aware that ‘finals
can be a different game’.
The first term set the standard
for the afternoon.
Both sides were ferocious at the
ball resulting in frequent packs
having to be broken up by ball-ups
from the umpires. From the start
Loxton North matched it with the
premiership favourite everywhere
but on the scoreboard.
Both teams usually employ an
attacking, running game, but this
was different. The Panthers were
obviously conscious of keeping
the ball in close and making the
Magpies work much harder to get
it into their forward line without its
customary silver service.
Big Matthew Hampel gave
North an edge in ruck while Josh
Nelson, Josh Voigt, Justin Proud,
Michael Scott and Anton Cook all
showed that the Panthers had come
Having only two points at the
first break however did not seem
a just reward for all of the time
the Panthers had the ball bob-
bing about in their forward line.
Absentees Ben Grieger and Ryan
Gray would have been handy.
But perhaps it also put the spot-
light on an area of the Waikerie
line-up that has been put in the
shadow somewhat by the outstand-
ing midfield and forward perfor-
mances in 2017.
The Magpie defence, even with-
out Tom Eldredge, was superb,
playing as a team within a team
and combining to subdue the fre-
quent Panther thrusts and, when
able to work someone clear, run-
ning the ball out of danger.
Steven Braun, newcomer Tyson
Gordon, Stephen Hausler, Jackson
Sutton, the dashing youngster Billy
Cameron and Aaron Thompson all
seemingly carried ‘no thorough-
fare’ signs in the opposition for-
On the other hand the effort by
the Panther defence kept the home
side within reach at the first break.
Cook had started an outstanding
day against Magpie danger forward
Daniel Nobes and although the big
man ended up with five goals from
not many more kicks, the experi-
enced defender was on occasions
Loxton North came at the home
side hard early in the second term
with three goals from young for-
ward Mitch Neumann even hint-
ing at an upset. But to its credit
Waikerie dug deep and was able
to escape from the Panther shack-
les enough to find outside players
ready to transport the ball forward.
Young wingman Tristan
Geehman roamed far and wide to
either aid the Waikerie defence or
attack, Matt Spencely was in eve-
rything and kicked three impor-
tant goals, Joel Fladrich, Craig
Miller and Ben Venning wore a
tiring Hampel down, while Tim
Bevan, Ryan Shaw and robust Josh
Coombs completed good after-
While the scoreboard at the end
cannot be ignored, there was no
doubt that the Panther tactics in the
game blunted the Magpie brilliance
we have applauded so far in 2017.
But this was still a very busi-
nesslike victory by a team that is
being hunted desperately by oppo-
nents but showed that there is
much more to its game than all-out
For North, Maison Eckermann,
Luke Worsfold and Nathan Brown
were all prominent in a side that
was still boring in as hard in the
end as it had started.
One feels both camps would
have taken a lot out of this enter-
taining contest for future reference.
to snap a
5 Tristan Geehman
4 Anton Cook
3 Timothy Bevan
2 Matt Spencely
1 Aaron Thompson
5 Matthew Min
4 Steve Burton
3 Matt Woolford
2 Matthew Benson BM
1 Zachary Gartery R
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