Parndana v Wisanger
Parndana started strongly in the A Grade with Dave Westbrook and Nathan Trethewey in good form in the centre driving the ball forward, as was Lachlan Hollit on his wing who delivered a good pass to Ben Gaskin who goaled from 40.
Pete Collins was impressive at full back, showing some real class and Bill Willson was also strong in defence for Wisanger.
Wisanger worked into the game with Sam Clifford and Josh Lade driving the ball into their forward lines but with Simon Windsor and Damian Davis leading a strong Parndana defence, were unable to score. Quarter time Parndana 4.3 Wisanger 0.0.
As with the first quarter the second was played at a hectic place with both teams tackling and competing hard. Parndana kicked another four goals with Adam Bussenschutt getting a couple and Wisanger scored their first goal to reward them for their hard work. Half-time Parndana eight goals to Wisanger one. The game continued in the second half at the same intensity as the first and the third quarter saw six goals to Parndana and three goals to Wisanger with Bussenschutt for the Roosters getting a couple more and Cameron Stewart kicking a nice set from 40m out.
Jason Fryar giving his normal lion-hearted effort for the Blue Boys - kicked two goals - and Damon Tyley and Paul Bott were playing well.
The last quarter was low-scoring with just one late goal to Ben Gaskin from Parndana. The game was played in good spirits with other good players Damien Trethewey and Jaan Kuchel for the Roosters and Khyal Stead and Cody Schutz for the Panthers.
A hard-running Kingscote ran over Western Districts in the main game at Soldier’s Memorial Park. The Hounds were quick off the mark and were never headed throughout, winning every quarter to run out comfortable 59-point winners.
In perfect conditions both sides came to play, with Kingscote doing most of the attacking. Luke Ramsey was back to provide a focal point, but it was the Hounds’ running players who did most of the damage up forward. BOG Sam Lewis was in everything, his run-and-carry setting up many goals including two of his own.
With Jake and Zac Edwards winning innumerable clearances and Rory Lovering making full use of space, the Saints backs were under pressure.
Andrew Fogden was tireless at half back to give them some rebound, but it was only Kingscote’s errant kicking keeping Westies in the game to half time, with the home side 4-10 to 1-3.
The Saints were well served by the bullocking Sam Short and Jake Nolan in the centre, and were able to put on a bit of scoreboard pressure with three goals in the third term through Elijah Whale and Jarrod Parker, but the Dogs booted five of their own.
Paul Green was marking everything in defence, Stuey Donaghy rebounded time and again, and despite the efforts of Damon Weatherspoon, Xavier Larcombe and the Saints on-ballers to drive the ball forward, they went goalless in the last term to give the Hounds a resounding win.
Reserves saw a great contest between last year’s grand finalists, Kingscote holding on for a narrow 7-point win. Ben Liddle and Ben Davis both goaled early for the visitors before Louis Steyn intercepted overhead to slot the Dogs’ first.
The Hounds were getting possession of the ball but overusing by hand; Wonks a bit cleaner.
Kieran Wallace and Krissy Lee were hard at it for Kingscote, Darren Morris damaging for Westies with Greg Downing and Lachie and Damien Florance also busy.
At half-time there were only four points in it, Daryl Weatherspoon opening the third term by putting Wonkies in front. Some desperate stuff by both sides then a running goal from ‘Weeman’ Virgo to level the scores, before Tye Boyle got Westies’ noses in front again before the last change.
With Dylan Edwards in charge overhead and hard running from the likes of Scotty Turner, Kingscote attacked relentlessly to win the last quarter, kicking 3-2 to 1-1 and holding off a late charge. Full credit to the home side for a gutsy fight back, and also to an undermanned but never-say-die Westies outfit on a cracking game.