Wisanger v Parndana
The young Panthers side was pumped, believing they could give the Roosters a run for the money, especially as the Premiers were coming off a loss to Kingscote in their last game.
While the visitors scored the first goal off the boot of Nick Dugmore there was a quick reply for Panthers’ rover Damon Tyley – a sign of the to-and-fro that would be evident the whole game. Luke Hacker kicked a beauty from 50 in the pocket but young Anthony Anderson and the home team’s ruckman, Cody Schutz, kicked back to take first quarter scores to WFC 3.3 PFC 2.3. It had been an extremely competitive quarter with neither team dominating inside their 50.
Roosters tried picking up the pace in the second quarter with majors from Zach Trethewey, Michael Mills, Cameron Stewart and Adam Bussenschutt but the Blue Boys showed dogged determination not to let the quarter slip away with goals from Paul Bott and Andrew (Norm) Turner.
Jason Fryar’s work rate and ability to read the fall of the ball showed why he was one of Wisanger’s best players for the day.
The home side had missed some opportunities that could have stretched their lead to three or four goals. Scores at the half-time siren WFC 5.6 PFC 6.9.
Parndana’s uncharacteristic fumbling at the ball and some poor disposals allowed turnovers that the Panthers used to their advantage with majors on the scoreboard from captain Billy Willson, Josh Lade and Liam Sampson, with only one in reply from the visitors’ Patrick Skeer. Three-quarter time scores WFC 8.10 PFC 7.10.
The home team could smell a victory over the reigning Premiers but the experienced Roosters boys weren’t about to give up the fight.
Two more goals from Adam Bussenschutt and one each from Patrick Skeer and Zach Trethewey were evenly matched by kicks through the big sticks from Billy Willson, “Norm” Turner, an absolute beauty from a tight angle by Anthony Anderson and one from Damon Tyley off a great handball from Nick Berry.
Full-time scores showed that Parndana’s place at the top of the ladder was now under pressure WFC 12.13 PFC 11.12.
Western Districts v Kingscote
The A grade game at Gosse on Saturday between Kingscote and the Saints was a good contest with the young Saints boring in pretty hard to put pressure on their more favoured opponents. Kingscote won by six goals in the end but the game was very entertaining with hard physical contests the entire game.
Kingscote’s big frames up forward proved to be a handful for the Saints. However, A Lavers and J Parker gave their all to make it hard for them and did a pretty good job.
Best for the Saints were X Larcombe, D Weatherspoon, J Graham with J Nolan attacking the ball well from centre-half back and T Buck battling hard in the ruck. Kingscote proved to be more polished with its disposal to secure a solid win. Good luck to the boys going to Mortlock.
Western Districts v Kingscote
Kingscote travelled west with a good reserves team on the weekend. The battle-weary Saints hung in the game until after half-time and from there the depth and youth of the Hounds allowed them to secure a win by four goals.
Best for the Saints were B Davis, D Florance and B Liddle while Kingscote were able to rotate their on-ballers through the middle to keep them fresh. The Saints look forward to a break to freshen up some old bodies. Dickie Knee