Kingscote vs Parndana
Spectators were treated to a great game of footy as the Dogs and the Red Boys hit the track to a shower of rain. An arm wrestle ensued with Parndana looking more settled. A great Eddie Betts type goal from Nathan Trethewey saw the them lead at the first break 2-3 to K 2-2.
The struggle continued into the second quarter with good ball use by both teams marred by some horrible mistakes, due to the pressure being brought to bear by both teams. Half time scores of Kingscote 5-4 to P 4-6
The third quarter saw Kingscote get away, with Bruce dominating centre. Poor checking then saw the Red Boys slam through 2 quick replies, a quick response from the Dogs saw the third quarter time score at K 11-5 to P 9-8, with the game in the balance either way.
In the final quarter, Kingscote began with two quick majors, and the game could have been seen to be going their way. Parndana were having none of that and a brilliant effort by Nathan Trethewey brought the crowd to its feet. The final score read K 15-6 to P 11-10, but full credit must go to both teams for a cracking game played over four quarters. - P. Brauer
Western Districts vs Dudley United
A Grade: Wet and slippery conditions at Gosse for the matches between Western Districts and Dudley. In the A Grade, Western Districts have got their season back on track, coming away with a 91-point win over Dudley at home. The home side welcomed back a few key players, notably Graham who put in a B.O.G performance. The veteran players weren't to be outdone though; Fogden was excellent down back, while Whale led the way up front with 4 goals. Dudley's young players led from the front for them, young Brodie Florance showing how much he has improved the past couple of years and Kayne Wheaton must be starting to feel he belongs in the A Grade, with quite a few brilliant plays.
Dudley had their chances to bridge the gap early in the second, but were unable to take their chances. Wonks dominating the rest of the quarter, Dudley missing Howard in the ruck and Zac Bald dominating the ruck hit outs. Boers and Miller tried hard in the centre for the eagles, but wonks were just starting to get on top, up by 38 points at half time.
The third quarter had a bit of everything, 10 goals being scored all up. Boyle and Whale kicked goals early in the quarter, but Dudley kept fighting on. Willson broke free of the tag, to kick a nice goal from the boundary. Tempers flared, T.Larcombe unhappy with the attention from Tuohy. But rather than distracting him, this seemed to get him into the game a bit, and he snagged two goals for the quarter. Wonks outscoring their opponents 7 goals to 3 in a highly entertaining quarter.
Dudley's players just seemed to run out of legs in the last. They scored the first of the quarter through Touhy, but from then on Wonks dominated. Graham, Florance and Boyle all hit the scoreboard and capped off great games. Nolan did a great job on Eves down back, while Bullard appeared to be still on one leg at times, he was still very serviceable for the home side. Wonks setting up a mouth-watering top of the table clash against a recently undermanned Parndana this week, while the improving Dudley will aim to push Wisanger all the way at home.
Reserves: A rare sight in the reserves, with Dudley fielding a full side at Gosse, something they rarely have done, even in the glory days. While it is great to see two full sides in the reserves, Dudley were just lacking the quality that Western Districts have. Davis certainly teaching the young defence about positioning and getting the ball, setting up most of Wonks early scores. "Elvis", Spark and Coggan tried hard for Dudley, but Wonks had too many winners around the ground.
Riggs and Buick had some great moments, and M.Whittle even got on the highlight reel with a brilliant dodging goal. C.Hammat got his usual 5 goals from the goal square, and he has obviously been teaching this art of goal kicking to Henry, passing the ball to him in there, just before the final siren. Laver having an unusually quiet game, perhaps conditions not suiting him in pursuit of the Johnston. Dudley certainly putting in a great effort, Karas even getting his first kick in a game, but in the end, wonks consolidated their position on top of the ladder with a 98-point win.
Colts: In the colts, despite appearances on the scoreboard, the match was a hard-fought affair. The wonks boys looked like they had come to play early, getting the first few forward entries before the Dudley boys settled down and they started using the ball well. Good pressure from the wonk's boys still, but the Dudley boys just had too much size around the ground.
It was all Dudley in the second, their ball use was much better than the saints. Wonks were forced to make positional changes and moved their bigger boys to the backlines. This limited Dudley's scoring and they weren't able to score a goal in the last part of the second. The Wonks boys doing well, managing to avoid the mercy rule. The Dudley boys well served by Rory Florance and Callum Willson, the latter booting 5 goals, while Adam Kinghorne was also valuable all over the ground. The wonks were well served in defence, Jay Whale playing his best game for the year, while Oscar Morgan and Tyson Whittle played their usual good games down back. Great efforts by Blaize Whale as well, following up from his thumping game in Junior Colts. Dudley just about confirming the double chance for the finals, and as we know, anything can happen there. - Ball Magnet