A Grade - Wisanger 12.13 def Dudley United 8.5: The A grade started off with a tight first quarter, both teams were eager to put some scores on the board. Wisanger kicked 4 goals in the first term, while Dudley was inefficient with their kicking and kicking 3 behinds. The second term blew open with Scott Hutchins dominating in the ruck, and feeding the ball to a ball hungry Paul Bott who delivered the ball forward, giving Wisanger an 8-goal lead at the half. Brodie Howard jumped into the ruck and started to help Dudley regain the game. Ryan Boers and Kayne Wheaton moving the ball well in the third term allowing Dudley to get 3 goals on the board. Wisanger's work rate had dropped in the last term, and the Eagles were hungry adding an extra 4 goals onto the board but the Panthers came away with a 5-goal win as the whistle went. Well done to all that participated, keep working hard and good luck to all next week. - Brodee Williams
Reserves - Wisanger 22.15 def Dudley United 2.4: The boys from Panther Park presented a full squad to take on the undermanned Eagles. Six Colts players stepping up for another game in the green and gold. Zac Florance was winning many of the taps resulting in strong movement out of the centre. There were multiple goal kickers for Wisanger with three players getting four goals each and a handful of others getting two. Karaitiana Warena was dodging and weaving with ease and picking up BoG for the Blue and Whites. Credit goes to Dudley for not giving up and getting a couple of goals late in the game. - Justin Holman, Wisanger Reserves Coach and Luke Howard
Senior Colts - Dudley United 19.20 def Wisanger 4.1: Callum Willson won the toss for Dudley United on a perfect day for footy at Panther Park. DU won the first clearance, hit Zac Keir and he kicked their first goal. Wisanger played well in the first half of the first quarter and were using the ball well. Dudley United's big boys Adam Kinghorne, Zac Keir and Callum Willson took control and at quarter time were leading 4 goals to 1 for Wisanger with Orlando Kennedy, Jackson Lockett and Wade Berden battling hard. Second quarter Orlando Kennedy was winning the rucks, but Adam Kinghorne and Rory Florance were clearing the ball out of centre and setting up Zac Keir who was marking very nicely. At half time it was DU 8 goals to Wisanger 2 goals. DU took control of the game in the third quarter keeping Wisanger scoreless. DU's older lads selflessly setting up for their younger lads. Travis Millar for Wisanger tried hard. Trae Lovering and Adam Kinghorne playing well for DU. Jay Schofield for Wisanger had a good last quarter. River Berden ended up with two goals for Wisanger and Dylan Bunney had four goals for DU. BoG Adam Kinghorne. - Syd Lockett, Wisanger Senior Colts Coach
Under 12 - Dudley United 9.3 def Wisanger 8.4: The young Eagles travelled down to Panther Park on Saturday. The weather was calm, but the game was one of the most intense games seen between the two under 12 teams. With the inclusions of a few Kingscote boys, Koby Henderson, TJ and Mitchell Warren it boosted Wisanger's team. Koby Henderson dominating the game, and moving the ball from the middle into the forward lines. This allowed Jed Florance and Thomas Bott to convert and showing signs of becoming dominate forwards. Dudley was strong with their centremen and fought back hard, keeping it at 5 points difference at each break. The Payne brothers, Huon Ley and Jackson Johnson working hard all day down back, trying to hold off the mighty eagles, but the Eagles proved to be too strong as the final whistle blew and Panthers went down by 5 points. Well done to both teams, it'll be great to see what this generation of under 12's will be like in years to come. - Brodee Williams, Wisanger U12 Coach
Western Districts reports
A Grade: If the Reserves game was entertaining, the A Grade game was absolutely enthralling. The game was tough, hard and played to a finals like standard, with neither side asking nor giving any quarter.
The game got off to a fast start, Parndana dominated play early and had the home side under pressure with 3 early majors. Wonks defence held their own, under siege and slowly but surely worked their way back into the game to be just 11 points down at the first break.
Wonks started to be first to the ball, Graham and Larcombe's work rate was outstanding and with the first couple of goals, the home side moved in front for the first time. The Gaskin boys and Johnston were proving to be a handful, but Wonk's defence stood firm and Coulson up forward took a couple of contested marks gave Wonks some breathing space. Johnston managed to get one back just before half time to give the visitors some momentum back just before the main break.
Just like in the first quarter, Parndana started the second half fired up, and within a minute had kicked two majors to move them back in front. The Roosters looked the more settled team in the third, using the ball better than their opponents. Johnston broke free of the tight tag from Riggs and kicked his third, to give Parndana some breathing space but just when it seemed they were just starting to get on top the Saints pressure lifted. The centreline started working harder, and the tackling pressure applied by Larcombe and co lifted their team mates around the ground. Graham and Larcombe each kicked a goal to have the Saints in front once again and with the all-important momentum going into the last quarter.
The Saints dominated the ball possession in the last, and bar their poor kicking the game would have been well over. Luckily for the home side Parndana weren't able to capitalise on this with a major. Coulson confirming the win for the home side with his fifth of the day. Western Districts all but confirming top spot with a 16-point win, in what could be a grand final preview and that would be a matchup to have fans of both sides salivating.
Reserves: The reserves at Gosse was a highly entertaining affair. The first half, at times was played at an "A grade" level. Wonks got off to a flying start, kicking the first 6 goals of the game leaving Parndana a touch shell shocked. The 300-game veteran; Mills finally broke their duck, kicking their first just before the first break but they weren't able to carry on with this momentum into the second.
Wonks just had too many winners around the ground, with their youngsters; the likes of Benney and Whittle using the ball brilliantly and their old heads of Davis, Laver and co not wasting the ball either. Parndana's defence must have felt frustrated at times, the Parndana midfield just seemed to lack that bit of fitness that Wonks seemed to have and this was putting them under immense pressure. Rowsell proved that his 200th milestone game was well worth waiting for, giving his midfield first use of the ball and the wonks forward line enjoyed the seemingly never-ending supply. White and Bowden tried hard for the visitors and never gave up, but at this stage Parndana are just lacking that bit of depth to challenge the top reserves sides. Western Districts showing the distance between the top two and the rest coming away with a 90-point win.
Colts: In the colts, whoever would win this contest would just about be guaranteed a finals spot. Early on the ball stayed in Parndana's forward 50. Good defence by the home side, forcing Parndana to have shots at goal from out wide.
Parndana finally broke the wall early in the second, with Sam Bowden kicking the first of the game. Aiden Huxtable was marking anything that came near him, while Isaac Trethewey was finishing off the good work from up the ground ending up with seven goals for the day. Toby Nolan, Taj Morrison and Jackson Short tried hard in defence but Parndana continued to dominate out of the centre and dominated the second.
Wonks second half was much better, their tackling pressure was excellent but Parndana just had a bit much quality on the day. Wonks were held scoreless but it certainly wasn't from lack of effort. - Ball Magnet