Parndana vs Wisanger
A Grade: A second half blitz has seen Parndana run away with the match at home, defeating Wisanger by seven goals.
It was a tough and dour contest early on. Whilst there were some open passages of play, much of the first half was defensive, congested footy as neither side were willing to give up the defensive side when kicking against the substantial breeze. Parndana had the better of it, kicking two in each quarter. Wisanger only managed one in each, but weren't without opportunities, having more scoring shots only to see a nine point deficit at the main break.
Though the scoreboard would say Parndana ran away with it in the final quarter, it was the defensive effort of the third that set up the victory. It was played on Parndana's terms which lead to Wisanger only being able to score a solitary point with the benefit of the breeze. This left the Panthers needing to outscore the home side against the breeze to win the match. It was always going to be a difficult ask, but the combination up forward of Johnston and Nathan Trethewey in the final quarter put paid to any question of a Wisanger victory. Nine of the ten goals for Parndana came through them, leaving Wisanger with no answers as they lead the Roosters to what was in the end a flattering margin of 42 points.
This result, combined with the upset in Kingscote, sets up the end of the season nicely. Kingscote, Parndana and Wisanger are all now in a dogfight for the double chance. Given that only 1.03 per cent separates the three sides, every one of the four remaining games now has the potential to impact the first week of finals. This will make for some fascinating football over the next fortnight, as three sides fight it out for the right to take on Western Districts in a qualifying final.
Reserves: Wisanger have overcome a spirited Parndana side to edge ahead in the race for the minor Premiership.
It was dreary conditions at Parndana Oval that greeted the boys in the Reserves. A cold south westerly was blowing and heavily favouring the Hollitt end. It was the home side that had the advantage of the breeze in the first and was able to make some progress early. Three goals in the first quarter and a two goal lead was certainly something the Roosters would have liked against the top side. Wisanger looked to attack against Parndana against the wind and the conditions were making it difficult to execute the skills and this lead to turnovers and opportunities for Parndana on the rebound. But the game changed in the second. With Wisanger now attacking, Parndana looked to play a much more defensive game, keeping the ball locked on the dead side. This made scoring a lot more difficult for Wisanger, even with the advantage of the breeze, and that allowed Parndana to keep an advantage heading into the main break.
After half time though, the game broke open. Wisanger's superior run, even against the wind, began to show and they were able to score against the breeze very successfully. Collins was providing run from half back and with targets of the likes of Dunlop, Smith and Florance it was giving Wisanger an edge over the Roosters. As the third quarter ended, they had turned a deficit into a two goal advantage, kicking with the breeze in the last. Now chasing the game, Parndana weren't able to turn it into a contested quagmire for the Panthers and were forced to attack. This opened the game up and allowed Wisanger opportunity to rebound. Parndana simply weren't able to match the run of Wisanger as they finished the game strongly, running out seven goal winners in the end. This sets up beautifully the final game of the season for the Panthers next week against Western Districts, with the winner taking home the minor Premiership heading into finals two weeks later. - Centre Half Bench
Kingscote vs Western Districts
A Grade: On what was a cold and windy day, at the end of a cold and windy week, the Dogs faced off against the league leaders.
The game began with Western Districts using the breeze, but with the Kingscote boys applying lots of pressure they failed to capitalise.
Kingscote pressure saw the ball spend a lot of time in the their forward zone. While this did not result in a lot of scoring, it kept Westies from taking the advantage of the strong breeze. 1/4 time WD 1.1 Kingscote 0.1
Taking a leaf out of the Kingscote book Westies really put in and ran the ball forward into the breeze. They faced a determined group of backmen for the Dogs and were unable to trouble the scorers. Two quick mark and goal efforts to Cockshell saw the Dogs hit the lead, and despite some good ball use and play by Westies they were unable to respond. More goals by the Dogs toward the end of the quarter saw Kingscote lead 6.4 to WD 2.3 at the break.
A quick move forward saw Kingers goal early, followed by an equally quick goal to Westies, setting the tone for the quarter. Both sides added to their meagre first quarter tallies, but the Dogs ability to move the ball forward with confidence and skill was telling. 3/4 time scores read K 9.4 WD 5.3
As the last quarter began, Kingscote scored early and were immediately answered by the Western Districts lads. They battled desperately, but the Kingscote players were making better use of the ball. The young brigade brought in by Kingscote to cover injuries really shone in this quarter and their skills and decision making was a sight to see. The dam broke towards the end of the quarter, resulting in a on- sided looking final score.
The watching crowd really got their money's worth and set the scene for the coming finals matches. - P. Brauer