Clash of the titans as Pembroke OS and SMOSH lock horns as Hope Valley face a danger game against Gepps Cross
By Liam Wormald
Gepps Cross v SMOSH West Lakes
Gepps Cross have bolstered their finals chances after defeating SMOSH West Lakes by eight-points at Duncan Fraser Reserve. The Rams were focused from the outset, with their five-point quarter time lead growing out to nine-points at half-time. Following the major break, the Lions fought back to hold the Rams to one goal in the third term, with the away team leading by just six-points heading into the final quarter. In a high-scoring finish in which 12 goals were scored the Rams came out on top to secure their third victory for the season. Graham Hampton was a strong presence up forward for the Rams, with five goals, while Jeff Ladd kicked a respectable four goals. For the Lions Rhys Crampton had a promising game with four goals, while Dylan Olive kicked three for the fifth placed team. Matthew Schmidt had no trouble finding the football for the Rams, while Stephen Tahana used his skills to great effect. Throughout the game Matthew Harper and Darcy Ginever tried their best to ignite the Lions team.
Morphettville Park v Pembroke OS
Pembroke OS are edging closer to their best form, after they defeated Morphettville Park by 15-points at Kellett Reserve. The win sees the Kings remain undefeated, with only two rounds remaining before finals. In the first half the Kings quickly grabbed momentum and were able to kick accurately, as they secured a 22-point lead at half-time. When play resumed in the second-half the Roo’s were able to put in a more competitive effort, with the Kings only kicking four goals for the half. Alex Forster was the key-target up forward for the Kings, with seven goals, while Matthew Robertson and Thomas Evans chipped in with two each. Matthew Duldig was valiant in defeat, with four goals for the Roos, while Nathan Davies booted three. Nicholas Worrall produced another best-on-ground performance, while Jaiden Pengelly showed his poise under pressure for the Kings. The strong games of Sam Walker and Liam Lusty was an encouraging sign for the Roos future.
Woodville South v Hope Valley
Hope Valley remain in the top-two, following their 32-point win over Woodville South at Ledger Oval. The Demons looked set to hit finals in top-form, with their forward line functioning beautifully. In a tight first quarter the Cats matched the Demons intensity, with just two-points separating the teams at quarter time. The second quarter saw the Demons gain some ascendency, with their lead stretching out to twenty-points at half-time, before they demonstrated their composure and scoring power in the second half. Matthew Min continued his electric form, with nine goals, while Jayke Hellmanns kicked three majors for the Demons. Shaun Smith led the Cats forward brigade, with three goals, while Jordan Carrocci and Ramah Ahmed were two of the nine Cats players who kicked a single goal. Along with Min, Demons’ Jamie Dowling and John Martin were key contributors in the win, while Dwayne Wilson and Jarrad Brusnahan showed plenty of fight for the Cats.
Pulteney v Mitcham
Mitcham have risen to third on the ladder, after they defeated Pulteney by 46 points at Morgan Oval. Despite putting in a more competitive effort than in round six, the Navy Blues struggled to challenge the impressive Hawks outfit. The Hawks started the game full of energy, with their strong defence restricting the Navy Blues to three goals in the first half, while their forward line registered nine majors heading into the major break. In the third quarter the Hawks were able to increase their lead to 52 points, before the Navy Blues kicked six goals in the last term to finish the game in a respectable manner. Maxwell Smyth enjoyed a great day in attack with eight goals for the Hawks, while Simon Tucker and Daniel Cross offered support with three majors each. Bradley Clark was the dominant forward for the Navy Blues with three goals, while Dale Dunn and Tyson Currie both snagged two goals. Smyth’s performance was well complemented by some sturdy efforts from Lachlan Hall and Chad Ytsma for the Hawks, while Alex Forbes and Joshua Giddings were resolute for the Navy Blues.
Walkerville v Kilburn
Walkerville have recorded a massive percentage boost, following their 117-point win over the bottom placed Magpies at Walkerville Recreation Ground. The win sees the Panthers reclaim fourth position and remain a strong chance for finals. The Magpies never troubled the Panthers, with the 37-point quarter time margin setting the tone for the remainder of the game. A goalless third quarter to the Magpies saw the Panthers demonstrate their finals credentials, with the margin 99-points at the final break, before it blew out in the last quarter. The goalkicking was equally spread amongst the Panthers, with Luke Westbury and James Boston kicking five and Bradley Griffiths kicking four. In a game in which they had limited scoring opportunities, Darren Francis and Todd Peirce had solid games with two goals each. The Panthers had several contributors on the day, with Tim Woolford and Sean Kuerschner delivering the ball to their forwards with procession, while Dustin Knaggs and Corey Solly never stopped trying for the Magpies.
Kilburn v Pulteney
Kilburn will host Pulteney this Saturday at Blair Athol Reserve, with both teams eager to claim a win after disappointing seasons. At their home ground the Magpies will be keen to give their supporters some cause for celebration and create some positive energy heading into pre-season. The insipid performance of the Magpies in round seven, should inspire them to claim their second victory this season. Kilburn by 12 points.
Hope Valley v Gepps Cross
The in-form Demons face the Rams at Hope Valley Oval this Saturday. Led by the Division Four leading goalkicker Matthew Min, the Demons will be hoping to remain in the top two and head into the top of the table clash with Pembroke OS full of confidence in round nine. The home ground advantage will see the Demons keep their positive form rolling-on, with a win in a close encounter. Hope Valley by seven points.
Mitcham v Woodville South
Woodville South will travel to Thomas Farms Oval to take on Mitcham, with the Hawks desperate to consolidate a top four position. The Roo’s will be wishing to re-join the winners list and upset the Hawks, as they build towards the 2021 season. This will be a lot closer than what the ladder positions suggest, with the Roo’s expected to be competitive but just lack the class of the Eagles. Mitcham by 21 points.
Walkerville v Morphetville Park
Following their comprehensive win over Kilburn, the Panthers will be wanting to continue their winning form when they play Morphettville Park at Walkerville Recreation Ground. If the Roo’s can win they’ll keep their finals chances alive and head into round nine against SMOSH West Lakes full of confidence. The Panthers should register their fifth win for the season and remain in the top four. Walkerville by 28 points.
SMOSH West Lakes v Pembroke OS
After being narrowly beaten by Gepps Cross, SMOSH West Lakes will be hoping to bounce-back against the undefeated Kings at West Lakes Shore Oval. As the Kings have had multiple close encounters this season, they’ll be eager to get a comfortable win over a fellow finals’ contender. Due to the form of Alex Forster the King’s should keep their undefeated run going and cement themselves in the top two. Pembroke OS by 15 points.
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