Flow Country Footy Wrap Week 3
Local footy fans were treated to some thrilling matches across country footy grounds at the weekend.
In Victoria and North Central footy had a draw between Wycheproof and Boort while the powerhouse Sea Lake Nandaly made short work of St Arnaud keeping the Saints to just 1 goal. In other matches Donald defeated Wedderburn and Birchip Watchem got on the winners list with the Bulls beating the Charlton Blues by nearly 25 goals led by Ben Edwards kicking 11.
Across in Wimmera it was the Southern Mallee Giants winning the ‘Delahunty Cup’ over Minyip Murtoa while the Giants Under 14’s handed out their first ever ‘mercy rule’ in beating the young Burras. In other Senior action the Saints stunned Stawell, Ararat cleaned up Warrack Eagles and Dimboola downed the Demons.
In Horsham District it was league leaders Harrow Balmoral stinging the Jeparit Rainbow Storm, it was Edenhope Apsley Saints upsetting the Kaniva Leor Cougars, with other winners Pimpinio over in Laharum, Kalkee easily over Taylors Lake, NQ Bombers beating Natimuk, while last years premiers Rupanyup were repelled by the Swifts from Stawell. Over in Sunraysia Wentworth bounced back against South Mildura with former West Coast AFL player Jarrod Brander kicking 13 goals out of 19. It was an irrepressible Irymple outlasting Ouyen United Kangas, Mildura mastering Merbein and Robinvale Euston impressive against Imperials.
In Millewa footy the Meringur Kangas score a solitary point in their loss to top side Bambill who kicked a week high 37 goals. The Werrimull Magpies mauled by Nangiloc and Cardross cleaning up Gol Gol.
In NSW Hume football had the Osborne Tigers reversing last years grand final loss to Holbrook, it was the CDHBU Power passing Lockhart, the Rand Walbundrie Walla Giants winning against near neighbour Culcairn, while an accurate Jindera kicked 9 goals 1 behind to beat an inaccurate Billabong Crows 4 goals 12 behinds and Howlong bit hard to inflict near neighbour Brock Burrum their third straight loss and Henty swamped the Magpies.
In Riverina, Collingullie’s season is at a ‘crossroads’ after losing to Mango, The GGGM lions lost the battle of the big cats to the Wagga Tigers, Turvey Park on top of the table after beating Coolamon and Leeton Whitton putting Narrandera Imperial on the bottom of the table after their win. While in Farrer winners were Marrar over EWK Hawks, The Rock Yerong Creek comfortably over Barellan, the Northern Jets flying high over Temora and the Saints getting their first win by beating Coleambally.
Meanwhile in South Australia, in Western Eyre the Western united tigers won the ‘battle of the west’ by beating the West Coast Hawks, while Wirrulla got their first points beating Koonibba and it was the Blues beating arch rival Thevenard.
In Great Flinders, Lock unleashed over Elliston Districts while league leaders United Yeelana were challenged by Tumby Bay and the Cummins derby was won by Ramblers over Kapinnie. Across in Eastern Eyre we have a new favourite with Ranges beating premiers Ports and CEU over Kimba.
Across in northern Areas the pain for the Magpies at Jamestown Peterborough continues with a hefty loss to Broughton Mundoora. In other matches Crystal Brook downed Orroroo in a close one and BMW beat Southern Flinders who managed just one goal for the afternoon.
In North Eastern it was the Eudunda Robertstown Southern Saints getting the job done over South Clare while Min Man returned to the winners list over Blyth Snowtown. A good win for North Clare over BBH at Burra and a strange scoreline as BSR Tigers kicked 5 goals 18 behinds to win over home side RSMU who kicked 5 goals 2 behinds. To Yorke Peninsula, it was a one sided round but Ardrossan did well to keep league leaders Moonta to an 8 goal win. Kadina won over Wallaroo comfortably, Southern Eagles stunned the CMS Crows at Curra with a massive away from home win while Bute opened their account for 2023 by beating rival Paskeville.
In Barossa Light Gawler it was Willaston under lights winning over Kapunda, Nuriootpa Rover ran over the Redlegs from Freeling while it was Tanunda just beating Gawler Central and South taught the Barossa Districts a 10 goal footy lesson.
In the Adelaide Plains the United Tigers from Long Plains had waited a long time for a win since August 2021. They had their song singing as the sunk Virginia. It was Two Wells over Hummocks while two cellar dwellers from the past in Hamley Bridge and Angle Vale had memorable victories over the power house leaders of the competition in Mallala and Balaklava respectively.
In Riverland they remembered Russell Ebert as Port beat West in SANFL but it was Waikerie who remained unbeaten after defeating Loxton and Renmark just got past Barmera Monash and Loxton North nailed Berri.
It was another good round of RMFL with Jervois giving the Suns from the Southern Mallee their first defeat. Mannum take out Tailem Bend, Ramblers beat Mypolonga and Imperials kept Mallee Storm winless.
The KNT had the traditional rivals clash between Mundulla and Bordertown for the 150 years celebrations at the Moot Swamp and the locals got going in the last quarter to celebrate long into the night. The KNT has 4 other close games with Kingston Saints beating Border districts who are the real deal in 2023, while Lucindale beat Kybybolite and Keith defeated a Padthaway side who are getting close but just not winning. Naracoorte passed an improved Penola.
In Mid South Eastern, Robe made it 3 in a row in a close contest against the Port Mac sea farers. Mt burr joined robe at the top of the table by beating arch rival Kalangadoo by 1 point, while Hatherleigh and Tantanoola were big winners.
With three weeks into the season, we have an exciting year of local footy ahead.