Round 16 Review – 2017

From the Border Mail

OSBORNE star Jamie Parr produced a sensational performance to lead the Cats to a hard-fought 11-point victory over Brocklesby-Burrumbuttock at Osborne on Saturday.

While the athletic big-man was strong in the opening three quarters, his final term was sensational as the undefeated ladder leader’s held their opponents at bay.

He kicked two telling goals and dragged down several towering pack marks to draw praise from Saints’ coach Kade Stevens.

“He’s as good a player as I’ve seen since going to the Hume league,” Stevens said.

“I thought he was the difference between the sides.

“We got within seven points and looked a chance but his last quarter was fantastic for Osborne.”

The loss saw Brocklesby-Burrumbuttock drop to fourth spot on the ladder with the reigning premier needing to defeat Jindera and Howlong in the final two rounds to be a chance of a top-two finish.

While Parr was best afield with four goals, Andrew Clarke and Trent Haddrill were outstanding in defence and the underrated Marty Bahr won plenty of possessions at ground level.

Rob Farrall and Izaac McDonnell were also effective for Osborne.

Brocklesby-Burrumbuttock were far from disgraced in the loss with Parr’s dominance and several costly misses stopping them from recording a memorable win.

Thomas Webb, Josh Koschitzke, Liam and Aidan Johnson and Josh McCudden were tireless workers.

Their cause wasn’t helped by losing Tom Hemsley in the opening minutes.

“There wasn’t a lot in it all day but Osborne took its chances a bit better than we did,” Stevens said.

Jindera reacted savagely to last weekend’s surprise loss by hammering Murray Magpies by 89 points at Jindera.

Mitch Lawrence, Jesse Harris and Tom Weldon were in everything for the victors as they strengthened their hold on second spot.

Young Dylan Pettingill kicked four goals to take his season tally to 38.

Murray Magpies took a depleted side into the match with Josh Senior, Adam Lawrence, Shannon Gilson and Ben Clements left to fly the flag.

Henty dealt Holbrook’s aspirations a blow with a 72-point win at Holbrook.

The Swampies were outstanding with the strong bodies of Josh Gaynor, Heath Ohlin and Shannon Terlich thriving in the heavy going.

Simon Turner and Brad Carman played well for the home team.

Culcairn accounted for Billabong Crows by 30 points.

Jamie Robbins was the match-winner with six goals while the experience of Jye Shields, Adam Eady and Tim Hallinan also proved telling.

CDHBU claimed their third scalp in the past month by bringing down Howlong by 35 points at Howlong on Saturday.

After accounting for Murray Magpies and Jindera in recent weeks, the Power continued their giant-killing run on the back of in-form midfielders Jeremy Stevenson and Shannon Broadbent.

Andrew Ollington, Matt Howard, Brad Goyne and Russell Anderson also stepped up in the second term as the visitors opened up a handy lead.

Despite Howlong’s lacklustre performance, the Spiders remain in the top-six after Rand-Walbundrie-Walla wasted a golden opportunity in going down to Lockhart by 12 points.

Azzi medal chance Jordan Harrington was best afield again for the Demons while Zac Sheather starred in the ruck and Jamieson Bouffler created havoc with four goals in attack.

Ryan Lavery tried hard for the Giants who must now defeat CDHBU on Saturday to stay in the mix.