Border Mail – Round 14 – Review

The pace of wingman John-Roy Williams and marking strength of Liam Johnson and Matt Seiter proved too much for the Giants.

Saints’ coach Kade Stevens said it was a crucial victory.

 Young Saint Eddy Ziebarth was a constant threat across half-forward at Walla.

“It was good to tick another box,” Stevens said.

“I thought we stuck to our structures pretty well.

“They put us under a lot of pressure earlier in the season and it was pleasing to see the boys respond in the third quarter in particular.”

With only 13 points separating the sides at half-time, Brock-Burrum kicked four goals to none in the third term to put the match away.

While Williams was best afield, Darcy I’Anson was solid in defence and two of Johnson’s three goals were bombed from outside 50 metres.

The injury-hit Giants were bold with Brendan Simmons, Mitch Thomas, Chris Duck and Myles Aalbers playing well.

Billabong Crows caused the surprise of the round by topping neighbours CDHBU by five points.

With the scores locked at the 20-minute-mark of the final term, Crow Tim Austin kicked truly to secure the team’s third win of the season.

Darcy Collins, James O’Connell, Michael O’Riordan and Al Austin impressed for the victors.

Midfielder Kade Rowe was CDHBU’s best player for the third time in the past four matches.

Howlong look the only side capable of challenging Culcairn for sixth spot after demolishing Lockhart by 113 points.

With Daniel Manning, Jay Koehler, Manny Hughes and Alex Dilger firing in attack, the Spiders blitzed their opponents early to move within percentage of the top six.

Peter Hancock and Zac Sheather had another epic battle in the ruck.

It was Lockhart’s worst performance of the season with Jamie Clough one of a few players to stand up for the Demons.

Osborne proved too good for Culcairn, winning by 22 points.

While the Lions refused to go away, the Cats had the answers with Duncan McMaster virtually unpassable floating across half-back.

Matt Tullberg, Kodie O’Malley and Matt Rava also stepped up every time Lion players Adam Eady, Nat Stroh and Jesse Sutherland mounted a challenge.

Henty produced a strong second-half to overpower Jindera by 25 points.

With Daniel Cox dominating in the centre, the Swampies finished with more run to knock their opponents out of double chance calculations.

Dylan Pettingill and Mitch Lawrence tried hard for Jindera.

A six-goal haul from forward Andrew Mackinlay proved enough for Holbrook to run down Murray Magpies by 20 points at Urana Road Oval