River Murray Football League round two match reports

Winners are grinners: Tailem Bend's Sam Martin, Ben Franks and Neil Johnson celebrate their round two win at Mypolonga on Saturday. Photo: William Bailey.

Winners are grinners: Tailem Bend's Sam Martin, Ben Franks and Neil Johnson celebrate their round two win at Mypolonga on Saturday. Photo: William Bailey.

Eagles flying high after great win over Mypolonga.

Tailem Bend players, supporters and officials erupted into loud cheers and were super happy when the final siren went on Saturday.

There was plenty of reason to smile for the Tailem Bend crowd as they notched up their first win since season 2015.

A handy nine-point win over the Tigers saw Tailem Bend get off to a perfect start in their first match for the season.

After winning the toss, Tailem Bend elected to kick to the southern end of the ground with the advantage of a very strong breeze.

The Eagles showed seconds into the match that they were going to throw everything at their clash with the Tigers. Ben Franks and Jack Marino got plenty of the the ball for Tailem Bend, while for Mypolonga,Russel Tucker and McDonnell featured for their side.

In a low-scoring first quarter Tailem Bend managed to be eight points up at the first break.

In the second quarter Mypolonga didn’t make use of the significant wind advantage they now had and skill errors let them down at times.

For the Eagles they were winning more of the centre clearances and also had more inside 50s and at half time Tailem Bend were still eight points in front.

In the third term Mypolonga played some good footy with youngster Brady Morris chalking up plenty of stats for the Tigers. 

Steven Clay and Jarryd Linde used the ball well for Tailem Bend as their side continued to win more of the ball in the middle and inside their forward 50 zone.

At the last change it was anyone’s game with the Eagles in front by five points.

The last quarter saw a wind change and with it now blowing from the south it made Tailem’s chances of a victory a little easier. Both sides only managed to add one goal each to their tally in the final term in the tightly-fought encounter. 

Dylan Hogarth had a good day with the footy and was very consistent over the four quarters with his hard attack at the ball while Cruise Pengilly continued to feature  prominently for Mypolonga.

In the end it was a much deserved win for Tailem, by nine points. Best for Tailem Bend included Marino and Franks, while for Mypo their best included McDonnell and Tucker.

Leading goalkicker for Tailem Bend was Hogarth with three and for Mypo, Tucker also notched up three goals.

Meningie v Jervois

A CLASSY team performance by Meningie have seen the Bears run out comfortable 40 point winners against a resilient Jervois outfit at their home deck on Saturday.

Both teams struggled to string multiple passes together as the blustery conditions proved difficult for many of the game’s elite ball users.

The tackling pressure applied by both teams in the first quarter was set to be the theme of the day, as players had limited time to find targets under pressure.

It took a special individual effort from Meningie’s newest recruit Harry Slee to split the two teams at the first break, as his goal from outside 50 broke a patch of low quality contested football which was brought upon from poor ball skills.

Both teams showed great endeavour as every player put their body on the line to try and grab an edge in the contest, this was supported  by Meningie’s slender 6 point lead a quarter time.

Jervois had the luxury of kicking with the breeze in the second term, but knew that they still needed to play their brand of football.

Meningie started the second quarter the better of the two sides, as seasoned campaigners Brodie Martin, Brian Fenton and Karl Lohde showed their class, especially with ball in hand.

Although having all the play early in the quarter, the Bears failed to put their dominance on the scoreboard and allowed Jervois to steal a valuable goal late through Vice-Captain Justin Hardy.

The high level tackling pressure continued throughout the quarter, with the main difference being Meningie’s ball use, setting up multiple chances and probably feeling that the 21 point lead didn’t reflect their dominance.

As both teams returned from the half-time break, home fans were eager to see whether their team would build off a reasonably strong first half or be over-run by a talented Jervois side.

The tightly contested start of the third term was highlighted by the immense tackling pressure coming from the Jervois side.

Unfortunately for Jervois their slight dominance didn’t produce any scoreboard pressure, although Bradley Gabell had a golden opportunity to close the gap with a relatively easy shot from 25 metres out directly in-front.

Meningie then started to take control as Peter Nelson started to dominate around the ground, producing some brilliant overhead marks to turn the momentum.

Scott Biddle and Josh Niven started to get their hands on the ball, as Justin Smart rubbed salt into the wounds as he slotted a brilliant goal on the boundary to extend the Bears lead to 33 points going into three-quarter time.

Jervois needed everything to go right in the final term to produce a stunning fightback against the well drilled Meningie side.

With the game still in the balance, a massive bump by Bear Myles Warmington to allow team mate Brian Fenton to set up Scott Biddle’s second goal of the match was the turning point.

The goals then started to pile on for the Bears as their lead continued to extend, but it wasn’t without valiant efforts by Jervois star Dylan Barry, who continued to work hard for the team and played a massive part in his team’s five last quarter goals.

Meningie finished the game comprehensive 40-point winners, continuing their unbeaten start to the season.

Meningie’s best were Brian Fenton, Peter Nelson, Scott Biddle, Harrison Slee and Rhys Smart.

Jervois’s best were Dylan Barry, Owen Love, Tyler Robinson, Ty Burkett and Brad Gabell.

Mannum v Imperials

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Mannum responded from their round one drubbing to record their first win for the season over Imperials at the Mannum Showgrounds on Saturday.

The Roos got over the Blues by 24 points in a game that was closely-contested for three quarters.

Imperials led at quarter time and stayed with the Roos throughout the middle of the match and were only five-points down at three-quarter-time.

The final score saw Mannum victorious, 12.12 (84) to Imperials 11.14 (80).

Imperials head into the Easter break win-less at 0-2 but have been been close on both occasions, against quality opposition.

The Blues take on cross-town rivals Ramblers - who had the bye this weekend – when the season resumes on April 22. The Roos head into the break with one win and one loss and they head to Jervois after the break to take on the Bluds’ who are win-less after two starts.

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