With windy conditions at the Mannum Showgrounds for the round two A grade clash between Mannum and Ramblers, the Roosters had the slight advantage in the first quarter with the wind pushing across the ground.
It was a tight tussle early as no team could gain any control of the game and it was going to be difficult to score all day in trying conditions.
After around 10 minutes, Rambler Kieran Yakas kicked the first goal of the game with a long bomb forward which rolled through for a major.
Ramblers were playing the game on their terms in attack but were met with solid defence from Mannum’s Michael O’Malley and Hampel who both were gathering plenty of touches.
Despite this, Ramblers kept on attacking.
Clint Walker, Vanson and Rigney were prominent for Ramblers in the middle early and took the Roosters to the first break with an eight-point lead 1-3 to one point.
The second quatersstarted with Mannum’s turn with the wind, going forward continuously it was Ramblers defence’s turn to rebound attack after attack, they did it well with Altmann on top at full back.
Robinson finally broke free for Mannum’s first goal and shortly after Woollard scored again and it looked like Mannum was kicked into gear.
After some solid clashes, Muffy Kartinyeri was forced off with a broken arm as the game was heating up.
Nick Pearce and Blake Webster were having a ding dong battle in the ruck as neither one was giving an inch, this game was definitely going to be won by the midfield who got on top first as Walker, Vanson ,Dougall, Rankine and Wilson were playing well for Ramblers as was Hayes, DeZylva, Bullard and Giles were for the home side.
Ramblers went forward on a rare occasion with Wilson responding to have Ramblers with a slender one point lead at half time 2-6 to 2-5.
The second half saw the home side slow out the blocks again and Ramblers attacked hard with Rankine racking up possession after possession driving the ball forward Mannum’s defence was under immense pressure.
Goals to Yakas and Weyland, who has been good all day, saw the Roosters pull away and when Rankine scored again Ramblers were out to a four goal lead.
This sparked Mannum into gear and Hayes was gathering plenty of the ball and with goals to Robinson, Wollard and Hayes the game was evenly poised again.
Walker kicked another goal late in the quarter which gave Ramblers’ a slight five-point advantage leading into the final break, this game was up for grabs with Ramblers up, 6-11 to 6-5.
The last quarter started with both teams defences rebounding well with O’Malley and Altmann both on top for their respective teams.
Pearce and Webster continued the duel in the ruck as neither on was giving an inch.
Mannum’s Korey Loechel and Jye DeZylva were lifting and both playing well and with Roosters Walker and Vanson gathering plenty of the pill, this game was going down to the wire.
Mannum applied pressure and keptgoing forward only to see their efforts rebounded by a sound Rambler defence and when it looked certain for a Ramblers goal after a quick turnover, up stood Hampel who took down Wilson in a great tackle.
The last five minutes of the game belonged to Hampel as Ramblers attacked, he gathered plenty of the ball and layed three great tackles to avoid any majors being score by the visiting side.
With five minutes left it was still two points in it and when Cook gathered the ball on the flank had a shot to put Mannum in front but fans were disappointed to see it hit the woodwork.
Ramblers held on in a thriller.
Neither team could score a goal in the last quarter and the final margin was two points; 6.13 to Mannum’s 6-11.
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