Bluds rule at Meningie

In form: Jervois' Luke Kluske is in hot form leading into the finals. Photo: William Bailey.

In form: Jervois' Luke Kluske is in hot form leading into the finals. Photo: William Bailey.

Meningie’s hopes of making the finals hang on a knife-edge this weekend after being thumped by Jervois on Saturday at Meningie. Jervois came into the match missing some key players including key forward Justin Hardy but defended and attacked well to record a 69-point win.

A strong wind favoured the scoreboard end all day and after winning the toss Meningie naturally decided to kick with the wind. A free kick to Will Paynter in the forward 50 saw the Bears strike first but Jervois did well to force plenty of stoppages to choke up the play and deny Meningie full advantage of the wind.

When the Bears did go forward, Jervois had the numbers to crumb the football off the pack and rebound out of defence. One such occasion was when the Bluds’ Ryan McKaye gathered the ball on the half back flank and ran out of the defensive 50, driving Jervois forward where Owen Love found Zane Barry with a handpass who kicked truly.

The home side led by three points at quarter time and, realising it had its work cut out for it against the wind, were on the front foot early when Jye Camac kicked scored an important goal to give the Bears more of a buffer early in the second quarter.

But from then on it was all Jervois, with Taite Silverlock having a massive term to help put his side ahead by 17 points at half-time. Silverlock provided plenty of run through the middle and floated forward to kick two important goals for the term, while Luke Kluske also found plenty of the ball.

Love had a massive second half for Jervois, playing an important role. He kicked five goals in the second half while his booming kicks gave Jervois plenty of forward entry.

Even kicking with the wind, Meningie could only manage one goal for the third quarter while Jervois piled on four – two of them to Love – to gain a 35-point lead at three-quarter time. Despite an early goal in the last quarter to Greg Saddlier, Jervois continued to hammer away and build a percentage-boosting lead.

A highlight was when Love took the kick-in and with the wind behind him he got hold of a torpedo which hit the ground in the middle of the oval and tumbled forward for another 40 metres where Kieren Stone gathered in the forward pocket and kicked his third goal for the game. Love booted three of his own for the final term while playing coach Ryan Willits booted two to see the Bluds record a big win on the road. Kluske and Silverlock were outstanding for Jervois, as was Love, James Cobbledick in defence and Kieren Stone up forward.

For Meningie, Liam Rigney’s game was a highlight, Will Paynter and Greg Saddlier fought hard while Will Angas and Peter Reichelt had big games in defence. While Jervois have second spot and a double-chance sewn up, last year’s grand finalists Meningie and Mypolonga will face off this weekend for fifth spot.