GRAND FINAL: Roosters crow in reserves to win five in-a-row | PHOTOS

RAMBLERS have won their fifth reserves premiership in a row as the Roosters’ dominance of the competition continues.

Ramblers faced last year’s opponent and cross-town rivals Imperials in sunny conditions on a pristine Meningie oval on Saturday.

Ramblers finished third after the minor round and came up against Imperials, who finished fourth.

Both sides saved their best football for finals as the Roosters won tight games against Mypolonga and Jervois to qualify and the Blues won a tough elimination final against Tailem Bend in the first week as they went on to beat Mypolonga and Jervois in a tight match. 

Imperials started with the first few entries but the Rambler defenders did well to repel the attacks.

It was a hot footy early but Rambler Brandon Elphick managed to break the dead-lock scoring the first goal of the match before Rooster spearhead Jarrod Skyes kicked the second of the match.

Ramblers led a quarter time 2.2-14 to 1.3-9.

The second term was tight with both team fighting hard. 

Imperials had their chances; they had more scoring shots then their opponents but could not capitalise.

By half-time the score was 4.2-26 to 3.6-24 and Ramblers led by two points.

The third term was a real arm-wrestle but Ramblers were the first to fire with Luke Woods kicking a nice set-shot goal.

Ramblers were aided by the breeze in the third term but were only able to put on two goals with Matthew Brooks kicking a second Rooster goal while Imperials kicked one when Rigney-Smith roved a clever goal late in the term.

At three-quarter-time, the Reds led 6.7-43 to 4.6-30.

In the final term, the Roosters defence held firm conceding only one behind early in the term.

Ramblers pushed further ahead when Luke Woods bounced the ball into an open goal square to kick his second. 

Another late goal to Sykes via a handpass from Braden Kartinyeri was the sealer and Ramblers went on to win by 25 points.

Ramblers’ James Kerley won the Reschke Medal as best afield while Rooster Sykes kicked three goals as the leading goal scorer on the ground.

Imperials’ Ash Temby was impressive for his side in the Blues’ loss.


Rambler 8.8-56 defeated Imperial  4.7-31


  • Goal kickers: J. Sykes 3, L. Woods 2, B. Kartinyeri, M. Brooks, B. Elphick
  • Best players: J. Kerley, T. Pratt, A. Holland, W. Altmann, J. Hurford


  • Goal kickers: L. Paech, R. Waltrovitz, P. Robinson, K. Rigney-Smith
  • Best players: A. Temby, B. Reu, T. Hines, D. Leech, M. Farnham
Five in a row: Ramblers won the 2018 River Murray reserves premiership at Meningie on Saturday. Photos: William Bailey.

Five in a row: Ramblers won the 2018 River Murray reserves premiership at Meningie on Saturday. Photos: William Bailey.