FOOTBALL: Mannum makes a statement with strong win over Imperials in round two | GALLERY

Round two, July 11

Mannum v Imperials

Football - starved fans were treated to an absorbing contest between Mannum and Imperials at Mannum on Saturday.

After Mannum got away to a blistering, and match-winning start, the game became a dour struggle with both teams threatening at different times to take control.

After heavy rain in the morning, the ground was wet, but there was no wind, and conditions did not seem to affect the skill of the players.

Mannum welcomed back former coach Michael O'Malley, whose club is not playing this year, and he had a huge impact, controlling the halfback area with great anticipation.

In addition, the Roos had several players available who were absent last week.

Both teams were hard at it in the opening minutes, but Mannum broke through after six minutes when Jacob Cook found Jarrad Woodward, another player returning because of a cancelled season at Karoonda.

This opened the floodgates as the Roos piled on the first six goals of the game.

Imps were under huge pressure as Mannum attacked repeatedly.

Ruckman Daniel Laubsch, although giving away height to his opponents, was leaping high and Mannum were able to go forward from the centre to score through Woodward, Blake Tabe, Liam Newton, Adam Smyth and Bryson Keeley.

Imps went goal-less until Johnny Boras marked in front of his opponent late in the term.

Mannum goaled again early in the second, when Jake Keller intercepted a clearing kick, then Jack Woollard took the ball off hands to run into an open goal.

Imps battled hard to stem the tide, but Ben Quinn extended the margin with another goal at the 15 minute mark.

It looked as though the match was turning into a rout, but Imps lifted, and Luke Harrowfield started to create a target up forward.

He added a goal, and another to Boras, with their team-mates lifting noticeably, gave them some hope at the main break.

After half-time, the improved effort from Imps continued, as they controlled the ball with a high possession game, but the goals had dried up for both sides.

Sam DeMichele got one for Imps, from a free followed by a 50 metre penalty, and Woodward one for Mannum, also from a free, and that was it for the quarter.

Mannum led by 37 points at the last change, but their early dominance was gone, and Imps, although faced with a big task, were in with a chance.

The Blues got away to the start they were after, with goals to Harrowfield and Boras, and the margin was back to a gettable 24 points.

However, Mannum raced forward from the centre bounce after Boras' goal, for Lachlan Smith to steady the ship.

Late goals to Sam DeMichele and Boras brought the final margin back 19 points, but Mannum were deserving winners, while Imps would be unhappy with their slow start, but reasonably pleased with their spirited fight-back

ROUND TWO RESULTS

Tailem Bend 9.11 65 def by Mypolonga 13.11 89

TAILEM BEND

Goal kickers: B. Hansen 2, C. Smelt 2, D. King 2, J. Prosser, M. Hansen, J. Dawson

Best players: S. McMurray, D. Perks, H. Irwin, W. McMurray, D. Finnie

MYPOLONGA

Goal kickers: R. Taggert 6, J. Moss 4, B. Davis, L. Gotch, L. Butler

Best players: R. Taggert, B. Davis, L. Altschwager , C. Jones, L. Butler

Jervois 18.7 115 def Rambler 7.13 55 

JERVOIS

Goal kickers: J. Scott 10, P. Zarantonello 4, H. Schulz, Z. Barry, L. Kluske, J. Ayris

Best players: J. Scott, M. Pope, J. Woodall, T. Kluske, Z. Barry

RAMBLER

Goal kickers: P. O''Neil 2, J. Paech 2, J. Weyland, K. Harradine, G. Rigney

Best players: A. Pratt, C. Schubert, J. Paech, M. Hartman, P. O''Neil

Mannum 11.6-72 def Imperial 8.5 55

MANNUM

Goal kickers: J. Woodward 3, B. Tabe, A. Smyth, J. Woollard, L. Smith, B. Keeley, J. Keller, B. Quinn, L. Newton

Best players: M. O''Malley, I. Hampel, Z. Bullard, J. Cook, D. Laubsch

IMPERIAL

Goal kickers: L. Harrowfield 3, J. Boras 3, S. DeMichelle 2

Best players: L. Harrowfield, J. Clarke, S. Mcmahon, S. DeMichelle, D. Hollitt