Local Footy: Renmark flog Barmera-Monash

 

 By Nick Kossatch

 

Renmark made a mockery of Barmera-Monash being a premiership contender by giving them a 74-point thrashing at Renmark Oval on Saturday.

 

The win places the Rovers in second position on percentage but equal on points with the Roos and Loxton.

 

It was the host’s most impressive win of the year kick-started by a barnstorming eight-goal first quarter.

 

Craig Seekamp and Brett Exelby kicked three-goals each as ruckman Nathan Farr gave the Rover on-ballers, Adam Bryant and Simon Callahan, first look at the ball.

 

Barmera’s Robert Price failed to capitalize early in the first term with three points but Josh Buchecker booted their only goal.

 

They simply could not cope with Renmark’s ferocious tackling and attack on the ball and body – underlined by Seekamp’s bump that put Brad Wilksch on his backside.

 

Russell Menz and Aaron Camplin were miserly in defence, yet attacked when they had too, from the backlines for Renmark.

 

That is why the visitor’s only had two majors to half time.

 

Paul Burne lived up to his surname by using his scorching pace and pumping the ball into the hungry Rover forward line.

 

His piece of courage allowed Callahan and Harrison Beavis to combine for Exelby’s fourth goal.

 

Jack Selfe and Chris Bonney were the only honest triers for the besieged Barmera-Monash side.

 

Their misery continued during the third quarter when they failed to kick a goal.

 

The cheeky Matt Camplin kicked two goals with the second of those somehow manufactured through some heavy traffic.

 

Bryant and Callahan, ably supported by skipper Trevor Thorpe and Matty Martinson, continued along their merry way in the midfield.

 

Why did Barmera kick just two goals in the first three quarters in such a big game?

 

They had a golden opportunity to be two games clear in second position.

 

Now they look like ‘the weakest link’ of the top four teams.

 

The Roos more than doubled their goal tally in the last quarter by booting five goals.

 

Danny Millard, after being moved to full forward from fullback, responded with two in a positive for Barmera.

 

Murray Middleton, after a quiet first three quarters, also slotted two majors but Renmark maintained their intensity highlighted by Mick Townsend diving head first into a pack.

 

The Rovers look like benefiting from life without Ryan Bennett, who has established himself at West Adelaide.

 

They meet Waikerie in next Saturday’s blockbuster round 13 match in Waikerie.

 

WRITER’S AWARD VOTES

5: A. Bryant (R)

4: R. Menz (R)

3: S. Callahan (R)

2: N. Farr (R)

1: J. Selfe (BM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Nicholas Kossatch

Tall and intelligent and athletically built who calls a spade a spade. Love sports writing and sending letters and texts to the editor about AFL and the Port Adelaide Power - win, lose or draw. I do not sit on the fence. Soon to be 40! I play basketball and over 35's supers football. Have played amateur footy and a bit of cricket and basketball when living in Adelaide. Do some writing for the Murray Pioneer,

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