Broken Hill Outmine the Superdogs by Nick Kossatch

THE Riverland Superdogs ventured off to Broken Hill for their round one clash against the Masters Australian Over 35’s competition newcomers. Saturday’s twilight fixture was a success for the Silver City-siders as they overran the Dogs in the last quarter by 10 points.

Canadian recruit Steve ‘The Puck’ Deighton unfortunately strained his driver in his debut match, early in the piece, to his adopted new sport. Paul ‘Weeds’ Matthews transferred his excellent form on the bus trip to Broken Hill onto the field. He was one of a few Superdogs who actually had more possessions than the number of beers during the five-hour journey!

The visitor’s second and third quarters were their best. But it was debutant Johnny ‘The Whiz’ Barrett who sharked a goal with his first kick in elite company. The third quarter 85-metre long-prayer from Shane ‘Rowdy’ Healy bounced through for six points. The ball took a Shane-Warne turn and split the sticks! Another to make his debut, Russell ‘Rusty’ Crawford, will be a handy player once he gets used to some of his new team-mates mannerisms. The Superdogs had to poach a couple from Broken Hill including Des ‘The Host’ Klingbeil.

The Broken Hill side had the wind in the last stanza and they overcame a two-goal deficit to play skilful and linking football. Rick ‘Haystack’ Frahn was a general across the backlines and Brett ‘Greeny’ Greenslade’ cleared the ball from the centre numerous times. Andy ‘Make-A-Wish’ Bourne was another to battle hard in defence. It was rare to see superstar Sam Ingerson without any goals to his name and that is strange because the weather was dry!

The Superdogs next match is against Wests in Berri on Sunday the 19th April from 1230pm.

SCORE: Broken Hill 8.7 (55) d Superdogs 7.3 (45)

GOALS: J. Barrett; S. Healy; N. Kossatch; 1 (Klingbeil; Hocking; Cole each kicked 1 as ‘fill-ins’ for the Superdogs)

BEST: P. Matthews, S. Healy, B. Greenslade, R. Frahn, A. Bourne

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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