Local Footy: Waikerie hammer Berri

by Nick Kossatch



Tom Hyde booted 10 goals in the Waikerie Magpies 50-point drubbing of the Berri Demons in Waikerie.


It was Demon Terry Bonner’s 200th senior match not the result he had hoped for.


Hyde reeled off four goals in the opening term of the sixth round fixture.


He saw off Stephen Raeder who was later moved forward.


The usual Magpie suspects Shayne and Damian Stevens, Luke Horner and Craig Griffiths were in everything as the hosts kicked three goals in no time.


Berri’s inspirational skipper Peter Safralidis kicked a much-needed major and it lifted them.


Jake Langdon was busy in the midfield for Berri and impressive in close getting the ball out.


Teammate Geordie Franks had Waikerie gun forward Ben Venning’s measure.


Berri’s David Hankin’s skill stood out in a side struggling in that department.


The start of the second stanza replicated Berri’s poor start in the previous quarter. 


Horner was involved in both of Waikerie’s goals early in the term.


A brilliant and willing effort from ‘Saf’ culminated in a goal to Raeder.


Steve Renfrey, after beginning at full forward, found himself on Venning with
Franks moved onto Hyde.


The Dees concentration and poor kicking into the forward lines was its biggest downfall.


After Hyde slotted through his fifth Berri amazingly were still in the game 19-points adrift at the main break.


Dean Storic, whose hip and shoulder landed Venning on his backside in the previous term, began in ruck.


Again the Pies, via a pair of Hyde majors, flew to a 39-point lead.


Damian Stevens continued to find the ball in space unopposed and his brother Shayne added to his tally with a classy snap.


Renfrey had the better of Venning in a positive for the Demons.


The final quarter was lack-lustre but Berri did outscore their opposition by three points.


It was in junk time however.


Waikerie’s intensity dropped after they lead by 53 points at three quarter time.


Hyde, who missed a set shot moments earlier, accepted a Tim Bevan pass and he made no mistake.


His ninth goal was from general field play and his tenth was from yet another strong contested mark.


Berri’s better performers were Safralidis, Hankin, Langdon and Renfrey but they have plenty of homework to do after the Magpies taught them a lesson in skilful, quick and tough football.



5: T. Hyde (W)

4: L. Horner (W)

3: D. Stevens (W)

2: C. Griffiths (W)

1: J. Langdon (B)












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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