Renmark v Berri

RENMARK V BERRI RFL – ROUND 10 2012, Sat July 14th

By Nick Kossatch at Renmark Oval

Renmark and Berri produced a stunning draw in round 10 of the RFL at a wet and muddy Renmark Oval in front of the club’s 1981-82 Premiership Reunion players. Demon Andrew Hume had the chance to give his team another remarkable come-from-behind win with a set shot after the siren but the heavy football narrowly went wide.

It was a game of missed opportunities for both clubs as it could be costly for Berri’s double-chance aspirations and the Rovers competition for fourth spot with Loxton North.

The rain fell during the first half and it were the hosts getting off to a flier as Berri struggled to find any clear winner in attack despite the best efforts of wet-weather specialists Clint Ridgway and Adam Beauchamp in the midfield. Renmark’s rangy Josh Warnock combined with Ben Wagnitz to set up the game’s first goal to a running Adam Bryant.

The Rovers did not allow its opponent no time and space and Jaryd Rowe, in particular, kept Demon dangerman David Hankin to minimal disposals. Half back Harrison Beavis was arguably playing his best game this year for Renmark and his rebound sent the ball forward that ended with a superb snap from the left-footed Nick Gillard.

After an excellent major to Matthew Smith, the Rovers had a handy 19-point lead at quarter-time with Matthew Camplin and Bryant busy and Warnock continuing his confident form.

Frustrations boiled over with Hankin’s tagger Rowe sent off with a bloodied nose before he resumed hostilities with the fiery Demon minutes later. Craig Seekamp’s terrific solo-effort with a soccer-type goal put the home team 26-points clear in the damp conditions but like the well-drilled and coached team it is, Berri gradually pegged back the lead.

Rory Correll got at the end of some quick play through Hankin and as conditions improved, so did Berri’s swift ball movement through the likes of its class players. Lachlan Jennings began finding space and the ball using it with precision and Hankin snared a brilliant goal. Martin Barber, in his return from a knee injury, got the Dees within striking distance with his first and the remainder of the match became an arm wrestle.

Berri’s on ball brigade were running as Renmark got nervous especially after ‘Captain Inspiration’ Peter Safralidis put the Demons ahead for the first time. It was short-lived when Seekamp was infringed and goaled to regain the lead.

The heavy conditions took its toll in a torrid final quarter that produced just one goal courtesy of more Hankin magic. Both teams missed chances but none came bigger than the last kick of the game.


5: Josh Warnock (Renmark)

4: Clint Ridgway (Berri)

3: Adam Beauchamp (Berri)

2: Jaryd Rowe (Renmark)

1: Lachlan Jennings (Berri)

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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