Superdogs overcome tardy start

By Nick Kossatch

RIVERLAND’S over-35s football side, the Superdogs, travelled to Blyth in South Australia’s Mid North and returned home 31-point victors.

With a depleted side the Doggies “went to work” after a tardy start. The spring-heeled Nick “Kossy” Kossatch had a reason to jump higher in the ruck as his lady friend Nat was in the crowd. He was inspired by the Power’s win over those Crows so adrenalin was pumping!

The first term was tight but Darren “Titty” Tieste concentrated on winning some clearances from deftly palmed Kossy taps and fellow small Paul “Weeds” Matthews showed now ill effects of a sore knee.

The game was played in excellent spirit and Rick “Haystack” Frahn certainly was not playing a stinker. Few would disagree, especially near a pack in the middle of the ground. A magnificent blind turn and goal from Jeff “Jeffro” Coates in the second quarter was a highlight

Sam “Lewy” Ingerson, after two sub-par games by his standards, was at the end of lace-out passes from Titty, Shane “Rowdy” Healy and Jeffro. He finished with eight but he did have the opportunity to dish off a couple passes to a hungry Kossy when the ruckman drifted forward.

It was all about providing an option. To Lewy it was all about him!

Riverland’s defence were superbly led by Anton “Rod Carter” Coates and Paul “Halltrain” Hall. The Rod Carter-clone was a spoiling machine and the defence held firm when the Northerners got on top with three quick majors in the third quarter.

The Doggies settled and booted three goals in succession late in the third quarter. The last quarter produced more magic moments and none better than Chris “Racer” White’s blinded-by-the-sun mark near the clubhouse wing.

Other highlights were Kossy’s growing handball statistics. It is a feature he has been working on in the off season!

Superdogs 15.7 (97) d Mid North 11.10 (76)

Goals: S. Ingerson 8, Gill (Mid North recruit) 2, L. Gum; J. Barrett; S. Healy; D. Tieste; J. Coates.

Best: D. Tieste, A. Coates, J. Coates, P. Matthews, S. Ingerson, R. Frahn.

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