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Great Flinders Football League
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Round 5 - Dominant results from United Yeelanna, Lock and Ramblers

Some lop sided results in Great Flinders Football on the weekend with United Yeelanna, Lock and Ramblers all recording big wins over Cougars, Elliston Districts and Eyre United respectively. The top 3 sides of the comp dominated the bottom 3 and the ladder is starting to take some distinctive shape just 4 games in to the 2024 season. 

Lock have started the season in red hot form and they were once again all class when they dominated their clash with Elliston Districts on the weekend. The opening quarter was the best one for the day for spectators with Locks clean ball use resulting in an early goal to the in form Travis Beard and their defensive pressure was causing the Roosters to turn the ball over. They were able to settle with 2 late goals to Richards and Fleming to get them back in the contest and trail by just 5 points at quarter time. The visitors stepped things up a notch early in the second quarter with their onball brigade taking control and Beard and Wheare reaped the benefits up forward. Elliston Districts did themselves no favours in front of goal missing several opportunities kicking 6 behinds for the quarter while Lock added 5 majors to take a 26 point lead in to the main break.

Lock began to take control of the game in the third and seemed to catch the goal kicking jitters themselves as they peppered the goals but missed several gettable opportunities. Elliston Districts were not giving in and were battling hard, but weight of class was proving the difference as the Roo’s advanced their half time lead to 45 points at the final break. They produced their best quarter for the game in the last and if not for inaccuracy the score could have blown out to a much greater margin. George and Glover were finding plenty of it and Aaron and Trav Beard were a constant threat with regular supply. They ran out comfortable 69 point winners in a polished display that has them sitting 2nd on percentage with an unblemished start to the year. Ty George and Dusty Wheare were excellent for the winners, Glover solid all day and the 2 beard boys damaging kicking 8 between them. For Elliston Districts it was Finn Reinerts and Archer Van Doorn as their standouts, and Baker, Williams, Guerin and Hutchinson all had some influence on the contest. 

United Yeelanna continued on their merry way with a dominate 107 point win over Cougars with the Eagles once again rarely challenged in a lop sided game. They opened the game in quick fashion as Murnane and Martin wreaked havoc in the midfield to help their side to an early 28 point lead at quarter time with the writing on the wall. Things went up a notch in the 2nd with the game under complete dominance by the Eagles as Watson, Breed and Maxfield found plenty of the ball which provided endless opportunities to Crettenden, Breed and Carr who were all class up forward. Horgan and Jay Green were working hard to keep their side in the game, but it was shot at half time with the Eagles leading by 80 points.

To their credit, Cougars came out a much more determined side after half time as Wandner dominated across half back and Phelps, Turnbull and Corey Paech all had influence on the game. They were defensively excellent keeping the Eagles juggernaut to just the 1 goal for the quarter  while adding a couple themselves in a spirited 30 minutes of footy that would have pleased their coach and supporters. Like good sides do, United Yeelanna responded strongly in the final quarter to keep Cougars scoreless in an impressive defensive display and managed to add a further 5 goals to run out comfortable 107 point winners. Adam Murnane was again named their best player, Stephen Crettenden was excellent up forward and Martin, Maxfield, Xavier Watson, Martin and Breed all played excellent games. For Cougars none were better than Josh Horga who tried his heart out, Wandner got better as the game went on and Jay Green, Henry Turnbull, Phelps and Corey Paech all had some good moments. 

In the final game Ramblers as expected proved too strong for the bottom placed Eyre United to win by 67 points although they didn’t have it all their own way against a determined Saints side.  The opening 10 minutes of the game was back and forwards between the 2 sides defensive arcs, but it was Eyre United who opened proceedings with back to back goals to skip out to an early lead. Ramblers were able to steady with goals to Bilney and Richardson to see them leading by just a solitary point at the first break. The flood gates opened in the second term as the Magpies took complete control of the contest to bang on 9 goals for the quarter as Ethan Langley and Harlee Chandler dominated the midfield and the Saints defence had no answer for the 2 pronged attack of Richardson and Bilney who were dangerous up forward. Defensively they were just as good, limiting Eyre United to just 1 goal for the quarter to take a 50 point lead in to the long break.

The third quarter proved to be a much more even affair as Eyre United lifted their intensity with Buter and Boehm getting busy and Stratford good across half back, but Ramblers were able to slightly increase their lead and put the game beyond doubt at three quarter time to lead by just over 9 goals. Langley started the final quarter with some class to lace out Bilney for another major but the Saints responded quickly through Hannemann. Ramblers were able to add 4 more majors for the quarter and Telfer kicked 2 late goals for Eyre United to reduce the final margin to 67 points in a game that Ramblers looked the winners all day highlighted by their dominant second quarter onslaught. Langley was excellent all day, Bilney all class up forward to finish with 8, and Chandler, Richardson, Skinner and Fitzgerald all had solid games. Marley Butler was named best for the Saints across half back, Hannemann was their best forward booting 4, and Bates, Boehm, Stratford, Johnston and Luke Forrest all played serviceable games.

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