Roopena thrash South Whyalla

Roopena announced their arrival on the competition with an impressive 93-point flogging of a South Whyalla team that threw the towel in way to easily and now sits at the foot of the premiership ladder.

Right from the outset the Roos made their intentions felt. Their midfield pressure and run off the half-back line was super-impressive.

With a three-pronged attack of Matt Golding, Kane Grund and Paul Zucker out- muscling their opponents, they skipped away to a four goal lead at the first change.

The Demons, mainly through the Mark Phillips and Dave Cleary combination, were getting first use out of the centre but errant skills and a dominate Roo defence caused crucial turnovers costing them dearly.

 At the main change the Roopena lead had been extended out to 33 points.

Roopena' s third term was as good a quarter as I've seen so far this season, their run and carry and impressive ball use made the Demons look second rate.

Daniel Adamson, Simon Tetlow and Jordan Henderson- Ewings are the future of the Roopena Football Club and it’s in very good hands, as they set about destroying any hope of a Demon revival with a blistering 8 goal quarter, making it a 81 point lead going into the final quarter 

The last term was a mere formality – the Roos continued to do everything right while the Demons lack of desire and want for the football stood out for everyone to see.

A big change in attitude and commitment will be needed if they want to be apart of finals football in 2017

Best afield was Daniel Adamson, his run and carry off half back was the catalyst in numerous scoring opportunities, Sean Seeley continued his impressive season with another solid display in the back half, Simon Tetlow was a class act and has a massive future.

Kane Grund did what Kane Grund does, clunking several marks and fellow forward Matt Golding was the main destroyer up forward with 6 goals – you could go on in what was a super team effort.

You could count the Demons best players on one hand, Dave Cleary was easily their best player and played a lone hand in the Demon midfield, Jacob Pickert was under the pump deep in defence but did  some good things out of his back pocket and Freak Phillips won 95% of the ruck contests without much reward.


Central v Weeroona Bay

Saturday May 27th

Bennett Oval

Saturday's Bennett Oval clash sees Central Whyalla take on Weeroona Bay, both side suffered big defeats last week making this a crucial game for both especially with evenness of the competition.

The Roosters have a 2-2 win loss record and will be smarting after the belting they received from the Magpies last weekend.

Nick DeJonge, Cameron Edey and Jack Pickert have been consistent performers and coach Golly Marshall will be hoping the likes of Sam Ellis, George Vlachoulis and Hamish Quirk can find that consistency in their game. The Bays have showed vast improvement this season but were given a reality check last week by West which should be a good learning curve for their young side.

Rowan Mitchell, Byron Fergusson and Owen Yendall are good leaders and you know what you'll get from them week in week out, but the Bays improvement has come from a number of young players playing their roles each week, Aaron Rogers, Dylan Harris ,Brandon Delgiacco and Brad Yendall have all taken the next step.

The Roosters will start favourites for this clash and look the better team on paper, the Tigers won't be a pushover but I'm expecting the Roosters to be a little to strong, Central by 35 points.

West Whyalla v Roopena

Saturday May 27th

Memorial Oval

Saturday's Memorial Oval game is between top of the table West Whyalla and fourth place Roopena, both side enjoyed  big wins last weekend and it will be a big test for the Roos to see if they can end the Dragons 21 game winning run.

The Dragons are no doubt the team to beat, after losing several stars from last season they were expected to come back to the field but in the last couple of weeks that gap looks to have widened.

They have talent to burn: The Everett brothers, Matt Holmes, Daniel Coyne, Samuel Clements, David Fargher, Kode Patterson and  Nathan Grzona are all regular good performers.

I guess the jury was out on the Roos, can they play finals or are they just making up the numbers, well after last weeks performance they can definitely play finals football.

Kane Grund, Ben Auld, Matt Golding and Paul Zucker are all capable goalkickers, Jordan Henderson- Ewings, Simon Tetlow, Clay Crompton and Daniel Adamson look to have stepped up another level.

The Roos will go into the game full of confidence but The Dragons are a quality side and it's hard to see them dropping this one, West by 36 points.

North Whyalla v South Whyalla

Sunday May 28th

Bennett Oval

Sunday's clash at Bennett Oval is between North Whyalla and South Whyalla, the Magpies are getting better with each game as they adjust to new coach Bomber Watts game plan, while the Demons have hit rock bottom and look to be struggling when put under consistent pressure. The Magpies belted the Roosters last week, new inclusion Bradyn  Hedley- King booted 3 goals and was best afield, Wayne Dare, Liam Vasey and Dave Atkinson continue to be regulars in the best players and James Gruitt, Marcel Greenwood and Josh Trezise are all good ball winners. The Demons couldn't have played any worse last week and coach Freddy Freeman will be hoping they come to the game in the right frame of mind, Geoff Appleton, Brandon Dix and Joel Howard- Bristow are three big inclusions and could be the lift needed for the Demons. Forms a hard thing to go past, I'd like to think the Dees won't be that bad again but the Magpies look a little too polished for my liking, North by 33 points.