Five weeks into the 2022 Bendigo Bank Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Football League season and this might be the closest overall seen ever after another unpredictable weekend.
Padthaway caused the upset of the season so far, by defeating Mundulla by 15 points at Padthaway.
This was the same ground the Lions lost last year’s grand final to Mundulla and was a little bit of revenge.
Padthaway kicked just three goals the previous week, but this time it had the same amount before quarter time after seven team changes worked wonders.
The game was tight throughout, but the Lions had a two-goal buffer at each change of ends and were able to hold on.
Tobin Cox kicked six out of Padthaway’s nine goals as the Tigers had no answer for him as they also had a hard time finding multiple goal kickers with Dylan Mosey the only one able to do so.
Lucindale stayed undefeated after shrugging off a fighting Kybybolite outfit by 19 points.
Hamish Gordon continued his strong start to the season with another three goals, while Josh Trembath and Samuel Pitt also helped get the Roos across the line.
Stephen Craig, Thomas Jennings and Lachie Nolan kicked two goals each to keep the Tigers in the game until the end.
Keith comfortably defeated Bordertown by 39 points last weekend to put them on the edge of the top five.
The Crows delivered a strong four quarter performance as they look to get their season back on track.
George Johnson kicked four goals and Lewis Hender kicked three of his own as the Roosters could not cover all of Keith’s forward options.
Daniel Bibby, Ryan Bartlett and George Thring were great players for the Crows all game long, while Thomas Whittlesea proved to be Bordertown’s main threat in front of goal with three.
James Siviour put in a great performance in front of goal and proved to be the difference in a tight contest between Naracoorte and Kingston on the weekend.
Siviour kicked six goals as he led the Saints to a six point victory over the Demons.
Kingston’s biggest strength was scoring in the time on period as the Saints kicked five goals to zero in red time to get the visitors over the line.
Todd Lockwood helped Siviour out as he added two goals in the win as Rory Taggert proved to be a lone hand in front of goal for the Demons with five.
Border Districts shrugged off a pesky Penola team in the battle of the Eagles.
Borders got the jump in the first half and were ahead by 34 points at half time, but Penola fought back in the third quarter as they kicked 3.5 to 0.1.
No doubt Penola’s coaching staff were not happy with the inaccuracy in front of goal in the third after dominating it and they could have been much closer.
Borders refreshed and took hold in the fourth quarter to record a strong win and have then equal on wins with five other teams.
Jack Helyer kicked two goals in the victory, while Penola had a hard time finding a key forward winner as they had only single goal kickers in Drew Clayfield, Zac Deane, Scott Merrett and Sam Gartner.
Round 6 will provide some great contests again as it seems every week there are great match ups.
Bordertown host Naracoorte and both teams need a win to get back on track.
Both sides have lost two of their last three weeks as they will look for more consistent football.
Mundulla host Kingston in the match of the round.
The Saints come in on a four-game winning streak and will have memories of their win at Mundulla last year, where they held the Tigers to just one goal in the first three quarters.
But it’s a new season and this should be a tough game.
Undefeated Lucindale host a Padthaway team that will be flowing with confidence.
The Roos will need to keep Tobin Cox quiet and this result is far from certain.
The Keith Crows will look to continue their good form from last week as they host Border Districts.
Penola hosts Kybybolite and the winner will be keeping up with the pack above them, the loser will be falling behind and stuck on one win.
This game should be a close contest and the Eagles at home, will be confident they can find an advantage there to get across the line.