Round 4 of the 2022 Bendigo Bank Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Football League saw some pretty straight forward contests with most of the favourite teams getting the wins as expected.
Naracoorte and Keith proved to be the match of the round as the Demons came away with the victory by six points to move inside the top five.
Both these teams played out a thrilling extra time final last year and this game was just as good.
Neither team could get more than a goal ahead as the fans were treated to a great contest.
Naracoorte got some revenge on that result by getting up this time with Rory Taggert, Sam Willson, Matt Willson, Aaron Slorach and Josh Gregg were strong in the victory.
Lewis Hender kicked four goals for the Crows, but could not stop the Demons from taking the win.
Bordertown pulled away in the final quarter from Penola in a tough contest.
The Eagles stuck with Bordertown for three quarters and were only down by a goal at the last change.
But the Roosters kicked 6.8 to 2.0 in the final term to pull away for a 38-point win and consolidate their place in the top five.
Thomas Whittlesea continued his strong start to the season kicking another seven goals, while Bradley Bryant, Bradley Merrett and Brock Egan were best for the Eagles.
Lucindale continued its unbeaten run to start the season with a 37-point win against a hard fighting Border Districts team.
The Roos had a hard time shaking the Eagles off in the first half, but a big third quarter opened the game up.
Hamish Gordon bagged four majors in the win with Henry Tregoweth and Travis Ware kicking two each in the victory as well.
Kingston recorded its third straight win after beating Padthaway by 54 points on the coast last week.
In a scrappy game, the Saints pulled away in the last quarter to get the four points and stay in the top three.
James Siviour was again strong in front of goal for the Saints with four majors.
Padthaway had a hard time finding a consistent winner in the forward line all game long, with just three goal kickers.
Mundulla won the Tiger Cup after they comfortably defeated Kybybolite by 56 points at home.
Kybybolite fought hard all game long but Mundulla flexed their muscles when needed to get across the line and bank another four points.
Tom Gaden kicked six goals in the victory with Dylan Mosey, Travis Wagenknecht and Tom Gaden also getting in the best players.
William Russell, Joseph Schultz and James Bittner were Kybybolite’s better players.
This Saturday’s round 5 will see the battle of the Eagles when Border Districts host Penola.
Borders will go in as favourites on their home deck, while Penola fight hard but it is usually a quarter that costs them.
Padthaway hosts Mundulla in the grand final rematch where the visitors will be the strong favourites but funny things happen in country football.
Kybybolite hosts Lucindale and the Tigers will be up against it facing the undefeated Roos.
Lucindale has taken all before them so far this year and will go in to this weekend’s game full of confidence.
The Tigers are rebuilding and they fight hard every week, but Lucindale should win comfortably.
Bordertown welcomes Keith in a game that should be a close one.
The Roosters have hardly put a foot wrong this season and have had just the one loss and a draw against Mundulla.
Keith on the other hand has been up and down as they try to find their best line up.
The Crows will look to bounce back after the close loss against Naracoorte last week.
Naracoorte hosts a Kingston team that has been banking wins despite not really finding its best form yet.
The Demons have been inconsistent so far, but they are 2-2 and that is not too bad at this early part of the season.
Kingston since their first-round loss, have been running games out strongly and a trademark of theirs has been the fourth quarter where they have kicked 13.12 to 1.5 in the last three weeks.
The Demons have the talent to take it right up to the Saints, but the visitors will start favourites on the road.