Eastern Ranges 9-11 65 defeated Kimba 5-11 41
Eastern Ranges used their second home game in a row to their advantage against Kimba at the weekend.
As most farmers were looking for more rain it was strange weather for the middle of May at Rudall for the battle between the favourites, Kimba, and Ranges.
Warm conditions made for a great day out but thirsty football weather as there was not a cloud in the sky.
Kicking to the supposed non-scoring end Ranges attacked first and early with Matt Beinke kicking a goal in the first few minutes only to be followed by Damien Hannemann kicking truly from 50 to give Ranges a handy lead.
Ranges pressure on the Kimba forwards was strong, which resulted in a lot of turnovers which made it hard for Kimba to even enter their forward 50 metre arc.
Kimba’s first two shots for the quarter came late but they only scored a couple of behinds while at the other end Rhyce Beinke scored to have the home side up by 27 points at the first break.
Ranges 4-5 29; Kimba 0-2 2
The second quarter was a little different, all defenders were strong with minimal entries into the forward lines.
Damien Hannemann kicked another for the Ranges from a rebound from the defence as Kimba were struggling to get the ball past their half forward line.
Late in the quarter, Leigh Chamberlain kicked Kimba’s first goal.
For some reason Ranges made a couple of mistakes and the game seemed to swing in Kimba’s favour.
Three unanswered goals through great work from Blair Buchanan, Chamberlain again and a 25m penalty to Joel Fitzgerald in front of goal got Kimba the momentum they needed to get back into the game.
Half time Ranges 7-7 49 to Kimba 4-4 28
The second half started with a little argy bargy as players started to tussle with each other as the game seemed to liven up.
Kimba kicked a little closer with a great goal from Brook Seal as the battle started to pick up.
The play seemed to pick up the pace and players were not holding back.
Jess Kenny was giving Ranges a lot of drive from the middle but Kimba’s defence stood up strong and scoring was limited to one goal a-piece for the quarter.
Ranges 8-8 56 to Kimba 5-6 36
The final quarter was a tough and hard battle between the defence lines, the ball bounced between the back lines and scoring options were limited.
One goal was scored between the two teams and inaccurate kicking cost teams the chance to finish on a high.
Ranges were not favoured to win this game so they would be happy they came out on top.
Best: Ranges: Pat Jenner, Jess Kenny, Jono Forrest, Jared Siviour; Kimba: Andy Vandeleur, Jed Beinke, Bryce Hampel, Ryley Maitland