Cats go down to Ranges

Flying high: Eastern Ranges' Johnathon Forrest and Cowell's Zane Wykamp jump for the tap during Saturday's wintry match between Eastern Ranges and Cowell.

Flying high: Eastern Ranges' Johnathon Forrest and Cowell's Zane Wykamp jump for the tap during Saturday's wintry match between Eastern Ranges and Cowell.

Eastern Eyre football

Eastern Ranges 13-9 (87) def Cowell 8-6 (54)

EASTERN Ranges came away with two very valuable A grade premiership points after their clash with Cowell at Rudall on Saturday.

Alex 'Wingers' Sampson was electric early on and he opened the scoring for the home team with a nice checksider.

The game was the first for a while to be umpired by just two central umpires. Makes you wonder, how did we ever cope with just the one years ago? With the umpire count reduced to two, some of the boundary side ‘chatter’ turned on this boundary umpire.

For the most part, it sounded like a Justin Beiber record being played backwards or maybe it’s just that my newly acquired Bogota headphones are wired for the Eric Clapton classic - Cocaine.

Winning the toss, Ranges elected to kick to northern ‘paddock’ end, which, according to Deer (the boundary umpires spent a bit of time out there), has been sown with wheat that is just starting come up.

Alex ‘Wingers’ Sampson was electric early on and he opened the scoring for the home team with a nice checksider.

Ranges went on to win the quarter with a further three goals with Rhyce Beinke stealing two goals and Nathan Byrnes taking another.

It should have been more, much more but for the grand efforts of Jack Burton and Nick Gale who cut off ill-directed forward forays by the Ranges time and time again.

They must have had a dozen or more disposals each for the quarter.

Their good work was rewarded with a late long bomb from Kyle Wildman.

At quarter time Ranges led 4-3 (27) to 1-0 (6).

The second quarter was almost a mirror image of the first with Cowell making use of the wind to add four goals to Ranges’ single goal.

The game was evenly poised at the halfway mark, Ranges 5-4 (34) to Cowell 5-1 (31).

Cowell took the lead with two early goals into the wind and momentarily looked to have the better of the home side but it was not to be.

From that point on Ranges dominated the scoreboard outscoring the visitors eight goals to one to win the game 13-9 (87) to 8-6 (54).

Ranges are now equal first on the ladder, trailing Kimba Districts by percentage, while Cowell remains on the bottom.

Best players: Eastern Ranges: Rhyce Beinke, Jess Kenny, Jared Siviour, Damo Hannemann and Nathan Byrnes; Cowell Cats: Wayne Piggott, Jack Burton, Tyler Franklin and Zane Wykamp.