OTR DIVISION 1 – FALCONS FINALLY FLYING
After a disappointing first 3 weeks of the season Payneham have flicked the switch with a dominant 50-point win over Henley. Best for the Falcs was youngster Oliver Pride but it was the return and impact of former Norwood Premiership player Liam Davis bagging 5 that will have opposition defenders taking notice. Among these 5 goals was a mark of the year candidate.
This week the Falcons head to Largs Reserve to face Port District. Best for Port in their 5-goal loss at Uni was Mitchell Gaffney. Ladder position suggests Dizzy’s but form and momentum are the intangibles that might swing this back in favour of the Falcons.
Rostrevor are no doubt the team to beat in 2018. Their 12-goal win at Perteringa has reinforced this. Paul Fantasia the former PNU junior and son of football identity James Fantasia was the star in a display that saw all the usual suspects chime in. This week they make their first visit to Max Amber Sports Field in many years. Athelstone fell at Goodwood by 3 goals. Their best was club stalwart Scotty Sullivan. Anything can happen in football but I simply can’t entertain an upset in this one.
Henley have their chance to bounce back at Shark park when they face Goodwood. The Saints win was on the back of small man Jordan Pinto finding plenty of it and its on ball brigade winning the stoppages. A spot in the 5 is on the line in this one and its anyone’s guess who will get the chocolates.
After a 10-goal loss in round 1 Adelaide Uni have won their last 3 in a row. Scoring efficiency was their weapon against Port Districts with Carson Clark named best whilst Josh Willis kicked 3. This week they travel to Modbury and should make it 4 wins in a row against a Hawks unit who look out of their depth. An 80-point loss was not good enough last week and players need to galvanise and step up to provide more support to the consistent efforts of Timothy Davey and Matthew Gibson who kicked another 4.
In a rematch of the 2016 GF PAOC host TTG. As previously mentioned the Reds had a day out with Thomas Bartlett kicking 7 in a BOG display. For the Gullies on their day to forget it was Trent Melville who was surprisingly best without hitting the scoreboard whilst big name recruit Troy Menzel was a lone hand in attack with 4 goals. The Reds are likely to leapfrog the Gullies with a win at home.
Editorial: Tommy Javor