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With a weekend off from local footy, Peckings headed down to Arctic Park for a look at the Great Southern take on the Southern Football League. A couple of things stood out, the fact that the ground did not live up to its reputation and the conditions were rather pleasant and secondly the best player for the GSFL (and best on ground) in the Senior game was Strathalbyn’s own – Simon Munn.

The under 15s had two representatives from the Roosters play, Jacob Wright and Beau Walkom with Harry Williams listed as an emergency. Rooster, Darcy Springhall, was at the helm as coach of the squad and now holds the honour of being the first coach to take this group to a win over Southern in 18 years – no mean feat.

Under 17 brought a different tempo and in this game the Roosters had three players involved Tomas Boxer was Co-Captain and Aaron Noske and Lachlan Hourigan took to the park. All did a great job and while the team did not get over the line it was a great standard of footy and very close in the end.

The main game was a craker and it looked like how far Great Southern early in the second quarter. A change in mindset from Southern saw them get within 4 points, with a shot to take the lead. This seemed to wake up Great Southern and they cleared out on the scoreboard and ended up winning by 9 goals. Strathalbyn was not only represented by Munny, other Roosters to hit the park were Ben Simounds and young Chris Clark. All played an important role and contributed to the teams third win on the trot against Southern, winning for the first time the Pilmore Cup and Munny bringing home the Kevin Curran Medal.

Well done to all the Strath lads that played a part on the day it was a big day and one of prestige. The next step for these guys is to seek selection for Zone footy with the games to be held in Port Pirie in July.

Back to normal this weekend with the Roosters and their throng of supporters jumping in cars and heading to Encounter Bay oval to see the A Grade top of the table clash as the second placed Redmen take on the top of the table Bays. Should be a cracker of a game, will be interesting to see how the injured players who were unable to take the ground for Association football pull up on Saturday. Peckings would like to see a sea of Red and White at the Bay oval on the weekend so make sure you get along to the game and barrack hard!

With this being the final game for the first half of the season, next weekend brings the back nine, with Mt Compass heading up the valley and across to the Rooster Dome to see if they can undo the result from the opening round.

Saturday night, after the Mclaren game on the 29th of June brings the Red & White dinner to the club. If you haven’t already, chase down a ticket for the night where you will enjoy a fantastic 3 course meal, entertainment by Ash Gale – straight out of the studio, Peckings notes, where he may even crank up his new songs. Make sure you put this night on your calendar. It will be a night to remember.

So for now, see you at the footy and go the Roosters.

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