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Momentum rested

Eagles 31 v 13 Hogs


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Eagles 3 7 7 14 31 Win
Hogs 7 13 0 0 13 Loss

With the Bowl game wrapped up, the Hogs had nothing to play for… other than a perfect season. Were the Hogs coaches influenced by the injuries in game one, the Spartans losing two QB’s the week before finals. Probably. The Hogs sat Valles, Plamondon, Berrington and Renney, while playing Morton and Welbourn sparingly in the first half. The score at the main break Hogs 13 v 10 Eagles.

Would the Eagles handle the Hogs backups? Indeed. Stewart saw extended action for the first time in his young career, and in difficult conditions struggled. Poor decisions resulted two interceptions, one going to the house via Wyten. As the Hogs struggled to mount an attack, the Eagles took advantage of excellent field position, scoring three second half TD’s.

In windy conditions the Eagles coaches took the ball out of the air, Crummy attempting less than five passes in the first half. Given the Eagles recent INT woes, will this be a tactic employed during the prelim, where Spartans injuries could affect their ability to score…

Should be a tight one this weekend, see you at Riverside 3pm.


EAGLES: Crummy 2 passing. Burford 1 receiving. Wyten INT TD. Seve 1 rushing.  Lonko 1 receiving. Plowman FG.
RAZORBACKS: Welbourn 2 passing. Olive 1 receiving. Olsson 1 receiving.


A costly win

Spartans 27 v 6 Oilers


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Spartans 7 7 7 6 27 Win
Oilers 0 0 6 0 6 Loss

It was a tough week for the Spartans, whom playing a dead rubber, lost two quarterbacks to injury. This being the worst possible result from a game that the Spartans were dominating in all phases.

The big question is will Webb be fit for the prelim, against the Eagles whom have playmakers on offence and a little momentum after defeating the resting Hogs.

Ridington took advantage of an errant Smith pass, taking it to the house, he should get one or two more opportunities this weekend. This game will be decided by the Spartans defense, whom has twice held the Eagles to zero points this season and blocking a field goal attempt to secure a one-point win on a third occasion. Given the -49 point differential, will the Eagles be able to mount enough offence to get to the big dance? The stats say no, but momentum is a funny thing.

Prediction, Spartans 21 v 7 Eagles

See you at Riverside 3pm.


SPARTANS: Webb 1 rushing. De Francesca 1 passing. Volar 1 rushing. Ridington INT TD.
OILERS: Smith 1 rushing.


Air raid

Hogs 34 v 12 Oilers


Team 1 2 3 4 Outcome
Hogs 6 6 15 7 Win
Oilers 6 0 6 0 Loss

With the Bowl berth wrapped up, the Hogs looked to tighten up their redzone efficiency, while avoiding injuries and resting players. With Olsson, Rose and Valles all sitting out, the Oilers got to work, scoring on their first possession. Would they be able to sustain the early success without key contributors?

The Hogs responded quickly, scoring 27 unanswered points. Olive and Plamondon with 2 scores each, both consistently moving the chains. Rookie Bigirimana running strong and adding a TD for good measure, as Valles sat this one out.

The Oilers scored again in the third, Munce impacting the game in all phases as usual.

The Hogs passing game and superior numbers proving too strong, although a great fight from an obviously undermanned Oilers squad whom now look to 2019.


RAZORBACKS: Welbourn 4 passing. Plamondon 2 receiving. Olive 2 receiving. Bigirimana 1 rushing.
OILERS: Smith 1 passing. Munce 1 receiving. Stewart 1 rushing.


Go Long

Eagles 31 v 8 Chiefs


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Chiefs 0 8 0 0 8 Loss
Eagles 0 6 6 19 31 Win

The Chiefs have been decimated by injuries this season, they faced the Eagles with low numbers and key contributors missing. That said, they hung tough, leading at the half. Henshaw recoding his second pick 6 against Crummy this season, making an impressive house call indeed.

The Eagles have a plan, go Long! His impact this week was outstanding, registering 3 scores. As his bruising rushing goes, so does this team. If Long is contained, do the Eagles have an answer?

Whilst putting up 31, the Eagles must be concerned with their turnover numbers (multiple turnovers in the last 3 games). They will look to tighten that up against the hogs, before facing the Spartans in next week prelim. The net points being too much for the Oilers to overcome as they face the Spartans this week.


EAGLES: Crummy 2 passing. Long 1 receiving, 2 rushing. Burford 1 receiving. Seve 1 rushing.
CHIEFS: Henshaw INT return TD.


Bowl bound

Hogs 22-15 Spartans


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Spartans 0 7 8 0 15 Loss
Hogs 0 14 0 8 22 Win

The Hogs have beaten the Spartans twice this season, each contest by a single point, would we be treated to another tight physical contest? Indeed!

The Hogs welcomed back Plamondon after he missed the previous contest, although Berrington would miss due to injury as did Spartans playmaker Ottens.

The Hog offence continued their recent form, Plamondon scoring twice in the 2nd quarter. The second score damaging, as the Spartans had just tied the game, the Hogs answering with a one play drive, Welbourn hitting Plamondon for the quick strike TD.

The Spartans took the lead in the 3rd Webb connecting with Reichstein before converting for two, taking a 15-14 lead into the fourth. Interestingly the Spartans have led all three contests in the 4th but have not been able to close.

The Hogs continued to consistently move the ball but stalled in the redzone. Making 4 second half trips into the redzone, netting zero points (turnover on downs, fumble and missed FG). The Spartans making a terrific goal line stand to keep the game close.

Ultimately the rushing attack of Valles and the Hogs multiple receiving threats overcame the Spartans, with Olsson scoring late to secure the win.

The Hogs have now secured a bowl berth but will look to clean up offensively, after allowing the Spartans to stay close. The Spartans now look toward the prelim and fighting for a bowl rematch.

HOGS: Welbourn 3 passing. Plamondon 2 receiving. Olsson 1 receiving.
SPARTANS: Webb 2 passing. Volar 1 receiving. Reichstein 1 receiving.


No offence

Oilers 20-0 Chiefs


Team 1 2 3 4 Outcome
Chiefs 0 0 0 0 Loss
Oilers 6 8 0 6 Win

The Oilers need to continue to win if they hope to catch the Eagles, and win big, as scoreboard differential is becoming an issue as both teams now have identical records.

The Chiefs offensive woes continue, 20 points in their last 3 games combined. Today would be no different as Benjamin struggled to mount a consistent attack, with an obviously undermanned side.

The Oilers defence bailed out their offence (as they continued to turn the ball over). Defence and special teams combining to score all 20 Oilers points.

The Oilers now face the Hogs and Spartans and will need to find a way to generate points if they hope to be playing football mid-December. The Chiefs look to 2019, needing more players and a consistent attack.

OILERS:  Schibani punt return. Hays pick 6. O’Connor pick 6.


Flying finish

Eagles 16 v 12 Oilers


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Eagles 3 0 6 7 16 Win
Oilers 0 6 6 0 12 Loss

The Eagles and Oilers are locked in a race to the finals, both fighting for the chance to face the Spartans in the prelim. Both QB’s have struggled with turnovers this season, often giving the opposition favorable field position. Would one of these teams be able to take advantage of a turnover and seal the win (as the combined offences managed to turn the ball over 8 times)?

In a game that was difficult to watch, both sides continued to trade turnovers, with neither side being able to consistently advance the football.

The Oilers did manage to apply scoreboard pressure, but multiple fumbles deep in their own territory being their undoing, as the Eagles scored late in the 4th to secure the win. The Oilers likely needing to win out in order to overtake the Eagles and secure 3rd place and a finals berth.

EAGLES: Crummey 1 passing. Long 1 rushing. Burford 1 receiving.
OILERS: Tedmanson 2 passing. Laffin 2 receiving.


What a rush

Spartans 39-7 Chiefs


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Spartans 7 13 13 6 39 Win
Chiefs 0 7 0 0 7 Loss

The Spartans looked to make a statement against the struggling Chiefs via a physical rushing attack, mission accomplished! Volar and Ottens combining for 4 rushing scores, on a day in which both QB’s struggled (combined 8 interceptions).

The Chiefs lone highlight being Henshaw making a house call via Webb.

The Spartans passing game is a work in progress, can they get hot at the business end of the season? A must win rematch with the Hogs awaits next week, if the Spartans hope to finish top.

SPARTANS: Webb 1 passing. Martin 1 receiving. #82 punt return TD. Volar 3 rushing. Ottens 1 rushing.
CHIEFS: Henshaw INT return for TD.



It’s been a thrilling few weeks since I last brought an instalment of 4th and Goal to the good gridiron people of the Festival State. These are 10 things that caught my eye during the period and some thoughts ahead of the Super Saturday approaching.

  1. The Gridiron SA highlight videos are great. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten to as many games as I’d liked to have, but I was able to see the best of plays through these short videos. As a service to the players, coaches (and their friends and families) I have put together a visualisation that allows everyone to see the scoring leaders.
    The best feature, I think, is that click on those circles (on the QB and Player screens), and a tab opens that will show you that scoring play. Amazing for quickly reviewing a specific player’s highlights. It has got all scoring plays up to the end of Round 9. Check it out here
  2. Ok, so I watched a lot of highlights to put that together, and one thing that stood out to me was the Eagles ground attack with Joshua Long and John Seve. They’ve combined for 6 rushing TDs and they have propelled the Eagles to within touching distance of a finals berth. Look at Long’s power run against the Oilers in Week 8!
  3. Also, Andre Benjamin’s been slinging it and has had some big strikes since returning to QB duties with the Chiefs.  Check out this strike to Brandon Kelly against the Hogs; one mate who suck in NFL fantasy wants to add Kelly to his side! The Chiefs resurgence has been dampened by their ability to stop opponents, however this just means an entertaining game for the neutral with lots of scoring.
  4. Joshua Welbourn has thrown 19 TDs this year to 7 different receivers. The ground game of the Hogs has improved somewhat with Jaden Valles a tough player to bring down.
  5. The Spartans secondary continues to produce turnovers, luckily, they’re not concerned with keeping count; this pick 6 (below) is one such play. The Spartans have only conceded 65 points but have scored 24 points in interceptions (for a net of 41 point) when the opposition has the ball.
  6. Rhys Smith has filled in for Michael Tedmanson, with the latter returning for the game against the Eagles in Week 8.  I love the dual-headed QB monster (from my time in NFL Europe, but that’s another story) and the options it provides to spark the Oilers offense, especially in the upcoming contest with the Chiefs porous defense.
  7. The Hogs lost this time last year (the 18th November 2017 matchup) to the Spartans which sparked a run of four defeats in a row.  They are on a 9-0 run since including three in a row against the Spartans.
  8. The Spartans haven’t lost to a team other than the Hogs in their last 14 attempts (since the 2016 finals).  They kept that streak going last week with a convincing win over the resurgent Eagles.
  9. With the Hogs most likely getting the bye this weekend’s matchup between our two best sides could be a dead rubber.  However, the Spartans will be smarting from three narrow losses, so this game will go a long way to determine the psychology of the Spartans heading into a probable Great Southern Bowl matchup.  This appears a must win game for the Spartans and on the other side I am sure the Hogs will be up for it with a perfect season on the line.
  10. You could be forgiven for overlooking the late game on Saturday.  Whilst the Oilers are on an 0-5 slide, they have played hard every and every game. The Chiefs are showing a lot in their passing attack with Benjamin hooking up with Alex Thorpe and Brandon Kelly.  They’ve split the games previously and so it should be a good contest to avoid the wooden spoon.


Hogs 14 v 13 Spartans


Team 1 2 3 4 OT T Outcome
Hogs 6 0 8 14 Win
Spartans 7 3 3 0 13 Loss

The Hogs and Spartans entered week 8 battling for the bye, so a physical matchup was expected. Fans were treated with hard hitting and momentum swings, as the Spartans scored on their first drive due to a blown coverage assignment. The hogs responded with multiple methodical drives, but were hurt by penalties and unable to score.

The Spartans moved the ball well during the second quarter, Webb converting a field goal to take a 10-0 lead. The Hogs replied immediately, a pass orientated drive with Berrington being the recipient of multiple catches and the eventual TD reception.

Late in the third the Spartans elected to kick from inside the 5, giving them a 13 – 6 lead, hoping their D could limit the Hogs attack.

The comeback kids thought otherwise, down 8 with under two minutes left in regulation the Hogs took advantage of a Spartans turnover. Berrington converting a key 4th and 5 before hauling in the TD reception (2nd for the game), leaving the Hogs with a decision, kick for the tie or go for the win. The Hogs elected to go for the win, converting behind the power running of Valles, who capped off a fantastic rushing afternoon by scoring the game winning points.

A excellent contest and maybe a preview of December football.

The Hogs will now look to lock up the bye, this week facing the one-win Chiefs.

The Spartans face the intriguing Eagles, whom are in form of late. Should be an exciting weekend at Riverside.


HOGS: Welbourn 2 passing. Berrington 2 receiving.
SPARTANS: Webb 1 passing, 2 FG. Martin 1 receiving.