Berri back on top as Renmark falters

Berri has launched itself to the top of the Riverland A grade women’s hockey ladder with a 3-2 win over Loxton on Friday night.
Berri is now two points clear of Renmark and Loxton, after Renmark lost top spot with a 2-3 loss to Waikerie on Saturday.
Loxton looked good early against Berri, with Tara Allister and Steph Baird prominent.
Allister scored the first goal of the night and goalie Tracy Townsend was looking hard to beat. However, star player Naomi Wetherald scored at the 23-minute mark for Berri.
Persistent pressure from Berri saw several penalty corners awarded and Wetherald managed to score her second from a deflection.
Allister scored again to lock the scores at 2-2 shortly after the half time break.
Louise Smith and Jane Reid combined well with Allister and Baird, with Loxton looking dangerous.
However, Emma Cuteri, Ada Walladge, Jen Kiel and Wetherald held Loxton well. Kira McMahon combined with Emma Cuteri to set up a penalty corner, with Walladge scoring to give Berri the lead.
Berri held on to win and take top spot.
An undermanned Renmark lost top spot with a 2-3 loss to Waikerie on Saturday.
Carlye Waye, Ashleigh Baker and Thalia Boatswain denied Renmark from scoring early, as the Blues’ Anna Petersen, Danielle Weeks and Hayley Ramsay peppered the goals.
Weeks eventually broke through 16 minutes into the game, despite the best efforts of goalie Skye Boatswain.
Sarah Schiller, Kristen Pick and Lisa Redemski looked threatening in attack for Waikerie.
Schiller eluded Renmark’s defence eight minutes before half time. Pick slotted Waikerie’s second goal in the second half, before Weeks levelled the scores for Renmark.
Janine Frost, Waye and Thalia Boatswain held Renmark at bay, before Baker found an unguarded Jess Dolphin to put Waikerie in front. The win gave Waikerie a much needed boost for the second half of the season.
Renmark announced itself as a genuine contender for the premiership with an 8-1 drubbing of Waikerie in A grade men’s hockey on Saturday night.
Waikerie still holds top spot but by percentage only.
Danial Shawyer converted a penalty stroke at the 24-minute mark and opened the floodgates for Renmark.
Aden Shaw scored Renmark’s second from the top of the circle, before some hard work by Nigel Stoeckel allowed Shaw to score again.
Trailing 0-3 at half time, Waikerie’s Jason Redemski was doing everything possible to keep his side in the game, but Renmark keeper Stephen Cresp was in top form.
Callum Benda scored Renmark’s fourth, before Shawyer tomahawked another to the top left corner. Benda scored again to give Renmark a 6-0 lead, before Redemski finally got Waikerie on the board.
Renmark showed no mercy though, with Benda and Shawyer both scoring again before the final whistle.
Loxton held off a brave Berri to win 4-3 on Friday night.
Loxton scored the first three goals of the game before Berri drew level in the second half.
Sean Burgess scored in the opening 10 minutes, before the persistence of Tim Pannell and Nathan Fielke allowed Briley Gibbs to score his first A grade goal to give Loxton a 2-0 lead.
Ryan Hentschke added to Loxton’s tally minutes before the half time whistle.
Trailing by three goals at half time, Berri regrouped with Dylan Couzner, Brady Martin, Beau Delaine and Anthony Segui working hard.
Roly Beviss scored Berri’s first goal to ignite his team.
Loxton goalie Dan Schubert was under the pump, with Tim Trewren scoring Berri’s second.
Berri continued to attack and Beviss seized the opportunity to level the scores.
Berri looked to have all the momentum, but a scrimmage in the circle saw Joel Hopper score from the corner post to give his side the win.