Jeparit Rainbow Seniors began their 2014 season with a 54 point loss to Sea Lake. Despite the loss the team can be pleased with its effort against a Sea Lake team that even this early in the season seems to be one of the premiership favourites.
The team ran out with six new players but that didn’t seem to matter in the first quarter as Jeparit Rainbow played inspired football to lead by three goals at quarter time. Newcomer Brodie Grant, who had only received a last minute clearance from his Queensland club Southport, showed lots of class and pace in the midfield. While his team mate at Southport Wyatt Bacon looked dangerous up forward. Joel Schulze was playing well in the ruck giving his midfielders first use of the ball.
In the second quarter Sea Lake showed all the power running that has been their trademark in recent years. The Lakers defenders fought hard against the three tall forwards in Simon Weekly, Jarrod Arentz and Cliff Ryan, but Sea Lake’s dominance in the midfield meant that the goals flowed for them.
The third quarter continued on in the same fashion with Jeparit Rainbow fighting hard to contain Sea Lake while their forward line struggled to make an impression. Injuries to Joel Schulze and Brodie Grant did not help the Lakers cause.
Coach Chris Meyer called for a big effort from the players at three quarter time and they responded well in a low scoring final quarter to actually win the quarter by two points.
Jeparit Rainbow can take a lot of positives out of the game. Queenslanders Elliot Bath and Nathan Millard continued on from their good form from last year. As mentioned earlier Brodie Grant has a touch of class about him while Wyatt Bacon showed his versatility by playing well in the backline in the last quarter. Apart from the Queensland imports, Luke Werner and Nathan Cocks gave the team lots of run from the back line. Tyler Edelsten never gave up against Sea Lake’s key forwards. USA exchange player Clyde Simpson also showed lots of promise with his ferocious attack on the ball and some great tackles.
Coach Chris Meyer was pleased with the team’s effort in fighting the game out in the last quarter. He urged the players to continue to train hard. With the inclusion of some key players for the next game he could see lots of improvement to come.
Sea Lake 18.12 defeated Jeparit 10.6
Best Players: Brodie Grant, Luke Werner, Nathan Millard, Elliot Bath, Nathan Cocks.
Goal Kickers: Brodie Grant 2, Elliot Bath, Tom Clugston, Nathan Millard, Ben Marra, Joel Schulze, Kris Paech, Adam Schultz, Wyatt Bacon 1.
The Reserves team had a tough game against very strong opposition. The team included a number of new and returning players in Mick Smith, Cam Aitken, Judd Spokes and Ben Schilling. Three U16 boys played their second game for the day. Two of these boys, Max Baker and Tristan Carey, kicked the team’s two goals. Tyler Newcombe was the other U16 boy; he also showed lots of promise as a Reserves player.
The experienced Alan Roberts and Chris Heinrich led by example while youngsters Mickey Millar and Dion Paech  stood out with some good play.
Sea Lake 29.19 defeated Jeparit Rainbow 2.1
Best Players: Alan Roberts, Chris Heinrich, Mickey Millar, Dion Paech.
Under 16’s
The boys welcomed Tristan Carey, Max Spark, Hayden Jamieson, Xavier Oakley and Trevor Leggo to the team. The boys tried hard but the mercy rule was put in place at half time. Tristan and Hayden made impressive debuts for the team while Jakob Cocks and Liam Davis also played well.
Sea Lake 11.6 defeated Jeparit Rainbow 1.1
Best Players: Tristan Carey, Hayden Jamieson, Jakob Cocks, Liam Davis, Jordan Leach.
A message to the readers
After many years John Clarke (JC), our regular football contributor, has this year decided that it’s time to “hang up the pen” and has handed the reigns over to Les Graetz.
John has written the football notes for many years (since before the Lakers were even thought of) and we wish him well in his “retirement”.
Thanks for all you’ve done over the years John.
Les will now write the football reports for the Lakers as well as take his usual weekly action photos. If you have anything you’d like added to the report, please feel free to let Les know.

• Brodie Grant bursts away from the pack. Brodie was voted best player in an outstanding first game for the Lakers.
• Brodie Grant bursts away from the pack. Brodie was voted best player in an outstanding first game for the Lakers.