With Goolwa/Port Elliot missing Lee Staple and the Bays without Davis-Neale, both clubs would have to find other avenues and find their best to not only win, but stay in touch with the top five. After a blistering second term, the heavens opened up and it was the Magpies who came away with a gritty 29 point win.
The Bays started the match kicking with the aid of a very strong breeze, but it was Fry, McKinlay and Campbell who dominated proceedings early as Ebert marked strongly and looked ominous with his first.
Kelly after a long lay off started brilliantly and when George goaled after an advantage call, it was the Magpies in clear control. But the Bays soon settled as Allen got his hand on the footy in the ruck. Karpany and Miels bobbed up to get their side in front at the first change by three points.
The second term was all the Magpies. It was one way traffic as Bays managed only two points and the home side poured on seven goals. Ebert and McKinlay with two, one which took less than 10 seconds from a kick in, as they went coast to coast. LeRay took a strong grab and the Fry boys each got themselves a major in what was a brilliant display. The lead was 39 points at half time.
In the third term Marshall got involved and the Bays played basic footy where they got first to the ball and moved it forward. They locked down on Slattery and Rugolo who were damaging an introduced the third man up. Horrocks and Tonkin goaled and Foutoulis started to look dangerous.
The strong Magpie midfield stemmed the flow as Fry lifted and Slattery again got off the chain. Goals to McKinlay, Fry and the class of Ebert saw the home side square up the quarter. Magpies were still up by 39 points at three quarter time.
In the last quarter the Bays had good contributions from Tonkin, Turner and Horrocks and won the quarter as Foutoulis got his second. They were assisted by one of the more bizarre decisions you will see after Slattery was penalised for running too far and Fraser Tonkin got the reward. Bays won the quarter, but not the match.
McKinlay, Fry, Slattery and Rugolo shone through and Grandsen kept Karapny to one goal. Ebert’s fifth was enough to see the Magpies home by 29 points ando see them in to the five for the first time in 2017. Ebert’s class, especially when it was wet was clear to see. The Bays apart from the second term were very solid, but relied on too few.