Encounter Bay’s position on the premiership ladder meant a win was essential if they were to have any hope of a top five position. Myponga/Sellicks intended to frustrate these hopes as they were straight into action.
It was all Gum at full forward, marking strongly and kicking three goals in five minutes before his opponent Turner even got his bearings. Duldig was instrumental in getting the ball forward as the Mudlarks piled on the pressure.
The Eagles re-organised and the tables turned. Karpany, Miels and Davis-Neale goaled as they peppered the sticks. Many points resulted until Gould snapped truly. Miels caused a turnover and kicked another. The Bays led 5.7 to 3.0 at quarter time.
The second term again saw Bays caught off-guard. This time it was Duldig doing the damage. He took three strong marks and kicked three majors to level the scores.
Bays regrouped with a Miels goal. Miels then tapped to Tarca who kicked a great running goal. At half time Bays were 7.7 to Myponga/Sellicks 6.1.
The third term belonged to the Mudlarks. Carroll got into the act and the Bays’ undisciplined play resulted in three 50-metre penalties and a send-off. This had the Mudlarks in the game and the lead, as the margin was only two points at the last change.
The last quarter was a real dog fight with Hassan goaling for Myponga/Sellicks. Bays answered with a goal from Nick Marshall. The lead changed with Carroll dangerous for the Mudlarks and Davis-Neale single-handedly lifting the Eagles.
Horrocks lifted for Bays as he snapped their last goal in a desperate play and it looked as though Bays would hang onto their slender margin. However in the dying stages Duldig received a 50-metre penalty to bring the scores closer. Bays dug deep and held on to win 12.10 to 12.5.
Myponga/Sellicks have the capacity to make life difficult for the top sides. Carroll, Duldig and Gum are quality players and had a huge influence on the game. Ogilvie played quality footy, Hassan had his moments, as did Wade Hutchinson.
Bays regained some of the fighting spirit that has been missing. Davis-Neale played a real captain’s game and dragged the Eagles over the line, Miels continued a great season, and Allen did well, as did Tarca and Josh Marshall.
Next week’s game against arch-rival Victor Harbor will be crucial to both teams and should be a cracker.