With only one spot up for grabs in the final five, the game at the Bay Oval had vital significance for both Encounter Bay and Victor Harbor.
Bays were quick to open their account with a goal to Davis. Kirk added another after a 50 metre penalty and Victor was finding it hard to get within scoring range.
Late in the term Sharples for Bays received another 50 metre penalty and kicked truly. Already players and supporters were bewildered by the umpiring, and it was to be the pattern all day.
Victor started the second term with a rush. Brown to Alleway resulted in a goal, then it was their turn to take advantage of the 50 metre penalties, which seemed to come regularly.
Billy Wade kicked three for the quarter and when Sam Basham took a good mark in the goal square the Roos took the lead and pulled away.
Half time scores were Victor 7.7 to Bays 5.3.
The third quarter began with Nick Marshall for Bays receiving a 50 metre advantage and goal. Bays were lifting with Davis-Neale and Miels prominent, Gould getting on top on the wing and Karpany busy in the forward line.
It was goal for goal as the Roos rallied with a ‘two for the price of one’ episode in their full forward area and this shattered the Bays temporarily. The umpire awarded Victor are second goal after a Bay indiscretion.
However, a handy 50 metre penalty gave Bay ruckman Mason an easy goal and Karpany added another, but Victor led 11.7 to 11.4 at three quarter time.
Miels snapped an early goal in the last term and the Bays lifted all over the ground. Karpany was everywhere and the Eagles began to dominate, kick longer to position and run all over their opponents.
For Victor, Wade and then Basham added goals, but at no stage did they look like reversing the trend. Bays were full of confidence and kicked six for the term to run out winners 17.7 to Victor Harbor 13.10.
For Victor, Vizzari, Fairhurst and Ross were good contributors. Alleway deserves a mention, but Billy Wade with four goals was their most dangerous player. He has a ton of pace, is brave and delivers the ball well.
For Encounter Bay it was some of their less lauded players who stood up. Josh Marshall kept Brown quiet, Kirk gave 100 per cent, as did Allen in ruck, Davis-Neale, Fraser Tonkin, Gould were winners and Miels is probably the best on-baller in the League.