Willunga beats Yankalilla in football

Strathalbyn key forward Ben Simounds was a key figure in the Roosters one point win over Goolwa/Port Elliot.
Strathalbyn key forward Ben Simounds was a key figure in the Roosters one point win over Goolwa/Port Elliot.

The game at Willunga on Saturday was far from what the home side expected to see.

This was the clash of the top two sides with Yankalilla disappointing and Willunga continued their charge to the finals

The start was even until half way through the first quarter when it seemed Willunga gained the ascendancy and then kept it for the game.

Brad Fitzgerald looked keen to get the Tigers attacking, but he could not raise the spark with his team mates.

Meanwhile Willunga was showing great team work and looked the better side at the first change. The margin was 18 points at the break.

The Demons were relentless and kept belting away with Burdett and Standfield being fed opportunities from seemingly nowhere.

Tigers Brazier and Bond were doing their best to repel the Demon onslaught. Demon Haskett drove away forward attacks and set up some great passages of play.

The second term yielded six goals for the home side and a single goal for the visitors and the margin was out to eight goals at half time. 

The third term continued as the previous had finished – as though there had not been a break. Thanks to the efforts of Beath and Brown the Demons kept attacking and showed some great teamwork with their passing and unselfish play.

Barras and Hinge had impressive passages of play for the Tigers. Willunga could have blown the margin right out, but managed 4-6 to a single behind from the Tigers. 

For the final quarter Luke Collier kept the Demons focussed with his ball placement skills and Willunga’s runners kept the motion forward at every opportunity.

Hutchens, Tregenza and Balas were instrumental in driving the ball forward to the Demon’s goals.

The surprise in the term was the increased effort by the visiting team particularly by Jack Fitzgerald. The Tigers outscored the Demons in the last term, but Willunga won by more than 12 goals.

Jake Standfield was awarded the MAC Medal for his impact on the game, culminating in six magnificent goals that he kicks so effortlessly.