In pretty horrible conditions for footy, McLaren travelled to Goolwa where they would be hoping for a late season upset. The last time these teams met, it was the Magpies by close to 100 points and it was the final game for their previous coach. In the end it was comfortable for the Magpies but McLaren showed some signs for the future. The final margin, 43 points.
With a clear advantage to the southern end, the home side was off to a flying start as Daniel Fry, Campbell and McKinlay were welcomed back to the team as it was one way traffic. Ebert got the ball rolling, Kelly was in everything and multiple goals to McKinaly and some good work from Killgallon to Shaw, saw a margin out to 39 points at the first break.
The wind was near impossible to kick in to but the Magpies had the better start to the quarter as Kelly goaled and things weren’t looking great for the Eagles. This however turned very quickly as McLaren started to get their game going through Gill, Zohar and S Kahl and up forward with Adam Rigney and Barreau able to get multiples to stem the flow. Late in the quarter the Magpies got another through Griffen and they had stopped a really good passage from McLaren to be in front by 25 points with at half time.
You felt the game would really break open in the third and it did, but it was McLaren who were the better side. Gill got the midfield going and Beal was solid as they ran the footy and controlled position. They were also able to soak some time off the clock. Barreau and Rigney were again amongst it up forward as they got a goal each and the Magpies looked in trouble. To their credit, there was no panic and after a sluggish start they still managed six for the term. A margin of 52 points but with the wind strengthening not unobtainable.
McLaren had a real go early as Matthews got one to spark his side but from that point on, it was basically a quarter of ugly stoppages with most players parked around the contest. McLaren could only manage 1.3 for the term and even though Goolwa/Port Elliot went scoreless, they weren’t phased as they were able to grind out a 43-point win.
For the Magpies, Frewen was good in the ruck, McKinlay on return was excellent, while Cinc continued his great season. For the Eagles, Gill continues to carry a big load and he played well but there is an upside at the Eagles with Zohar good, Barreau dangerous up forward and Beal solid all day.