Yankalilla defeat Goolwa/Port Elliot in the football finals

Scott Berry and Josh Sidebottom fight for the ball on Sunday in the elimination final between Yankalilla and Goolwa/Port Elliot.

Scott Berry and Josh Sidebottom fight for the ball on Sunday in the elimination final between Yankalilla and Goolwa/Port Elliot.

Yankalilla took full advantage of an injury riddled Goolwa/Port Elliot on Sunday in the elimination final to win by 98 points at Mount Compass oval. 

The Magpies at their best were as good as any team in the competition, but with the losses of Staple, Campbell and Slattery, the side lost much of its potency.

This did not worry a merciless Yankalilla, who demolished the Magpies from start to finish. In the first term both teams struggled to score and then up popped Fittock, whose class was evident and he booted two goals to get his team rolling.

Jesse Fitzgerald kicked another and the Tigers were up by 17 points at the first change. In the second term the Magpies made a charge, but were repelled time and time again by the Tiger defence.

Jones was doing a job on Ebert, Wiese on Lees and Crawford, Barras and Wilson provided the run to restrict any scoring opportunities for the Magpies.

Delivery by the Magpies did not help matters as they often kicked to the opposition and Yankalilla made them pay. The big forwards for the Tigers exploded in this second term. James kicked two and was followed by Hinge in successive minutes.

A lone goal came from the boot of young Magpie Jacob Shaw  and the margin was 38 points at the long break.

It did not get any better in the third term for the Magpies, despite the fighting efforts of Cuthbert, James Fry, Reid, Hicks and Daniel Fry.

Jesse Fitzgerald continued to dominate and Jelinek was winning a lot of ball across half forward. Jelinek had a big last half booting four goals in a stunning display of skillful football.

The match was blown open in the last, as the Tigers dominated, kicking eight goals to Goolwa/Port Elliot’s two and the winning margin hitting a record 98 points.

Best for Yankalilla who now will play Langhorne Creek at the Creek on Sunday in another knockout final were Jelinek, Fittock, James, Hinge, Crawford, Jesse Fitzgerald and Jones.

Best for the Magpies were James Fry, Cuthbert, Hicks and Daniel Fry.

While the Tigers live to fight another day, a season which promised so much for Goolwa/Port Elliot, is over.

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