Goolwa/Port Elliot knocked off Willunga in football

ALL HAPPENING: Goolwa/Port Elliot young star Logan Payne takes a fantastic aerial mark on Saturday in the inspirational win against Willunga.
ALL HAPPENING: Goolwa/Port Elliot young star Logan Payne takes a fantastic aerial mark on Saturday in the inspirational win against Willunga.

A much anticipated game in front of a big Goolwa crowd and while most expected Willunga to go on their merry way, the Magpies had other ideas and in the end were too good, winning by 50 points. 

From the outset it was the Magpie midfield who took full control as Hicks and Fry were in everything. A strong mark to Ebert and it looked as though he was in for a big day.

When Willunga went forward Rugolo, Slattery and Berry repelled with ease and young Reid gave Burdett no space to work with. Goals to Collier and Altus got them off and running, but multiples to Hicks and one to McKinlay saw Goolwa/Port Elliot lead by 13 points at quarter time. 

Despite the lack of scoring, Willunga did win their fair share of the ball in the second term through Tregenza, Beath and Hoffmann, but just couldn't break through half forward as the Magpie defence dominated, only allowing one goal when Standfield drifted forward.

The Fry boys and Campbell were fantastic in the trenches and the Magpies did struggle to score as well, but multiples to Ebert saw the lead extend to 19 points at the main break. 

The third term was much like the second as Willunga did enough to win the ball, but just didn't have the fire power forward to hurt the Magpies.

The likes of Ross and Cook tried hard for the Demons and Collier worked well at half forward, but was no match for Slattery, who along with Rugolo, created plenty of drive. Reid was lost to concussion after a behind the play incident, up until that point he had kept Burdett extremely quiet.

Hicks got his third of the day after some patient forward play and Willunga probably were lucky that Ebert was wayward as he added 1-4 for the quarter. A late goal to Griffen and although not impossible, the margin out to 34 points at the final break.

In the last, Beath and Hoffmann continued to come hard. Haskett and Standfield also tried to stamp some authority on the game, but just too few were contributing. The usual suspects in Fry, Rugolo and Hicks did as they pleased, but it was the lesser lights who just continued doing the job as Grandsen, Cuthbert, Leray and Cinc all added to Willunga's pain. When Mckinlay kicked goal of the year, it was all over and Jimmy Fry and Griffen added majors. Staple's work rate was second to none and was rewarded late and this was the icing on the cake as the Magpies ran out winners by 50 points. 

The margin probably didn't do the Demons justice as Beath, Garrett and Tregenza had as much footy as the home side, but they just couldn't find a winner up forward.

For the Magpies, Ebert kicked 4-7 and could have really had a day out, Fry, Campbell and Hicks were outstanding in the middle and their back six led by Rugolo only gave up six goals for the match against a team that was previously undefeated in the GSFL. 


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