It was a thrilling Mount Compass/Encounter Bay clash, as the first quarter was mostly about forward sorties by the Bays, as opposed to the lack of inside 50s for Compass. It was Horrocks who made good use of the chance provided after an attempted beheading by Vitkunas was noticed by the umpire.
Evans reciprocated for Compass from a set shot. The Bay centre line was providing their forwards with plenty of early opportunities to make Compass hurt on the score board. It was Karpany and then Davis-Neale who both goaled.
Brokenshire, ably supported by Green around the ground, found space and set the ball running through half forward. There the hard running Pittaway made good use of the space in front of him to bring up a desperately needed Compass goal on the run. Compass down by 10 points at the first change.
Hill got his hands on the ball for the first goal of the quarter for Compass. Green emerged to place a long pass to Parson’s advantage. Daniel shook off a foggy head from a head high hit goaled to bring some justice after missing out on a blatant free from which he should have benefited minutes previously. Half time scores were Bays 4-6 to Compass 5-5.
It was Karpany who put the Bays back in front when he goaled and Marshall followed suit soon after. Parsons, always ready for a challenge, seized on a quick Compass centre clearance to boot the ball on to Hill who marked and goaled.
Horrocks for the Bays arrived on the scene to stamp his influence on the game. Within as many minutes he goaled twice, but Parsons replied to keep Compass in touch. Third quarter scores were Bays 8-9 leading Compass 7-7.
Hoban acted to start the last. He roved his own tap to flick the ball out to the running Merritt who sent it Hill’s way for an opening 50 metre goal and a sign for the Bays to watch out.
Green creatively worked the ball out to Daniel for another goal to bring the scores level and then Pittaway, Hill and Parsons all similarly secured goals giving Compass the win. Mason for Bays kicked a late goal, but the damage had been done. Compass won by 18 points.