In a vital game for the Magpies to consolidate a top five spot, they started with a blitz, but after quarter time it was all Strath as they ended up grinding out a very impressive win and in doing so handing Goolwa/Port Elliot their second consecutive one point loss.
Despite the dominance of James in the ruck early, the Magpies were lightning quick starters as they moved the ball forward with ease. A class finish by Woollacott and another by Pearce and they were 12 up in no time.
Soon after Ebert kicked his first and it looked like a question of how far. Strath were able to settle mid quarter as Slattery goaled. But late goals to Ebert, Hicks and a huge bomb by Slattery saw the home side up by 17 points at the first change.
Hickey and Tucker tightened the reins on the Magpies as Cousins really got involved. Goals to Simounds and Elliot saw Strath win the quarter and gain the momentum as the Magpies butchered the footy with Strath applying extreme pressure.
Another long bomb from Slattery off half back was just enough to see Goolwa/Port Elliot maintain a lead at the main change.
In the third quarter. Pearce, Cinc and Fry really tried hard and Lees was solid across half forward, but the game was marred with horrible skills. The Magpies were able to capitalise from some opportunities as LeRay kicked two for the term, while Ebert and Hicks showed class for majors.
But the move of Frewen to the ruck saw Simounds relish the freedom as he took some powerful marks and gave Strath a real target across half forward. Despite ending the term 18 points down, a late goal from James and the movement of the footy in to the wind suggested they could come home with a wet sail.
In the last quarter the Magpies really went in to their shells. On the few occasions they got the ball forward, they made poor decisions and really opened the game up for Strath.
Simounds again played a power role involved in kicking goals and setting them up and Wright was fantastic. A point rushed after a long Duffield bomb looked to be the handy point and a goal soon after to Strath saw them one point in front.
Unlike the previous week the Magpies were unable to get a hold of the ball and Strath iced the game calmly with some basic footy. The Magpies’ best were J Fry, Slattery, Cinc and Pearce. For Strath, James, Cousins and Simounds did well.