Winter and footy arrived together as Compass hosted Goolwa/Port Elliot in the opening round of the 2018 season.
Goolwa/Port Elliot were first forward via Ezard, but the tough Compass half back line were up to the task. On the strength of mean defensive work, it was not long before Pittaway, notched up Compass’ first goal for the season.
With Green strong in defence and players like Veide, M Corbett and T Vitkunas running through centre in support, Compass soon found themselves seven goals up well into the quarter. Goals from Pinyon (3), Hill, Connor and Z Vitkunas revealed a forward line capable of extracting goals.
Quarter time scores were Goolwa goalless on 0-1 to Compass 7-1.
With Parsons and Hill exerting pressure on Goolwa/Port Elliot’s half back line, it was inevitable that Pinyon would soon be given the chance to score yet again.
The Magpies were able to get the upper hand around the packs and this let Ferguson score their first major.
Goolwa/Port Elliot were persisting hoping to break Compass into submission, but Compass on the other hand was not about to let the game go. Pinyon and T Vitkunas scored goals for Compass while Ferguson chipped in for his and Goolwa/Port Elliot’s second goal of the game.
Half time scores were Goolwa 2-2 to Compass 10-6.
Goolwa/Port Elliot, even more determined to change the course of the game, opened the second half with renewed vigour. This came to no avail as Compass dug deeper and swiftly turned defence into attack helping Pinyon to be home alone and score an easy running goal. Veide followed suite with a goal of his own.
Compass knocked up scores through Pinyon (3 goals) and Vitkunas. The Compass players, although already in a commanding position were not about to rest on their laurels.
Third quarter scores were Goolwa 2-2 to Compass 16-10.
Again, showing that they were not about to walk away from the contest, Goolwa/Port Elliot were straight back into the battle. Having been held scoreless in the previous quarter, they were preparing to tough out the game. With the Corbett brothers on top, it was no surprise that Pinyon finished off a Veide pass with a goal.
A late goal from Cuthbert, drifting down from the Magpies’ half back, rewarded his team mates who continued to battle the game through to its conclusion.
To reward the Compass faithful for their support, Parsons, Pittaway and Pinyon chipped in with goals before the end of the game. Pinyon finished with 12 goals.
Although Compass were able to hand out a drubbing on the score board this should not detract from the determination and genuine willingness of the Goolwa team to make Compass work for their win. Final scores were Goolwa 3-3 to Compass 20-13.