Willunga defeat reigning champs Mount Compass in GSFL grand final rematch

STRENGTH: Willunga's Cameron Hutchens fends off a tackle from Mount Compass' Michael Corbett during their A grade clash. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.
STRENGTH: Willunga's Cameron Hutchens fends off a tackle from Mount Compass' Michael Corbett during their A grade clash. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.

Last year’s grand finalists faced off in what turned into an epic contest. 

The Bulldogs were looking to prove their worth as the reigning champions and the Demons were out for revenge after falling short of the premiership at the final hurdle last year.

Willunga were into attack early through Paterson who’s kick to Altus found Stanfield for the first goal. One soon became two when Cook ran into an open goal. 

Compass started to shut Willunga’s run down and after Ziggy Vicunus received a 50 metre penalty and kicked above goal, Compass were on the board.

Both sides were attacking the ball, which saw the game being played between the half back lines.

Quarter time came and went through Willunga holding an eight point advantage. The Demons started the second half strong again but only seemed to manage points on the score board.

Compass went coast to coast through Merritt, Vitkunas to Pinyon who was Compass’ only goal scorer with three for the quarter.

Hoffman had a great first half for the Demons and found Burdett for a last goal before half time, which saw Willunga hold onto a two point lead.

After the long break, the tempo stepped up. Tackling was again the highlight and foot passing by both sides was first class. 

Ten goals were kicked in this quarter – six to Willunga and four to Mount Compass. 

Willunga held a 14 point advantage at three quarter time, which was quickly reduced to two points after Pinyon kicked two early in the final term. 

Willunga steadied after Cook kicked his third, before Compass added another to close the score once again.

From there, Willunga kicked the last three goals of the match to win a great exhibition of country football by 19 points.

Bulldogs’ best were B. Creek, T. Pinyon with a lazy eight goals, T. Corbett, N. Brokenshire, J. Veide and T. Vitkunas.

Willunga kicked the last three goals of the match to win a great exhibition of country football by 19 points

For the Creek, B. Cook, C. Nelson, S. Brown, J. Standfield who kicked seven, C. Paterson and S. Beath were the top performers.

After this week’s grand final rematch, both sides are sitting next to each other on the ladder in third and fourth with two wins and two losses each.

In round five, the reigning champs will host the rising Mudlarks while the Demons host the young Tigers.