The A grade association game between Great Southern and Southern on Saturday at Strathalbyn oval was a great example of country football.
Great Southern received two major blows before the bounce with Kellock and Standfield ruled out and then once the game was up and firing the team lost Brad Merrett after he had kicked two goals in the first term.
Great Southern opened the better and had a four point lead at quarter time and it was obvious early Davis was going to have a big day, either onball or up forward.
Vandermeer was causing headaches for Great Southern, as he kicked two goals by the end of the first term.
Neither side gave an inch in the second quarter as both teams traded blows. Goals to Davis and Ellis for Great Southern were answered by goals from Arnold and Albanese for Southern.
The margin was only five points at halftime in Great Southern’s favour.
They call the third term the premiership quarter and Great Southern opened up like the game was on the line.
Callum Tonkin was rucking well and the defence of Derham, Tom Corbett and Matt Merrett were holding Southern at bay.
Hamish Tonkin was also at his rebounding best during this term, as goals came from Howell, Perrey, Michael Corbett and C Tonkin and when Southern challenged with goals from Trevena, Johnson and S Smith, Jamie Smith for Great Southern, booted a team lifting major to have Great Southern up by 20 points at three quarter time.
The last term was set to be a beauty, as there was no way Southern were going to lay down.
Southern came out breathing fire and the game went up many notches. The pace of the game and tackling were relentless, as neither team wanted to give any ground.
Vandermeer, Reeve in ruck, Albanese, Arnold, Kearsley, Johnson and McAllister grabbed the game by the throat and had Great Southern seeking answers.
A controversial send off to Great Southern star defender Alexopoulos left the side one short at a crucial stage of the last term when Southern were charging forward.
This certainly unbalanced the side, as Southern rattled on eight goals, two from Arnold, two from Mott and two from Johnson to give Southern the lead and a deserved win by 11 points.
Great Southern managed three goals for the term, one from Beath and one each from Davis and Ellis.
It was a great game of football with Southern mounting a come from behind victory.
Best for Great Southern were Davis, C Tonkin, L Mathews, M Merrett, Perrey, M Corbett and for Southern there was none better on the ground than Vandermeer and he had support from Reeve, Albanese, Arnold, Kearsley and McAllister