Another beautiful day for football at Goolwa Oval, but with the home side sitting 0-9 and with some major injury concerns, confidence levels certainly weren’t high.
In the end Compass were too good and they ran away winners by 71 points, but there was certainly some fight from the young Magpies.
Early in the first and Compass had full control of the game, as it was played completely in their forward line for the first 15 minutes. Hoban giving the likes of Veide first use, while Pinyon, although wayward, looked like he was is in for a big day.
The one way traffic continued and soon it was a 26 point margin to the Dogs, but Godwin-Knott goaled and the home side was off and running. At the first change, it was Compass by 28 points.
The second term was much the same, as the visitors had control, but they just couldn’t blow the Magpies out of the water, as Harper and Shaw held their own in the middle, against a much more experienced midfield.
The Magpies back six were solid, led by 200 gamer, Cuthbert, but Compass were still being very well serviced by Marshall, Davis and T Vitkunas, which saw goals to Parsons, Z Vitkunas, Veide and Pinyon. A margin of 53 points at the main break.
The third quarter belonged to the home side, as they started to get a real run on kicking the first four goals of the term, at one stage the margin got back to 24 points.
Godwin-Knott was unstoppable as he got his fifth with limited supply and Robinson and Shaw also chipped in with goals. Fry was in anything and Harper really competed hard against the much bigger Hoban, as the Magpie midfield got on top.
For the first time this season the Magpie faithful had a glimpse of the future, as their team of young guns took on the two time reigning premiers and played with freedom and class.
Compass did eventually settle to kick three for the quarter, as Z Vitkunas and Viede looked dangerous forward, but the home side won the quarter and although probably not a genuine chance, the margin was back to a more manageable 42 points.
Goolwa/Port Elliot would have to start well if they were to scare the reigning premiers and they did have chances, but failed to capitalise.
Ferguson was running and carrying the ball off half back, while Shaw’s pressure with his sidekick Cinc, was outstanding. There were also some excellent signs by debutant Pope. But Compass’ bigger bodies and experience started to show and although they didn’t have it their own way, they flicked the switch at the right times.
Pinyon was well held by Hayward, but Z Vitkunas and Viede were able top chip in with five each. Marshall, Davis and T Vitkunas were very solid in their roles.
A decent game of footy, but Compass running out comfortable winners by 71 points.