Mount Compass thump McLaren in football

WILLING: McLaren defender Eyre White grabs hold of Mount Compass forward Joe Parsons and applies pressure as he kicks.
WILLING: McLaren defender Eyre White grabs hold of Mount Compass forward Joe Parsons and applies pressure as he kicks.

Compass hosted McLaren and were determined to get revenge for the belting they received last time the two sides met in 2018.

The tackling was torrid with no room for error  yet  Ziggy Vitkunas, although  under close scrutiny from the McLaren defence, managed the first goal for the game.

T and M Corbett were in everything early and Davis up Compass' second goal. More goals followed through  Vitkunas, and Pinyon and the signs were ominous at quarter time with Compass up by 27 points.

It did not get any better in the second with Vitkunas booting the opening goal, Pinyon followed soon after and by halftime the match of the round was turning into a rout with Compass up 53 points and McLaren only having one point on the board.

In the third term it was Jimmy Mathews who, in an electrifying quarter presented McLaren with hope. In quick succession he scored three goals. Each of his goals were on the run and plucked from all sorts of angles and situations.

The ever dangerous Veide, continuing to influence the game around the stoppages, ran the ball out to Hill marking straight in front of goal to bring up Compass' first goal for the quarter and stop the Matthews party.

The game was now flowing more freely allowing players like Lachlan Mathews and Chahla to run and carry the ball. However a goal to Parsons kept the Dogs well in front.

Not deterred, J Mathews brought up his  fourth goal for the term demonstrating his abilities up forward.

Pinyon followed with two more Compass' goals before the break showing the true resilience of the Compass  team. Third quarter scores were McLaren 4-3 to Compass 12-9.

Compass seized the opportunity to put the game out of McLaren’s reach in the last term, as the tireless Z  Vitkunas again ran the ball on to Pinyon running away to goal alone.

The game continued to be fought out from pack to pack with no real dominance displayed by either side.

Gill and Bradwell, both on ballers and centre line players, extracted handy goals late making up for the inability of the McLaren forwards to make an impression on the score board.

Although pushed at times throughout the game, Compass was able to comfortably run out winners and show that grit and determination are still admirable qualities in today's footy.

Final scores were McLaren 6-4 to Compass 13-12, a winning margin of 50 points.

Pinyon kicked seven for the day and Creek played well.

For McLaren, J Mathews and Lawrie were best.  

After winning the last two premierships, Mount Compass is starting to get its act together, and to comfortably defeat one of the top sides in the competition, proves it will be once again be a force come September.