At Goolwa Oval the home fans packed in to see their youngsters have a go. After an exciting start where the Magpies came out strong, McLaren worked themselves back in to the game, to win by 96 points.
It was all the Magpies early as they stunned the Eagles with three quick goals, two through an unlikely source in Jake Gransden and another through ruckman Matt Harper. With all the momentum, they were on the end of some horror missed calls that may have seen them go six goals in front, but McLaren pounced.
Without their prime mover in Ellis, Marr stepped up and continued his impressive season. When Watchman kicked a nice snap late in the term, McLaren had pegged back the lead and went in four points up at quarter time.
The second term was all McLaren. Mutton was looking ominous as he kicked truly and the battle between him and Hayward, was shaping up to be a beauty. Lawrie and Watchman were able to work in tandem against Harper and the midfield was where it was won. Bradwell looked sharp up forward while Vandeleur was in everything. At half time, it was McLaren clear leaders by 51 points.
The third term and you felt the game had something to offer still. The Magpies lifted and were able to kick three for the term as Harper got his second and Cinc kicked a classic from the pocket.
In reply, The Eagles were doing things a bit easier and managed four themselves as Mutton, Bradwell and Marr all got majors. Young Max Gill was having a real good game on debut. For the home side the Fry boys and Ferguson were all pushing towards 30 possessions. At the final change it was McLaren by 61 points.
McLaren piled six goals and the home side failed to kick a goal. Nissen played his best game for the club and is becoming a consistent performer, while it was good to see Payne back at the top level. There were also good contributions from Harper, Ferguson, D Fry and Neville.
For the Eagles, the finish was impressive as Bradwell and Mutton got their fourth. In the end, McLaren had too many contributors with Marr, Vandeleur, Dunlop and Green consistent for the match.