In windy conditions at Goolwa Oval, the Mudlarks were keen for a win and a percentage boost in their quest for a shot at the 2018 finals, but the Magpies who are winless weren’t going to roll over as they competed hard. In the end, the home side couldn’t capitalise on coming home with the breeze and it was Myponga-Sellicks by 43 points.
Myponga-Sellicks began with the breeze but wayward kicking saw them struggling to break free early. The Magpies had plenty of the ball through Neville and the Fry boys and soon managed a goal through Harper, who was on top in the ruck. When the Mudlarks went forward, Carroll looked dangerous and kicked truly, while Merrett was in everything. A goal to Sansbury saw the margin creeping out before the Pies secured a goal through D Fry. At quarter time, Myponga-Sellicks up by 29 points. It was then Goolwa/ Port Elliot’s turn with the strong breeze, but in their keenness to score they panicked and butchered some opportunities. Like the Magpies did, the Mudlarks worked well in to the breeze but in differing styles. Merrett once again instrumental as he won the ball in the midfield and kicked goals, while Sansbury got himself a second. All of a sudden the margin had drifted out and the Pies looked in trouble. Late in the term, Fergusson began to create some run and Cuthbert bobbed up with two goals, including a classic checkside. The Mudlarks by 23 points. The third term was set up to be a beauty. Haverty was having a very good game, Miller who was beaten slowly worked in to the contest, while Clarke provided plenty of grunt. The Magpies had D Fry, J Fry and Neville at the coal face and the backs in Hayward and Fergusson held strong. The Pies failed to kick a goal as the breeze strengthened, Myponga Selliclks with only two for the term. The lead was 37 points.
It was going to take a huge term from the Magpies but this seemed to be their best chance to get a win. They worked hard to get a goal through Consalvo and later Neville but the push to get forward saw the defence fall apart and the Mudlarks were calm going forward. Sansbury’s fourth and Merrett’s fifth were the sealers as Myponga-Sellicks won the quarter and the game. A solid performance by them without being outstanding, but enough to get the all important win. For the Mudlarks, Carroll was brilliantly early. He was quieter later through some good work by Hayward but a good game and Merrett was outstanding. Best on ground easily. Other contributors were Clarke, J Hutchinson and Haverty. For the Magpies, the Fry boys again sensational, Neville proving to be a good pick up and Harper was once again good in ruck, while Cuthbert’s four saw him get a mention.