The game at Willunga was the inaugural Indigenous round between the two clubs. Opposing football, and netball sides stood respectfully while a ‘Welcome To Country’ was made and a smoking ceremony performed.
Victor Harbor won the toss and kicked with a strong breeze at Willunga Oval. Alleyway kicked the first for the visitors and Willunga were able to equalise at the five-minute mark when Standfield found Hoffman in space.
Victor dominated the next 10 minutes. Brad Borrillo, Fletcher, Alleyway and Ross looked damaging, but they squandered several opportunities
Mills pushed it forward to Martin who kicked truly for the Demons and the Dees were up by four points at the first change.
Willunga went with the wind in the second quarter and amazingly went goal-less. Players from both sides kicked the ball out of bounds on the full. The only goal of the quarter was kicked by Victor’s Love right on the half time siren.
Victor had the wind in the premiership quarter, could not convert. It took a strong mark by Ross and a booming 55 metre goal to break the run of Victor behinds.
Ross and Connors showed their skills, but it was Alleway who marked strongly, broke free and handballed to Borrillo who split the middle.
Standfield replied for Willunga. At three quarter time it was Victor by six points.
In the final term Willunga had the wind and Altus kicked the equalling goal and a long kick from Cook had Willunga in front. Martin took a strong mark from a Hoffman pass and kicked another at the 10 minute mark.
Hoffman then marked and goaled followed by Boyd and Bass to blow the game away. It began to rain goals as Standfield goaled and so did Hoffmann again.
Haskett led Willunga’s defence admirably. They formed a wall and rebounded most Victor attacks.
Burdett ran loose from the centre square, kicked to Standfield who marked on the final siren. He missed but Willunga won by seven goals because of a classy last quarter.
Congratulations to both sides for participating so wholeheartedly in this Indigenous Round.