Willunga struggled in their football match against Mount Compass

Go long: Nigel Bryan directs Lachlan Hartshorne to move on the ball and unleash into the forward 50, during Victor Harbor and Strathalbyn's Round 1 hit out.
Go long: Nigel Bryan directs Lachlan Hartshorne to move on the ball and unleash into the forward 50, during Victor Harbor and Strathalbyn's Round 1 hit out.

Hoban won the first centre bounce of the season. He tapped to Copestick who drove the ball into the forward lines where Pinyon intercepted a Willunga handball and goaled. Compass took the lead and led for the rest of the game. Their precise kicking, strong marking and talented tall timber will make them a formidable opponent for all GSFL teams in 2019.

At ground level Compass's tackling was ferocious, led by captain Hunter. Standfield stood tall for Willunga, roaming across half back. Willunga attacked for 10 minutes but used the breeze poorly. Ziggy Vitkunas ran free and kicked the Bulldogs second goal against the slight breeze. It was the Dogs by 10 points at the first change.

Mt Compass kicked 6-2 in the second quarter to set up a match winning lead. Cook looked dangerous for Willunga and Renney and Tregenza ran and tackled hard. McDonald and Ficken on the last line of defence tried their hardest to stop the Dogs tall forwards from marking, but the pressure was continuous.

Willunga scored the first goal of the quarter. Tregenza and Renney got the ball to Hoffman who kicked truly. His attack on the ball all game was commendable. He demanded the ball and attacked it fiercely. Three goals in two minutes, two to Pinyon and one to Hunter, quickly reasserted Compass' dominance.

Willunga stemmed the flow then applied forward pressure of their own. Hunt kicked truly then from the resulting centre bounce Haskett and Beath combined to get the ball to Cook whose slick handball set-up the fleet footed Collier who goaled on the run.

The Dogs then ran the ball from full back to full forward with long kicks and strong marks. Vitkunas goaled. Two late goals to Boots and Vitkunas left Willunga dis-spirited at the long break and down by 28 points.

Scanlan and Haskett combined from the first bounce of the second half to give Martin the opportunity to goal for the home side. His snap was accurate.

The Bulldogs then snapped three in a row, but after a goal-square scramble Martin kicked Willunga's, second for the quarter. At the last break it was Compass by 40 points.

Mt Compass began the last quarter with a match winning lead and held onto it in a lack lustre final term.

Dawson kicked his first in Willunga colours with the benefit of two 50 metre penalties. Two minutes later Z Vitkunas set up Pinyon to restore the three-quarter time lead. The final 15 minutes produced no more goals and minimal behinds.

It was a relief for each player's tired legs when the final siren sounded, as the Dogs won by 40 points..

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