After strong showings in the first round last week, both the Eagles and Tigers were hot to go last Saturday, with great weather and even greater expectations the match did not disappoint.
The Bays were first out of the blocks as Karpany kicked the first goal of the game while on the run, 30 seconds in. He did it again a few minutes later before teammate Nick Marshall bagged 2 goals for himself, the Bays were dominating. Yank's Jacob Laba received a free at centre half forward and he kicked their first goal. Jono Lee for Yank and Callum Tonkin for Bays were having a very even duel in ruck but Tyson Neale continued to take the ball out of centre and gave teammates Marshall and Karpany many opportunities. Marshall finished the 1 st term with 4 goals and Karpany 3. Zac Edwards marked well and goaled for Yank but they were 5 goals down at the first change.
The game was fast and furious as Yank started to claw their way back. Jack Fitzgerald goaled then Braendler snapped another as the margin narrowed. Bays needed a steadier and they got it when Hall found Neale for a successful shot. However, Yank persisted with fast running footy and forced a turnover, giving Fisher an opportunity to goal and he made no mistake. Jesse Fitzgerald kicked another and at half time Bays led 8.4 to 6.5. The Tigers took the momentum in the third term, Fisher and Jack Edwards both goaled and Yank hit the front by 1 point. It was short lived when Hall kicked a beauty for Bays to regain the lead and the momentum. Great team play ended with Karpany putting another one through, then found Baldock with a great pass. He goaled, giving Bays a 3 goal margin. Late in the term Braendler took a good mark close to goal. His subsequent major took the margin to less than 2 goals at three quarter time. Scores were Bays 11.6 Yank 9.8. The last quarter was goal for goal. Fraser Tonkin goaled from 40m for Bays, Braendler replied for Yank. Karpany passed to Marshall who kicked his 5th but Yank answered quickly. Hall snapped a beauty for Bays, Fisher kicked a long one in reply. Time was kicking by, but it was still anybody's game. A brilliant intercept by West (down from the backlines) and a long running goal was the sealer. Despite 2 serious injuries late in the game, Bays won by almost 3 goals. 15.11 to 12.12 was the final score. Yank have improved from last year and will give the so-called top sides a good run for their money. Braendler and Fisher were very good as was Edwards. Gotch was busy while Durdin, Garner and Wilson played well. Lee had a good duel with Tonkin in ruck. Bays lacked big names but made up for this with youthful enthusiasm and teamwork. Marshall and Karpany were electric aided by Hall. Bradford was solid down back as was West. Crispin and Fyfe continued their good form all around the ground with Callum Tonkin and Tyson Neale the usual valuable contributors.