Langhorne Creek overcome McLaren in grand final rematch

Gotta move quickly: Daniel Marr attempts to escape the clutches of Beau Walkom.
Gotta move quickly: Daniel Marr attempts to escape the clutches of Beau Walkom.

It was the grand final replay between Langhorne Creek and McLaren, with perfect weather and lots of supporters from both clubs, everyone expecting a good contest.

Dominish got the first clearance to Perry marking on the run and Creek had goaled in the first minute, within five minutes they had three and looked by far to be the better side.

McLaren started to settle, Marr and Ellis worked hard combining to set up the next two goals but with Sellar well on top in the Ruck Department and Kellock looking dangerous as a permanent Forward, Creek managed to get another two before the quarter time break.

The second quarter was by far McLaren's best, when they started working harder around the contests, two goals to Wakefield and they were looking dangerous. Creek then made off with an easy coast to coast from a kick in got going again, while McLaren tried to find gaps in their transition whilst Creeks were sweeping from behind in numbers. The quarter resulted in four goals each with Creek hanging on to a two goal lead going into the main break.

Like a replay of the first quarter Creek came out with immediate impact kicking the first 3 goals, Kellock kicking another two taking his tally to five and picking up his third opponent for the day. Big bodies around the contest and switching into space well, Mclaren found it hard to defend, not giving up though, got another goal through Wakefield who appears to be a great target up forward, Marr, Gill, Ellis continued to have a crack to stay within third goals at the last break.

Rumours of the Creek not having a big pre-season seemed to be just that as they were by far the better and fitter looking side in the last.

Sellar in ruck, Dominish, Howell, Perry around the contests and Derham setting it all up from half back, Kellock up forward finishing with seven goals were way too slick for McLaren finishing the day 18.8 to 12.6 a well earned six goal win. Saunders was also listed best on ground for Langhorne Creek.

Best for McLaren were M. Wakefield, D. Marr, T. Fenoughty, B. Gill, B. Ellis, J. Vandeleur.

Both clubs now look towards their Anzac Day clashes, Langhorne Creek will be full of confidence to take on Strathalbyn whilst McLaren will be hoping to get back quite a few key players who take on a confident Willunga side after a big win last week.

McLaren now sit sixth on the ladder while Langhorne Creek sit one space below at seventh - McLaren sit higher due to their slightly greater percentage.