Victor Harbor defeats arch rivals Encounter Bay by 90 points in Great Southern football

DEBUT: Victor Harbor's Luke Davey came out with a vengeance in his first game for the Roos, booting nine goals in the 90 point thumping of the Bays.
DEBUT: Victor Harbor's Luke Davey came out with a vengeance in his first game for the Roos, booting nine goals in the 90 point thumping of the Bays.

This year's local derby Anzac round had Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay squaring off with the Bays undefeated and the Roos one win and one loss.

With full forward and coach Alleway missing and key mid, Schubert out it seemed like a daunting prospect for Victor Harbor. However, enter Luke Davey.

On debut and at the goal front, he proceeded to host the Luke Davey show. Victor wanted to get an early jump out of the blocks and what ensued was better than the coach or supporters could have wished for.

Victor kicked the first six goals in a 15 minute blitz with a brand of poise, tackling pressure, skill, running and rock solid defence that had not been seen in a Roos A grade side in 20 seasons. At the first change Davey had five out of Victor's seven, to the solitary reply from Eagle Marshall, who was the recipient of a free down field.

It was Bay's turn with the breeze, but the second term turned out to be a carbon copy of the first with another seven goals to one. The goal scoring was shared around between, Williams, Ross, Fletcher, Basham and Davey (including one party trick with the outside of the boot while being tackled on the boundary, reminiscent of Eddie Betts). Costello took advantage of a loose chaos ball to snap one at the other end, but the 12 goal deficit at the long break now seemed like a bridge too far for the Eagles.

A far more even and lower scoring third term followed Basham's two early goals from marks inside 50.

Strong defensive marks around the ground from Barrett, Zitterbart, Crispin and Baldock helped stem the tide, as did the run of Fyfe, Tonkin and Karpany.

The run of their Victor opponents, Yeomans, Ross, Lang, Connors, and Hartshorne, as well as the brutal tackles from Leech were simply too much to counter with another Victor goal coming on the siren to add salt to the wound. Scores at three quarter time were Victor Harbor 17-5 to Encounter Bay 3-5.

In the last quarter the Bays were much better. They opened the scoring through Fyfe in the final term, but this was soon negated by three in reply from the home side, with Davey's personal tally on debut now at nine goals two.

Davis-Neale showed his dead eye kicking with two and another from Fraser Tonkin added some respectability, but this was to be Victor's day, as they won every quarter and ended up 15 goal winners when the final siren sounded.

Hawks too good for Strath

Langhorne Creek had a nine goal third term to defeat Strathalbyn in the ANZAC Day clash by 34 points. The Roosters were undisciplined in third quarter and this cost them dearly, as for the rest of the match they were the better team.

Perrey, Lally, Sellar, Arbon and Warren were the better players for the Hawks, while Clamp, Clark, Burns, Tucker and the Elliott brothers tried hard for Strathalbyn.


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