Last time these two sides played at McLaren Vale Oval was the preliminary final last year in which McLaren were five-point winners. Mt Compass certainly were making their intentions early that this wasn't going to be a repeat of that result. Copestick in particular with pace out of the centre clearances setting up Compass forwards and the first two goals were up in the first five minutes.
McLaren started getting the hands on the footy slowing the pace, passing the footy trying to find gaps. Mt Compass pressing hard and using quick movement looking the better side, the upside for McLaren was their defence led by Zoharm, chopping off numerous attacks. L Matthews and Gill lifted in the centre and McLaren found two goals late to be a point down at quarter-time.
Mt Compass were well on top of the ruck through Hoban, however McLaren kept pace with the Dogs to be two points down at the main break.
Mount Compass once again shifted the momentum and pressured McLaren all quarter forcing them into numerous skill errors kicking three goals to one to widen the lead at three-quarter-time. The margin was 15 points coming into the last.
Copestick showing his class when it counted, along with Hunter and Heatly certainly lifted the midfield of the Dogs, as they kicked away to lead by more than four goals. Finally McLaren got going all of a sudden looked a different side, moved the ball quickly and out pressured Mt Compass with three goals late in the match, but it was not enough with Compass winning by 11 points.
Strathalbyn defeat Myponga/Sellicks
If the Roosters thought it was going to be easy against Myponga/Sellicks, they received a shock on Saturday. The Mudlarks led at the first change, but in the second Strathalbyn gained some breathing space booting 6-4 to three goals to lead by 16 points at half time.
To the credit of the Mudlarks they did not give up as they pushed Strathalbyn all day to eventually lose by 15 points.
O'Grady with four goals and Wright and Clamp were best for Strath and Clarke and Ogilvie were best for Myponga/Sellicks.