Encounter Bay and Goolwa/Port Elliot play Indigenous football game

PROTECTING SPACE: Encounter Bay's Nick Marshall guards the footy against Goolwa/Port Elliot's Joe Woods.
PROTECTING SPACE: Encounter Bay's Nick Marshall guards the footy against Goolwa/Port Elliot's Joe Woods.

A huge crowd packed Goolwa Oval for the second instalment of the Indigenous game that has been instigated by the Encounter Bay and Goolwa/Port Elliot Football clubs. After an even, but scrappy first half, the Davis-Neale inspired Eagles fired up in the third term and won by 56 points.

The first term was a good contest between C Tonkin and Marsh in the ruck, but the difference was the Bay forward line as Marshall, Toole and Karpany looked more dangerous. Both teams were wasteful early with the Eagles 13 points up at quarter time

Davis-Neale was outstanding in the second term, while Crispin and Fyfe certainly showed their worth. The work from Baldock was workman like and Karpany was lively. In terms of scoring shots it was relatively even.

Andrewartha kicked a beauty for the Magpies, but Bays just had the replies, as Marshall coolly converted to see the lead drift out to 24 points at the main break.

In the third quarter it was all Bays, kicking six goals to one. It was David-Neale, who was a clear standout, but the likes of Bonnes, Barrett and West all worked hard.

On top of some excellent play, Encounter Bay also had some luck with a clear point awarded a goal and the Magpies were also on the end of some incorrect decisions under the new rules. Bays were off and running and were out to 55 points at the final change.

The Magpies leading in to the final quarter only had the hope that the Bays may fall in a hole like the previous week. The Magpies did own the term with the Fry boys heavily involved, while Ezard gave some life to the forward line. The Magpies couldn't convert, kicking 2-6 for the quarter and the Bays ran out winners by 56 points

For the home side, Gransden kept Karpany quiet after half time, while Payne and Ezard showed their class, while Daniel and James Fry did what they do best for four quarters.

For the Bays, Baldock, C Tonkin, Crispin and Fyfe continued their good starts to 2019. The unanimous winner of the best on ground medal was Davis-Neale.

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