Mount Compass entertained Goolwa/Port Elliot to break the two game losing streak for Compass.
Mount Compass' T Corbett celebrating his 100th game for Compass, held strongly on the half back line to propel Compass forward and give Green a chance to bring up their first goal. Boots, fouled in a ground contest, added to the Compass goal tally soon after. Z Vitkunas, Pinyon and a fierce tackling Guy brought up more goals for Compass as they made the most of the opportunities presented to them.
First quarter scores were Goolwa/Port Elliot 0-2 to Compass 5-5.
Compass were straight out of the blocks going forward and if hadn't been for the fast, determined work of Magpie D Fry, who was in everything all over the ground, the damage would have been more. He alone was no match for the even Compass on ball brigade led by M Corbett and T Vitkunas.
Three goals to Pinyon and one each to Healy, Hoban, Z Vitkunas and Boots all came off the back of a concerted effort to repel any over turned balls by Ruddock and Barratt.
Paul, Nissen and Weise did all they could to get a first half goal for Goolwa but alas their efforts were not rewarded. Half time scores were Goolwa/Port Elliot 0-6 to Compass 12-7.
After half time the Magpies came out rejuvenated and determined. For a while the game was very much a to and fro affair, but eventually Goolwa/Port Elliot's desperate hopes were shattered with Z Vitkunas and Barratt bobbing up all over the ground forcing the ball Compass' way for Pinyon to bring up the first goal for the quarter.
Nissen and J Fry were two Magpies who never gave up and combined to set up Marsh for Goolwa/Port Elliot's first goal for the game. Compass dominated the rest of the quarter in which Pinyon, Boots and Ruddock all scored majors to extend the Compass lead. Third quarter scores were Goolwa 1-11 to Compass 16-12.
In the last term, Goolwa/Port Elliot rallied, but the Dogs were not finished with goals from Z Vitkunas two and one each to Hunter and Barratt. Paul booted a long goal from 50 metres adding some credibility to the Goolwa/Port Elliot score. Te final score was Mount Compass 22-18 to Goolwa/Port Elliot 4-11.
Goolwa/Port Elliot are to be commended for competing hard. Compass, on the other hand, won as they should, but will need to mould into the clinical, fit machine that won them back to back premierships if they are to dispense with those teams that seem to have gotten their measure in the first round.