After losing the past two association games against Southern the Senior Great Southern team gathered a formidable squad in 2019 to gain back respect and revenge.
Great Southern key forward Ziggy Vitkunas kicked the first goal of the game, but after that it was all Southern, as goals came from Steele, Oakley and Smith (two goals) before Jimmy Mathews and Marc Elliott clawed back the margin by quarter time.
It was Southern by one point at the first change and it was obvious the forward movement of Smith and Galley was worrying the Great Southern unit. A masterstroke coaching move by Great Southern coach Peter Galbraith had Jake Standfield come from his normal forward position to centre half back and this closed down many avenues to goal for Southern.
Standfield was brilliant in defence relishing the role and providing much rebound.
Mathews was elusive and kicked the first two goals of the second term and Mitch Cleggett followed with another for Great Southern to grab an early lead. Tonkin for Great Southern was having an absorbing duel with Southern ruckman Nathan Schulz
Mott, Johnson, Wiiliams and Arnold registered majors for Southern to finish the half and to make it a five point ball game at half time in favour of Great Southern.
In the third term it was all Great Southern as the runners in Beath, Wade and Mathews tore the ground up. Wade in particular, ignited the team and goals flowed from Cleggett, Elliott, Pinyon (two goals), Wakefield and Mathews. Southern could not score a goal, only two points and were down at the last change by 45 points.
The match was over as a contest with Great Southern having the Barry Pilmore Cup locked away, but Southern did add respectability to the score kicking 3-3 to Great Southern's 1-4 in the last term. Patterson, Williams and Johnson all kicked goals for Southern, while for Great Southern Pinyon booted his fourth for the match.
The final score was Great Southern 15-19 defeated Southern 11-9, a margin of 34 points.
Best for Great Southern were Tonkin in ruck and recipient of the Kevin Curran medal, Mathews, Standfield, Hunter, Beath, Wade, Alexopoulos, Vitkunas and Wakefield. Wakefield would have been best on ground if he kicked accurately, as he finished with 1-7.
For Southern there were none better than Schulz, while Smith, Galley, Steele, Mott and Johnson were busy.