Victor Harbor defeated by Mount Compass in football

GOING LONG: Mount Compass utility James Scudds pumps the footy forward on Saturday with his lethal left foot in the A grade game against Victor Harbor.
GOING LONG: Mount Compass utility James Scudds pumps the footy forward on Saturday with his lethal left foot in the A grade game against Victor Harbor.

In what was meant to be match of the round, first placed Victor Harbor hosting second placed Mt Compass and Victor being at home for the first time in four weeks, everything was perfectly placed, except the weather.

The home side made use of the breeze blowing to the southern end and looked the goods early with great tackling pressure and numerous inside 50's, but their shots on goal let them down so badly that it was to lay the foundation for the rest of the match.

Conversely the Dogs, with the two leading goal kickers in the league posted two straight goals into the breeze from their limited opportunities through Pinyon. Victor took a one point lead into the first break with an abysmal 1-7.

The second term was one way traffic for the visitors with Victor's already decimated defence now missing Ben Basham, who's job on Pinyon was over in the opening minutes with a collar bone. The full back role was eventually filled by brother Sam who was shifted from full forward.

From Hoban in the ruck to the Vitkunis brothers, Scudds, Heatley, Pittaway and Ruddock the attack was relentless and there seemed little the Roos could do to stop them.

Fletcher and Bryan in defence and followers, Ross, Williams and Weetra with his consistent fearless attack on the ball tried to stem the tide. The other telling factor was accuracy in front of the big sticks, no matter the angle, distance, set shot or snap, everything was going straight through for Compass who piled on 5-3 for the quarter, while their opponents could only muster one point in reply.

The home supporters who filled the new clubrooms for a pre-match function were clinging to the hope that their side would mount some sort of fightback if they could get the familiar game style back on track.

Mt Compass demonstrated why they have spent more time on top of the ladder than anyone else for the last three seasons with another five straight goals, as they simply continued the dominance they enjoyed in the previous quarter.

So familiar and well drilled, every contested possession was backed up by a player, or two, or three in support, whereas Victor Harbor's kicks looked rushed and the ensuing pressured disposals were turned over and put to the sword on the scoreboard.

Wade added only the second goal to follow Bramley's opener from an hour earlier and Schubert got the third in the shadows of three quarter time, but this was little consolation as the deficit had now blown out to 49 points at the last change.

Victor Harbor were hoping to take some positives out of the final term, but this was not to be their day with their usual contributors missing or shut down.

They could only manage one behind into the breeze, while their opponents coasted along adding three more goals and inflict Victor's heaviest loss of the year.

The Zone Championship break will be a welcome chance for Victor Harbor to rebuild, but first they have to get past Encounter Bay in this week's derby.

They may be further down the ladder, but this means little in the local showdown, plus they have also got far closer to defeating Compass and Willunga than Victor Harbor have this year.


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