Willunga defeat Myponga/Sellicks by 97 points in Great Southern football

DESPERATE: Encounter Bay's hard ball winning mid-fielder Pat Taggart wins possession.
DESPERATE: Encounter Bay's hard ball winning mid-fielder Pat Taggart wins possession.

Willunga dominated the first quarter against Myponga/Sellicks, but failed to assert their authority on the scoreboard, kicking 4-7. Goals to Sandfield, Beath and Cook had the Demons going.

Willunga's half back defence led by Alexopoulos, Hoffman and Brown repelled every Myponga-Sellicks' forward thrust. The Mudlarks' goal for the quarter came when Whiley picked up a slippery half volley and kicked accurately.

The second quarter was the most even of the four quarters. Thorp, Vluggen and Ogilvie had plenty of the ball and kept the Mudlarks in their forward lines. Willunga steadied through the ruck dominance of Bass, whose taps helped Beath, Nelson and Brown find space. Standfield was dangerous in attack. At half time the margin was 35 points.

The premiership quarter belonged to Willunga. Cook kicked their first, then despite Willunga's relentless attacking moves they kicked another series of points until Jake Renney chipped the ball to Lee, who kicked accurately. The last quarter was a Willunga goal fest despite the best efforts of Mudlarks' Spinks, Thorp and Hamilton and the run of Ogilvie.

Haskett snapped an early goal, then another, and another. Bass, Brown and Jake Renney carried the ball creatively into Willunga's forward lines. Cook soccered a goal from the middle of a pack and Miegel sprinted into an open goal and kicked a second.

Burdett passed beautifully to Thomas who kicked another. Myponga-Sellicks best play for the quarter brought about their only goal for the second half.

James Hutchinson marked strongly, gave to Ogilvie who passed to Spinks who kicked truly. Altus kicked the last goal of the match to give Willunga a 97 point winning margin.

Roosters struggle

Strathalbyn played Goolwa/Port Elliot on Saturday as the hot favourites, but a spirited Magpie team came out to play and pushed the Roosters to the final siren.

Goolwa/Port Elliot led by nine points at quarter time, but let themselves down in the second when Strathalbyn had their game going to grab the lead by 12 points at halftime.

Ferguson was dangerous for the Magpies and Godwin-Knott was dominating the field play, but the potency of the Rooster forward line always looked ominous.

In the third term Strathalbyn could not slip away as the match went goal for goal. The lead at the last break was 28 points and in the final term, the Magpies showed grit to outscore Strath to eventually go down by 21 points.

Best players for Strath were Pegler, Simounds and Slattery and for the Magpies there was none better on the ground than Godwin-Knott, Paul, Ezard, Nissan, J Fry, George and Ferguson (four goals).

Bays have late charge

Yankalilla had the game by the throat at three quarter time leading Encounter Bay by 26 points in heavy conditions.

But the Bays showed a lot of heart to make a charge to steal the win in the last term to go down narrowly by three points.

The Tigers dominated the game for three quarters due to the work of Lee, Tyllis, Hinge, Edwards, Luke Durdin and Josh Wilson.

Jed Durdin up forward also was a valuable target. The Bays had no answer to the power and physicality of the Tigers, until the last term.

Out of nowhere, Encounter Bay found their mojo and it was led by Davis-Neale, Bonnes, who had played well all day, Barrett, West and Davidson.

The final seconds was frenetic as the Bays attacked with a ferocity unseen for the first three quarters, but as the siren sounded it was the Tigers winning by three points.

It was a good, old fashioned game of football between two sides that want to play finals football in 2019.


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