It was a great day for footy when McLaren ventured up the hill to play Mount Compass. The breeze favoured the southern end and Compass chose to make use of it.
McLaren was first forward, but McKenzie and Ritter were combining well to stave off any attack. The ominous sign was that McLaren kept persisting in spite of the wind. Finally, Compass pulled a move together via Ritter who found Z Vitkunas for the first Compass goal. Except for one quick piece of play that saw Marr bend a beauty back into goal for McLaren, it was all Compass.
Z Vitkunas helped himself to three goals, one of which was a massive 70-metre torpedo. Pinyon and Hunter also made their presence known with set shots for goal. Quarter time scores were McLaren 1-2 to Compass 5-2.
Compass made headway to goal against the wind heralding their intention to maintain pressure on the score board. Persistence and pressure finally paid off for Compass with a goal from Pinyon resulting from a Z Vitkunas interception at half forward.
With the game slipping away from McLaren they were stung into action. Wakefield made a clumsy Compass spilled mark into gold and J Matthews and L Matthews each chipped in with handy late goals to put McLaren in a more assertive position and only eight points down at the long break.
In the third term it was sheer doggedness which earned McLaren two valuable goals from Ellis and Grimley, who not only delighted in the moment with their teammates, but sent their supporters to a new level of cheering.
Full credit goes to the McLaren players for keeping a bewildered, frustrated Compass unit goalless for the quarter, thus squandering their four goal breeze advantage and hitting the front at three quarter time by five points.
Although some Compass players battled it out to the end, it was clear that they were fading, which has been rarely seen in the last five years. Fenoughty and Wakefield happily drove the nail into the Compass coffin with a goal each.
With the McLaren players prepared to offer resistance wherever they went, Compass players were just not able to find space and move the ball without hindrance. Ten out of ten goes to McLaren for taking Compass on and creating opportunities for themselves to break free at critical moments.
Compass needed more players like J Scudds, who bobbed up everywhere and was rewarded for his efforts, marking on the goal line in a hot aerial contest. It was the only goal for the Dogs in the last half.
Final scores were McLaren 9-13 to Compass 7-4. Best for McLaren were Young, J Mathews, Fenoughty, Zohar and Lambert and for Compass, Scudds, T Vitkunas and Bolton played well.