Compass kick away in a tight contest with Roosters

Putting on a clinic: Mount Compass's gun forward Tom Pinyon takes a strong mark before kicking one of eight goals for the match. He leads the league firmly with 86 for the season and is eyeing up 100.
Putting on a clinic: Mount Compass's gun forward Tom Pinyon takes a strong mark before kicking one of eight goals for the match. He leads the league firmly with 86 for the season and is eyeing up 100.

Clouds loomed and the drizzle arrived for the do or die encounter between Strath and Compass. Compass had the jump early, before Luckett replied for Strath which set the Roosters on a roll. Goals followed by Simounds and O'Grady and Luckett's presence up forward put the pressure on Compass. Strath looked more committed; were hard at the ball, accurate in passing and determined in tackling. Compass, steadied for a fight, with Hunter in everything, before finding Ruddock to register a much-needed goal. Hunter goaled from 40 meters before Z Vitkunas followed suite, as Pinyon was pushed back into defence. Ruddock got forward quickly to snap a goal from out of the scrum. Conditions became more slippery and the players found it difficult to handle the ball, with Compass leading Strath 5.0 to 3.1 at the first break.

Strath were straight into action but with the Corbett brothers relentless in their attack, Compass scored through a Pinyon snap. Strath were now under siege as Copestick came into the game. His hard work saw Hunter goal and Zammit made his arrival on the ground known immediately, winning the hard ball, resulting in a goal to Ruddock. Bell had other ideas; winning a marking contest at centre, he put the ball onto Price for a desperately needed goal. With Strath determined to make amends, Vaninetti picked the ball out of a pack to follow suit. The comeback continued as Price snagged his second for the term, making the most of every opportunity. He received the ball from Vaninetti for another goal and the Strath forwards were now in red hot form, but Pinyon was able to get one back for Compass before Bell goaled from a marking contest. Half time scores were Compass 9.3 to Strath 9.2.

T Corbett got a clear pass to Pinyon to bring up the first goal of the third and Pinyon goaled again soon after. Simounds goaled for Strath after the dogged efforts of S Elliott who forced the ball forward, but Pinyon, once again returned the favour. McKenzie, was finding his mojo, as were Wright and Tucker for Strath who set up a goal for O'Grady. As the siren sounded, Strath's Price goaled from a tight angle to bring the Roosters within one point at the final break. Strath opened at a cracking pace, building a tight lead. Eventually, Pinyon goaled yet again to put Compass in front once more. O'Grady struck back with an immediate reply before Boots snapped another for Compass. Machin was making his presence known and Compass' backs were working overtime to hold out the Strath onslaught. Out of sheer desperation Strath were deprived a goal by McKenzie and Bolton. Two from Z Vitkunas put the Dogs in front and after a fiercely fought period, Pinyon kicked truly yet again from a tight angle. As the Siren sounded on the finals-like encounter, Compass took the match 18-7 to 15-7. Pinyon finished with 8 and best for the Dogs were Z Vitkunas (3), Hunter and Copestick. For the Roosters Simounds (4), Price (3) and O'Grady (3) were the best three.