Strath too good for Yankalilla

Textbook: McLaren Captain Brett Ellis executes a textbook snap across the body, during the Eagle's upset win over Victor Harbor.
Textbook: McLaren Captain Brett Ellis executes a textbook snap across the body, during the Eagle's upset win over Victor Harbor.

In predicted fashion, Strathalbyn ground out a convincing win against Yankalilla, who were already resigned to missing finals for 2019.

A blistering first quarter by the Roosters who were in front of a home crowd, all but ensured a win from the outset.

Quick ball movement, strong marking inside 50 and accuracy in front of goals gave Strathalbyn the jump, and the scores were 6.1 to 1.3 at quarter time.

Strath's efficiency continued in the second, with Simounds doing most of the damage up forward. Yank's defence was under heavy pressure and struggled to cope with the continued Strathalbyn onslaught, driven by the workload of their mids. Scores at the half were 10.2 to 3.4.

After a half time rev up, Yank came out determined to make amends and held up Strath in the third.

Battling with a new intensity, the likes of Laba and Gotch willed the Tiger's onwards, placing much needed pressure on Strathalbyn's defenders, who had it easy in the first half.

Yank won the quarter, kicking 2.1 to Strath's 1.4 in a hotly contested period of football.

A comeback was not to be however, with Strathalbyn surging home in the last. The Rooster's were back to their near best, finishing clear winners, 17.7 (109) to 6.9 (45).

Best for Strathalbyn were Wright, M Elliot, Tucker and Simounds who put in another strong performance, finishing with 7 goals.

Holding things together for Yankalilla were Laba, Gotch, Lee, Clark and Fisher, who each battled hard.