Encounter Bay have big win in the quest to grab a finals berth in 2021

DIVE: Goolwa/Port Elliot champion Dene McKinlay has desire written all over his face as he attacks the football on Saturday in front of Encounter Bay's Andrew Fyfe.
DIVE: Goolwa/Port Elliot champion Dene McKinlay has desire written all over his face as he attacks the football on Saturday in front of Encounter Bay's Andrew Fyfe.

After Indigenous round ceremonies Encounter Bay won the toss and kicked with the breeze at the Bay Oval against Goolwa/Port Elliot.

The Magpies kicked the first goal after Raikiwasa took a good mark. Davis-Neale replied and it was goal for goal until the first break. The margin only three points in favour of Bays.

In the second term no side could get on top. GPE could not miss, as they kicked six straight by halftime and the Bays had booted 6-5.

The second half was all Bays as they took control. Davis-Neale was unstoppable, Callum Tonkin controlled the ruck and they kicked six goals to two in the third.

It got better for Bays as the game went on, as they booted away to win by 62 points. Davis-Neale did as he pleased and finished with six goals. Final scores were Bays 19-10 to GPE 10-2.

Goolwa/Port Elliot played well with Cummings their best player, while Jesse Bates was always a danger. Brad Prior with three goals was their best forward while O'Flaherty and Rigney tried hard all day.

Bays fielded their youngest side for the year because of their horrific injury list, but they handled the situation well. However, it was Davis-Neale, Karpany, Marshall and Ben Davis who were the match winners.

Youngsters French and Fyfe were prominent.

Dogs too strong

It was wet and heavy conditions that welcomed Victor to Mt Compass. Heatley for the Dogs scored first.

Victor found themselves in front after the persistent Wade goaled. Pinyon brought up the quick reply with two goals in succession while Hoban snapped one too while resting up forward.

Although Compass controlled the scoreboard the game was tight in the clinches. Green, Davis and Heatley were getting their share of the scraps for Compass, as was Weetra for Victor. Compass up by 24 points at the first change.

Victor's promising start with Grenfell and Wade busy up forward faded out as the more experienced Compass players in T Corbett and McKenzie asserted themselves in the Compass backlines.

Compass took charge kicking five more goals to one in the second.

While Boyd was busy early in the quarter for Victor, he badly needed some help from his teammates. Victor were putting up a fight giving Basham an opportunity to mark and goal from a Weetra well weighted pass. Alas Skrypek and Groves negated their efforts with back to back goals for Compass and the Dogs led by 54 points at the long break.

In the last half Compass kicked away with Pinyon leading and kicking well at full forward, Green Dix, Groves, Ziggy Vitkunas and Skrypek hitting the scoreboard.

McKenzie was strong in defence and Simons was busy running the length of the ground in cahoots with Haniford to make Victor's woes even more lamentable.

Third quarter time scores were Victor 2-5 Compass 16-13.

The final margin blew out 132 points with Pinyon finishing with eight goals. Kleinig, Bartlett, Manning, Bartram, Weetra and Boyd played well for Victor, but the Dogs were strong all over the ground.

Roosters keep hold of fifth

After a tough first half Strathalbyn held off a tired Myponga/Sellicks to win by 39 points. The Roosters were up by only seven points at halftime, but ran away with the game to restrict the Mudlarks to 2-2 for the half and kick 7-4. McNamara, Martin, Reid Mahains, Tucker, Sterling and Kelsh dominated. Jake Spinks, Kelly and Hedger were the best for Myponga/Sellicks.

Hawks are ominous

Langhorne Creek systematically dismantled McLaren with a strong four quarter effort in the match of the day. Led by Sellar and Kellock, the Hawks won by 34 points. Clifford, Jones and Matt Dominish also played well. For McLaren, Fenoughty, Marr and Ashley Goodieson never gave in.

Willunga cruise over Tigers

Willunga were in top form against Yankalilla with a fantastic four quarter performance. Hoffmann, Beath, Hutchens, Altus, Renney, Billy Cook and Haskett all played well, as the Demons won 18-13 to 3-4.

Tyllis, Betterman, King and Matt Wilson performed strongly for Yankalilla and Jack and Jesse Fitzgerald know only one way to play and that is hard at the ball. The Demons are building for finals assault in September.


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