A hard-earned win in the wet for Peckers

Leonard Wells.

Leonard Wells.

Under 15

Marble Range lost to Mallee Park

IN wet conditions it was always going to be who wanted it more in this game, with two very different but well-matched sides going at it in the grand final at Centenary Oval on Saturday.

Marble Range opened the match well and had opportunities to score but the great Peckers defence held them at bay. 

Mallee Park were able to counter punch through hard running and get the first major on the board.

Mallee Park had wrestled the ascendency back their way and continued to put the Magpies under pressure and could have put the game well and truly to bed early had they kicked more accurately.

The Peckers put three goals, four on the board to the Magpies one goal to head into the first break with a handy 16-point lead.

The second quarter saw both sides have periods on top but it was Mallee Park who appeared to have the upper hand and cleaner ball movement putting the Magpies’ backline under pressure.

The Peckers’ Miller-Warren and Jones were working harder than their opponents which resulted in their team outscoring the Magpies again for the quarter with a late goal to Rangers making the Peckers’ half-time lead 19 points.

The Magpies hit back hard in the third quarter with Docking lifting in ruck and Boxer crashing in and winning the hard ball.

They produced repeated opportunities but great defence by the Peckers’ back line and midfield saw them only allow Marble Range to score two points for the quarter, despite not troubling the scoreboard themselves. 

Mallee Park went into the final change with a 17-point lead.

The conditions had worsened with constant rain so it was always going to be a hard ask to come back from here for the Magpies in the last quarter.

The story was much the same as the third with Marble Range coming hard at the Peckers but unable to get the ball through the sticks.

Eventually the Peckers’ better work rate and fast running game saw them get the ball forward and put the result beyond doubt.

The only highlight for the quarter for Marble Range was a great goal by Jeb Casanova from the boundary line outside 50 in very wet conditions.

However there was little for the Magpies to celebrate as the Peckers – through Duncan, Carbine and Betts – had quashed any chance of a comeback.

Mallee Park ran out to a hard-earned 23-point win to take home the 2016 Port Lincoln Football League under 15 premiership.

UNDER 15: Mallee Park’s Raymond Betts shoves Marble Range’s Oscar Woods out of the way.

UNDER 15: Mallee Park’s Raymond Betts shoves Marble Range’s Oscar Woods out of the way.

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