Lincoln City surprises with Mortlock Shield win

Here is a recap of Monday’s matches in the 2017 Bendigo Bank Mortlock Shield.

Lincoln City 9.9 (63) def Lincoln Districts 4.3 (27)

On paper Lincoln Districts looked to have the better team, but Lincoln City tore through that paper with a great four quarter effort.

City got the jump with two goals in the first half with four goals while Districts were kept to just one.

Seth Meyers shined in defence, attacking the ball on the back flank and preventing many scoring opportunities while Mitch Jolly did well to keep Districts’ Tynan Keeley out of the game.

Through the midfield Dean Miller had great attack on the football, Shaun Maxfield made every possession count and Jonty Seal was at his best with a great leading mark and three goals.

On Districts’ side Peter Lindsay and Tyrone George were able to drive the ball forward through the midfield and Glen Schreiber was a stand out in defence.

One key element to City’s victory was preventing Districts’ run and carry game, cutting off the zones while having extra players around the football to get their own run happening.

Districts only managed another three goals in the second half as Lincoln City ran away to an unbelievable six-goal win, which would set them up to win the shield.

Great Flinders 8.2 (50) def Far West 7.5 (47)

Great Flinders were expected to have an easy win on their way to winning the shield, too bad no one told Far West that.

Far West got the jump early with some good passages of play to get the first three goals of the game.

Great Flinders would swing the momentum back in their favour with the next five goals, with Matthew and Stephen Crettenden proving especially lethal.

Far West kept up with their more highly favoured opponents, playing good contested football with Jake Warmington and David Wright in particular standing out.

For Great Flinders Levi Konitzka was phenomenal in the ruck, giving his players first option while Xavier Watson went hard for the footy and was wise with his disposals.

A thrilling final quarter saw Far West continue to set up inside 50s but having to fight hard against Great Flinders’ defence.

Far West outscored Great Flinders in the final quarter and a Jerome Newchurch goal put them in front, only for S. Crettenden to take the lead back.

Great Flinders held on to win by three points, not enough to win the shield.

Eastern Eyre 10.9 (69) def Mid West 5.3 (33)

Last year’s winners Eastern Eyre hoped to end its carnival on a high note against Mid West.

Much of the match was fairly even although Eastern Eyre controlled most of the play early.

Tyler Franklin and Ben Clements went after the contested football while Ryley Maitland provided run up the midfield. For Mid West Dylan Kelsh impressed with his ruck work and marking ability while Mitchell Gum helped to drive the ball forward out of the back half.

Mid West kept in touch but Eastern Eyre powered home with four goals to none in the final quarter to win by 36-points. Eastern Eyre’s Joel Fitzgerald sealed the Laurie Martin Trophy for leading goalkicker with his six goals, finishing with nine overall.

EP Shark Warriors 11.13 (79) def Far North 3.1 (19)

The EP Shark Warriors started Monday off with a match against debutantes Far North and dominated the match from the get go.

The Sharks controlled play in the midfield while keeping Far North from setting up many scoring opportunities, which led to a  35-point lead at half time.

Far North gave a great effort in its first carnival but were outplayed by a good Sharks outfit, who ran out winners by 10-goals.

Pictured are (back): David Stoeckel, Rory Hunt, Jace Rodda, Chris Minns, Rhys Kelsh, Anton Story, Geoff Franklin; middle: John Sinclair, Scott Mullins, Dean Miller, Greg Maxfield, Jonty Seal, Levi Brown, Jamie Doudle, Swayne Ackland, Matt Hayman, Ian Jericho, Toby Rawson, Adele Whittaker; front: James Neale, Seth Meyers (with Oliver), Tanner Schlink, Luke Wilkins, Ben Daniels, Shaun Maxfield, Bradyn Traeger, Lachlan Kitson, Jackson Tansell and Mitch Jolly.

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