Port Lincoln football
Marble Range 4-7 Tasman 0-6
THE Tasman Roosters travelled to Wangary to take on Marble Range in what can only be explained as atrocious conditions on Saturday.
Rangers started with the aid of gale force winds and play was very congested to start with but the attack on the ball by both teams was ferocious.
Nick Franklin kicked the first goal of the game with Cody Pilgrim and Zac Calderwood getting plenty of the ball, while Tasman youngster Coen George was trying hard.
Tynan Keeley finished the quarter off with a goal to take the Rangers to 2-4 to Tasman’s 0-0.
The second quarter started similarly to the first with ball movement very hard to control.
Tasman’s Nick Coulter and Lachlan Kitson worked their way into the game gaining valuable contested possessions.
Rangers coach Reece Francis was starting to get his hands on the ball and started to control the game in this quarter, while Franklin was looking dangerous up forward.
Tasman could only manage three points in what seemed to be a very long quarter with the boundary umpire on the road side getting sore arms from repeatedly throwing the ball back into play.
Conditions after half time seemed to get worse with heavy rain and strong winds not making it a great spectacle.
Wade Hansen was providing great run and carry while Todd Owen and Francis were showing great skill in the conditions.
Marble Range’s Ryan Gurtin kicked a great long goal to give the small crowd at Bandys Bar something to cheer about.
Coulter continued to stand out for Tasman with Matt James and Carl Semmler trying to lift their side.
The last quarter started with the Rangers leading 3-6 to 0-5 with most people believing this was a winning score in the conditions, even though Tasman had the wind.
Pilgrim continued to show his skill and determination gaining many contested possessions and Francis continued to control the game for four quarters.
Jayden Sampson tried hard all day.
Franklin sealed the victory with his second goal of the day.
For Tasman Coulter, Kitson, George and James never gave up trying.
Marble Range eventually ran out winners by 25 points in very unfriendly football conditions.
Marble Range will take on Mallee Park at Mallee Park this weekend and Tasman will face Wayback out at Ravendale.