Port Lincoln football
Wayback 16-9 (105) def Mallee Park 15-14 (104)
WAYBACK will play in this year’s grand final after a second straight win against Mallee Park, this time by one point.
The semi-final shaped up to be a back and forth contest as Wayback got the opening goal through Ben Sampson, only for the Peckers to answer with a goal from Justin Lindsay.
Mallee Park kept loose players around the contests to set up their run and carry for shots on goal.
An even quarter saw Wayback lead by one point at quarter time.
The ruck contest was close throughout the day as Pecker Otis Carter stood up against the combination of Matt Hayman and Taner Schlink.
Mallee Park’s defence was on point as Jerome Ah Kit-Burgoyne read play well for intercepting marks and feeding John Miller or Quade Ware for a run down the wing.
Wayback were pressured early in the second and wasted some inside 50 opportunities while Peter Lindsay scored two with some good passages of play.
Wayback soon had momentum with three straight goals, including two from Jonty Seal to give them a 19-point half time lead.
Frustration showed for Peckers as Barry Johncock Jnr was sent off following a hard hit on Dene Rodd.
The Peckers fought back in the third quarter, clearing the ball through the centre to set up their forwards.
Ky Miller was a standout using his height for intercepting marks and pace to move the ball forward while Johncock and Harry Miller Jnr were a great combination up forward.
Keeping the ball in their half for most of the quarter, the Peckers went into the final break with a nine-point lead.
Wayback took back control in the midfield with Jason Perkins, Shaun Maxfield and James Blewit leading the way with clearances and contested possessions.
Mallee Park continued to set up opportunities but only managed 1-6.
Three goals from Wayback saw them in front before Jayden Roderick evened things up, then Adam Waters set up Seal who kicked the winning behind.