High finals intensity

Port Lincoln football

Second semi-final

Under 17

Tasman 9-11 (65) def Mallee Park 4-7 (31)

THIS match started with the intensity worthy of a final with all the stars getting their hands on the ball for both sides.

An early Waylon Miller goal equalled out with a strong mark and goal from Roosters forward Jacob Collins.

A big part of the rest of the quarter was played between the two 50-metre arcs with Peckers on-ballers Grant Wanganeen and Leonard Wells Jnr getting plenty of it.

Tasman ruck Marcus Gobin and the elusive Kody Rosalia had an influence for their side and a late Rosalia goal had them leading by a kick at quarter time.

The second quarter belonged to the intercept king Levi Brown who repelled numerous Pecker attacks while the battle between Hippy Wanganeen Jnr and Coen George in the Pecker forward 50 was a highlight.

Half time arrived after a two-goal quarter to Roosters’ Collins and James Ryan while Wanganeen hit the board for Peckers.

The third term was all Roosters as the Peckers’ fitness was exposed and Gobin became the dominant player on the ground.

His influence brought under 17 medalist Sean Ambrose into the match as they held the Peckers scoreless while Collins and George Wilks managed majors.

If not for the defensive efforts of Bryce Sellen and Ronald Carbine Jnr, the Peckers would have been in more trouble as the Roosters held on to a 28-point lead going into the last quarter.

The final term was full of highlights as the Peckers’ best on the day Paul Hull continued to work hard and dangerous forward Wanganeen managed two majors.

James Ryan capped off a big second half with a nice goal, Ambrose took mark of the day standing on an opponent’s head and Gobin topped off a best on ground performance with a 55-metre goal.

Tasman recorded a 34-point victory and now enjoy a week off to prepare for back-to-back premierships while the Peckers get a chance to redeem themselves with a preliminary final against Lincoln South.

- By LUKE SCHRAPEL

Under 15

Marble Range 11-5 (71) def Lincoln South 3-7 (25)

Rangers kicked with the breeze in the first quarter and started strong through Bartlett in the ruck to Trevor who hit Marshall on the chest. Marshall kicked true and Rangers were on their way. 

South’s backline worked hard thoughout the quarter to repel Rangers’ forays forward but each time they only got to their half forward line before the strong disciplined Rangers backline cut it off.

The well-oiled Rangers machine was up and running going forward again and again with Byass chipping in with his usual skills. 

Rangers were exemplary and through great team work and passages of play starting at the backline they managed four majors in the first quarter. 

South worked hard but could only manage one major through Williams in the first.

Thomas Bradford started where he left off after sustaining a broken collar bone more than eight weeks ago, going hard for the ball and with twin Joshua linked up numerous times.

Bartlett and Holman had a great dual in the ruck and both covered ground well, seemingly being everywhere.

South, kicking with the wind in the second, could only manage one major to Vlassco due to poor disposals and finishing and Rangers went into the third four goals up.

Charlton started the third in the ruck while Bartlett had a well deserved rest and Casanova, Trevor and Boxer started as they did in the first, working hard to get the ball to Marshall who finished off well with his second major.

South’s backline again had to work hard to keep the Rangers from racking up the majors but it was short lived as the Rangers’ backline again stood strong through Richardson, Davis and Fielder who repelled Souths again and again.

Holman started to get on top in the ruck with Bartlett off but once he came back on it was evenly contested with the latter winning not only the rucking dual but racking up possessions all over the ground.

Trevor, the Bradfords, Casanova and Richardson worked hard all over the ground in the third with Boxer kicking a major after the siren to give the Rangers an eight-goal buffer.

Williams came into the ruck in the last which resulted in him having some influence but again poor disposals let them down around the ground.

Horton and Holman again worked hard with Akehurst, Raydon and Kaydn Bryant working hard also.

Rangers had all the answers though and through a well-drilled team effort ran out winners by 46 points with Boxer kicking four.

Rangers set up the win in the first quarter but had winners all over the ground with Bartlett, Trevor and Casanova in the middle, Boxer up forward and Richardson and Charlton in defence.

South were best served by Holman who rucked and ran tirelessly, Akehurst, K. and R. Bryant and Horton.

- By DAVID WILKINS

Under 13

Wayback 4-4 (28) def Lincoln South 0-3 (3)

Wayback entered this finals series undefeated but some tight tussles with Lincoln South in the minor rounds, meant this game was always going to be tough.

Wayback began in the dominating form they have shown all year. 

Calem Krollig won countless possessions all over the ground while the defensive skills of Ashton Whittle and the tough Caleb McIntyre were proving impenetrable.

Despite controlling play, the Demons found it hard to convert. 

Banjo Lawrence and Jevan Horton defended well for South but even their hard work could not prevent Krollig from taking a strong mark and kicking Wayback’s first goal.

The second quarter was far more even with both teams tackling well and finding it difficult to generate free run.

When Wayback went forward, the dangerous Michael Dickinson marked and kicked the first of his three goals for the game.

Swooper Duncan’s mid-sized Eagles found it difficult to find match-ups for the tall and versatile Saxon Spencer, along with his fellow Demons’ forwards.

However, through persistence, the Eagles worked their way back into the game, and with Cody Duncan winning some valuable touches at half forward and Connor Kennedy racking up possessions with skill and run, Souths were pressing hard.

Once again though, Wayback’s defence held tight, with Bascombe and Jay Mullins reading the ball effectively and not enabling South to convert.

The premiership quarter saw Wayback’s talent rise to the top.

Under 13 league medal winner Beau Baldwin started to dominate in the middle, while ruckman Jak Kennedy (who was runner-up to Baldwin by one vote) was breaking lines with his typical dash and unorthodox but long kicking.

Brad Dare and Mitchell Patterson worked hard all over the ground to reignite the young South team, but Wayback’s direct avenue to key forwards proved too strong.

The last quarter also proved an even affair with Mitchell Bailey showing good composure for the Demons up forward while Seb Henderson was dominating on his wing for South.

However, Wayback had too many winners in key positions and ran out winners by four goals.

Wayback now enter the grand final and will play the winner of Souths and Rangers, which should be another tightly fought contest.

- By TODD MCSHANE

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