Port Lincoln Football
ONE word best describes Waybacks' thrilling five-point victory over Lincoln South on Saturday, efficiency.
For the majority of the day the Eagles controlled the contest but failed to register that advantage on the scoreboard.
Conversely, the Demons made the most of their rare periods of dominance.
They opened the game full of purpose and established a 20-point lead by the midway mark of the term.
Keatley and Goodwin were the engine room, and Perkins, Kay and Dale Montgomerie were everywhere.
Rawson and Sampson rebounded everything, partly aided by the Eagles playing a five-man forward zone.
The Eagles took a while to gather composure, but eventually they started to find their rhythm.
Sinclair started to get his hand on the ball and White, Hall and Castley were getting on top in the middle.
Williams' pace and strong hands were causing the Demon defence a headache and the Eagles began to carve away at the deficit.
A clever snap by Hall narrowed the Demon lead to five points at the first change.
The second quarter became a real struggle with the ball locked between defensive half backs.
Jericho, Browne and the loose man Bawden were rebounding at will, while Sampson, Rawson and Kayser were providing similar results for the Demons.
Suddenly out of nowhere, the demons managed to break the deadlock and hammer home three goals in succession.
This was capped off by a freakish goal from Goodwin and the lead ballooned out to a dangerous four goals.
The ball continued to ping pong between half backs, but eventually a late goal from Williams reduced the margin to 17 points at the long break.
Light rain settled in for most of the second half making conditions a bit difficult.
The Eagles started with a more attacking set up, and began to find space and run which troubled their opponents.
White was working overtime around the ground, and the likes of Hall, Traeger and Dunn were dominating at the contest.
The ball seemed permanently locked inside their forward zone, but their inability to find the goals was keeping the demons alive.
Emery and Williams were providing constant targets up forward but missed several set shots, and a Sinclair point from a near impossible to miss position was frustrating the Eagle supporters.
Amazingly, the Demons only went forward with purpose twice resulting in a classy snap goal from Konitzka in the bowling green pocket to restore some breathing space.
A late goal to Rowe reduced the margin to 13 points at the final break but it was amazing that with so much dominance they had only reduced the half time margin by four points.
The final quarter was a grind with both sides struggling in the conditions.
Both sides defended grimly and while the Eagles still had more than their fair share of the ball, their inability to make the most of their chances saw them come up short by five points at the final siren.
The Demons might have felt they let one go last week, but they definitely dodged a bullet this week.
A paltry return on 1-1 for the second half and a scoreless last quarter would have added to Richard Horgans' frustration.
Sampson was enormous in his new role across half back, Keatley worked hard and used the ball superbly and Montgomerie, Kay and Rawson were excellent defensively.
One positive was the debut of young Ryder Thomas who did not look out of place at this level.
Jericho and Browne led the Eagles defence magnificently, and White, Hall and Sinclair were excellent around the ground and Rowe will only get better.
Ultimately nine scoring shots to two in the second half not only reinforced their dominance with the ball, but their poor finishing.
n By Marc Andersen