Great Flinders football
United Yeelanna 12-11 (83) def Cougars 7-2 (44)
APPALLING conditions with gale force north westerlys and regular showers greeted Cougars and Yeelanna at Kapinnie on Saturday.
Cougars were looking to continue their winning form and keep their finals hopes alive but the unbeaten Yeelanna stood in their way.
Cougars won the toss giving them first use of the wind and two of the best ruckmen on the Eyre Peninsula Levi Konitzka for Cougars and Jaxen Norton for Yeelanna faced off in the ruck.
A melee at the opening bounce resulted in a free down the ground for Cougars and Moroney had a goal on the board in the opening minute.
Cougars’ midfield were on top early and it was not long before Cougars had another after West received a high tackle 10 metres out.
Yeelanna’s defenders were kept busy as Cougars dominated the early part of the quarter with Kenny and West getting plenty of it on the middle, and Green and Wedd solid in defence.
Two goals in a row to Moroney gave him three for the quarter and Cougars’ fourth.
Yeelanna finally worked the ball into the strong wind through Watson and Stephen Crettenden finished it off for Yeelanna’s only goal late in the quarter. Cougars took an 18-point lead in to quarter time.
It was Yeelanna’s turn to use the breeze and with Coombs and Carr playing well it was not long before Dufek had them on the board. Martin revived a free 35 out and made no mistake as Yeelanna chipped away at Cougars’ lead.
Yeelanna peppered the goals but conditions made goals hard to come by. Eventually Matt Crettenden goaled from 45.
Yeelanna got another one late and took a five-point lead into the long break.
Yeelanna come out fired up in the third and scored the first goal for the day into the wind when Matt Crettenden passed off to Martin.
Cougars upped their work rate with Konitzka and West playing well and eventually Stephens got Cougars back on the board.
Coombs goaled after a free to give Yeelanna their second goal into the wind. Cougars got two more for the quarter through youngster Max Black and Wedd. Yeelanna took a one-point lead into three quarter time.
The last quarter was all Yeelanna as they kicked six unanswered goals to run out easy winners.
It was an entertaining game in terrible conditions and Cougars were by no means disgraced, despite the 39-point loss but Yeelanna showed why they are undefeated and remain hot favourites for the flag.
Best: Yeelanna: Matt Dyer, Xavier Watson and Sam Glover; Cougars: Boyd West, Levi Konitzka and Luke Moroney.