Port Lincoln football
Marble Range 13-6 (84) def Tasman 11-13 (79)
Billed as the match of the round this is one game that lived up to the hype.
Tasman won their first two games in dominant fashion against Boston and Mallee Park, while Marble Range earned their first win of the season the previous week against Lincoln South.
Marble Range looked to become the real deal for 2018 and Tasman wanting to test themselves against quality opposition.
Eight minutes transpired before Cody Mason kicked the first goal for the match then Johann Wagner and Brent Harris had the Rooster faithful up and about.
Midway through the quarter Jeb Casanova plucked a goal and then Wagner and Kory Beard traded goals to see Tasman in front 4-3 to 3-0.
The Black and Whites opened scoring in the second quarter with Billy Byass and Beard kicking majors.
Immense pressure around the ball made it difficult for both teams’ ball carriers.
The half back line of Jace Rodda, Nathan Frost and Brent Gray who had the unenviable task of standing Beard who were battling hard with Rangers getting great service from Byass, Blaze Kay and Zac Calderwood.
At half time scores were Tasmans 5-4 to Rangers 5-3.
Rangers stepped up the pressure in the premiership quarter with Beard again clunking two beauties and Harris answering back with two of his own.
A twelve minute period of this quarter saw Rangers get away with two goals to Byass, Beard and Tynan Keeley gave Marble Range an 18-point lead before Harris slotted one to bring the three quarter time margin of 12 points.
Many thought that was going to be enough in the tough conditions Mason had been valiant all day and Rodda was pushing up the ground.
Some great tackling saw Wagner kick his fourth before Byass got his third.
It was game on and when Ben Daniels and Rhyce Beinke, who had been quiet by his standards, kicked a major to see the margin shrink to five points.
When the siren sounded it was a well deserved victory to Marble Range 13-6 to 11-13.
Beard was clearly best with Byass, Kay, Laube and Calderwood, for the Roosters Mason, Rodda, Harris and Gray stood out.
Rangers still have a few players to come back in and Tasmans blooded four first games so both teams will be keen for the next encounter.
Marble Range will face another test as they travel to Mallee Park to take on the Peckers, who are coming off a 43-point win against Boston.
Tasman will face a challenge of their own against Wayback at Centenary, who just edged out Lincoln South by nine points.
Both matches could shape to be match of the round by themselves.