Wayback defeat Mallee Park in hard fought battle

PRESSURE: Mallee Park's Waylon Johncock gets wrapped up by Wayback's Ian Jericho and Tom Easson. Picture: Jack Davies

PRESSURE: Mallee Park's Waylon Johncock gets wrapped up by Wayback's Ian Jericho and Tom Easson. Picture: Jack Davies

Port Lincoln football

Wayback 11-7 (73) def Mallee Park 9-9 (63)

IN the fifth game of the season a tough dour game took place at Mallee Park that saw the Peckers take on the Wayback Demons.

The Peckers had the biggest lead of the game – 12 points – at the first break after they kicked 4-2 (26) to the Demons 2-2 (14).

The Demons found a bigger share of the ball and lifted their attack in the second quarter to kick four goals and one point and go into the long break with a lead of one point.

The tough, hard grind continued on in the second half with three goals kicked by the two teams in the premiership quarter and while it was entertaining, it was anything but premiership footy.

The Wayback Demons had established a lead of nine points to start the last quarter and the game was theirs to be won.

The fourth quarter was much of the same, hard contested footy with the two clubs kicking three goals each.

The Demons, with that extra point, ran out winners by 10 points kicking 11-7 (73) to the Mallee Park Peckers 9-9 (63).

Winning the ball at the stoppages was shared and both back halves had the edge on their forward opponents.

A pleasing factor in this game was that 13 under 21 players took part with eight for Wayback and five for Mallee Park.

While the battle for Mail Medal votes could go to several players, Pecker Casey Amos, with three goals, was one of their best while Wayback under 21 player Ian Jericho was named best player.

The effort and skill from the under 21 players, Isaac Grima with two goals and Samuel Clark with one goal, were contributors and players that coach Matthew Goodwin and supporters would be pleased with.

The Demons’ Thomas Easson, with two goals, was named second best and is a player on the 'to watch’ list.

Wayback listed nine goal kickers to the Peckers six and that was the major difference between winning and losing.  

Wayback will face another challenge this week as they travel to Wangary to face Marble Range while Mallee Park will look for win number three when they host Lincoln South.

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