Tasman earns hard fought win over Peckers

GRAB: Tasman's Rhys Kelsh tries to take a contested mark in the A grade.

GRAB: Tasman's Rhys Kelsh tries to take a contested mark in the A grade.

Port Lincoln football

Tasman 8.9 (57) def Mallee Park 3.17 (35)

This game was all about toughing it out at the contested ball with both teams applying pressure that would see goals hard to come by.

Mallee Park kicked only three goals, probably their lowest total of goals kicked in the club’s history and Tasman with eight goals would have supporters scratching their heads as to how they could only manage eight.

The first half was an even contest in general play with the teams getting the ball into their forward 50.

Tasman looked best up forward kicking three goals while Mallee Park kicked seven points to trail by 11 points at the first break.

While supporters of both clubs were looking for more goals to be kicked the Mallee Park chorus of car horns would not get over excited with only two goals by three quarter time and their third and last goal kicked just before the final siren.

The first half was back and forth footy, the centre bounce clearances, stoppages and boundary throws were evenly balanced.

Rooster general and coach Boyd McCurry was on top of his game, finding plenty of the ball running in and out of the midfield to give his team momentum, Cody Mason was a target up forward and finished with three goals.

For the Peckers Ah Kit-Burgoyne stood out and Kingsley Bilney Jnr gave good run through the lines.

The score board at the long break had Tasman leading by nine points kicking 6.4 to Mallee Park 2.9.

While Tasman made the most of their chances Mallee Park kicked nine points to go with their two goals.

The contested footy was getting harder and tougher, there was no standing off looking for the easy ball it was head on and only through sheer determination the ball travelled from end with Tasman managing to kick four points in the premiership quarter to the Peckers’ one point in an extraordinarily tough 20 minutes of footy played.

The game was set up where the tough get going or go under with the scoreboard having Tasman leading by 20 points.

The last quarter was much the same with no team giving an inch with only three goals kicked, two by Tasman and one by Mallee Park, dour footy as it may have been the supporters were well and truly in the game urging their players on.

The game was much closer than one may think considering that Mallee Park kicked 17 points with many from set shots and Tasman proved they can play tough, hard footy to get the job done

The Tasman under 21 brigade of Jacob Collins, Cooper Tansell, Brandon Rosalia, Chase Tucker, Kody Rosalia, Brodi White, Sean Ambrose and Corrie Milligan Lawrence were earning their stripes and did not lack in courage.

Pecker players across the ground found plenty of the footy, David Dudley Jnr was one of their best as was Hippy Wanganeen.