Tasman outrun Wayback to score five-goal win

Port Lincoln football

FOCUSED: Wayback's Thomas Easson tries to swerve around a defender against Tasman at the weekend

FOCUSED: Wayback's Thomas Easson tries to swerve around a defender against Tasman at the weekend

Tasman 14.8 (92) def Wayback 9.8 (62)

The game started in ideal conditions and the first quarter was a shoot out with both sides hitting in hard.

The Roosters drew first blood with the Demons striking back a minute later.

Big guns Johann Wagner and Brent Harris both kicked singles and Wayback’s key target of Jonty Seal was responding as the Demons were up and about.

Shawn Maxfield and Matthew Goodwin were in everything with the red and blues banging on two more goals before the Roosters responded with two of their own.

Scores at quarter time were Tasmans 5.0 to Wayback 4.1.

The ruck duel between Rhys Kelsh and Tanner Schlink was proving to be pivotal with both big men striving to give their midfield first use of the ball.

Seal missed an opportunity to put Wayback in front but the spectacular James Blewit took a great grab to register a major.

Maxfield, Joe Waugh and Thomas Easson were creating havoc while Boyd McCurry was in and under every pack and young Cooper Tansell’s skills under pressure showed why he is rated highly.

Brodie White was shifted into the midfield and started to curb the dangerous Maxfield.

Wagner kicked his second goal and Tom Easson kicked one back for the premiers.

Brent Gray then banged one and then set up Tansell for his quick fire two straight to put Tasmans three goal in front 9.3 to 6.3 at half time.

The third quarter was a tough quarter of football with a great tussle between strongman Harris and Ian Jericho being a highlight in a quarter dominated by Tasman.

Wagner kicked three goals and Seal added one for Wayback.

The slippery conditions after a heavy shower seemed to suit the running brigade of the Roosters, they led at three quarter time 12.5 to 7.4.

The fourth quarter saw White and McCurry carry the ball forward whiles Frost and Rodda rebounded with enthusiasm.

Harris kicked his third goal and much of the sting came out of the game.

Seal slotted two in the final 10 minutes and Ben Daniels one to see Tasman take out the game 14-8 (92) to 9-8 (62).

Wagner and Harris kicked seven goals between them with Tansell providing two of his own, while Seal impressed for Wayback with five goals.

Tasman’s White received the MAC Award as best on ground while McCurry, Kelsh and Wagner were among the Roosters’ best.

Standouts for Wayback were Seal with his five goals, Waugh, Easson and Jericho.

Following the two week break Tasman will be back at home against Lincoln South while Wayback are back at Centenary against Mallee Park.