Wayback seal second with Tasman win

CLASH: Tasman's Zac Melzner and Wayback's Shaun Lever go up in a marking contest as Matthew Goodwin watches.

CLASH: Tasman's Zac Melzner and Wayback's Shaun Lever go up in a marking contest as Matthew Goodwin watches.

Port Lincoln football

Wayback 7.10 (52) def Tasman 7.5 (47)

LAST year’s premiers Wayback took on improvers Tasman at Ravendale to decide second spot ahead of the major round.

In a tough encounter Tasman managed to kick the first goal courtesy of Brent Harris.

The Demons’ ruckmen Matt Hayman and Riley Hatcher were on top of Rhys Kelsh and Brent Gray at the centre bounces with Brodie White showing poise in the tough conditions.

Ben Sampson was outstanding for the Red and Blues setting up beautifully offensively and defensively.

Scores at quarter time were Tasmans 2.3 after kicking with the breeze to Waybacks 0.3.

The second quarter proved decisive to the outcome of the game with the Demons dominating the plays particularly the important centre clearances.

Jace Rodda was doing a great job but Jason Perkins and Toby Rawson showed poise and precision in their work rate.

Jonty Seal and Shaun Lever were dangerous as was the big kicking James Blewit.

Ross Campbell in his first game back showed strength but the premiers dominated the quarter kicking 3.4 to 0.0 to take a 10-point lead into the big break.

The second quarter proved decisive to the outcome of the game with the Demons dominating the plays particularly the important centre clearances.

Injuries to Gray and Johann Wagner, clearly hampered by a shoulder, rendered the Rooster forward line ineffectual and in the third quarter they could only manage a single goal with the breeze.

Ian Jericho was clearly on top, Sampson had the ball on a string and if not for the efforts of Nathan Frost, Craig Reinke and Chase Tucker in defence the game would have been well and truly over.

Wayback carried that 10-point margin into the last quarter and sensing their pride was on the line, Tasman lifted their work rate but the Demons matched them at every contest.

Both sides pushed forward with the fourth quarter featuring some outstanding individual efforts.

The Demons clung on to win an absorbing encounter by five points and secure second place.

Best for Waybacks were the mercurial Sampson, Perkins, Rawson, big man Hayman, Jericho in defence and the dangerous Seal.

Best for Tasman were Rodda, White, Frost, Tucker, Campbell and Reincke.

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