Port Lincoln grand final
Tasman 14.9 (93) def Wayback 7.13 (55)
Tasman and Wayback clashed in their first grand final against one another since 1977 and like that occasion, Tasman were victorious.
More than 3000 people were at Centenary Oval on Saturday in great weather conditions.
Tasman got rolling with the opening goal through Carl Semmler and follow ups from Ben Daniels and Brent Harris got them out to a good lead before Matt Goodwin gave Wayback an answer.
The Roosters set up their passages into the 50 through centre clearances, leading the way was Tasman coach Boyd McCurry who made every disposal count and was able to get out of trouble.
Dominance with clearances helped set up seven shots on goal with five majors to give Tasman a handy four goal lead at quarter time.
Wayback had more inside 50s in the second quarter and by controlling the ball around stoppages and having players behind play they were winning the ball, and quick hand passes helped set up forward passages.
Ben Sampson was active between 50 metre lines turning over the ball while Shaun Maxfield and Toby Rawson were also good at winning the contested ball.
The first six inside 50s were all Wayback’s, but unfortunately they could not make it count on the scoreboard with five straight behinds.
Craig Reincke, Cooper Tansell and Matt Dodd were effective in creating turnovers but eventually Jonty Seal found space to run in for Wayback’s first goal.
A second goal through David McPharlin gave Wayback some hope but Tasman got one back through Matt James to have a 15-point lead at half time.
Tasman got the second half started in style as a McCurry centre clearance hit Brent Harris for a goal.
Kody Rosalia and Cooper Tansell had good runs down the wing to hit up the Tasman forwards, such as Harris and Jacob Collins who presented well on the flanks.
Tasman were also winning many of the marking contests with tall targets like Harris and the Masons, Cody and Wade, showing safe hands.
Booming kicks from C. Mason and Collins were rewarded with goals while Wayback managed one through Seal to see the margin at 26 points Tasman’s way at the final break.
Tasman continued to control clearances but suffered a blow as Semmler went down with an injury.
The run and carry from Tasman was too much for Wayback, leading to a six goal quarter while the Demons managed three.
Tasman ran away to an inspired 38-point win and for his leadership and clearance work in the middle, McCurry received the Michael Hegarty Medal as best on ground.
Tasman capping off a fantastic return to finals football.
Top scorers were Harris and Daniels for Tasman with three goals apiece while Seal scored three for Wayback.