Port Lincoln football
Boston 110-10 (76) def Lincoln South 8-12 (60)
AFTER nearly three years of waiting Boston supporters celebrated as their team won its first A grade match since 2016, defeating Lincoln South by 16 points at Poole Oval on Saturday.
Both teams fought hard for the ball from the opening bounce, Boston got the first few inside 50s but a tight South defence, led by Paul White and Aiden Baker kept the Tigers from kicking early majors.
South made their push with some good passages through the midfield, especially from captain Luke Wilkins but only scored two behinds, Boston applied their own defensive pressure with impressive performances from their back six all day.
However the Eagles finally got the first major of the game as Colby Syvertsen soccered the ball through during a contest in the square.
South got a bit of a flow going, White was turning over the ball coming out of half back and got their run going, a 15-metre penalty to Jayden Blewit gave Souths their second goal and some breathing space.
Soon Boston were back in it as Sam Beare took a great contested mark to set up Kyan Watherston, who kicked the Tigers' first goal.
A follow up goal from Dale Rice further bolstered Boston, with scores level at 2-4 (16) at quarter time.
Boston got a boost at the start of the second quarter with the first two goals, including one from Sunny Singh kicked in mid air.
The Eagles started to rebound, controlling stoppages and having wide options to make a run to the 50.
A penalty to Boston was costly and resulted in J. Blewit's second goal before an amazing goal from Brodie Drewitt on a tight angle got Souths back in it.
Boston were still making it hard in defence, Simon Bates did well to limit scoring opportunities while Jake Paterson, Sam Beare and Jack Jacobs were helping to get the ball back into the midfield.
South got one more goal through a free kick to Drewitt to be up by one goal at half time.
The Tigers came out hungry in the third quarter and a second goal to Watherston got the Boston faithful cheering, even more-so when Bates slotted his first.
In the midfield Boston was well served by Willy Woldt who displayed silky skills and great run to get the Tigers out of trouble while Adam Davies racked up possessions to get the ball moving down the wing.
Baker and White were still causing trouble in defence while Patrick Newman, Leonard Wells and captain Luke Wilkins were among the best with disposals.
Syvertsen kicked his second to get Souths back in front and a free kick to Cohen Dinnison led to another goal to give Souths a handy lead.
However Boston continued to provide options to their 50 and a second goal to Sunny Singh led to another momentum shift.
Beare continued to get the turnover marks and Bates once again entered into the 50 to goal, showcasing a great cross-field effort.
The Eagles continued to man up and create contests but Boston went into the final quarter with a one goal lead, providing hope that victory was finally within reach.
Souths got the first few inside 50s with no result until a free kick gave Drewitt his third goal which levelled the score.
Keeping the ball in their half Souths had more chances to get a commanding lead but only scored two behinds.
Boston once again shifted momentum their way, Woldt continued to impress with his ball handling, Davies was a reliable option in midfield and Jack Shanley, who switched between ruck and the flanks worked hard for the ball all game.
A third goal to Singh got the Tigers back in front and when Shanley goaled the Boston faithful began to buzz with excitement.
Boston were effective with their run and carry game, not giving Souths an inch and when Mitchell Garrett goaled to put the Tigers 16-points up, the game looked done.
Souths continued to fight but could not get back into their 50, the siren sounding the end of a 42-game losing streak as Tiger players, supporters and club members embraced victory.
Boston will look to use this momentum for the match against Wayback following the Mortlock break, while Souths will look to recoup and recover for the home game against Mallee Park.