Port Lincoln football
Mallee Park 19-15 (129) def Lincoln South 4-8 (32)
Lincoln South kicked with a two to three-goal wind advantage in the first quarter and seemed up to the task ahead, going into their forward 50 six times to score their only goal after sharing the four centre bounce clearances.
Mallee Park hit their forward 50 seven times but could only manage two goals with three points to take a lead of eight points.
It was a tough, hard game with several heavy tackles and Lincoln South's Paul White and the back half held up against the Peckers, who were moving the ball quickly through the lines.
At the first break the Peckers led by eight points and there was no notice of the Peckers clicking into top gear with their skillful handling of the ball hitting targets by hand and foot.
Lincoln South were overrun as Mallee Park banged on seven goals and kept the Eagles to a single point.
One of the Eagles' favourite sons, White was in the game from the back half turning back some of the Peckers' forward momentum as was Anton Story but in the end it was not enough to hold up a very skillful team with their great leg speed from the back half through the midfield.
The "miracle man" Malcolm Miller worked like a orchestra conductor kicking goals, spreading the ball and bringing other players into the game, taking not one but three incredible marks that had the Peckers' car horns blowing in tune.
With their knowledge of where their team-mates would be when, the Pecker Party was on show and with a lead of 40 points at the long break one wondered if the party would continue.
They did not wonder for very long.
The big man Eric Cook was explosive in the first half and continued on.
Mallee Park kicked 11 goals in the second half to have 19 goals on the board and the Pecker supporters were roaring '"make it 20 goals".
It was not to be and the Eagles facing defeat did not quit.
Souths chased, caught and tackled and managed to kick three second-half goals, and for what was a very young team, they stuck it out.
These young Eagles will one day fly and rest assured the talent is there.
The day will come when the Eagles that represented on Saturday will be a part of Lincoln South glory days, so stick with it and the wins and supporters will come.
For the Eagles, Brody Kenny and Ben Shillabeer had one goal each, and Levi McDonald scored two.
Lincoln South's best included Luke Wilkins, Anton Story and Paul White, who held up many of the opposition's forward ball movements in the back half and the midfield.
With Marble Range going down to Tasman by 62 points and Mallee Park beating Lincoln South at Centenary by 97 points, the battle of the dreaded percentage factor is now on the table.
After round seven Marble Range have scored 406 points with points against being 331, while Mallee Park have scored 585 points and have 399 against to give them a slightly higher percentage.
Both clubs are on four wins having lost three games but Mallee Park has a percentage of 59.45 per cent compared to Marble Range with 55.09 per cent.
Wayback sit on three wins for the year with Boston, now in fifth on two wins and Lincoln South has one win.