Port Lincoln football
Mallee Park 12-10 (82) def Tasman 5-6 (36)
MALLEE Park's win over the unbeaten Tasman by 46 points has seen the Peckers win four of their last five games beating Wayback, Lincoln South, Boston and on Saturday the Roosters 12-10 (82) to 5-6 (36).
The Peckers club motto is ''keep on keeping on'' and they played to that tune all day.
With a lead of 44 points at the first change the next three quarters became a battle ground as Tasman lifted and would kick four goals to Mallee Park's four goals.
While the Roosters staged a fightback to get back in the game it was too much to ask under the conditions with the Peckers winning the second, third and fourth quarters by four points kicking 4-8 (32) to the Roosters 4-4 (28).
The rain storm before the start of play made sure the surface would create problems for all players and the Peckers played as a team with running support and their noted leg speed was just too much for the Roosters.
Tasman lifted as they knew they had to and they should be congratulated for not giving in and playing their part that turned into a entertaining three quarters of football, more so if the supporters from both clubs appreciated the hard battle that took place after the first quarter.
For the Mallee Park Peckers, Ali Johncock kicked four goals as did Tyrone Miller-Warren, with Malcolm Miller turning on his magic to kick three goals and several assists with Quade Ware kicking one goal.
The Roosters' goals came from Tyson Jenner, Johann Wagner, Delehay Miller, Brandon Rosalia and Ben Daniels, who each kicked one goal.
Tasman could only manage one goal in the first quarter, one in the second, two in the third and finish with one goal in the fourth.
The Peckers had players winning their position from goal to goal consistently and the Mallee Park run and carry game and back half clearance gave them plenty of chances to go forward.
Best three named for Tasman were Craig Reincke, George Wilks and Brodie White.
For the Peckers, their best three named by their club were Darryl Dudley, Jerome Ah Kit-Burgoyne and Troy Simpson in a superb team effort.
While the Tasman Roosters retain top spot, winning seven out of eight minor rounds, they are two wins clear of Mallee Park on six wins after round nine to hold on to second spot.
Marble Range are running third on five wins equal with Wayback fourth, also on five wins by the percentage factor.
With no Port Lincoln Football League minor rounds played until Saturday, July 20 with six minor rounds to be played, there looms an intriguing battle that will take place and how the top four on the ladder will be shaped between the four clubs will be very interesting.
The battle for the wooden spoon between Boston and Lincoln South also adds to the final six rounds and they are capable of causing an upset.
Wayback 7-13 (55) def Lincoln South 4-7 (31)
In the game at Centenary Oval Wayback have kept themselves three games clear in fourth spot after defeating Lincoln South by four goals at Centenary Oval.
No goals were scored by either side in the first quarter before Wayback scored four majors to one to jump out to a 21-point lead at half time.
Wayback dominated the scoring shots in the third quarter but only converted three goals from seven scoring shots.
Lincoln South fought back with three goals of their own but the Demons held a 20-point lead at the final break.
A low-scoring final quarter saw Souths outscore Wayback 1-3 to 0-3, but building off a strong second quarter performance Wayback ran out winners in the end 7-13 (55) to 4-7 (31).
Ben Sampson top scored for Wayback with three goals with Josh Scharenberg, James Blewit, Shaun Maxfield and Zac Mullins kicking one each.
For Souths Kieren Vermeulen, Luke Wilkins, Ben Shillabeer and Brody Kenny each kicked one goal.
Following the two week break Wayback will be back at Centenary to take on second placed Mallee Park while Souths will travel out to Wangary to take on Marble Range.