Eagles dominate Tumby all over ground

Eagles dominate Tumby all over ground

Great Flinders football

United Yeelanna 18-9 (117) def Tumby Bay 6-5 (41)

THE Eagles accounted for a plucky Tumby Bay team by 76 points on Saturday at Karkoo.

The Eagles once again dominated all over the ground to push Tumby Bay down to fourth on the all-important premiership table.

Eagles went in missing key players Aaron Lawrie, Ben Carr, Jack Crettenden, Kerren Hall and Stephen Crettenden due to injury and Tumby Bay also had players missing.

The Eagles got away to a flying start after a kick-in mistake from the Blues backline.

Dan Havelberg made them pay with his first of the day.

Jason Ridley was dominating at centre half forward with big marks and clever play to set up the forwards in the goal square.

Turnovers from both sides were frequent as the pressure and tackling was first class.

The recruit of the year Matt Hartwig took a great mark and goal to give the Blues something to cheer about.

Michael Crettenden took the game apart with his clever play, ending up on the end of some great team play to kick his first of the day. He then drifted forward to snap a rover's goal off the pack and he was untouchable.

Aaron Watson ran down from his wing to score a goal and it was looking a little too easy for the Eagles.

An Eagles young gun showed the way with clever play and when he dodged and weaved to kick his first goal the Eagles crowd were cheering loud.

Jacob Cave was a lone hand up forward for the Blues, giving them a glimmer of hope when he kicked straight.

Eagles' tackling and pressure was excellent as Brayden Martin brought down Mitch Lawrie in the middle of the ground then proceeded to pump the ball forward to Dan Havelberg.

The game was going the Eagles' way as a skirmish broke out in the goal square after Havelberg kicked a clever goal off the ground.

Eagles midfielders Matt Dyer, Adam Murnane, Bryce Breed and Xavier Watson were on top along with Zac Glover, who was finding plenty of the ball. The Eagles skipped out to a seven-goal lead at half time.

The third term was all Eagles. Michael Crettenden had a field day and when team-mate Xavier Watson danced around a Blues defender to kick a goal it was all over for the Blues.

Eagles' Luke Howie ducked and weaved around the Blues' defenders to kick three last term goals.

Eagles had a complete team performance, from the backlines to the forwards. Brock Jolly and Ricky Skinner were excellent down back and the silky skilled Matt Dyer never missed a target.

Matthew Crettenden was doing a great job of getting his back six all matched up.

Joe Walker, Jackson Murphy and Matt Hartwig tried hard all day for the Blues.

Best: Eagles: Michael Crettenden, Matt Dyer, Brock Jolly, Xavier Watson, Dan Havelberg, Bryce Breed; Blues: Joe Walker, Matt Hartwig, Jackson Murphy, Jordan Hind. Times scribe: 3 - Michael Crettenden, 2 - Xavier Watson, 1 - Dan Havelberg.