Port Lincoln football
SECOND SEMI FINALS
Under 17: Lincoln South 11-9 (75) def Wayback 7-7 (49)
WITH a strong fourth quarter effort Lincoln South charged home against Wayback to earn their place in the under 17 grand final.
Wayback's Beau Sampson set himself up for a big day early and together with Zac Mullins they dominated the centre clearances early to create scoring opportunities.
For Souths Camden Madden looked to be a workhorse throughout the day, charging for the ball across the middle and helping to drive his team forward while Tyson Pratt seemed to always be around the contests and helped get his team out of danger many times.
Wayback had the edge in the first quarter, kicking 3-2 to Souths' four behinds to lead by 16 at the first break.
With the breeze Souths made their move on the scoreboard, opening their account with a goal to Madden.
After a quiet first quarter Lenard Wells started to show his finesse to get the Souths attack rolling with Cooper Marshall also emerging as a key part of their push to the 50.
Wayback continued to apply defensive pressure and win the contested ball off the back half, with Brett Woolford and Wilson McShane effective in turning the ball over.
Souths went into the second half with confidence, kicking four goals but a free kick to Z. Mullins gave Wayback their sole goal of the quarter to leave the margin at one point Souths' way at half time.
The third quarter highlighted the great effort Wayback coach Simon Grima did in his team's matchups because the Demons won the lion's share of the contests throughout.
Dannen Blacker shined using his height to take turnover marks while Sampson and Mullins continued to clear the ball out of the middle and Sam Clark was truly firing, kicking two goals.
The pressure applied by Wayback's tackling game led to mistakes in the midfield by Souths and despite a sole goal from Cooper Marshall they trailed by two straight kicks at three quarter time and needed to truly lift in the final quarter.
The first goal would be vital in such a toughly contested game and Souths had their fans cheering when Wells slotted the first major of the quarter.
Madden charged for the ball and his clearances were vital, as was the leg speed of Pratt who was rewarded with a goal of his own and Elijah Males did some great work at half back.
In a dominant fourth quarter effort, Souths scored six goals and kept Wayback scoreless to run away with the win by 26 points.
Cooper Marshall, Luke Stewart and Kadyn Bryant top scored for Souths with two goals each while Sam Clark was Wayback's only multiple goal kicker with three majors.
Under 15: Lincoln South 7-17 (59) def Wayback 3-5 (23)
It was a very even contest across the ground between Lincoln South and Wayback in the first quarter with three points kicked, two by Wayback and one by Souths.
Hotly contested with tackling and spoiled by turnovers this game was yet to be won or lost at the half time break with Wayback leading by 10 points after kicking 2-3 to the misfiring Eagles' five points.
The game came to life in the second half but only after the Eagles had kicked 10 points to go with their one lone goal.
Something had to change for Lincoln South and it did so in the third quarter while kicking another three points they managed to add two goals, the scoreboard said it all with Lincoln South kicking 3-13 (31) to the Demons 3-4 (22).
The second half would see the Eagles lift their work rate and their accuracy in front of goals and just as important in general play they started to hit targets by hand and foot and put their goal kicking boots on to kick four last quarter goals to run out winners by an amazing 36 points when at one stage they looked like exiting through the back gate of Centenary.
Bravery and fixing problems should be honoured and the brave fighting Eagles did just that, fixing their running game and hitting targets to kick seven goals to go with their 17 points, and earning a well deserved entry to the under 15 grand final.
Writer's best for the Eagles would have to be Dylan Evans finding plenty of the ball and kicking one goal while best for the Demons would have been their three goal kickers Beau Baldwin, Jaxon Hart and Saxon Spencer kicking a goal each.
Wayback have one more chance in the preliminary final this coming Saturday starting at 9.40am at Centenary.
Under 13: Boston 7-6 (48) def Mallee Park 3-6 (24)
In a game that had both club supporters on the edge of their seats it would be the smile of Boston fans at the final siren that had cheered their players on for a gallant non-stop effort that led Mallee Park from the first bounce to the final siren to go through to the grand final.
At times the Peckers threatened the Tigers but it was the Tigers that found that extra something when required to lead by 14 points at the first break and holding onto a lead of 13 points at half time siren having kicked 3-3 (21) to the Peckers 1-2 (8).
Boston lifted their work rate in the second half kicking four second half goals to Mallee Park's two goals and with the extra six points ran out winners doubling the Peckers score of 3-6 (24) to finish with 7-6 (48).
This game was full of energy and commitment with courage and the battle to win the contest in the air or on the ground had both club supporters calling for more.
These young players did not let their clubs, their supporters or themselves down for it was a game where every player from both teams gave his best.
The Tigers with five goal kickers finished off the good work through a very tight back half and a running midfield to get the ball into their forward 50, with Tiarnan Cochran and Kenneth O'Brien kicking two goals each playing a winning role up forward.
The Tigers' best was Toby Rawles consistently giving his team first use of the ball at the stoppages in the midfield battle while the Tiger team played their hearts out for most of the game that at times was very much hotly contested.
For the Peckers Tristan Edwards with two goals and Tyreese Sumner with one made the most of limited opportunities.