WAYBACK 9.7 (61) DEF LINCOLN SOUTH 8.5 (53)
In a game of two contrasting halves Wayback prevailed in a low scoring affair winning the first half while Lincoln South won the second half but had given too much start in the first quarter.
With drizzly rain all day and the ground slippery the match developed into a hard slog with plenty of pressure on all players.
Wayback started much better than Souths early by the scores in the first quarter as the Demons scored three goals to Souths nil. Jonty Seal, Rory Hunt and Thomas Easson were the goal kickers for Wayback.
A couple of mistakes early cost Souths as a bad kick in allowed Seal to goal and a yellow card did not help their cause. Quarter time Wayback 3.3 (21) led Lincoln South 0.0 (0).
The second quarter saw both sides kick two goals.
Waylon Miller and Kingsley Bilney Jnr were causing Wayback problems with their pace and with the underrated Zane Montgomerie coming into his own the Eagles should have scored more as the normally accurate Scott Young missed a couple he would get and with a discretion which saw Seal the benefactor kick an easy goal.
Wayback went into half time still three goals in front.
In the third quarter Souths outscored Wayback by a goal as the game developed into a battle of the backlines with Darryl Dudley, David Murray and Joe Walker the best for Souths while Wayback were best served by Xavier Watson and Shaun Maxfield while Sam Heinjus was getting on top in ruck as Hayden Carey for Souths appeared to have an injury.
Ben Shillabeer got the Eagles off to a good start in the last quarter with a couple of goals as Souths were coming hard at Wayback but experienced players for the Demons in James Blewit, Watson and Easson steadied their team for Greg Maxfield and Dannen Blacker to goal and see their team get home by eight points.
Best for the winners were Easson, Watson in the middle, Heinjus in ruck, around the ground captain Shaun Maxfield is a steadying influence in his team when they get under pressure, Lewis George around goals was dangerous and vice captain Blewit deserves a mention.
For the Eagles Montgomerie as mentioned for an underrated player finds plenty of the ball, Bilney is getting back to his best, their two backmen in Dudley and Murray are class players and Walker is another of their quiet achievers who was good.
It was not an easy game to umpire due to the pressure but a job well done in not good conditions.
MARBLE RANGE 18.14 (122) DEF BOSTON 9.6 (60)
After losing their last three matches Marble Range were looking for a big win at Poole Oval against the home side Boston, who were looking for their first win of the season while also celebrating veteran tiger Pete Rowe's 150th game.
The Rangers would be first on the board thanks to a goal from Luke Harder, who would use his size and skill as a strong marking full forward to be the key goal kicking target.
Marble Range would have the edge in the midfield all day thanks to their uncontested possessions and run and carry set up from turnover marks in the centre and back 50.
Lance Appleby and Jake Sampson were workhorses all across the ground and presented well for the ball while Kory Beard at centre half back and Ned Brooks at full back repelled Boston advances.
However Boston stayed competitive and were rewarded with a pair of goals to rising forward Ollie Sellen, however it was mostly Rangers' as they had six individual goalkickers, with the dangerous Blaze Kay kicking two to lead by 33 points at quarter time.
Boston got a few opportunities early and got a goal through Tyler Roderick who was working hard for the centre clearances.
This was a game where the young tigers were standing up, on top of Sellen up forward Justin Carey and Callum Binder played a big part in the defence, the latter even doing well against Harder, Jed Forster presented well for the ball and showed excellent drive and Seth Averay did admirably in ruck.
For their efforts Boston scored another two goals this quarter, one each to Sellen and Tyler Franklin but Rangers scored three goals of their own, including a third to Kay to lead but missed some key opportunities to extend their lead further to lead by 35 points at half time.
Harder would be let loose in the third quarter, being fed well by the likes of Billy Byass and Corey Hatzimanolis, starting the quarter with a pair of goals.
Wade Hansen was charging through the centre to get the clearances for Rangers while Appleby, Sampson and Guy Hutchinson seeing plenty of the ball and setting up runs through the midfield.
Kory Beard and Brooks continued to set up attacking runs from turnovers in defence, with assistance from Glen Schreiber and Zac Calderwood and Rangers were just a bit smarter with their disposals.
However Boston remained competitive and tried to make play contested, Roderick and Franklin were working hard for possessions and Marcus Liddell played a huge role in getting the ball back into attack.
Carey gave the home crowd reason to cheer with a pair of goals however soon Rangers had answers with a pair of Harder goals to lead by 49 points at three quarter time.
One sign the game had become more contested in the final quarter was the sheer amount of spoiled kicks from both teams as players put their bodies into contests to get the ball.
Just like the third quarter Harder scored another pair of goals to bring his tally to seven for the day as he proved to be the strong marking target Rangers needed up forward.
Kyle Castley and Hatzimanolis continued to stay active near the 50 and Gil Casanova made his mark this quarter with a pair of goals.
However Boston remained competitive and even managed some turnovers, setting up attacking runs but were still challenged by the strong Ranger defence.
Goals to Averay and Franklin rounded out a noteworthy effort from Boston but Marble Range were the better side on this day, winning by 62 points.
Best for Rangers was Harder with his strong leading marks and seven goals, Brooks was a standout in defence and let few past him, Kory Beard set up many attacking plays from turnovers at centre half back and Hansen charged through centre packs for the clearances.
For Boston Roderick took on everyone in the centre and got the Tigers up and running, Liddell was a big part of the Tiger attack and set up several inside 50s, Adam Davies attacked a lot coming his way at half back and created turnovers and special mention to Carey, Binder and Forster who will all no doubt have long term positions in the Tiger side based on the day's performance.
SHANNO'S PIZZA AWARD
Marble Range gun midfielder Harvey Pearce had a huge day out in his team's big win over Boston in the under 13 clash at Poole Oval on Saturday.
Dominating the clearances and using his precise kicking skills Pearce brought his teammates into the match and showed he is all class by finishing his good work with three goals.
The Rangers definitely got a player of the future in this young star.