Great Flinders football
United Yeelanna 17-12 (114) def Lock 8-14 (62)
UNITED Yeelanna traveled to Lock in perfect football conditions on Saturday. The Eagles had good wins in the games earlier in the day and many would have expected another one-sided game.
Both teams were strong in defence and it took until halfway through the first quarter before Matt Crettenden broke through to put the first score on the board for the Eagles.
It was not long before Brayden Martin, fresh from his Western Districts debut, scored from 35 metres.
With continued tight defensive work and strong tackling from both sides, Cain Reynolds eventually crumbed a goal from deep in the pocket for the Roos’ first score.
Quick goals from Brayden Martin on the run, Kade Dufek and Casey Carr’s first following a central infringement saw United Yeelanna leading 5-3 to Lock’s 1-0 at the first break.
The Eagles coach asked for more, wanting the ball to be won at ground level and control of the ball kept.
With continued pressure and great tackling on both sides, eventually the ball was at the Roos’ end and with an added infringement Fergus Slape goaled for the Roos, now trailing 2-1 to 5-5.
Good leads and strong marks saw Matt Dyer goal after a pass from Matt Crettenden. Playing possession footy, the Eagles scored again through Kade Dufek, while the Roos could only manage points.
Michael Arbon was rucking well for the Roos with Dutschke kicking to Slape who scored his second followed by a goal from Aaron Beard from the pocket.
The Eagles responded with another beautiful strong kick from Carr making his second and the Eagles led 8-8 to Roos 4-9
Eagles’ Bryce Breed opened the second half with a snap goal from a throw in, while Grady Dutschke replied with a goal from 40. A peppering of Eagle goals from Carr (two), Martin, Xavier Watson, Brock Jolly, Stephen and Matt Crettenden took the Eagles to the break leading by 54.
The fourth quarter saw the Roos lift, having challenged themselves to take the game on.
Slape shepherded beautifully allowing Ryan Siebert a running goal while Aaron Beard scored his second from 45 metres out.
The Roos missed opportunities and held the Eagles scoreless until the 15-minute mark before Casey Carr kicked his fifth.
Spectators were treated to a great display of desperate footy. At the 26-minute mark Carr scored again through a pass from Martin and his seventh through Xaxier Watson and Breed.
The MAC Ambassador medal was awarded to Casey Carr for his seven goals but Matt Dyer played a great game as did Brayden Martin. For the Roos, young Fergus Slape should be confident after his first game back from injury and Justin Beard lead the defensive end well.