Eastern Eyre Football
Kimba def Eastern Ranges
IT was a huge day at Corey Enright Oval with locals comparing the day to a grand final and it certainly had that feel.
Kimba’s juniors got a long awaited win over the Ranges and it was great to watch a good brand of football being played at that level. Senior colts was one sided with the Ranges too skillful.
The reserves was set to be a beauty and while it started a little scrappy, it was a good mix of youth and experience.
Kimba ended up with the win after displaying a brand of football not often seen in reserves.
The big game was exciting and there was not a spectator that was not proud when Kimba ran out with a familiar face in number 44.
Kimba started Enright in the midfield which surprised a few but as the coach said: “When he was here, he needed a map to find the half backline so we thought he might be more comfortable in the middle with a change up forward since he was back on his home ground.”
Enright helped Kimba dominate from the first bounce, scoring five goals to Ranges’ one, leaving most scratching their heads as to where this brand of play had been.
D. Woolford’s run opened the forward for M. Vandeleur, D. Harris and S. Larwood enjoying J. Fitzgerald’s absence.
Enright kick-started Kimba, with S. Haskett in the ruck, A. Vandeleur and R. Maitland took the ball away from the contest.
The second quarter was the same with Kimba on top in most positions on the ground.
The Ranges were under pressure and the back line found it hard to stop the momentum.
The quarter saw Kimba scoring six goals to Ranges’ one. Kimba had good players all over with the Rayson brothers getting plenty of the ball and Maitland, M. Vandeleur, Haskett and Enright in the middle giving their forwards outstanding delivery.
Half time saw Kimba coach Matt Lienert remind his side the Ranges were quality and would come back.
This was the case as Ranges’ midfield got the side going with Leonard, Sampson and Kenny getting the ball. Schubert hit the scoreboard.
Kimba had a good player in Kemp playing across half back.
The last quarter was slower and even but Kimba’s start got the needed win.
Kimba had good players everywhere but Enright stole the show, with 52 touches and two goals.
A.Vandeleur, Maitland and Ramsey also had huge numbers. S.Haskett won the MAC medal for an outstanding effort.
D. Harris, playing his first A grade game in a while, booted six majors as B. Seal played his best.
For the Ranges, Kenny was best followed by Sampson, Leonard and Stutley.
Kimba thanked ‘Boris’ for making the trip to play and all involved as well as Eastern Eyre Football League and Eastern Ranges.