Mid West 14-4 (88) def Eastern Eyre 13-9 (87)
MID West secured a thrilling one-point victory against Eastern Eyre in the interleague match at Warramboo on Saturday.
In a close encounter in which the largest gap at any break was 10 points, Mid West eventually came out on top in a 14-4 (88) to 13-9 (87) result against last season’s Mortlock Shield winning team.
This was despite an impressive eight goals from Eastern Eyre player Joel Fitzgerald.
Eastern Eyre led at quarter-time but paid for inaccurate kicking, finishing the term with 2.6 to Mid West’s two goals.
Both teams added three goals in the second quarter to see the margin remain at six points for the visitors heading into the half-time break.
Eastern Eyre edged clear in the third quarter thanks to a five-goal term to Mid West’s 4-2 to take the margin out to 10 points.
However it proved an arm-wrestle throughout and Mid West was not to be denied, finishing strongly to take bragging rights.
Five straight goals in the final term to Eastern Eyre’s 3-1 proved the difference for a slender final margin in favour of the home side.
Tasman Fitzgerald led the way in front of goal for Mid West as he booted four majors, while Dylan Kelsh and Jesse Stringer were among the best players.
Joel Fitzgerald remained a danger throughout the contest for Eastern Eyre as he bagged his haul of goals, with Jack Burton also playing well in the tight loss.