Eastern Eyre may not have won another Mortlock Shield but it did at least finish its carnival with a convincing win on Monday.
The reigning Mortlock Shield winners started their title defence against Lincoln Districts in a highly anticipated matchup.
Joel Fitzgerald and Luke Harrowfield were firing for Eastern Eyre while Ryley Maitland and Jesse Kemp were stand outs in the midfield.
After an even first quarter Eastern Eyre started to gain control in the second but faced some strong defensive pressure from Districts.
Eastern Eyre led by five-points at half time but the momentum shifted in the third quarter as Lincoln Districts started to control play in the middle of the ground.
The pressure was starting to get to Eastern Eyre as they could not set up the shots on goal and were kept scoreless, while Districts put four through to have a 13-point lead going into the final quarter.
Districts maintained the momentum in the final quarter and when Kingsley Bilney Jnr kicked the first goal of the quarter, it appeared Eastern Eyre’s run at the top was over.
The pressure was well and truly affecting Eastern Eyre at this point as the team made several errors with their disposals in the midfield.
Another commanding quarter saw Lincoln Districts score a 21-point win.
With the shield now out of Eastern Eyre’s reach the team focused on finishing the carnival with a win against Mid West on Monday.
The match was fairly even for much of the match although Eastern Eyre controlled most of the play early.
Tyler Franklin and Ben Clements went after the contested football while Ryley Maitland provided run up the midfield.
For Mid West Dylan Kelsh impressed with his ruck work and marking ability while Mitchell Gum helped to drive the ball forward out of the back half.
Mid West kept in touch but Eastern Eyre powered home with four goals to none in the final quarter to win by 36-points.
Eastern Eyre’s Joel Fitzgerald sealed the Laurie Martin Trophy for leading goalkicker with his six goals, finishing with nine overall.
Lincoln City were the eventual winners of the Mortlock Shield, earning a spot in the later games on Monday with a two-point win against Mid West on Saturday.
City took advantage of Mid West’s inaccuracy in front of goal, despite a convincing challenge from the black and whites.
They then went up against the highly favoured Lincoln Districts on Monday and took control of the match from the start by playing some good contested football.
Keeping Districts to just one goal for the first half and four for the whole match, Lincoln City would win by six goals which was enough to earn this year’s Mortlock Shield, less than 2 per cent ahead of runners up Great Flinders.
Great Flinders’ Xavier Watson was named best and fairest for the carnival.