Ports too strong

Eastern Eyre football

FREE KICK: Ports' Luke Harrowfield (centre) gave away a free kick, which was reversed with a 25-metre penalty following Kimba players' behaviour.

FREE KICK: Ports' Luke Harrowfield (centre) gave away a free kick, which was reversed with a 25-metre penalty following Kimba players' behaviour.

Ports def Kimba

PORTS hosted Kimba at Arno Bay on a perfect day for football.

It was great to see the Ports mini colts and colts continue to improve. Special thanks to Kimba for ensuring all junior games were competitive, which can only be good for the development of juniors in this league.

Steve Whillas would like to thank the seven Ports players who put the guernsey on for the first time this season (or in some cases, several seasons) to ensure there was a B grade game.

In the A grade game, Ports’ first quarter pressure around the ball created scrappy play.

Brad Masters was working hard around the ball for Ports and they were ahead until late in the quarter when undisciplined play resulted in a free, switching the momentum Kimba’s way with three quick goals.

The quarter ended with Joel Fitzgerald kicking three goals and Riley Maitland running amok in the centre for Kimba, with Kimba leading by 10 points at quarter time.

Good centre work from Tyron Bishop’s ruck work got Ports out of the blocks in the second quarter with a goal to Scott Masters in the first 30 seconds.

This was quickly followed by a snap from Cade Hartwig in the goal square.

Tom Clarke was breaking lines off the half back flank and there was another easy goal for Ports from a Kimba miss-kick to Bayley Dunning.

Joel Fitzgerald finally got Kimba on the board for the quarter with a strong contested mark.

Adam Davey extended Ports’ lead to 15 points with a long goal on the siren.

Kimba came out of the blocks in the third quarter with a Blair Buchanan raking kick to goal from the centre square, quickly followed by a strong mark and goal from Joel Fitzgerald.

Kimba were starting to look rattled with the pressure; they gave away a series of 25 metre penalties and a had free kick turned over, enabling Luke Harrowfield to hit the scoreboard and finish with three for the quarter as Ports increased their lead with a score of 12-8 (80) to Kimba’s 9-4 (58).

In the last quarter, the pressure and perceived pressure had Kimba uncharacteristically fumbling.

For Ports, Max Fauser, Brad Hannemann and Jarryn Preiss all played out of their skins.

Kimba’s Dylan Bone off the half back line with run and carry finished off a solid game and Dale and Reece Rayson are also gave good drive through the middle.  

Luke Harrowfield sealed the game with his fifth goal, Ports running out convincing winners with four quarters of pressure football.

Joel Fitzgerald with seven goals is the complete forward and hard to stop when Kimba have time and space through the midfield.

With neither team at their strongest, it was still a great game of football with every player looking like they belonged, giving selectors some headaches in future weeks.

As a special note, Corey Fielder, on an umpire exchange from Port Lincoln, came to umpire Corey Enright’s last game a few weeks too early.

Pictured are: Adam Davey (Ports), Dylan Bone (Kimba) Luke Harrowfield (Ports), Dale Rayson (Kimba) and Cade Hartwig (Ports).