Eastern Eyre football
Ports 10-11 def Kimba 9-8
AFTER many years in the wilderness a massive crowd of Magpie supporters flocked to Cowell to see Ports win the Eastern Eyre Football grand final.
A slight breeze across the ground provided perfect playing conditions.
With both teams taking a while to settle, Kimba opened the scoring with a Dion Woolford goal.
Port kicked the next four with hardness around the ball and lowering the eyes to hit up leading forwards.
Matt Parker kicked two for the quarter with singles to Bayley Dunning and Ashley Masters. Ports 4-4 to Kimba 1-5.
Sid Masters was chopping off Kimba’s forward movement and holding it in the Ports forward line.
Both sides were scrapping hard until finally Ross Campbell snapped a goal and Luke Harrowfield slotted one from a tight angle.
Kimba then started to get some momentum with Joel Fitzgerald goaling.
Ports’ pressure on the man and ball dropped away but the siren sounded before Kimba could take full advantage. Ports 6.7 to Kimba 2.6
Ports reset at half time. Matt Parker took a strong mark and goaled from a long way out in the first minute.
Jesse Kemp in the ruck was giving Kimba first look at the footy which opened up their game.
Kimba kicked the next four goals, two to Joel Fitzgerald and one each to Reece Rayson and Matt Ramsey, providing reward for effort through the midfield.
A timely Luke Harrowfield goal on three-quarter time settled Ports, 8-9 to Kimba 6-6.
A Kimba goal snapped early in the last quarter tightened up the game before Matt Parker ran into an open goal to kick his fourth.
Blair Buchanan then opened up Ports’ defence with a raking left foot pass to give Matt Ramsey reward for his hard running down the wings.
Joel Fitzgerald kicked his fourth to make it a two-point ball game and the supporters were trying to drag their respective teams over the line.
Luke Harrowfield kicked his third in the dying minutes of the game to get Ports over the line in a best on ground performance and give Ports the fairy tale ending; their first A grade premiership since amalgamating in 1989.
Best: Ports: Luke Harrowfield, Caleb Prime, Tom Davy, Matt Dodd, Sid Masters and Matt Parker; Kimba: Dylan Bone, Joel Fitzgerald, Ben Clements, Jesse Kemp, Andrew Vandeleur and Dion Harris.