Kimba 14-11 (95) def Eastern Ranges 11-8 (74)
KIMBA Districts hosted Eastern Ranges in the annual twilight fixture at Corey Enright oval on Saturday.
The highly anticipated top of the table clash certainly had a different feel about it.
Both teams seemed to be switched on from the start of the game, but it was Kimba that jumped out of the gate.
They started with a different midfield look with Nick Pengelly leading the ruck allowing Jesse Kemp to start at centre half forward and Dylan Bone, Reece Rayson and Daniel Chapman in the midfield.
Kimba seemed to have all the answers and with Kemp an imposing figure at half forward had an avenue to goal many times.
Kimba went to the break four goals up and with plenty of momentum.
The second term was a complete reversal, with Ranges’ midfield showing why they are one of the best.
Ethan Kwaterski and the two Kennys started dominating at the contest and their speed away from the contest was causing Kimba problems.
The pressure had certainly got a lot greater and Kimba’s efforts to bring the ball back through the corridor were turned over on many occasions which resulted in Ranges scoring opportunities and Pat Jenner did not let them down.
He was well and truly on top of his opponents and made sure he finished his work off in front of goal.
Kimba held onto a slender three-point lead at the long break.
The third quarter was a hard fought one with many players throwing themselves into the contest.
Dale Rayson moved onto Jenner and Geoff Rissman moved into the Ranges’ ruck and gave his onballers their first look at the footy.
Kyron McCallum was showing plenty up forward and Ranges’ midfield were getting their hands on plenty of ball.
For Kimba, Simon Bates was covering more ground than Matt Price’s air seeders and Dylan Bone and Matt ‘Chunky’ Vandeleur were doing a lot of the hard work.
The quarter finished with Kimba’s defence really being their saviour, Dion Woolford was instrumental in chopping the ball off and setting up his team-mates and Ben Clements and Scotty Watkins were just cool heads when they found the footy and made many right decisions.
Kimba went to the last break holding on to a 15-point lead.
The last quarter was in a way a repeat of the third with neither side giving an inch. Woolford twinged a hamstring and headed to the forward line and he did not disappoint, kicking three majors to put the game out of Ranges’ reach.