Ports colts undefeated

Ports 6-6 (42) lost to Kimba 21-10 (136)

THE Ports Minis (7-66) defeated Kimba (6-4) at the weekend, starting some discussion on when this last happened.

The colts’ undefeated run continued with a victory and the Ports and Ranges colts game next week will be a cracker so make sure you get there early enough to see it.

It was pleasing to see a full Ports B grade again. There was plenty of commitment but they could not put enough through the big sticks to put any scoreboard pressure on Kimba.

In the first quarter of the A grade, Ports won the toss and kicked with a four-goal breeze. Both teams were handling the conditions well with run and handball.

Young Jake Turner kicked Ports’ first goal. Jess Kemp at centre half back was allowing Tyron Bishop to get first hands on the ball but Ports were not capitalising.

Ports’ second goal was on the siren from Ashley Masters, who showed he still has plenty of speed, outpacing a Kimba defender and running in to goal. 

Kimba did not take long in the second quarter to show Ports how to use the wind, with J. Kemp a focal point, finishing the quarter with five goals and some assists.

Kimba got some easy goals with the ball getting out the back of the pack to A. Johnson for a couple.

A. Vandeleur kicked from 60 metres on the siren and Kimba had a handy lead. 

Ports came out with more grit after half time. Tom Davey slotted one from the scoreboard pocket. Kimba bottled it up with B. Clements and S. Bates working hard until a free kick gave Jake Turner his second.

Ash Masters then snapped in tight. Kimba crumbed the only goal of the game into the wind.

J. Kemp moved into ruck and then loose in defence in an effort to restrict scoring as Ports were getting first to the ball. Max Fauser was sling-tackled and goaled from the resulting free.

Ports’ scoreboard pressure unfortunately turned out to be an error and after losing two goals at three quarter time, Kimba had plenty up their sleeve.

In the last quarter, B. Clements kicked an early goal and Corey Eversen, whose fuse had been burning for a while, finally exploded and was yellow carded. Kimba just rolled on with another 10 goals for the quarter.

Notable ones were A. Johnson’s, set up by Daniel Chapman’s bullocking pack work, Reece Rayson’s raking running goal and J. Kemp’s strong marking and finishing.

There were some tired players late in the quarter so they had a little melee to get a 10-minute rest, with five players getting yellow cards.

Tom Masters, playing at full back, backed himself with some run and carry and the Hannemann boys tried hard all day across the half back line.