Tough contests

Ports 3-4 (22) lost to Eastern Ranges 11-21 (87)

A BEAUTIFUL day at Port Neill; if it will not rain we might as well play football on days like this.

The minis were mixed up before the mercy rule for a competitive game.

Ports’ colts remain in top spot on the ladder; they are playing as a team and playing for each other, ensuring improvement week on week.

Ports B grade dispelled the Crows’ myth that overtraining causes soft tissue injuries, with five finishing the game on the bench. Ranges held them scoreless for the match.

After coach Kane ‘Gargamel’ Fiegert had a ‘smurf-tastic’ win last week at Rudall, the Ranges were going to be tough.

Ports held them for the first 10 minutes before Kyron McCallum snapped on his left, after a deft side-step, for a goal.

Jake Bruce then broke out of the centre with a raking pass to Logan Elliott who goaled.

A Tyron Bishop shepherd set up a Ports goal through a Tom Davey and Brad Masters combo.

Zac Richardson was hitting the contest hard at centre half back for Ports, the only way he knows how.

Ethan Kwaterski kicked Ranges third goal before quarter time.

Second quarter started with Kane Schubert taking a long time to get to his feet after snapping truly from the goal square.

Ranges’ Tom Lee showed a lot of poise, double side-stepping to make room where none existed across the half back line.

Tyson Bray, working hard in the Ports forward line, was rewarded with a goal from an almost impossible snap.

Ranges wasted a lot of shots on goal before Kane Schubert kicked his second for the quarter.

Third quarter started with plenty of pressure, resulting in scrappy play and many ball-ups before Logan Elliott kicked a goal from the boundary after a good mark.

Ben Wetherall’s tagging was making life difficult for his opponents but Jess Kenny, Jake Bruce and Ethan Kwaterski were providing silky smooth delivery into the Ranges forward line.

Fortunately for Ports, Ranges were off target in front of goal until Jess Kenny stopped the rot with a late goal.

Final quarter, Tyron Bishop, playing a kick behind the play, took some good intercept marks.

Jess Kenny had a purple patch, kicking two goals and handing off another to Damien Hannemann.

Zac Richardson presented well at centre half forward to set up a Bayley Dunning goal on the siren.

Caleb Prime and Bradley Hannemann get a tough job every week with the ball spending a lot of time in Ports’ defensive end.

Under huge pressure they repelled many attacks and deserve a mention, with both being amongst Ports’ best.

 As I lifted my eyes to the glassy water off Port Neill, I could almost see the whiting begging for cockles.

Brad Masters, Tom Davey, Jess Kenny and Jake Bruce will be names in the mix for Mail Medal votes.

All the Mortlock squad players showed their class and it will be worth a look to see them all in the same side.

Ladder

Eastern Ranges now sit second on the Eastern Eyre ladder above Cowell by percentage, after their win over top seat Kimba, as Ports remain in fourth position.