Eastern Ranges edge out Kimba in close semi final

Eastern Eyre football

Eastern Ranges 15-15 (105) def Kimba Districts 14-15 (99)

HAVING sorted out the turmoil in the nation’s capital during the week, Mid West umpires Ian “Harrow” Harrowfield, Andrew “Bucky” Buckham and Wade “Shep” Sheppard returned to share umpiring duties for the A and B grade games and it must be said did a great job.

With both sides fielding full teams and brilliant sunshine (without fierce winds) the anticipation of most was that we would get a competitive, entertaining game and we got that plus GST.

Kimba had the better of the second quarter, having trailed 3-3 to 3-4 at the break with Jesse Kemp, Reece Rayson and Daniel Chapman doing plenty of damage, their efficiency provided many forward opportunities that were capitalised on by the likes of Ben Clements and Joel Fitzgerald who finished with seven goals to establish an 18-point half time lead.

A four goal apiece third quarter highlighted by two miracle goals to Bobby Bruce meant Ranges went into the last quarter in high spirits despite a three-goal deficit.

A long range running goal off the left to Jack Kenny was one to savour and was quickly followed by another full pointer to Hayden ‘Skippy’ Norris after a centre bounce mix up that caught the Tigers’ midfield flat footed and talking tactics instead of resetting for the bounce.

Kyron McCallum came to life and his instinct to run and find creative space was making a big difference - a goal off his own boot, an assist goal to Hayden Norris and a couple of timely intercepts all weighed in favour of Ranges. Six unanswered goals had Ranges racing to a seemingly match-winning three-goal lead with not a lot of time left on the clock.

However, Jesse Kemp and Dion ‘C12,H24’ Woolford (that is the chemical formula for diesel) were having none of it and inspired a spirited late charge by the Tigers. Two quick goals, one a ripper snap in congestion to Bartholomew Stutley, put an unlikely (but probably fitting) draw on the cards; only to be vetoed by the timekeepers as they attacked again. Final scores Ranges 15.15 (105) def Kimba 14.15 (99)

Ranges best were Jack Kenny, who knocked up winning possessions and strong overhead; Damo Hannemann brought some Inca Magic back from a holiday in South America; Bobby Bruce, Caleb Evans and Pat Jenner.

For Kimba, Jesse Kemp covered more ground than a six o’clock shadow, Reece Rayson rarely wasted a possession, Joel Fitzgerald – seven goals says it all, Dion Woolford and Ben Clements.

I think it is timely that all the participants of Eastern Eyre Football take a reflective bow, how lucky are we that we can go to footy week in week out confident we will not have any of the disgraceful behaviour of suburban football to contend with. Country footy at its best!