Kimba Districts through to Eastern Eyre grand final

Eastern Eyre football

Kimba Districts 14-10 (94) def Cowell 7-7 (49)

THERE will be no Jellicle Ball for the Cowell Cats following a disappointing second half showing at Kimba on Saturday where the losing margin ballooned to 45 points on the back of a goal-less third quarter.

‘Mr Mistoffelees’ (Jack Burton), ‘Old Deuteronomy’ (Wayne Piggott) and ‘Rum Tum Tugger’ (Nick Martens) might need to catch up with Andrew Lloyd Webber and T S Eliot to see if they can rewrite the script for next year.

Kimba ran downhill and had first use of the prevailing four knot south-southwester and they made the most of it to lead 5-3 to 1-2 at quarter time. 

Joel ‘Burger’ Fitzgerald issued an ominous warning when he wheeled onto to his left and slotted a six-pointer that bent back nicely on the breeze - it was a Phil Michelson special.

Burger would go on to kick his second bag of seven goals in two weeks.

Cowell rallied with the breeze at their backs in the second to close within four points at the halfway mark.

However they were making hard work of going forward efficiently - towering Tim Walsh was taking his fair share of grabs but mostly they were too far up the ground to do any scoreboard damage.

Joel ‘Burger’ Fitzgerald issued an ominous warning when he wheeled onto to his left and slotted a six-pointer that bent back nicely on the breeze - it was a Phil Michelson special.

It was a different game after a couple of Wrigleys PKs and an orange at the half time interval.

Matt Vandeleur’s slick hands in close were instrumental in setting up play and the likes of Dion ‘C12:H24’ Woolford and Jesse Kemp honoured that prowess pinpointing forward options (that were getting far too much latitude) with raking 60m passes time and time again.

Kimba had a host of good players that ran and carried the ball effectively creating a loose man at will - the better exponents of that being Reece and Dale Rayson, Andrew ‘Panda’ Vandeleur and Shannan Larwood.

Best for Cowell was Jack Burton while Wayne Piggott and Nick Gale gave their all but were overwhelmed by the constancy of Kimba’s forward forays and Nick Sims got plenty of it and used his pace to advantage.

Final Scores were Kimba 14.10 (94) to Cowell 7.7 (49).