Ports 7.9.51 def by Cowell 14.8.92
Ports started without Brad Wake, Sid Masters and Cooper Llewelyn from last week but welcomed back Dave Hannan while senior colt Tom Laas was given his first opportunity in A grade.
Cowell started well with K Smith kicking the first goal and solid defence by Piggott and Gibbs who were rebounding well.
With good work by Caleb Prime in defence, Ports rebounded through Davey and Turner but were let down in front of goal by kicking a point.
Cowell replied with quick ball movement into their forwards which resulted in a high tackle and a 25 metre penalty to Schumann, resulting in a goal.
This was followed by another to Schumann who was presenting well along with K Smith and Gale.
Ports' poor delivery into their forward line limited their opportunities and Piggott was solid acros hald-back.
Cowell lead at quarter time 3.3 to Ports 0.2.
Cowell got away to a great start in the second quarter with Wykamp drifting in to take an easy mark and goal.
This was followed up by Kilngberg with a goal after more good work by Wykamp.
Bammann, Bishop and Lienert combined well to deliver into Hannan who converted for Ports' first goal for the day.
Cowell quickly responded through Schumann for another major.
Young guns Bammann Turner worked hard to keep Ports in the game.
A missed shot on goal fortuitously ended in Chalmers' hands and he converted for Ports with a goal.
Half time score was Ports 2.4 Cowell 6.5.
Ports came out with more purpose after the half time break which allowed Lienert to goal early in the quarter.
Schumann, who was a constant threat up forward, went down with what appeared to be a serious leg injury but Cowell responded to this by getting the ball to Gale who goaled.
Not to be outdone, Lienert put his second goal through after a strong mark and easing the pressure.
A couple of opportunities were missed by Ports but Lienert then chimed in to get his third for the quarter.
At the final break, scores were Ports 5.7 to Cowell 8.6.
Piggott backed his judgement and followed up some great team work to goal early in the last quarter.
Both teams' defences were working overtime; Ainsworth, Fauser and the Hannemann brothers for Ports while Piggott, Gibbs and company were combining well for Cowell.
Schubert for Ports kicked a goal after some tireless work which kept the Ports faithful hoping for a small miracle.
This was followed by an excellent tackle by Davey, resulting in a goal to bring the margin back to a gettable nine points.
Cowell responded to this with goals to Arnold, K Smith, Francis-Kent and Turner to put the game out of reach for Ports.
Final score was Ports 7.9 to Cowell 14.8.
Eastern Ranges 7.13.55 def by Kimba 12.13.85
After an even first half of footy where Ranges led the A grade 4.9.33 to Kimba 4.5.29 the home side ultimately conceded the two premiership points to the reigning premiers, their cause not helped by a goalless third quarter.
Perhaps that third quarter effort was affected by the hydrogen sulphide wafting across the ground - now you can blame losing a game of footy on climate change.
Watch out for hordes of vegemite and avocade latte swilling protesters blocking the gates at future EEFL games.
Qantas will be scheduling direct flights from Canberra University to Cleve.
Did you know solid-fuel rockets release chlorine gas directly into the stratosphere to form ozone-destroying chlorine oxides, AND they also expend soot and aluminium oxides that do likewise.
In time rocked launches will result in more ozone destruction than was ever realised by CFCs - Cows Farting Continuously.
Perhaps it wasn't such a giant leap for mankind, Mr Armstrong.
Back to the football;
Ranges had plenty of the footy in the first half, but it was like playing scrabble with a rack full of consonants, they couldn't put the score on the board.
At the other end of the ground 'Burger' Fitzgerald had a couple of sitters to calibrate the radar, then went on to kick a game high six to be among the visitors' best.
Ryley Maitland would have to have caught the umpires attention, Dylan Bone, Bart Stutley and Dion Woolford were resolute in defence while Sacred Heart old boy Darcy Noll made himself known to a few opponents throughout the day.
Ranges best and those mortally wounded on the bench were evenly matched.
Dean Storic was a stand-out best, rarely wasting a kick (and he had plenty of them), Elliott Claxton who inevitably gives away inches every week was again rock solid under pressure, and Damo Hannemann backed up his umpiring debut (Snr Colts) with an equally accomplished display as a player.
Ranges will be sweating on the recovery of those consigned to the bench, Lachie 'how'd I get here' Shambrook (concussion), Michael Noble (shoulder), Jack Kenny (groin) and Rick Leonard (severe eyebrow haemorrhaging).
The B grade was full of endeavour, a fair bit of experience (think Kane Schubert, Gadge Lienert) and a contrasting mirror image of the A grade - scores almost level at hald time (3.4 to 3.3) but this time the visitors being outscored in the second half.
Final scores Ranges 10.6.69 to Kimba 4.3.27 - the goals were well shared with twelve individual goal scorers (of only 14 kicked).
The Senior Colts was a lopsided result with the mercy rule kicking in at half time when the scoreboard read Ranges 15.12 to Kimba no score.
Riley Evans had another very good game, Tim Hannemann is in great shape (six goals), Billy Collins made an impressive debut (three goals) and Zane Crettended continues to improve (three goals).
Others who had very good games were curtis Newlyn, Oakley Price, Regan Taheny and Tedd Weiss, the latter trio all going on the play full games in the B grade - as did Hudson Westhoff and Mitchell Yates for Kimba.
Special mention to Chelsea Beinke, one of four players from the Lower EP Youth Girls League that Kimba used on the day - no quarter was asked and none was given - she effected some terrific tackles and received a couple of heavy knocks only to bounce straight up and return to the fray.
The Tigers look to have a handy Junior Colts side, backing up a narrow three point loss to Ports last week with a convincing 6.1.37 t 2.8.20 win over Ranges.
Daryl 'Scratch' Lovegrove