Recent rains had the oval in 'pink' condition and by the end of the day there were plenty of divots in it - nearly as many as you would find at Royal Melbourne after Rexy Schubert has played eighteen holes blindfolded.
The Junior Colts was the game of the day going right down to the wire.
When Ashton Hartwig kicked his second goal of the match late in the last quarter to give Ports the lead by three points, time was going to be the home side's nemesis.
Or was it.
A last ditch rallying effort from Ranges had the ball moving swiftly down the clubhouse wing and when a hit and hope snap out an ants nest of players sailed through the big uprights - everything changed.
From the ensuing centre 'bounce' Ranges again attacked and when Cody Crosby backturned out of trouble, then sidestepped another to buy space - he finished with a goal to savour - it was great poise in traffic and his second in as many minutes.
Final score was Ranges 4.4.28 def Ports 3.2.20.
Ranges had many good players, Gussy Dunn followed up his excellent ruck work to find plenty of the ball in general play, gun onballer Cooper Allen had more touches than Jaeger O'Meara and Liam Shiels combined and Louis Schubert (two goals) seems to find his way through traffic and finish creatively at will.
Misty rain dogged much of the Senior Colts but it wasn't enough to stop the Ranges lads from piling on 23 goals to 3 in a runaway victory.
The B grade also copped a bit of precipitation but it didn't dampen Nathan Gillings' spirit as he led from the front in his 100th game in blue and white; becoming just the third Ranges centurion.
Digger Donahue had a day out kicking eight goals, Tim Hannemann topped up his own eight goal haul in the Senior Colts with another three in the B's, but it was 'Pockets' Jenner who stole the goal of the day late in the last quarter.
I'm not sure how much candy he has for sale but a fair bit of it was sold inside the northern goal square as he brought up his brace for the day.
Pete Farrelly had a field day out on his wing peppering the forward 50 with trademark, long, raking drop-punts; Rhett Schumann barged through the ball with authority time and again; Chopper Fennell showed off his creative skills and it was good to see Riley Haines make a welcome return from a long injury enforced lay off.
Final scores were Ranges 21.13.139 def Ports 0.2.2.
Forced to field a team that included seven players who had already played full games in either the Senior Colts or B grade - Ports were always going to struggle in the A grade and that handicap was worsened when their experienced leaders suffered injuries early in the game - Tom Davey (ankle) Caleb Prime (thigh); and later in the game Nathan Hannemann (dislocated thumb).
Despite the odds, Thomas Laas kicked the first goal of the match for Ports and Jake Turner knocked up getting possessions to produce a game to remember.
But when Matt Hannemann (second worst kick in the history of the game - his old man has the gold medal for life) kicks a goal - as the opposition - you know you are in trouble.
Ranges have a lot to look forward to with the younger members of their squad continuing to impress.
Lachie Shambrook was in good touch, Tom Weiss (four goals) was lively in attack and Jack Weiss was rock solid in defence.
Riley Evans and Ethan Tomney hit the scoreboard for a couple between them and Dusty Harris and Dustin Beinke were influential off their wings.
Of the experienced brigade, Bobby Bruce capped off another great game with a couple of long range goals from downtown and Dean Storic (BOG) did likewise lobbing a couple into Sam Wardle's paddock at the Kielpa end of the ground.
As the boundary umpire having to retrieve the Sherrin, I took time out for a quick crop inspection and Sam - If I was you I'd be spraying that patch quicksmart.
Probably try 2L of Prosulfocarb (for your ryegrass) and about 350ml MCPA LVE 80 along with 80ml Brodal .5 Active Oil to the hectare - you need to whack that broadleaf germination ASAP".