EASTERN Eyre claimed a win in their first Mortlock Shield game at the weekend, before losing a hard fought game on the second day to eventual winners Great Flinders.
Aisea Raikiwasa of Eastern Eyre was runner-up best and fairest for the tournament and made the team of the tournament, along with Ryley Maitland, Jake Bruce, Aseri Raikiwasa and Jack Kenny.
In the Norwood Cup, the juniors also defeated Mid West before losing by three points to Great Flinders.
Seth Hutchins was Eastern Eyre's best and was joined by Max Ramsey, Declan Smith, Thomas Laas, and Jed Burton in the under 15 championships squad.
Eastern Eyre 6-6 (42) lost to Great Flinders 7-10 (52)
Defensive work from the likes of Great Flinders captain Joe Walker and vice captain Stephen Crettenden kept goals from happening but Eastern Eyre held a one-goal lead at quarter time.
Great Flinders took control in the second and kicked three goals to none to lead by five points at half time before pulling away further.
Three more goals extended Great Flinders' lead to 23 points but with the breeze Eastern Eyre made a big push in the final quarter.
Dion Woolford, Jake Bruce and Ryley Maitland moved the ball well while Aisea and Aseri Raikiwasa were effective in defence.
Eastern Eyre outscored Great Flinders three goals to one in the final quarter, but it was not enough as Great Flinders applied effective pressure in the back half and limited shots on goal to take the win.
Eastern Eyre 7-2 (44) def Mid West 5-8 (38)
Eastern Eyre kept it in their half for most of the half but good defensive pressure by Mid West stopped them making the most of opportunities.
At the other end the Raikiwasas worked well off each other and helped overturn the ball when momentum swung in Mid West's favour.
Eastern Eyre got their first goal at the start of the second through Joel Fitzgerald, who soon followed with another.
Eastern Eyre's Jack Kenny and Dion Woolford got the clearances to create inside 50s and Jake Bruce was active pursuing possessions.
However Mid West swung the momentum back in their favour thanks to hard ball gets from the likes of Jake Sampson and Jack Burton and lead by seven points at half time.
Eastern Eyre got rolling early in the third quarter thanks to a goal from Sid Masters, then a goal to Jack Kenny gave them breathing space. This was followed by Ryley Maitland setting up Wade Mason for a goal while Mid West were kept to three behinds as Eastern Eyre took over the match, leading by eight points at the final break.
Mid West scored the next two goals but missed opportunities, finishing with five goals and eight behinds while Eastern Eyre scored another two goals, a third for Fitzgerald and one for Darcy Noll.