Eastern Eyre football
Ports 2-8 (20) lost to Kimba 25-13 (163)
KIMBA made the trek to Port Neill and the minis removed the dew in a contested game from start to finish with Kimba just getting over the line.
It was a tight first half in the colts with Ports running away for a comfortable win.
Kimba was too strong in the B grade but Hayden Harris and Jayden Crowther competed well for Ports.
For the A grade match, conditions were perfect with a light breeze across the oval.
Ports were coming off a close game against Ranges but having Sid Masters away at state country, it was going to be difficult to kick a winning score.
Ports were slow to start and Kimba was on the board quickly with a goal to Dion Woolford.
Tom Davey pulled a hamstring and Ports were a man down.
Ports managed to work the ball forward for a goal to Ash Masters. Kimba were dominating the ruck, giving them first use of the ball.
Jess Kemp took a strong overhead mark and kicked Kimba's second. Kimba 3-4 to Ports 1-2 at quarter time.
A long kick from the centre bounce set up an easy Kimba goal, followed by another two to Kimba in quick succession. Ports' Ben Lienert was playing well and had a couple of wayward shots on goal.
Kimba's ability to spread the ball and get accurate delivery to their forwards was making things difficult for a hard-working Ports back line. Kimba 7-8 to Ports 1-3 at half time.
After the half-time break, Kimba were quick out of the blocks again with Matthew Vandeleur's ability to handball under pressure to advantage, opening up Ports. Ports' Jake Turner kicked a nice snap for a goal.
Kimba's Ben Clements, a.k.a. Junior Burger, kicked five of Kimba's nine goals for the quarter, 16-9 to 2-3.
Ports started the final quarter with enough pressure to stem the flow for a while with Evan Hunt, in his first game in nearly two years, moving into the back lines.
Ports had the first shot on goal before Kimba monstered them again for another nine-goal quarter.
Better players for Kimba included Woolford (BOG) Reece Rayson and Vandeleur. JFK was in a lot of trouble with seven shots from the Darcy Noll being accurate. Jess Kemp was the dominant big man on the ground and B. Clements had an impact in the middle and going forward.
For Ports, Ben Lienert, Jake Bammann, Caleb Johnson and Ian Wedding worked hard all day through the middle. Scott Masters, Max Fauser and Corey Ainsworth also worked hard to stem the flow down back under massive pressure.