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Port Lincoln Masters at Touch
The SA Masters games were held in Port Pirie on April 21st with mixed touch football once again featuring in the carnival.
With drizzle falling on the Port Football Club fields the four participating teams took to the park to play some enjoyable touch. Teams had travelled from Adelaide and Port Lincoln to attend this event joining a local Port Pirie team. With games of fifteen minute halves being played and five games to play, the teams knew they had a long day ahead of them but this didn’t stop teams from putting 100% effort into every game they played.
The Port Lincoln Pointers stated slowly in the first game against the wily Spitting Camels whose defence stood rock solid, but as the game progressed combinations were taking shape allowing the Pointers to win by 1 touchdown.
In their second game the Pointers took on Adelaide’s Justice League and quickly asserted their dominance to run out comfortable winners. This was followed by a much closer game against a solid Port Pirie outfit with both sides pushing themselves to the limit, in the end the combination between Peter Tokarski & Simon Smith with the speed of Michael Secker saw the Pointers go through the minor round undefeated.
Once the pool games had been completed the teams split off to play semi-finals and then into the gold/silver and bronze medal playoffs. After again defeating Justice League comfortably the pointers progressed to the gold medal game against master’s veterans the Spitting Camels. As it turned out the older camels had played one game to many and tired badly allowing the Pointers to pierce there normally rock solid defence and run out winners to take home the gold medal. The bronze medal went to Justice League after a steady improvement throughout the day.
All Port Lincoln players contributed on the day with some memorable moments with fantastic passages of touch along with some rather ordinary over the shoulder passing attempts that were met with suitable disdain from those on the sideline.
Garry Downey ran great angles all day often without reward but kept the defence guessing assisting the dynamic play making of Peter Tokarski who showed a few younger players how a dummy should be ………. passed. Simon Smith combined well with Peter to allow David Hall, Ash Grey and Michael Secker to attack the opposition defence with Darren Stephens providing running support. Mark Fisher settled into his role supported by cameo’s from Gordon Lawson & Gavin Walding.