at Terrill Park
A huge Finals type crowd turned out on Easter Saturday to see old rival’s Foster take on Fish Creek at the Foster Showground. The game started with Fish Creek into attack and it wasn’t long before Sam Sperling opened the goal scoring for the match with a nice left foot snap. Fish Creek were well on top in the first quarter and had the better of the clearances through Rouda, Bilney and Hoskin. A good battle early between big men Aabryn for Foster and Fish Creeks first gamer Woodall with both men having in influence at stages in the quarter. However Fish Creek’s ferocious attack on the ball and 4 first quarter goals to Sperling seen them go into the first break with a very handy 23 point lead. The second quarter underway and again it was Fish Creek into attack and looking the better of the two sides, the first goal of the quarter went to Fish Creek Coach Livingstone after taking a strong mark and kicking truly from about 35m out directly in front. Foster needed to do something and with Northam, Grylls and Zachariassen getting involved for the Tigers they kicked a goal midway through the second and seemed to be able to shift momentum in the Tigers favor although they remained behind on the scoreboard. Jake Staley was done for the day when had received a severe corked thigh midway through and a much more even contest ensued when Foster kicked another goal right on Half Time to reduce the margin to 17 points, we were in for a good second half. The second half was a tight tough contest that begun with 3 goals to Foster none better than a running goal to Grylls who burst off half forward and around an opponent before kicking truly from about 30m out to put the Tigers in front for the first time of the day. Fish Creek answered with another goal to Sperling followed by a cracker to Cooper who was also playing well. Foster shifted Weston to Full Forward and he looked dangerous up there and was able to mark on the lead a couple of times kicking 2 goals from 3 shots to again get the Tigers back within a goal before Gordon was moved onto him which seen Westons focus change from the ball to the man and his influence dissipate. Fish Creek finished with 2 points that could have easily been goals and instead of going into the final change a couple of goals up the difference was only 1 goal in favor of Fish Creek. The last quarter was a ripper, Foster again got away the better with the opening 2 goals of the quarter which gave them back the lead not long into the term. Sperling again with that magical left foot drew the Kangaroos even before Callan Van Dyke who was sensational for Foster all day kicked the goal of the day running around the boundary near the canteen to again put the Tigers in front again. Goal for goal the term went the Tigers hitting the lead before Fish Creek would draw even. The Umpiring in the match left a lot to be desired and a free kick count of 20 to 2 in Fosters favor after half time was not reflective of the tough contest that the crowd had been subjected to, none more prevalent than when Fish Creeks Hoskin was pushed in the middle of the back by a Foster opponent whilst leading to the ball. Both sides had chances to get their noses in front in the final minutes and both sides defenses stood strong and would not allow the ball to cross the oppositions goal line no matter what. The final seconds played in Fish Creeks F50 and yet another decision that raised eyebrows from supporters of both clubs before the final siren to end the match and put players on the ground wondering what else they could have done. Best players for Fish Creek were Sperling, Rouda, Ireland, Cooper, Gordon and Pratt and for Foster C.Van Dyke, Aabryn, Grylls, Northham, Zachariassen & Rooney. Goal scorers for Fishy were Sperling with 7, 2 each to Cal Park and Livingstone and singles to Cooper and Jake Buckland who played his first game of senior football and for Foster Northam 3, 2 each to Waser, Weston and Van Dyke and singles to Proud, Granger, Grylls and Rooney. Next week Fish Creek take on Killy Bass at Terrill Park and Foster head down to Stony Creek.