Vs. Kilcunda Bass
Saturday 18th May.
Fish Creek travelled to Inverloch on Saturday to take on the Sea Eagles in what was expected to be a fairly tough game. The game certainly lived up to its expectation and from early on the scene was set for a tight, hard fought game where the margin never extended further then a couple of goals in favor of either side. Fish Creek as they have done so often this year got off to a flyer with the first goal going to Angwin only 2 minutes in, this was followed a minute later by another from the opportunistic goal sneak Sperling and Fishy had the first couple on the board. The next couple of minutes very important for IK and when Fish Creek lost key backman Nick Barry with an injury IK were able to steady and start to get themselves going and back into the match. W.Rankin kicked their first goal at the 6 minute mark and over the next ten minutes the Sea Eagles intensity lifted and they were consistently first to the ball, goals to McCaughan and Reddie and the Kangaroos knew they were in for a tough game. Fish Creek attacked again and their first inside 50 in some time resulted in another good goal to Sperling, this was followed shortly thereafter by another goal to Angwin and both these two were looking very dangerous whenever the ball was in the Fish Creek F50. The sea soaring quarter wasn’t over there and IK’s Rigby scored a goal in the last part of the quarter to give IK back the lead going into the first break, 1 point the margin in favor of IK at quarter time. The second quarter and neither side could get any sort of clear advantage, Fishy again got the first goal of the quarter through the lively Sperling his third only 1 minute in. IK then took their turn and with Fish Creeks focus turning to the man briefly a couple of goals gave IK back the lead. Oswald was frustrating the Kangas and they were running both Ireland and Hoskin on him in an attempt to curtail his influence. Lachie Park has a freakish burst of speed and his silky skills were highlighted a number of times as he helped set up numerous forward thrusts for the Kangaroos. Sperling bobbed up again for his fourth for Fishy and Clark replied with a goal to IK. Fishy then had the better of the final minutes of the half and were able to stop IK from attacked and in turn score a couple of goals themselves, at half time the margin was 5 points in favor of Fish Creek. The second half no different to the first with neither team able to break the shackles, both sides taking their turns at holding the ascendancy and putting together short scoring bursts before the opposition would lift again. Again Lachie Park showed his class when he gathered the ball at full speed dodged and baulked a couple of opponents before slotting a ripper goal. Inaccurate kicking for goal by Fish Creek cost them a bigger lead at three quarter time, going in only three points up. The final quarter was a real battle with neither side able to get any real momentum, the very important first goal of the quarter went to IK and with it came a 2 point lead. Defenses for both sides were good and scoring almost impossible. Fishy had opportunities but again inaccuracy in front of goal registered only points but a couple to Sperling gave Fish Creek back the lead. Angwin ran to the Fish Creek bench with an injury just before time on to add another name to the list, they will be thankful for a week off next week. With time running down and a 1 point margin in favor of Fish Creek it was Lachie Park again who showed he is an absolute class act after receiving a handball from younger brother Callan, he put on the initial burst to clear the danger area before kicking another ripper from about 40m out and ice the game for the Kangaroos. The siren sounded shortly after and Fishy had won by 7 points and clinched the top spot on the ladder after the home and away rounds had been completed. Best players for Fish Creek were Lachie Park, Cal Park, Blencowe, Sperling, Pratt and Cooper and for I.K Clark, Billows, Fisher, Cannon, Wyatt and Reddie. Goalkickers for Fishy Sperling 5, Angwin 3 and L.Park and Law 2 each and for IK Clark 4, Oswald 3 and singles to Brosnan, Rankin, Wyatt, Reddie and McCaughan. Fish Creek now have a week off before taking on Killy Bass in the second semi final at Foster and IK at the time of writing this are waiting for the result from the Foster Vs. Stony Creek match to determine which game and where they would be playing next weekend