PHILLIP Island couldn’t hold off a fast finishing Inverloch-Kongwak on Saturday going down by five points at Inverloch. A spirited Bulldogs team led at every break until the ladder leading Sea Eagles took control in the last quarter.
In windy conditions the Island jumped away to the perfect start kicking the first four goals of the game and it was clear the wind would play a major role.
The Island controlled the play for a large chunk of the first term with midfielder Brendan Kimber continuing his impressive run of form and proving himself to be one of the league’s most elite players.
The second quarter saw the Sea Eagles get a crack with the breeze and they managed to pull back the Island’s early lead.
Toby Mahoney was again a useful target up forward for the Sea Eagles booting four goals.
Mahoney has been in tremendous form this season kicking 43 goals and will be a key factor in their run for the flag.
The Island couldn’t manage to hit the scoreboard in the second term but great defensive efforts from captain Jaymie Youle and Nick Higginson saw the Bulldogs hold on to a four point lead at half time.
The Island took advantage of the wind kicking two early goals to start the second half.
But the Sea Eagles worked hard into the wind and were rewarded with a goal to pull the margin back to 10 points.
Young Inverloch-Kongwak midfielder Corey Casey was superb across the ground using his pace to burn off his opponents and deliver the ball to likes of Mahoney and Tom Bartholomew.
Both teams traded blows late in the quarter and when the three quarter time siren sounded the Bulldogs held onto a 15 point lead.
Star forward Steven Pimm bounced back after being kept goalless last week, nailing five majors as the Bulldogs number one target going forward.
The Sea Eagles came out swinging in the last quarter and used the wind to boot the first four goals of the quarter, regaining the lead.
Joshua Purcell was instrumental in the Sea Eagles late fight back as well as utility Dylan Clark who has been in excellent form this season.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs kicking into the wind in the final term was a difficult task and the Sea Eagles came home strongly to win by five points.
Phillip Island are back at home this week where they take on Bunyip for their final home game of the season and Inverloch-Kongwak are again at home against Koo Wee Rup.
Dogs can’t hold off fast finishing I-K