The match between Korumburra-Bena and Kilcunda-Bass, under lights at Korumburra last Saturday was a special occasion for the Gus James Memorial Cup, part of the Beyond Blue Round.
Also both clubs also wore blue armbands to mark the occasion, but with the Giants having a black armband as well, and the flag at half mast, after the tragic passing of Josh Whiteside during the week.
Josh was a current player with the club, a terrific young bloke, well-liked by everyone and he will be very sadly missed.
Both sides and the umpires lined up for a minutes’ silence prior to the main game.
Killy-Bass kicked to the town-end goals which were favoured by gale force winds and they scored two goals. The Giants didn’t score but played well to hold Killy-Bass to the modest total.
Kicking with the wind when their turn came, the Giants were wasteful in front of goal and only managed four points which proved crucial in the final analysis.
Jake McMillan was a standout all night for the Giants, whether relieving in the ruck or doing the big man role front and back. Beau Anthony on ball, Alex Johnston around the flanks, young Brad Monson terrific in his first game, Rhys Dixon in defence and ever reliable, Jye Celebrine on the ball were among those to distinguish themselves.
Killy-Bass came out determined in the third quarter putting on four more goals to have the match in their keeping. The goals were shared around between Smith, Scapin, Holmes, Pugh, Phillips and Calvert but they were running strongly and spreading widely to put the Giants under siege.
To their credit, the Giants made a good fist of it in the last quarter with goals to Celebrine, Cooke and Fitzpatrick to finish full of running; providing coach Ben McGee with plenty of positives to take to training this week.
Ben Fitzpatrick won the medal for the best player, while Jake McMillan, young Brad Monson and Brenton Fritzgerald also rated a mention for the Giants.
Killy-Bass had an even spread of players including Taylor Gibson, Mitch Whitham, Ben Arnold, Hayden Spierings, Sean Casey and Aiden Paton among them.
Several Giants’ players are due back this week but Aaron Hillberg is still several weeks off with injury. They play the Island away this week. Killy-Bass are at home to Garfield.
The Thirds was really the match of the day with the teams very evenly matched. For example after Killy-Bass had peppered the bowling green end goals, with the wind in the first quarter, for a scoreline of 1.8 to the Giants’ one straight goal to Aiden Hall, they each scored 3.6 and 3.4 for the remainder of the match. Played in the afternoon, before the worst of the weather arrived, it was also the most skilful match of the day.
Tough night for Giants