Phillip Island captain Jaymie Youle is chaired off by Darcy Johnston and Scott Riordan after the one point win in his 100th senior game for the club. Youle played juniors with the Bulldogs before progressing to play for Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup and Casey Scorpions in the VFL. Since returning to the Island he has been a key player and was named captain this year.
PHILLIP ISLAND has celebrated captain Jaymie Youle’s 100th senior game with a one point victory over Inverloch-Kongwak at Cowes.
IK kicked with the wind in the first quarter and they used it to their advantage, constantly having the ball in their forward half.
The Cowes oval had held up considerably well despite the heavy rain on Friday night, but after the three earlier games the surface was a little muddy and slippery.
The Sea Eagles kicked the first for the day and they soon doubled their lead at the 10 minute mark.
The Bulldogs hit back through big man Mitch Price as he kicked truly.
IK stretched their lead further towards the end of the quarter and took a 15 point advantage into the first change.
The Island started to take control of the match in the second quarter with the breeze behind their backs.
The battle in the midfield was a great contest with IK’s Tom Wyatt, Andrew Seccull and former Bulldog Chris Terlich holding their own against the formidable Island trio of coach Brendan Kimber, James Taylor and Michael Duiker.
Kimber in particular seemed to be involved in every stoppage and found himself regularly at the bottom of the pack.
Tom Cole brought the Island closer after a great goal on the run before Scott Riordan tied the scores midway through the term.
The Bulldogs then hit the front through Johan Van Zanen but the joy was short lived as IK tied things up again shortly after.
The Sea Eagles followed up straight after with their second goal in two minutes to take the lead back, but the Island weren’t done as Riordan banged through his second for the quarter to level proceedings.
The Island hit the front in the dying moments of the half through Marcus Wright to take a six point lead into the long break.
The Sea Eagles kicked with the slight wind advantage in the third quarter but the Island was starting to hit their straps and managed to keep their scoring to a minimum.
IK goaled twice to take the lead back from the Island, but Bulldog James Taylor reduced the lead at the three quarter time break to two points after an inspirational goal.
The last quarter was set for a tense battle with little separating the two sides all day.
The Bulldogs grabbed the lead back in the first minute of play through Riordan and from there it was a nail biter.
The Sea Eagles came hard at the home side, but the efforts of Mark Griffin to pump the ball long out of defence on a number of occasions kept the Bulldogs in the match.
The Island had several chances to score again but could only manage a behind.
Duiker kicked a behind at the 11 minute mark to put his side up by seven points and it proved to be an all-important behind in the scheme of things.
Dylan Clark tried to will the visitors over the line, popping up around the ground to take marks at important stages.
A long ball from Brad Hender into a dangerous position at the top of the goal square saw Clark float across the front of the pack to take a fine mark and kick truly to bring the difference back to one point.
The crowd was on the edge of their seats as the match went into time on, before a free kick for a high tackle was awarded to IK’s Wyatt as the siren sounded.
The best performed Sea Eagle on the day had the chance to be a hero as he took his kick from 40 metres out on the boundary.
In an unusual end to the thriller, Bulldog Damien Hinkley smothered the kick to give his side a one point victory.
Phillip Island are sitting third on the ladder going into their final bye for the season, with their next match against Kilcunda-Bass in what will be one of the most important clashes of the year in terms of ladder positions.
Inverloch-Kongwak hosts Fish Creek and will be desperate for a win to consolidate their position in the top six.