AFTER quarter time in the match between Inverloch-Kongwak and Fish Creek, these two teams were extremely well matched.
In fact Fishy out-scored the home side seven goals to six from that point onwards but it was catch-up footy.
IK did the damage with a good start, four goals to nil in the first term, and matched it with Fishy for the remainder of the game to bring off an extremely important win, especially after they’d unexpectedly lowered their colours to Stony the week before.
And it was a character-filled win too with Fishy getting right back into the game partway through the third term.
Trailing by two goals at that stage, Fish Creek’s Paul Tolongs cut the lead to one straight kick with a nice shot.
IK’s Craig O’Reilly won the all-important next centre break and after some fiddling around, Toby Mahoney booted the reply but Fish Creek was pressing and the IK defenders had to be sure of their work; Todd Lomax one of those taking care of business.
It was a dour run to the last change, Ethan Park pressing forward, Travis Manne trying to will his team on, Gareth Park in everything, but the likes of O’Reilly, Clottu and Wyatt cleared it for IK.
At the last change IK led by two clear goals and needed one more to make it safe.
Fishy attacked first through Mackie from the centre where Gareth Park and Tolongs combined for a long point. In response Wyatt hit the post two or three times before Justin Smith also kicked a couple of points at the Fishy end.
It was tense stuff; Fishy only needing one to make it ‘game on’ and IK wanting the sealer.
Finally Cross cleared it forward for the Sea Eagles and Casey took a fine grab before goaling… instant relief!
Manne, Redpath, Cameron and Snooks were opposed to McCaughan, Cross, Hetherington and Dyl Clark at the centre breaks with Casey among those working hard to protect the lead.
Buckland took a shot for a point, another poster, and when Cross landed a great tackle, time was running out for Fishy.
Lewie Rankin trapped the ball at half forward soon after, kicked long to Casey running into the clear and his goal signalled the end.
Manne pulled one back and in a fine passage of play; Hayes, Manne, Tolongs and Cameron combined for another but it was too late and as the steam ran out of the match, IK gave plenty left to win by 14 points.
They now sit equal second on the ladder, pushing Fishy down to fourth.
IK meets an improving Tarwin at Shark Park next Saturday while Fish Creek welcomes the Giants to Kanga country.
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