KILCUNDA-BASS has walked away with the four points against arch rival Phillip Island in a tight contest for the Survivors of Suicide (SOS) cup at Bass.
The injury riddled Bulldogs looked in for a tough day when the Panthers got off to a ripping start early in the first quarter with in-form defender Jason Wilson nailing the first goal.
Basil Sibosado added another, which was followed by consecutive goals from Kael Bergles.
Kallon Rigby also capitalised on the poor defence, however the Bulldogs responded with two quick goals from Jack Taylor reducing the margin to 22 points at the first break.
Phillip Island took advantage of the strong wind early in the second quarter as Beau Runnalls marked and goaled.
The sharpshooters at either end took part in an old fashioned shootout, with Bergles responding with his third major of the day after the ball spilled over the top of a marking contest.
Runnalls marked on the lead and converted from 40m out on a tight angle, although it was Bergles who answered again, kicking truly from 35m out.
Hayden Moore kicked an easy Island goal after a 50m penalty was paid against the Panthers.
Kilcunda-Bass’ Ryan Fitzgerald and Phillip Island’s Michael Duiker battled it out in the middle all day winning multiple clearances for their sides and it was Duiker who nailed another goal on the run to reduce the deficit.
Runnalls kicked his third for the day just before halftime to bring the Bulldogs within one point at half time.
A desperate tackle earned Bergles a free kick and a much-needed goal to open the second half for the Panthers.
Rising stars Mitch Whitham and Jaidyn Burgess were impressive for Kilcunda-Bass, sending the ball forward continually.
Inaccurate kicking which has plagued the Panthers all season proved costly, before Taylor Gibson finally broke through with a tough set shot goal from 50m.
Gibson was influential throughout the contest and is proving to be a priceless pick up for Kilcunda-Bass this season.
Jaymie Youle and Alex Redmond tried hard for the Island but the Bulldogs struggled against the wind, scoring just three behinds for the term.
With the difference 18 points at the final chance, it was still anyone’s game for the taking.
It was Kilcunda-Bass that rose to the occasion with its best quarter for the year despite the strong breeze against it.
Rigby kicked his second for the day, which was followed by Bergles who marked and snapped from a tight angle.
The Bergles show rolled on with the mercurial goalkicker booting his seventh major to give his side a handy buffer and move four goals clear on the goalkicking table.
Gibson put the game out of question after he kicked truly from 40m and Jarrod Turner capped off the accurate last quarter for the Panthers after the SOS medallist Riley Scapin set him up for a big pack grab, ending the game with a 46-point victory.
Phillip Island will look to bounce back against the Allies this week in its longest road trip of the year, while Kilcunda-Bass will look to continue its hot streak as they take on the struggling Korumburra-Bena at Korumburra.
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