INVERLOCH-Kongwak fired a warning shot across the bows of the other former Ellinbank football league clubs last Saturday with a comprehensive victory over three-peat reigning premiers, Cora Lynn, at Inverloch.
But it may not be until IK meets Garfield in Round 9 that we’ll know for sure how to line up the teams from the neighbouring leagues in the fight for the new league’s first premiership.
Last Saturday, IK did everything, almost everything right.
After a willing first quarter, in which both teams traded blows, figuratively and literally, it was IK which stamped its authority on the match in the second term, albeit with inaccurate kicking for goal.
And they continued on from where they left off, locking down Cora Lynn’s forwards, with Santo Joma prominent playing the dangerous Ryan Gillis, frustrating him to one goal for the day.
Will Hetherington had the chance to open IK’s account after the long break but missed from close range but Tom Hams to Tom Wyatt, Clint McCaughan and finally Pat Jobling for a mark and goal was good footy and they’d stretched the lead to three goals.
McCaughan and Cora Lynn’s ruckman were having a great tussle in the ruck and both figured in each team’s best.
Cora Lynn’s Gillis delighted the crowd with a ‘hanger’ but messed up a kick out from goal and the opportunist Josh Clottu was only too happy to take the gift-wrapped shot on goal.
Confidence up, he booted another soon after and IK was off to the races.
Jobling and Oscar Toussaint were defending well when Cora Lynn did attack, Andy Soumilas put on a crunching tackle and Toby Mahoney applied plenty of forward pressure as IK went to 23-point lead at the break.
Despite kicking 2.8 on a perfect day for footy, coach Ben Soumilas was happy with the team’s efforts, especially their defence.
“You had to lift and you did. You created plenty of havoc for them and I was very pleased with the defensive pressure. We had quick hands but we’re winning because of the team work, the desperation in defence and we’re taking it on.”
He challenged the team to go on with the job in the last but they found a more determined opponent and the honours were shared, four goals to three.
The all-over defensive work of Lewie Rankin was noticeable, Corey Casey was busy on the ball and Santo Joma continued to punch clear, at one stage using his own team mate Jarvis Pryor as a step-ladder and leaving him with a nasty corkie.
But it was all good with Wyatt and Mahoney among the final quarter goal kickers in a tough, polished display by the Sea Eagles.
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