INVERLOCH-Kongwak may be firming as premiership favourites after defeating ladder leaders Dalyston in convincing fashion at the weekend.
In what could be described as gale force winds the Sea Eagles easily accounted for Dalyston by 28 points.
Winning the toss and electing to kick with the wind Inverloch-Kongwak got off to a great start with goals to Tobey Mahoney and Clint McCaughan in the opening few minutes set the tone for the game.
Dalyston then started to show some fight holding off the Sea Eagles attack for the better part of 15 minutes until repeated entries took their toll and Zane Javier nailed their third goal for the term.
Leading by 22 points at the first change it was now Dalyston’s turn to fly with the wind.
The Magpies got to work early nailing their first goal within 40 seconds from a great clearance to Michael Marotta who hit Jimma Rosendale 45 metres out.
Dalyston struck again through Blake Carew not long after and it was clear the wind was going to be a vital factor in this game.
The Sea Eagles dug in holding Dalyston at bay for the majority of the second quarter.
On the stroke of half time a set shot from Oscar Toussaint held up in the wind and was marked by Shem Hawking 15 metres out directly in front.
Hawking slotted the goal on the siren to give the Sea Eagles a 14 point lead heading into the main break.
The third quarter started with repeat entries for Dalyston into the wind but they were rushed over the line by the Sea Eagles defenders.
But a great piece of roving from in-form Sea Eagles midfielder Andrew Soumilas saw a goal on the board and Dalyston were on the back foot.
That opened the flood gates for the Sea Eagles with goals to Tom Batholomew, Dylan Clark, Clint McCaughan and another to Soumilas.
It seemed Inverloch Kongwak had put their stamp on this game.
Again right on the stroke of three quarter time Tom Wyatt booted a superb goal from the boundary to give the Sea Eagles a 55 point lead at the final change.
Dalyston coach Skeeta Brosnan was furious at his boys’ performance and pleaded with them to fire a shot in the last quarter.
Credit to the Magpies who managed six goals in the last quarter but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Sea Eagles’ lead.
Andrew Soumilas was rightfully named best on ground with two great goals and a terrific all round game.
It doesn’t get much easier for Dalyston as they travel to Cora Lynn to take on the in-form Cobras, while Inverloch-Kongwak hosts Phillip Island.
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