IT IS no wonder they whacked some wind turbines at the top of the Toora hills because by jingo by crikey it was blowing there on Saturday as the home side tested top side Fish Creek.
Toora is the side that’s on the improve and they took on top of the table Fish Creek in a game that probably has no bearing on the final make of ladder positions but was going to be a good indicator of just where both sides are at this stage.
Toora kicked with the wind and attacked early through Griffin and Manton kicking the opener of the match.
Coach Mitchell had his Pies attacking early throughout his midfield and Toora went two goals up.
Contested footy was key in the first stanza and Fishy looked a little rattled as the Toora on-ballers applied immense pressure.
Kicking into the wind the Roos found goals through Seccull and Cooper to keep things square at the first breather.
The second quarter started well for the Roos with Manne using Ethan Park to Hunt and the Roos were off to a flyer.
Toora’s gun mids were battling to go with the likes of the two Parks, Cameron and Harfield-Park. Oaten was tackling like a man possessed and Fishy skipped away.
Grant and Griffin along with Manton gave the only yelp for Toora, but the Kangas kicked away to a five-goal lead at the main break.
After half time Toora came out swinging. The heat was on and it rattled the Creek for a moment.
The Kangas steadied through Ethan Park, Bailey Hatfield-Park and Tom Cameron, and surged the Fishy boys on.
Manton, Griffin and Grant were defiant and kept the black and white within reach.
It seemed the rough stuff didn’t work for Toora as the Creek kept the five-goal buffer going into the last.
Fish Creek had the breeze in the last and it seemed they would skip away.
But the Toora boys ran the footy up into to the wind and got within three kicks. Moor, Attard and Manton repelled attacks from the Kangas but it was not enough as Hunt, Seccull and Manne slammed goals on for Fish Creek and they ran out 40-point winners.
Fish Creek are clear top pick as we get closer to finals but Toora are clearly on the improve and are certainly a very big danger when the whips start cracking. Finals action is only a couple of weeks away.
Next week is the final home and away round and Fish Creek head to Tarwin to take on the Sharks while Toora head to the racecourse for another tough challenge against Stony Creek.
Fishy and Toora play finals type clash