IN one of Inverloch-Kongwak’s better performances of the year so far, they have proven they can run with the best.
Not giving in to the relentless Phillip Island pressure, the Sea Eagles were beaten by 13 points.
From the middle, the name that unnerves every club, Cam Pedersen, was opposed by I-K ruckmen Connor Cunningham and Sam Gibson, who both did well sizing up on the versatile ruck.
Although it is hard to miss Pedersen, the build of the whole team is a group that shares responsibility, relying on all players to be accountable; their spread of talent is impressive.
Tackling the Island intensity was focussed by returning I-K onballer Corey Casey. His power at ground level and pace was hard to match.
Marcus Wright has been playing a senior role for the Island, directing much of the midfield traffic his discipline and courage leads many of the younger players.
The small forward, in-form Billy Taylor continues to impress, his movement and effective
disposal was like second nature.
I-K’s Stuart Kilsby had his work cut out for him playing full back and kicking out, his return was penetrating and often effective.
From the wing and swapping into the middle, Oscar Toussaint’s clean hands were utilised in multiple forward-50 entries.
Inverloch held tight for the whole game, however a short period in the third term
saw three fast goals mount when their concentration dropped.
Phillip Island’s Daniel Bourke and Alex Redmond were reliable all day, playing an intense game of football that was hard to beat.
Inverloch’s resolve to reduce the lead from 23 down to 13 points to finish shows their commitment and very positive signs as the mid-point of the season is passed.
Stand-in I-K captain Dylan Clark was versatile and committed around the ground.
With the intensity of Adam Cross valuable going either way.
Without the usual captain Tom Wyatt who will likely return next week, the side will move forward looking positively towards their finals’ campaign.
Inverloch, now sitting in sixth position, will face Warragul this week at home.
Phillip Island will play Bunyip in the ‘Battle of the Bulldogs’ at Bunyip.
Running with the best