INVERLOCH-Kongwak was pretty much at full strength on Saturday for their match against lowly ranked Kilcunda-Bass at Bass on Saturday.
Onballers Corey Casey and Michael Eales being the exceptions.
But, after being challenged for three quarters at their last meeting, they were wary of the Panthers at home and made sure they put paid to any shenanigans this time around.
IK completely shut out the home side in the first half dominating all aspects of play from defence into attack and at the stoppages.
They had seven goal scorers to the long break, scoring 11.8 to 1.1; Callum Beattie-Powell and Sam Gibbins leading the way with three each and the likes of Dylan Clark, back to his best in transition on Saturday, Shem Hawking, Oscar Toussaint, Tom Wyatt and Lachie Scott hitting the scoreboard as well.
IK had winners all over the ground and appeared to do as they please with the only downside being an ankle injury to Brendan Iezzi.
Killy-Bass by comparison were starved of opportunities and it was only right at the end of the second quarter that they finally broke through with their first goal of the match to Hayden Spierings who was one of few Panthers able to mix it with IK.
But, to Killy-Bass’ credit they came into the third quarter with a much better game plan and matched it with IK, having at least as much time as the visitors in their forward 50, and with Damien Holmes dropping back to half back to direct traffic, they held firm in defence as well.
Scott Pugh stuck a good tackle 45 metres from goal but his long shot fell just short. But they’d come out from the break having a real go. Jake Smith added some pace through the midfield, Luke Callander was driving the ball forward and Spierings was linking up well.
Killy-Bass had plenty chances, mostly from long-range, to score goals and while they didn’t break through, they restricted IK to just one for the third quarter via Beattie-Powell after an assist by Tom Wyatt wearing the ‘Zero’ road toll guernsey.
It was a significant effort which no doubt impressed the 50-year reunion guys up in the social rooms.
The last quarter was a four goal to one affair, Pugh the goalkicker for Bass but once again it was a much better showing from the Panthers, albeit with the heat out of the contest.
IK has a big one next week, against Tooradin-Dalmore, but can’t move out of their fourth place on the ladder.
Panthers show pride after poor first half