DESPITE having only two fewer scoring shots Korumburra-Bena lost to Dalyston by seven goals as the Magpies recaptured the Ian Hillberg shield on Saturday.
When Rhys Dixon marked on the goal line, outpointing three Magpie opponents, turned and snapped it brought up his team’s solitary major for the game.
The Magpie defence had nullified Korumburra-Bena, time after time, denying them the chance to apply scoreboard pressure.
Brad Monson playing a key role in defence put on a clinic and was near impassable all game while Matt Howell and Harry Wright mopped up the scraps when required.
In contrast the developing Dalyston team was more efficient in their ball craft and took their opportunities across the four quarters.
Swelled by the reunion of 2011 reserve premiers it was a very healthy crowd in attendance to witness Dalyston’s first home game of the 2021 season.
Both teams were sparring early as the ball slingshot from end to end. Matthew Leilo, recruited from Karingal, was controlling the Giant’s backline and Monson was returning suit just as quickly.
Michael Marotta’s slick pass to Hayden Wallis opened the account for the Pies seven minutes in and Tom Boxell with the benefit of a 50m penalty delivered the second.
And Dalyston continued to find targets with Wayne Luke slippering through another to take a 19-point lead into quarter time.
Goals to Josh Chiavorioli and Ethan Ford in quick succession early in the second term saw Dalyston rush to a five-goal lead.
The Giants gritted their teeth and through Josh Hill and Ben Fitzpatrick were endeavouring to reply, however the team couldn’t buy a goal at that stage with misses from Hill and Hargrave from close range.
Dalyston’s team tackle count was high as they ramped up the pressure and the scoreboard read 5.4.34 to 0.4.4 at the long break.
In the so-called premiership quarter, the standard of play from both sides was at best lack-lustre. Turnovers happened left, right and centre as neither team could manage to string together a decent passage of play.
In a twenty-minute period, the Giants six behinds just outpointed Dalyston’s three. As Korumburra-Bena tried desperately to bring themselves into the contest, nothing seemed to be going in their favour. One shot touched on the line, another touched off the boot and their best opportunity went south as Christian Sewell rattled the post from 40 metres out.
Finally, Dalyston broke the shackles and Hayden Wallis kicked consecutive goals in red time to add salt to the Giant’s wounds.
The final term was a reflection of the previous three. The Magpies capitalised on their team play to convert with majors to Thomas and Samargis while the Giants failed to thread it through the big sticks.
Dixon’s goal is the shadow of the final siren was small consolation and they will be hoping to atone for this performance when they host Inverloch-Kongwak for a night match on Anzac weekend.
Dalyston will travel to Bass for the David Brown memorial game this weekend.
Full football coverage in this week’s edition of the South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.