Roos too strong at home

THE GOOD teams just know how to win. As has been the story week in, week out this season, Fish Creek was challenged in a close match, but found a way to take home the four points.
This week their victim was Dalyston, who gave the Kangaroos’ faithful a scare late in the game, but ended up falling five points short in the second grand final rematch of the season.
It was dark and cold at Terrill Park on Saturday, but the ground was in considerably good condition and the supporters of both sides were treated to a skilful yet tough contest.
The match started exactly the way the home side would have wanted, as they banged on five goals to the Magpies two the opening term.
Their spread and ball use was the key factor early, as they were able to punch through Dalyston’s oft-impenetrable zone defence.
Brad Fisher played a key role for his side, moving around the back half at will, but he was forced to work hard for his kicks in the first half as the Creek were able to move the ball around the league’s smartest chess piece.
Trav Manne was the key for his side, especially in the first half as he was taking strong marks all over the ground, even sliding forward to kick two crucial goals.
The second quarter was the much the same as the first, if not more in Dalyston’s favour as the reigning premiers were able to gain some ascendancy back.
A couple of push and shove arguments threatened to blow out to an escalated fracas, but the umpires did a good job of containing the players excitement, rewarding the man first in for the ball each time.
A few 50 metre penalties each way certainly kept a very vocal crowd in full voice, but the umpires kept control of the situation at all times.
The third quarter saw a return of what we have come to know as the Dalyston Football Club’s way of playing, and winning.
The visitors were pressuring their opponents into kicking long, more in hope than with any real direction, and as a result their key man Brad Fisher was able to do what he does best.
They were able to use the middle of the ground more effectively and turned a four goal deficit into a 10-point one at the final change.
A weaker team would have crumbled under the pressure of the fightback, but Fishy was able to hold its nerve and at the last change seemed determined to do whatever it would take.
It was a three goal to two final term, in the favour of Dalyston, but it seemed a lot closer than that.
In probably the best quarter of football from a spectators’ point of view, the ball whizzed from both ends, and contests were hard fought when they arose.
Lachlan Pratt played the game of his life at full back, not only containing his opponent but marking strongly all day.
His teammates followed suit and celebrated a strong win over a very strong opposition.
Perhaps we have seen the Alberton Football League’s grand final preview, and if that is a sign of things to come then the league is in good hands.

Nerves  of steel: Fish Creek’s Matt McGannon marked the ball in front of Dalyston’s Clay Tait as Fishy held its nerve to run out winners over  Dalyston.

Nerves of steel: Fish Creek’s Matt McGannon marked the ball in front of Dalyston’s Clay Tait as Fishy held its nerve to run out winners over

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