IMPERIALS v MENINGIE
On an overcast but perfect day for football, the Imperial Football Club hosted the Meningie Football Club for round one of the River Murray Football League.
The A grade match was a highly anticipated contest.
Imperials started the game well, showing great commitment and endeavor that resulted in the first goal of the game through Jacob Rance.
Meningie hit back on the scoreboard shortly after.
The game was played at a fast pace and both sides were fierce in the contest for the ball.
Nick Wundke missed a set shot that would have given the Blues the early advantage, but not lomg after, James McLaren was the beneficiary of great ball movement.
He composed himself and slotted a goal, Imperial’s second for the opening term.
Inaccuracy in front of goal was the story of the first quarter for the Blues, they led, 2.7 to Meningie’s 1.2.
Meningie took advantage of the wind in the second quarter and kicked the first two goals.
The game was being played at a high standard with great tacking a feature of the match.
Nathan Daish laid a great tackle inside the Blue’s forward 50 that allowed Daniel Girdham to goal.
Meningie replied with a late goal in the term, bringing the margin back to four points at half time in favour of the Blues, 4.9 to 4.5.
Meningie got the scoreboard moving early in the second half and scored their first goal after five minutes of constant pressure.
Lachlan Marsh produced a sensational smother that led to a goal through Bradley Lienert.
Imperial’s second goal came through a free kick to Daish in the right forward pocket.
Ben Quast was solid in defence, working with Marsh.
Jordan Hollitt got a great kick away that floated through the big sticks.
Late in the quarter, several players suffered from cramping, Meningie benefited from this, kicking a couple of late goals to reduce the Blues’ lead to just two points, 7.9 to 7.7.
The final quarter got moving and both teams attacked the ball with desperation.
Bradley Oates showed no signs of wariness after playing for the Adelaide Crows SANFL side the night before.
An error from the Imperial defence resulted in a Meningie score, Imperials led by one point.
That didn’t last long as Meningie registered a goal.
The game started to open up as players tired, but the attack on the ball stayed strong.
McLaren provided some great attack that provided Hollitt with the opportunity to put the Blues back in front but the shot went out on the full.
The Bears went on to convert two late goals to come away with an 18-point win over Imperials.
Meningie won 10.9.69 to Imperials 7.9.51.
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