Kimba 18.14 (122) defPorts 7.7 (49)KIMBA met Ports at Corey Enright Oval for the opening game of the 2016 season on Anzac weekend.
This was also the first twilightgame, a first for the Eastern Eyre Football League.
The start was important as neither teamwassure how they would play in the dark.
Ports won the toss and kicked to the northern end.
Kimba’s starting midfield was a completely new one in Kemp, Clements and Rodda and with that they got the early clearance and captain Dion Woolford kicked the first goal of the game.
Ports got a quick reply though through Major Lienert then asecond goal and they were up and about with Evan Hunt and Major Lienert winning plenty of the ball.
The game got tight and scrappy before Rodda produced a great running goal to finish the quarter.
The second quarter started at lightning pace with Jesse Kemp and Clements starting to dominate the game.
Kimba were getting more inside fifties than GWS v Port Adelaide in Canberra but to Ports’ credit theirdefence was holding strong.
Ports’ defenders Brad Masters, Matt Dodd and Matty Nichalls continued to repel the ball out of defence and eventually got a goal against the play. Before they knew it, they had back to back goals and the game started to tighten up again.
It wasn’t until late in the quarter that Kimba got three quick ones to go into half time with the momentum, Kimba 9.6 to Ports 4.4.
The second half started with lights in full effect.
Cambell and Hunt were working hard for Ports but Kemp, Clements and Vandeleur still had control in the middle and it wasn’t long before Kimba goaled through Congdon.
Kemp added a goal before Ports got one back through Evan Hunt.
At the end of the quarter the game was still up for grabs, with Kimba leading by32points.
The last quarter started with Adam Davey having a set shot within the first twenty seconds.
He missed and Kimba went from one end to the other with fluency with Congdon kicking the goal.
From there the goals flowed with two to Blair ‘son of a gun’ Buchanan one to Lienert then Congdon kicked his third from the boundary, which will result in him declaring “it’s the goal of the year for at least the next week”.
Not bad from a back pocket I guess.
Ports continued to put the effort in but the sheer weight of numbers meant the flood gates had to open eventually givingKimba a good first up win.
Better players for Kimba were Anzac MedallistAndrew Vandeleur followed by Clements, Rodda and Kemp.
For Ports Tom Clark and Ben Batten ran hard all day and Brad Noble fought hard all day.
HIGH FLYERS: Kimba’s Jesse Kemp and Ports’ Brad Noble.
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