Reigning premiers flying

Naracoorte's Jamie MacDonald spoils Penola's Brodie Foster. - Sue Smith photo
Naracoorte's Jamie MacDonald spoils Penola's Brodie Foster. - Sue Smith photo

NARACOORTE hosted Penola with the conditions perfect for football.

Naracoorte were missing a number of experienced players due to injury which was always going to make it tough to remain competitive for the young Demons side against a much bigger and classier Penola.

The game started at a hectic pace with Penola gaining the early break with Merrett and Foster proving to be hard match-ups, scoring early goals.

Kane Ransom was winning the clearances, driving Penola forward to see them break away to a 32-point lead at the first break.

The second quarter saw Naracoorte post their first goal and start to win a bit more of the footy as the game evened up.

Foster, McIntyre and Ransom were better players for Penola, while young player Leech (in his first game), together with Atkins, Myall and Beggs were playing well for Naracoorte.

The Demons went into the long break 49 points behind.

The second half opened with both sides going in hard as Naracoorte tried to stop the flow of goals from Penola who moved the ball with some excellent disposal to their forwards.

They kicked another eight goals for the quarter with Foster, Copping, McIntyre and Merrett contributing to increase the lead out to 88 points.

In the last quarter the young Demons managed to kick six goals, but the Penola side continued to dominate in most areas, piling on 12 goals for the quarter to win by 124 points.

Adam Merrett finished with 10 goals and Brodie Foster six to round out the main scorers.

Better players for Penola were Foster, Ransom, McIntyre and Jackman while for Naracoorte Cother, Atkins, Beggs and Leech battled hard.