In their first meeting for premiership points since the Picola league split into north and south, the rivalry between two old farming communities was reignited as Yarroweyah squared off against Katamatite in wet and windy conditions at Katamatite’s Broken Creek Reserve.
The game started as a close contest, with both sides scoring early on. However, it was Katamatite who controlled the scoreboard at the first two breaks, with Daniel Rushby and Shaun Greenaway keeping the visitors within striking distance at the main break with some good defensive play and run through the midfield.
After half-time, the home side took advantage of some injuries to the Yarroweyah team which left the Hoppers with no rotations.
Shortly after the break, Katamatite quickly found avenues to goal through Luke Riorden, Matt Hodge and Mark Mills, who kicked multiple goals between them and featured significantly as better players for the Tigers.
Co-coaches Geoff Benson and Andy Jones (four goals) led the way for the Hoppers, while Sam Mudge in the ruck and Dayne Chapman through the middle of the ground worked tirelessly for the visiting team as it eventually went down by 101 points in a tough day at the office.
Benson said the match would serve as a great lesson for the young Hoppers in how to approach the contest.
‘‘They were a bit heavier-bodied than us and smacked us on the inside of the contest, truthfully,’’ Benson said.
He said the Hoppers needed to keep evolving and working on their contested footy.
‘‘We are trying to look for more contributors and that’s what we’ve been speaking about,’’ he said.
‘‘If you make the effort to get to the contest, you need to actually impact the contest and that is the next step for us.’’