AFTER a slow start, Penola were able to respond to the challenge with a 10-goal second term and went on to defeat Bordertown by 17 points in a game that kept the interest of spectators throughout.
Penola defeated Bordertown on June 14.
The Roosters completely dominated the opening term, kicking 8.4 to 2.1, but Penola turned it around in the second quarter piling on 10 goals to three and remarkably led by five points at half time.
The second half was more of an even struggle but Penola added four goals to one in the last quarter to take over at the top of the table.
Bordertown won the toss to have first use of the breeze and were quickly on the board with the first three goals. Bordertown would kick a further five goals while Penola managed two.
Coach Adam Merrett demanded a lift from his Eagles players at quarter time but it was the Roosters again through Day who goaled.
Penola woke up to score majors to Galpin and McIntyre in quick succession and they had players lifting their workrate as Copping marked for another which was replied by Eats.
Penola had the immediate answer with A. Merrett using strength to mark and kick his second. Goals to Galpin and T. Clayfield brought the margin down to 14 points midway through the term.
When A. Merrett handed off to Clayfield for another and kicked two himself the Eagles had hit the front. Ransom made it 10 for the term, before a Maddy Hayes goal had Penola up by five points after a remarkable first half.
The second half started in a flurry with A. Merrett goaling within a minute, then from the next centre clearance Wheelen had the quick reply for the Roosters.
The ball was moving freely around the ground and after a flurry of goals either way the goals dried up. The pace was still on, but the scoring was not as frequent.
Day was able to kick his fourth for Bordertown, however Penola had the answer and the difference was four points at the last change.
With the breeze to come home with, Penola appeared to be in the box seat.
The lights had been turned on as McIntyre received a pass and and his long kick was on line. Penola were applying the pressure and a top snap by A. Merrett put them nine points up.
A goal to Copping increased Penola’s lead, however Bordertown were not done with yet as Searle put one through on the run to make the difference 11 points with seven minutes remaining. Adam Merrett was again there when needed, taking the ball from a throw in to goal and seal the result in what was an entertaining contest throughout.
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