The second round of the 2021 Bendigo Bank Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Football League was a character-building experience for the Penola Eagles.
Entering a road trip to Keith with confidence after a narrow home win over Bordertown to open the season, Penola held high hopes of recording back-to-back victories.
Coach Tony Porter would have been encouraged by a fighting opening term with the Eagles keeping the Crows within sight at quarter time. However, the Crows flew away in the second term and left the visitors stunned.
Penola could only manage two points, while Seb and Will Schreiber dominated around the ground to produce many forward entries for Keith and suddenly an eight-point lead blew out to 39 by half time.
The Eagles managed to answer back with a couple of majors led by a hat-trick from young gun Jacob Robbie. But it was only delaying the inevitable as Ben Simounds booted six majors to vault the Crows to a 78-point win.
Around the grounds Kingston showed similar ruthlessness to topple Lucindale by almost 100 points, while Border Districts were too strong for the Roosters and Naracoorte easily defeated Kybybolite.
Padthaway secured the premiership points in another thriller, this time against Limestone Coast Super League premiers Mundulla. For the second week in a row, the Lions were forced to scrap until the final siren and this time they completed a rescue mission by turning an 18-point deficit into a 96-91 victory.
Tobin Cox continued his domination of the forward line collecting eight majors in a goal-scoring shoot-out with Mundulla’s key forward James Hinge who kicked five. Keith and Kingston are the only undefeated teams, while Penola returns home to welcome the Demons.
Under the only roof overhanging a court in the Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Netball Association, Penola’s A Grade suffered its first defeat on Saturday. Coming up against a formidable Keith unit, the Eagles struggled to match the intensity of the home side around the indoor court.
Danielle Vankalken and Stephanie Lubcke led the scoring for the Crows in the 52-38 win, while Tara Millard played her first A Grade appearance for Penola this year.
This match was actually the closest battle of the entire round with Kyby also giving Naracoorte a run for its money. Mundulla looked in dominant form recording a 70-33 win over Padthaway, while Border Districts prevailed in a low-scoring affair with Bordertown.
The Eagles will look to bounce back with a victory over the undefeated Demons at McCorquindale Park this Saturday.