Mid West came close to winning this year’s Mortlock Shield after two good performances on Saturday and Monday.
Mid West and Far West competed in the annual carnival at Centenary Oval, which Mid West kicked off against Far North on Saturday morning.
After a close first quarter where both teams were getting used to the slippery conditions, Mid West began to pull away to lead by 35 points at half time.
Far North would not kick a second half goal as Mid West commanded play at both ends, Mitchell Gum and Liam Newton were among those applying defensive pressure while Jesse Stringer was lifting his team through the midfield.
An impressive performance saw Mid West win 13.12 (90) to 2.1 (13).
Far West had a tough task against the EP Shark Warriors, which featured former Far West footballers Cameron Wild, Ali Johncock, Matthew Hartwig and Leslie Mundy.
Despite their best efforts Far West was not able to control the run and carry game of the Sharks with Peter Lindsay and Derrick Wanganeen moving the ball well and Michael Coad kicking five goals.
For Far West Dom Denton and Dale Shipard were standouts in defence, Broadie Chandler tired to rally the team with his efforts in the second half and Tom Clayton had a great day, taking important marks and kicking a goal.
Far West were up against a very good side and went down 6.4 (40) to 17.13 (115).
This meant it was Far West’s turn to open the next day of Mortlock opposite Far North while Mid West took on the Sharks.
Far West had a much better time against Far North, kicking five goals in the first half while keeping the northerners goalless.
Lionel Wilson was firing with three goals for the day while Denton was again impressive in defence while B. Chandler and Jake Warmington were also standouts, Far West went on to win 8.8 (56) to Far North 2.11 (23).
Mid West looked up to the Shark challenge and after a goalless first quarter they gained the lead late after Stringer scored his second goal of the quarter, however a late goal to A. Johncock saw Sharks up by five at half time.
Mid West suffered a blow in the second quarter as Ross Bascomb was stretchered off the ground with an apparent leg injury.
A three goal to none third quarter set up Sharks for the win as teams battled the wind and rain, Mid West could only score two goals in the final quarter as Sharks held on 7.9 (51) to 5.6 (36) to win the Mortlock Shield.
Stringer was equal runner up best player for the carnival alongside Eastern Eyre’s Jesse Kemp while Mid West’s Darryl Dudley was named best under 21 player.
Mid West’s Stringer, Dudley, Mitchell Gum and Kingsley Ware made the team of the carnival, as did Denton from Far West.