Home' South Gippsland Sentinel-Times : March 28, 2017 Edition Contents PAGE 66 - THE SOUTH GIPPSLAND SENTINEL-TIMES, TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017
INVERLOCH-KONGWAK has started the year
with a bang, knocking off three-time reigning
Ellinbank premiers Cora Lynn by 36 points in
the first ever match of the new West Gippsland
Football Netball Competition.
The match under lights at Cora Lynn was a
standalone game, with the rest of the competi-
tion set to begin its campaign this Saturday.
The Sea Eagles started well with four goals to
one in the opening term in muggy conditions,
with the match played at a frantic and unpre-
The visitors held an 11-point lead at half time
as the Cobras edged closer.
Inverloch-Kongwak coach Ben Soumilas said
both sides looked really quick in the first half.
“It was a typical first quarter of a first game of
the year and it was probably more chaotic than
organised, and we were able to get a reasonable
start on the board,” he said.
“Throughout the first half when the game was
at its most frantic they missed gettable set shots
at goal which put them behind on the scoreboard,
but not behind as far as scoring shots went.”
Cobra Nick Helsby was taken from the field
and transported to hospital after a serious
knock from friendly fire in the second term,
which left the home side one man down.
But they bounced back after half time with
three unanswered goals to take the lead, before
the Sea Eagles steadied and took a three-point
lead into the final change.
The Sea Eagles came out and ran over the top
of the Cobras, booting seven goals to two to seal
a memorable victory.
Forward Toby Mahoney kicked five goals in
a commanding performance, Andy Soumilas
was a workhorse and new recruits Josh Pur-
cell, Shem Hawking and Jeremy Smith were
Soumilas was pleased with his side’s start to
“It looked like a good win, but they were really
undermanned and walking wounded,” he said.
“Purcell was good up forward and in the mid-
dle. He’s really competitive with a strong body
and does a lot of his work on the inside and is
able to reach high to take marks.
“Shem Hawking ran up and down the wing
and we were able to pressure the ball well so he
intercepted a lot of kicks.
“I gave Jeremy Smith the job on their full for-
ward Ryan Gillis and he gave him a bath on
the day. He wore him like a blanket, was really
competitive and very disciplined. We think he’s
going to be a bit of a utility for us.”
There was further interest in the match for
the Sea Eagles faithful, with youngsters Jarvis
Pryor and Lachlan Scott making their debuts,
29 years after their fathers Brendan Pryor and
Pete Scott played their first senior games for
Inverloch-Kongwak will now face rival Ko-
rumburra-Bena at Korumburra this Saturday
in the official round one match, with Saturday’s
standalone match with Cora Lynn switched
from round 11 on the fixture.
Cora Lynn will host Nar Nar Goon this week,
before playing the Sea Eagles against on Easter
Saturday at Inverloch.
Sea Eagles off to a flyer
Inverloch-Kongwak coach Ben Soumilas addresses his players at quarter-time on Saturday
night in the historic first match of the new West Gippsland Football Netball Competition
against Cora Lynn under lights at Cora Lynn.
Sea Eagles midfielder Corey Casey is wrapped up in a strong tackle against Cora Lynn on
Jarvis Pryor and Lachlan Scott played their first senior games for Inverloch-Kongwak
on Saturday night at Cora Lynn, 29 years after their fathers Brendon Pryor and Pete Scott
played their first senior games for the club. Brendan, Jarvis, Lachlan and Pete are pictured
after the win.
ABOVE: Inverloch-Kongwak’s Kather-
ine Roberts sizes up the goals in the A
Grade clash against Cora Lynn.
RIGHT: Inverloch-Kongwak A Grade
shooter Kelly Boyd shoots for goal dur-
ing the Sea Eagles’ 52-34 win over Cora
THE first round match of
the Alberton FNL between
Foster and DWWWW on
Saturday, April 1 has been
moved to the Allies home
ground at Alberton West, due
to the Foster Show damaging
the Foster ground’s surface.
Venue change for
Foster, DWWWW match
Nathan Langley marks for Cora Lynn on Saturday night, on his way to booting three goals.
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