The Eaton Boomers claimed a clinical victory on the road in less than ideal footballing conditions against Carey Park at the weekend to remain in touch with the top three of the SWFL.
The match was a low scoring affair due to periods of torrential rain, but the Boomers had the better of their opponent for much of the game, going on to win 5.11 (41) to 3.7 (25).
Players took the field in strong showers which soaked the ball and made it tough for either side to generate clean ball movement for most of the day.
Eaton were the only side to record a major in the first quarter, but the sun made an appearance in the second term and aided scoring, with the Boomers leading 4.6 (30) to 2.5 (17) at the main break.
The visitors were kicking with the breeze in the third quarter and came out ready to add to their 13-point half-time buffer.
In what many call the “premiership quarter”, the Boomers flexed their muscles and kept the home side scoreless, but some inaccurate kicking in front of goal for the Eaton side gave Carey Park an opening — trailing by just 23 points at the last change.
The Panthers began quickly, with Hayden Yarran scoring early to get the margin back to 17 points.
Ethan Maguire then tried to narrow the gap further for the home side with a shot from outside 50 but Boomers’ defender Bailey Hill just got a touch on the ball before it skipped over the line for a behind.
Maguire’s shot would be the last clean passage of the match, as the rain began to pour down again making it almost impossible for either side to hit the scoreboard.
After the game, Eaton midfielder Thomas Shanahan was given the Belt Up match ball as best on ground for his standout performance in the midfield, particularly around stoppages.