South Whyalla returned to the winners list after a horrid month with a 76-point thumping of Weeroona Bay. Several morning showers and cold gusty winds blowing across the ground were going to make it tough for both sides with contested footy being the flavour of the day.
The Demons usual slow starters started brightly with back to back goals full forward Freak Phillips giving them the ideal start. The Tigers on the back foot slowly got their game into action and were rewarded for their sheer persistence with a pair of sausage rolls to Dale Gericke.
The Tigers looked the more livelier of the two sides in the first term but trailed by a solitary point when the siren sounded for quarter time. The Demons looked to be coasting just doing what they had to and were reminded by coached Freddy Freeman to lift their intensity and work rate around the contest.
Nathan Ahmat-Watkins set the play up off his half back flank with his precision like ball use.
The Dees responded beautifully and with the ageless Freak Phillips having a day out in the goal square the Demons skipped away to a 22 lead at half time with Phillips kicking five of their six first half goals. The third term was all one-way traffic, the Dees were in complete control all over the ground, Nathan Ahmat- Watkins playing across half back was wreaking havoc linking up with runners Liam Edgecumbe and Joel Howard-Bristow as the Demons slammed on four goals to the Bays two points to now lead by 46 points at the last change.
Not without trying, things got worse for the undermanned Bays in the last quarter with the Demons who were relishing the brass monkey weather conditions kicking a further five goals to nothing stretching the final margin out to 76 points. For the winners, Nathan Ahmat-Watkins set the play up off his half back flank with his precision like ball use.
Liam Edgecumbe did a disciplined job on Aaron Rogers, Freak Phillips booted seven goals and handed off a couple of others to be the dominant forward. Dave Cleary controlled the ball around the stoppages and Gavin Jonker teamed up well with Mick Watkins and Peter Eades forming a solid defensive unit.
For the Bays, Brad Yendall won plenty of football and took full use of the Demons loose checking. Owen Yendall was solid in defence especially with his defence being under siege for majority of the game. Steve Hallam worked hard in and around the stoppages and Dylan Harris had his moments throughout the day.