Newtown-Condingup were made to work hard for their victory over Ports by 20 points.
Both sides were without key players but an opening term of 3-2 a piece set the standard of what was to follow and some interesting duels developed.
The best of these were between Brett Trocinski and Nigel Johnston, who was moved into defence to try and curb spider’s influence.
Both were good players but spider’s five goals probably got Newtown-Condingup over the line.
Craig Henderson and Zac Wickstein were very good and Tom Carr had his best game however the standout for best on ground went to Ash McDonald.
He hardly put a foot wrong, marked well, rucked well and hit the ball with pace for a big man.
For Ports, there was much to like and the ability to keep the ball for long periods of play in attack and finally get a score was a big improvement.
Pablo Bedetti showed some class with some fine goals and put pressure on up forward.
Isaac Puna and Rhys Campbell stood out, as did Reece Wykes and Zac Liddelow.
Daniel Rider continues to improve and he had a good duel with Scott McArthur but Newtown-Condingup were able to edge slowly ahead at every break after quarter time.
A Grade: Newtown-Condingup 10-9 (69 points) defeated Ports 7-7 (49 points)
Best Newtown-Condingup: Ash McDonald, Craig Henderson, Tom Carr and Zac Wickstein.
Best Ports: Pablo Bedetti, Isaac Puna, Reece Wykes and Zac Liddelow.