Gibson bounced back to the winners circle after a hard fought victory over Ports by 56 points.
The margin didn’t reflect the game as Gibson piled on late goals as Ports remained in striking distance until well into the final quarter.
Coach Dave Callow can be well pleased with the marked improvement during the year in the teams defensive efforts but now has to find a way to manufacture goals if they are to record a win in the final round of the fixture.
The opening quarter was dominated by both defences but Gibson managed 2 goals from 4 shots and Ports managed 2 behinds and an out on the full from 3 shots.
For Ports, Darcy Cruttenden, Nigel Johnston and Sam Curnow set the tone early while Gibson’s defence was well led by Sean Lindsay and Angus Smith.
At half-time, Gibson had eked out a handy lead of 39 points and normally Ports would be steamrolled from then on but Ports dominated the third quarter scoring 3 goals and 3 points to Gibson’s 1-3 to reduce the margin to 27 points.
Zac Liddelow and Cale Walker were good for Ports and Pablo Bedetti had some great runs through the midfield that resulted in shots on goal but alas resulted only in points.
Good sides get the job done and that’s what Gibson did, finally breaking the shackles with late goals.
Sam Melican was great in the ruck and kicked a long goal late in the final term.
Jake Graham was also good, with 4 goals and numerous effective possessions during the days.
Gibson showed a bit of their future with debuts to Matt Rogers and Pat Quinlivan and both looked capable and were good contributors.
A Grade – Gibson 11-3 (79) defeated Ports 3-5 (23)
Best Gibson: Sam Melican, Jake Graham, George Bungey and Brett Whiting.
Best Ports: Zac Liddelow, Darcy Cruttenden, Nigel Johnston, Sam Curnow and Cale Walker.