Round 4: The Gibson Tigers and Newtown-Condingup Lions slogged it out in horror conditions in Round 4 at Gibson Football Oval.
The Saturday, May 18 match saw Gibson emerge victorious 10.10 (70) over Newtown-Condingup on 5.8 (38).
Gibson came out strong in the first quarter, scoring five goals and finishing with a 35-point lead at the end of the opening term.
The home-side were simply better with the ball and had the wind on their side.
However, the Tigers went into their shells and Newtown-Condingup came back with a few goals in the last quarter.
Callum McFarlane and Travis Stewart were both good up forward for Gibson.
Gibson coach Mick Krygger was pleased his players held up over the second and third quarter, but felt it was just one of those days you don't like playing football.
Ben Staunton had his head over the ball all day and went hard the whole match.
Staunton and Samuel Fetherstonhaugh were also handy assets for Gibson in their defensive zone and held off the Lions.
Gibson captain Patch Jannings was still out injured. Giles McMeikan and Johann Counciller were also out in Round 4.
Newtown-Condingup coach Chris Oversby concedes Gibson got the jump on them in the first quarter, but felt the rest of the game was essentially level-pegging.
After only managing a single goal in the first three quarters, the Lions kicked four in the final term.
The Lion's defeat mirrors their Round 3 loss against the Bulldogs, where Newtown-Condingup had a few quiet periods that cost them dearly on the scoreboard.
The majority of Newtown-Condingup's best players were strong in the defensive zone.
Michael McArthur managed two goals for Newtown-Condingup.
Although there were few injuries, it was a physical game throughout.
The slippery field meant players were on the ground a lot and both teams just had to put their heads over the ball to contest it.
Quite often it was just a matter of gaining the ball, banging it forward and trying to get possession again later.
Coach Oversby was pleased to see some of his stronger players back in training, with some back on the grounds.
However, a few of Newtown-Condingup's best from the 2018 season have not been seen on the field yet due to injury.
Best players Gibson: Callum McFarlane, Ben Staunton, Ash Bowman, Travis Stewart and Ben Liddelow.
Best players Newtown-Condingup: Jordan Cummins, Tyler Crosby, Reece Young, Tate Bertola and Courtney Burnett.