THE Giants travelled over to the Island and they were still missing several players but they welcomed back Ash Snooks for his first game and he immediately made his presence felt with a solid number of contested possessions and ‘one percenters' around the packs.
The Giants kicked to the scoreboard end starting well with a mark and a kick for goal by Rhys Dixon and Korumburra-Bena was matching the Island in general play only to miss targets going forward and this was to prove costly with the home side quite capable through Kimber, Youle, Wright and others up forward to make them pay.
The Islands' Jordie Patullo, previously at Leongatha, took advantage and got the Dogs' scoreboard ticking over with two nice marks and a two goals.
The second of them as a result of creative work by Matt Jackson and a superb pass by Youle. Beau Anthony had a shot without success for the visitors and Brendan Kimber, making his customary dashes through the centre stretched the lead further with another goal.
Ash Snooks, Brock Dorling and Ben Fitzpatrick were among those taking it up to the Island, while mobile big man Jake McMillan was again proving his worth either in the ruck against Higginson or up forward where he bobbed up to mark and goal later in the quarter to keep the Giants in touch.
A goal by Aaron Edwards up the other end continued the Island's ascendency, however and they went to the break up by live goals to two and in charge.
It was an absolutely superb day at Cowes and there was a big crowd in, enjoying both a good contest on the footy field and on the netball court when the Island and the benchmark team of the competition, Korumburra-Bena had started competitively.
The second quarter was a repeat of the first, the Giants good in general play but allowing costly turnovers to creep in and the Island taking advantage with three more goals.
Near the end of the term though the Giants pressure forced some errors from the Bulldogs too and a goal by Michael Cooke near half time was reward for effort.
The third quarter was a tight affair with the Giants’ defence again proving it worth, restricting the Island‘s chances until the last few minutes when they snatched a couple but if a club’s revival is built on good defence, the Giants might indeed be on their way back, once they get a full list.
At the start of the last quarter, the Island promptly stitched up the result with two quick goals but if they took their foot off the accelerator or the Giants just responded, the visitors had a purple patch during which they dominated and should really have had three or more goals to show.
They missed three easy shots before finally goaling and when the Dogs finished with two late goals it was four to one for the quarter but probably not a good indication of how well Korumburra-Bena had played.
In the end it was an easy win to the Island but the Giants were far from disgraced and are continuing to show improvement this year.
McMillan, Dixon, Dorling, Ayama and Edwards were named among the best by our scribe while Warne, Patullo, Officer, Kimber, Taylor and Youle did well in a solid team effort by the Island.
Next week the Giants have a tough assignment at Korumburra against reigning premiers IK but there’s a whisper they may be able to add some late signings to the list ahead of the game.