A slow start set Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League side Border Districts up for a hard-fought battle to get back into the game against Bordertown on Saturday.
After the final siren sounded, Bordertown edged out as the winners, with the scoreboard reading 20.9 (129) to Border Districts 11.7 (73).
It started off with several defensive errors by Border Districts – the side couldn’t get the ball out of its defensive 50 and it cost the travelling side.
When it came to the first quarter huddle, Bordertown was already 28 points in front of the Eagles.
The Roosters had scored eight goals to three.
It was a goal-for-goal term in the second quarter, with both sides scoring three majors.
Coming into the main break, Border Districts still had a large mountain to scale, Bordertown led 11.7 (73) to 6.5 (66).
The sides entered the oval after the main break and the third term was high-scoring and intense.
Both sides came out with the same intention, to make the quarter count.
The Eagles had their highest scoring term of the game and managed to kick 4.1 to the Rooster’s 6.1.
The home side had a 44-point advantage coming into the final term.
A slow fourth quarter saw Bordertown set up shop to hold the lead, only to score when a section of the ground opened up.
Border Districts struggled to score and managed just 1.1 in the fourth quarter.
Grant Cother was named best on ground for the travelling outfit, playing a strong game at half-back.
David Bray and Clayton Walker scored two goals a piece in the side’s loss.