Suns go down late in face-off

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

The Sa­maria Suns nar­rowly missed out on an away win af­ter a spir­ited per­for­mance by the Sun­shine Drag­ons.

The Suns trav­elled to Ainsworth Re­serve in Sun­shine to face the Drag­ons in their sec­ond-last match of the season.

Be­nalla’s side missed a num­ber of key play­ers due to in­jury and last-minute com­mit­ments but were de­ter­mined to come away with the win.

The small but pow­er­ful Barry Ed­g­ley showed fancy foot­work and once again the Suns’ back­line was great, cre­at­ing plenty of turnovers and giv­ing the Suns plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Dom­i­nat­ing the first quar­ter of play, the Suns made the most of the breeze but failed to kick ac­cu­rately.

Go­ing into the sec­ond quar­ter, the Suns man­aged one goal, thanks to Wes Stafford.

The Drag­ons con­trolled the scor­ing, go­ing into the ma­jor break with a one-point lead.

Coach Richard Bull en­cour­aged the Suns to make the most of the third quar­ter. How­ever, it saw the breeze drop away and the game be­came much more even, with the Suns un­able to pull away to hold the lead they had been hop­ing for.

The Suns had three dif­fer­ent Sa­maria Suns 6.9 (45) Sun­shine Drag­ons 8.10 (58) Suns goals: R. Bull, W. Stafford, S. Wil­lett, K. Pugh, P. Rou­vary, B. Ed­g­ley. Best on ground: R. Bull. goal scor­ers for the quar­ter thanks to Shan­non Wil­lett, Kyle Pugh and Phil Rou­vary, with great pas­sages of play al­low­ing the side to take a seven-point lead into the last quar­ter.

The wind picked back up in the fi­nal quar­ter and, de­spite the best ef­forts of the Suns, they were un­able to hold off the Drag­ons, who made the most of the breeze to run away with a 13-point win.

Bull’s side faces the Bendigo B-52s in White Rib­bon Round at the Friendlies Oval on Au­gust 27 in its fi­nal game of the season.

The Suns in­vite ev­ery­one to the game, with masters net­ball, foot­ball and high tea on the day. For more in­for­ma­tion head to the Sa­maria Suns’ Face­book page.

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