Suns go down late in face-off
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.