LOOSE BALL: Don Malsem stretches for the footy in Whorouly’s elimination final against Tarrawingee on Sunday. PHOTO: Emma Hillier Lions reserves win nail-biter semi-final O&K FOOTBALL By SCOTT ANDERSON
WHOROULY’S reserves have advanced to a semi-final after hanging on to defeat Tarrawingee by two points in a nail biting elimination final at Milawa on Sunday.
In a game of momentum, the Bulldogs overcame a 28-point halftime deficit to lead by 16 points late in the third term.
Having managed just one goal in the first half, Tarrawingee found its rhythm in the third, with Daniel Everitt, Jaden Allen, Richie Arnold, Nick Stebnyckyj, Reiley Murtagh and Tom Stone-Berry firing.
The Bulldogs piled on eight goals to Whorouly’s one to bring about a 44-point turnaround before David Thompson pegged one back late in the period to see the Lions go into three quarter time 10 points adrift.
From there Whorouly pushed hard, with Don Malsem, Jason Gilbert, Chas Pianegonda and Thompson leading the charge.
When Gene Marek outmuscled Murtagh to take a one-handed mark in the goal square midway through the period and kicked his fourth goal, the Lions were back in front by three points.
Tarrawingee rallied and spent the final 10 minutes attacking, but couldn’t find the goal it needed, with Evan Laverty and Phil Hill holding firm in defence for the Lions.
The reserves football team is Whorouly’s only side still in the finals after three netball grades lost their elimination finals on the weekend.
Whorouly’s B grade side put up a good fight against King Valley at Tarrawingee on Saturday but fell 37-51 while the under 15s lost to Greta 17-22 on the same day.
The Lions’ B Reserve also faced Greta and lost 18-36 at Milawa on Sunday.
Whorouly plays King Valley in the reserves football first semi-final at Milawa on Sunday.