Saints can’t hold on in thriller as Wodonga edges clear late
MYRTLEFORD has fallen short of a stunning come from behind victory after Wodonga rallied to kick three late goals to steal their final round match.
The Bulldogs jumped out of the blocks time in perfect conditions at Martin Park to lead by 30 points at quarter time and 35 at the main break before Myrtleford worked their way back.
The Saints trailed by just five points at the last change and with all the momentum went ahead in the last before the Bulldogs finished 18.13 (121) to 16.9 (105) winners.
Co-captains Matt Dussin and Mitch Dalbosco then got the Saints going in the third quarter with some excellent grunt work in the middle of the ground helping the Saints boot seven goals to two for the term.
Dussin dominated his counterpart Jackson Russell with a stack of possessions, hit-outs and two goals.
The athletic bigman is a smoky for this season’s Morris Medal despite the Saints winning just four games and suffering a number of heavy defeats.
Dalbosco has also had a strong season and he put the Saints in front late in the third quarter with a brilliant snapped goal from the boundary line.
Jack Stefani (four goals) then put the Bulldogs back ahead just moments before the threequarter time siren but the Saints picked up again in the last.
Livewire Christian Burgess (four goals) was causing problems for Wodonga and Hugh Wales kicked a brilliant running goal to have the Saints 10-points up.
Some line-ball moments however went against the Saints as Brett Doswell kicked three late goals to see Wodonga home much to the pleasure of their strong home crowd.
Outgoing Myrtleford co-coach Tim Looby said post-game that Dussin and Dalbosco were as good as captains he had played with in his career.
“Duss is in Melbourne but he comes here and gives us absolutely everything while Mitch really holds the group together in town,” Looby said.
“You can tell a lot about a club by their leaders and the guys we have at Myrtleford are first-class.”
It is still hoped that Looby, who won the Saints’ goal kicking this year will remain at the club in a playing capacity for 2019.