Saints can’t hold on in thriller as Wodonga edges clear late

Myrtleford Times - - Sports -

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.

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