AS IT HAP­PENED

The Riverine Herald - - GAME ON -

PI­COLA United’s sea­son ended in tears, rather than in ju­bi­la­tion.

For the Blues it hurts to look back on what could have been, while the Ren­nie Hop­pers will rem­i­nisce on this sea­son for years to come.

But how did the grand fi­nal play out? And what went so wrong for John Var­coe and his side? First quar­ter: Cagey is the word of the day. Nei­ther side has grasped the as­cen­dency, with both just want­ing to test the wa­ters with­out giv­ing much away.

With the wind pick­ing up from one side, the sys­tem seems to have worked be­cause they have can­celled each other out in mag­nif­i­cent fash­ion.

The score at quar­ter time is a measly 0.2 (2) to 0.2 (2). Sec­ond quar­ter: The sec­ond quar­ter has seen the door open up slightly more in Ren­nie’s favour.

But it will have to be an almighty kick to see any flood­gates open­ing just yet.

The Hop­pers have made the most of their chances, kick­ing 3.1 to Pi­cola’s 1.0, and they have used the wind to their ad­van­tage, along with the sec­ond phase of play af­ter dropped marks. Third quar­ter: Ren­nie have grabbed the as­cen­dency now and look to be kick­ing on well.

The Hop­pers have booted 2.2 to Pi­cola’s 0.2, and now have a com­mand­ing lead of 25 points.

Pi­cola needs to make the most of this last quar­ter, oth­er­wise the three-peat will not hap­pen. It’s in their hands now. Fourth quar­ter: Ren­nie have hearts of ice. Cool un­der pres­sure the Hop­pers have smashed home 4.3 (27) to put the ic­ing on top of their game, fin­ish­ing the fourth quar­ter with 62 points.

The Blues strung to­gether 2.2 of their own to fin­ish the game on 24 points — a far cry from their sea­son av­er­age of 100-plus points per game.

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