Mum shares in thrill as Reynolds farewells Bel­more home Bull­dogs steal win

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PAUL CRAW­LEY BULL­DOGS KNIGHTS CAN­TER­BURY BULL­DOGS

MORE than an hour af­ter full­time last night, Josh Reynolds was still shak­ing his head. Still in awe of one of the most mag­i­cal af­ter­noons of his life.

The lit­tle boy who grew up a cou­ple of hun­dred me­tres from the Bel­more gates was cel­e­brat­ing his fi­nal home game at the Bull­dogs’ spir­i­tual home.

And what a cel­e­bra­tion it turned out to be. For Reynolds, and the “won­der woman” who made it pos­si­ble. His mum Ni­cole. “When I ran out and saw her on the side­line and you could tell she’d been sook­ing,” Reynolds said of the start of the match when his mum greeted him for a pregame hug amid the emo­tion.

But who could have imag- ined how play out. The drama. The dis­be­lief. The ex­cite­ment. From 18- 8 down with five min­utes to go, the Bull­dogs pro­duced one of the most amaz­ing come­backs seen in years to save their sea­son.

Af­ter lead­ing 8- 0 early and then 8- 6 at half­time, they let the Knights back into the game with back- to- back tries to trail 18- 8 with the game in the fi­nal five min­utes.

But then came a late try in the cor­ner to Marcelo Mon­toya off a Will Hopoate pass.

Ker­rod Hol­land nailed the this game would side­line con­ver­sion to make it 18- 14.

But they still needed some­thing. Up stepped Moses Mbye.

Chas­ing a Brock Lamb kick in­tended for the side­line to shut down the game, Mbye seized the mo­ment, run­ning the best part of 80m for the try to level the scores.

It gave Hol­land the chance to put the Dogs back in front and he didn’t miss.

But even af­ter that Reynolds al­most went from hero to vil­lain in the fi­nal sec­onds when he gave up a penalty that gave the Knights a chance to send the match into golden point.

But in­cred­i­bly Trent Hod­kin­son, who had taken the con­ver­sions through­out the game, gave up the kick from 30m out to Brock Lamb. The young­ster missed it. For the Bull­dogs, the win gives their fi­nals hopes the small­est of pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Now on 16 com­pe­ti­tion points, the Bull­dogs have the bye next week­end but can only af­ford to drop one more game if they are to make it into the top eight.

But yes­ter­day, it was all about the cel­e­bra­tion for the lo­cal boy who made good on a dream. And the mum who made it pos­si­ble.

AMAZ­ING VIC­TORY: Josh Reynolds ad­dresses the crowd af­ter Can­te­bury scored an un­likely win over the Knights in his last game at the ground as a Bull­dogs player.

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