Bloods beaten in final minutes
Blighty pulled off a stunning comeback at home to defeat Tocumwal by three points in the Picola & District Football League on Saturday.
The Redeyes kicked five goals in about as many minutes to steal victory from the jaws of defeat.
Blighty skipper Sam Singleton kick-started the late charge with a freakish snap from the boundary under heavy pressure.
It then came down to Beau Close who was awarded a free kick for holding the ball after a desperate tackle in the forward 50m in a frenetic final minute.
Close kept his cool, sending through his third goal and pinching victory from the Bloods.
This was the Redeyes’ second big scalp in as many weeks after upsetting the Deni Rovers at home and was their third consecutive win.
Final score, Blighty 15.9 (99) to Tocumwal 13.18 (96).
The win gives fifth-placed Blighty a two game buffer on Tocumwal on the PDFL’s northwest division ladder.
Tocumwal got the jump on the home side with early goals to Keith Baron, Dylan Flanagan and coach Sean Logie to lead by 25 points at the first break.
The Bloods had plenty of opportunities to extend their lead but were unable to capitalise.
‘‘We missed a fair few opportunities ourselves,’’ Blighty assistant coach Jack Tyndall said.
‘‘It was great to see that we didn’t give up and fought it out until the final siren.
‘‘The final five minutes or so of the game was just insane, especially when Sam (Singleton) kicked that special goal.
‘‘Peersy (Josh Peers) found the ball up forward and kicked another one to cap off his great game in the middle, then Robbo (Brad Robson) got another quick goal to give us some hope.
‘‘When Nappies (Brett Napier) put his goal through to bring us within three points there was a real belief around the ground.
‘‘We couldn’t of had the ball in better hands when Beau was given the free kick . . . I just knew that he would kick it.’’
Peers and Singleton proved the difference for the Redeyes again this week giving plenty of drive forward from the middle as they have been doing all season.
Jack Bunnett played his best game this year down back for the Redeyes.
‘‘Jack would’ve had over 30 touches and set up a lot of play from our defensive end,’’ Tyndall said.
‘‘Drew (Plattfuss) didn’t get beaten all day in the ruck and his pressure was really impressive. He moves so well for someone his size.
‘‘Baron was really good for Tocumwal at centre half-forward and we struggled to stem the influence of Logie, who was everywhere.
‘‘It was finals like footy, so to come away with the win was huge for us and our season.’’
Blighty youngster Darcy Morris brushes off an opponent after gathering the ball on the wing.