Dogs lose con­trol

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

A five-minute brain fade was all that was needed to end Strath­mer­ton’s sea­son and send Blighty into ec­stasy.

The Bull­dogs were four goals in front with as many min­utes left on the clock and in cruise con­trol right up un­til the fi­nal minute.

Blighty man­aged to level the scores, and with sec­onds re­main­ing Redeyes player Jed Brain took it upon him­self to slam home the win­ning point.

Lead­ing by 15 points at three-quar­ter time, the Bull­dogs elected to sit back in an at­tempt to ab­sorb the pres­sure of the fi­nal stanza.

But it wasn’t to be, and the Redeyes sealed a fa­mous vic­tory to claim a spot in Sun­day’s Pi­cola and Dis­trict Foot­ball League pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal against Pi­cola United.

The loss ended Strath­mer­ton’s streak of five con­sec­u­tive grand fi­nal ap­pear­ances, be­fore both sides of the PDFL were joined this year.

Max Can­field bagged five goals for the Bull­dogs, with Ty­ron Hill and Zack Bet­son com­bin­ing for an­other five.

The best player in Strath­mer­ton’s fi­nal match of the year was a con­sis­tent per­former in Lou Clarke.

Blighty coach Jack Tyn­dall said he could barely put into words — or even work out — how his side had pulled off the mirac­u­lous come­back.

‘‘It was un­real — we kicked about four goals in four min­utes to get up,’’ he said.

‘‘It was a re­ally, re­ally spe­cial win, just un­real.

‘‘It’s a lit­tle bit weird, noth­ing re­ally changed. It’s not that we went harder or any­thing, the ball just found it­self in the right places for us.’’

Tyn­dall said Brain’s match-win­ning point was a spe­cial mo­ment for the club and some re­demp­tion for the reign­ing Pearce medal­list.

‘‘A few blokes re­ally stood up, but Jed Brain, he missed a goal late last year for a spot in the grand fi­nal, so it was great he could kick the win­ning point for us this year,’’ he said.

Strath­mer­ton coach Tim Bramich was un­able to be reached for com­ment.

Pic­ture: Bruce McKean

Big ef­fort: Strath­mer­ton’s Max Can­field shows his des­per­a­tion to win the footy in his side’s last-minute loss to Blighty.

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