The West Australian

Black Swans feel pain of after-the-siren knockout



Western Australia suffered an after-the-siren defeat against Vic Metro to round out their Under-19 National Championsh­ips campaign yesterday.

Chloe Reilly had the chance to steal victory with a set shot after the siren at Trevor Barker Oval which was touched on the line as the Vics held on to win 4.13 (37) to 4.9 (33).

After playing their “worst football” of the championsh­ips during the third quarter, the Black Swans responded swiftly to kick the first two goals of the final term. Defender-turned-forward Amy Franklin kept her side in the contest with a clever left-foot soccer off the ground early in the last.

Then 16-year-old Ella Roberts, pictured, voted WA’s MVP of the championsh­ips, made it a fivepoint margin with three minutes to go via a steadying set shot.

The Peel Thunder product collected 31 disposals, five marks, four tackles, six inside-50s and two goals for the visitors to cap off a string of best-on-ground performanc­es and finish as WA’s MVP of the carnival.

But her heroics weren’t enough as WA’s inaccuracy came back to bite, kicking 4.9 for the match.

Despite finishing the championsh­ips with a one-two record after an earlier loss to South Australia and win over the Allies, coach Beau McDonald was pleased with his side’s resilience.

“We were talking after the game and if we could pick anyone to take that shot, it would have been Chloe,” McDonald said. “I think the most pleasing part is in the third quarter, we played probably our worst footy for the campaign but we were able to turn it around and play WA footy in the last quarter.

“We could’ve shut up shop and had one eye on the flight home but the girls really wanted the win.

“The aim of the carnival is to showcase talent and we had the opportunit­y to do that.”

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