Extra time needed to decide result

Shane EarlSouth Western Times
The Lions prevailed in one of the most incredible reserves grand finals seen in recent times.
Camera IconThe Lions prevailed in one of the most incredible reserves grand finals seen in recent times. Credit: Jack Gibellini and Justin Fris

In a spine-tingling finish to the SWFL reserves grand final at Hands Oval on Sunday, Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault edged out Busselton 9.10 (64) to 7.11 (53) after two periods of extra time.

Both sides were deadlocked on 7.10 (52) at the end of the final term, such was the evenness of both teams.

However, the Magpies will ponder what might have been over the off-season, as they started with so much promise.

The Lions were scoreless for the first quarter and the Magpies were 23 points up at the first break, but in truth the game could have been all over had Busselton cashed in on all of their efforts.

Busselton took up where they left off in the second term, much to the delight of their passionate supporters in the crowd.

However, the Lions managed to get on top during the closing stages of the first half and had trimmed the margin to nine points by half-time.

Busselton had the breeze in the third term and they wanted to build on their lead. Stewart Gregson was seemingly everywhere in the midfield, while their defence was rebounding strongly.

Their forward entries were not as clean as they would have liked though, which did not help their forwards.

The Lions were under siege and their defensive clearances were often rushed and scrappy.

Beau Chinnery booted two late goals during time-on to give the Magpies a 24-point lead at three-quarter-time, with anxious Lions supporters urging their boys to turn the tide.

Lions coach Ryan MacIntyre swung the changes to start the last term and they had immediate effect. A brilliantly roved finish from Rhys Gelmi put the Lions up by a goal as the game headed into time-on, but the Magpies were not done, with Mason Hislop hitting Chinnery with a bullet-like pass and the talented forward slotted his sixth to level the scores again.

However, once the match entered into sudden death, the Lions showed why they have been dominant for so long and charged away to a memorable victory.

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