Miracle at Mary Street end for Souths

Morgan MelvinSouth Western Times
Cale Delbridge is collared in a clever tackle by Rhys Chappell.
Camera IconCale Delbridge is collared in a clever tackle by Rhys Chappell. Credit: Jack Gibellini

In a match where all majors were kicked at the Mary Street end of Hands Oval, South Bunbury came from behind to secure a gutsy four point victory over Collie Eagles on Sunday.

Trailing by 10 points at three quarter time, the Tigers hit the lead in the dying moments of the final quarter, when an indiscretion from Eagles ruckman Paul Rinder gave a Riley Flynn a second shot on goal – an opportunity that he didn’t waste after he missed his first attempt directly in front.

The Eagles had their chances during the final moments of the game as they tried to break the trend of the match and kick a major on the southern side of the ground.

However the Tigers defence, led by Matt Wilkinson, held firm to record their first victory of the season.

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Inspired by Jeff Smith and Alex Tweedie, the Eagles came out of the blocks running kicking three goals in five minutes.

It was during this passage of play that the visitors started to take control of the game by creating pressure situations which the home side struggled to deal with during the opening term.

Trailing by 17 points at quarter time, the Tigers came out a new team in the second quarter, with a revitalised attack on the footy.

The hosts keep Seth White’s Eagles scoreless and it took Smith’s second major early in the third term to wrest the lead back for the visitors.

A grandstand finish loomed early in the final term with the Eagles 10 points ahead, however a series of errors from the visitors gave the home side the light at the end of the tunnel they needed to close out the victory.

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