Bulls survive Sharks scare in Taylor’s milestone
Albany have almost spoiled Mt Barker veteran Peter Taylor’s 200th game, giving the Bulls an almighty scare in the final quarter at Centennial Stadium this afternoon.
The Bulls looked set to celebrate Taylor’s milestone in style when they led comfortably by 46 points at half time after keeping the Sharks to only a point.
However the response from young Sharks outfit was terrific as they fought their way back into the contest with three goals in the third term, led by debutant Marlin Bennett.
Bulls forward Kym Monteath kicked two behinds in the third and his side led by just 29 points at the final change as the Sharks took all the momentum into the break.
Evasive Sharks forward Zac Pearson reduced the margin to 22 points with an early goal in the final quarter and when he wheeled around cleverly moments later to jail a second the Sharks trailed by just 16 points.
Monteath missed the Bulls only real chance on goal midway through the last and the Sharks capitalised soon after as Kieran Gowdie brilliantly kicked the ball out of mid-air that went through to make it 10 points.
The Sharks again pressed forward and Dylan Gowdie, on his non preferred foot, missed a running shot on goal that would have made it four points.
In a nervous final couple of minutes the Bulls were able to hold the Sharks at bay as they hung on desperately to win, 7.8 (50) to 6.5 (41), despite failing to kick a goal after half time.
Taylor was awarded the match day ball as part of Belt-Up Round in his 200th game and his side were well led by Joel Gray, Tyron Miller and Nic Chidgzey while Monteath and Daniel Parker kicked multiple goals.
The Sharks booted six goals to nil in the second half to almost pinch their second-ever win with Fraser Eaton outstanding around the stoppages while Stewart Davies, Zainel Bin Busu and Liam Offer among their best contributors.
Denmark-Walpole missed a golden opportunity to inflict Railways’ first loss of the season, squandering a five-goal lead in the third term to lose by five-points in a thriller at McLean Park yesterday.
For the second time this season the Tigers had to erase a five goal margin to keep their unbeaten record intact and stormed home after a lacklustre first half to win, 11.14 (80) to 11.9 (75).
The Tigers had not led in the match until Zak Hortin slotted his third goal from a set shot tight on the boundary before ruckman Shane Braimbridge roved a pack in front of goal, kicking the sealer with minutes remaining.
Busy wingman Dylan Schorer was awarded the match day ball while chief midfielder Zane Marwick gathered a plethora of possessions while the Magpies were led by clearance dynamo Jaden Guidi and co-captain Luke Marley.
Meanwhile in yesterday’s twilight fixture North Albany proved too strong for Royals as they kicked clear in the second half at Collingwood Park on their way to a 55-point win under lights.
The Lions were impressive early with small forward Joel Flick booting three up to half time as the visitors only trailed by 22 points.
Led by midfield star Matt Orzel and half back link man Mitch Lenegan, the Kangas extended their lead to beyond 30 points by three quarter time and then kicked five goals in the final stanza to win easily, 15.13 (103) to 7.6 (48).
Orzel won the match day ball and was dominant with his ball winning ability and three goals while new recruit Michael Trevenen and Lenegan were both influential.
The Lions were best served by key defender Braden Murphy, midfielder Cam Smith and Trent Nesbitt was lively with two goals.
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