Sharks stay upbeat despite defeat

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

Albany coach Scott Sedgwick says his side remains upbeat despite ruing a five-minute period in the third term which proved the difference as Denmark-Walpole denied the Sharks their second ever win in the Great Southern Football League on Saturday.

The Sharks trailed by only a goal midway through the third term but a decisive period of dominance from the Magpies which included four goals in as many minutes sparked by former captain Brody Hickey led the home side to their first win in two months, by 38 points.

Hickey was instrumental through the middle of the ground, playing a hand in the Magpies’ five goals in the term, which included a miracle snap from the boundary and three clearances which resulted in goals to Tyler Stone.

The Sharks trailed by only eight points at half-time after a three-goal-to-one second term led by key on-ballers Jack Banks and Michael Simpson, along with ruckman Stewart Davies.

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Elusive forwards Jordan Oldfield and Shaquille Narrier twice bridged the margin to within a goal but the Magpies took full advantage of a brief lapse from the visitors to edge clear in red time of the third term through Hickey, Ryan Gaerth and Kaden King-Davies.

It was only the seventh time the Sharks had come within seven goals of an opponent in the 85-game history.

Sedgwick said his side had remained upbeat despite the missed opportunity.

“They have talked about it and are still very upbeat — they certainly weren’t kicking the can around afterwards,” he said.

“It has been a bit of a fade out quarter for us all year.

“For some reason we aren’t coming out of the changerooms fired up and that five minutes their four easy goals blew us away.”

Magpies’ coach Matt Candy said his side were pleased to record their second win of the season in trying conditions.

“It’s great for the players (to get a win),” he said.

“They are really happy, a win is a win and we will shift our focus to Mt Barker and giving them a shake-up.”

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