RESERVES ROAR HOME IN A RIPPER
By Andrew ‘The Benchwarmer’ Mullet
TONNER RESERVES: 3.1 5.3 11.7 15.11.101
SNOW DOGS: 6.2 10.5 11.8 15.9.99
Goals: Hitchcock 5, Pryor 2, Macleod 2, Otto 2, Cowling, S. Larkworthy, Turner, Dikranian.
Best: Hitchcock, Turner, Macleod, Pryor, Speirs, Lynch.
In their best performance for the season, the Tonner Reserves came from a seemingly hopeless position to pull off an amazing two-point victory with seven seconds to play. Ben Hitchcock managed to gather the ball sent forward from a stoppage at half-back, swing onto his lethal left foot and slot his fifth, to grab a win that looked beyond the boys’ reach when they fell seven goals behind in the second term. It was an eerie prelude to the situation which emerged later in the day. This one at least, went our way.
The significant swing in the boys’ fortunes had brave origins. Ben Pryor, Jake Turner, Dom Lynch and Bryson Konoroth had earlier played in the Under 19’s’ win over Beaumaris. They volunteered to help out the Reserves, the ultimate sufferers when fifteen senior players are unavailable. Luke Healy swung Jake Turner onto the ball in the second half and the momentum shift was palpable. The boys burst from the centre and banged on four quick goals when the third term began. Two from Hitchcock, whose raking left foot gave them all belief, suddenly saw the Tonners back in the game.
In the final term, Ben Pryor was irrepressible up forward, and Dom Lynch also won plenty of the ball. When Pryor and Levi Otto both hit the post from close in, the boys seemed doomed, but Cal Macleod snapped a fine goal to get us back with a sniff. Yet even then, with the ball out of bounds in front of the coaches with less than a minute to play, victory seemed unlikely. But Big Ben had other ideas.