Marrar strong before losing plot in fourth

MARRAR took a big step towards playing Farrer League finals with an important win over Northern Jets at the weekend.
Nanjing Night Net

The Bombers took charge from the opening bounce and streaked away to hold a big lead at the last break at Langtry Oval on Saturday.

A massive fourth quarter from the visiting team had Marrar on the ropes and defending a meagre nine-point lead when the finals siren blew, but held on to win 16.11 (107) to Jets’ 15.8 (98).

Marrar coach Danny Malone was impressed by his team’s effort for the first three quarters but knows complacency could have cost the Bombers a finals spot.

“Over three quarters I thought we were terrific,” Malone said.

“We made a pact today that our intensity would be up and we would work really hard around the footy.

“For three quarters we did that really well.”

Marrar got on the board early through Brad Turner but Northern Jets fired back with two goals of their own to snatch the lead.

That was as far as the visitors got in the first quarter as Marrar kicked away to lead by 27 points at the first break.

Dean Howard was on song early and ended up with four goals, and combined with Craig Websdale and Turner up front to take the home team to a 13.10 (88) to 7.4 (46) lead by three-quarter time.

Marrar looked home and hosed and took its foot off the pedal in the final term, much to the delight of the Jets. The Jets began to work well in the centre, delivering the ball into their forwards and piled on the goals at an alarming rate.

They kicked 8.4 for the term and finished just nine points shy of an unthinkable comeback.

“If we’re talking finals there can’t be any repeats of the last quarter,” Malone admitted.

“We just didn’t give them the respect, we didn’t do the hard stuff.”

Turner was named best for Marrar for taking countless big grabs and kicking five goals, while Adam Howard was outstanding jumping and punching across half back.

Graeme Reid was busy around the middle of the ground as was Mitch Balding.

Marrar could be without hard man Matt Barnes for a few weeks with suspected broken ribs.

Barnes copped a knee from Jamie Grintell in the third quarter running back into a contest and an ambulance was called.

ON THE RUN: Marrar’s Brett Howard, with the Jets’ Matthew Carroll hot behind him, puts the foot down. Picture: Michael Frogley

FAR REACH: Northern Jets player Jack Fisher grabs for Marrar’s Shannon Williams. Picture: Michael Frogley

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