East Point 25.9 (150)
Sebastopol 13.9 (87)
BEFORE Saturday’s match against Sebastopol, East Point would have taken a 12 goal win as the Red Lion Kangaroos build towards this season’s Red Onion Ballarat Football League finals.
However a late rally by the Globe Hotel Kookaburras has left East Point playing coach Dan Jordan wondering what impact the Kangaroos’ 25.9 (159) to 13.9 (87) victory might mean in terms of percentage, in the run for positions two and three in the finals.
On a Marty Busch Reserve oval generously described as “a bit chopped up”, East Point and Sebastopol delivered an extraordinary 18 goals between them in the opening term. East Point had kicked 12 of them.
The Red Lion Kangaroos then pushed ahead with five goals to one in the second, and four to one in the third, setting up a 13 goal lead and the prospect of a much-needed percentage booster.
But it was Sebastopol that stepped up and won the last quarter to deny East Point its leg up.
Jordan, who kicked nine goals himself over the course of the afternoon, admitted that last quarter may yet come back to bite his team.
“I am disappointed with the last quarter. It was a chance to potentially win by 100 points,” he said.
“At the start of the day I would have taken a 12 goal win but, in the run home (to finals) it is going to be tight between three or four sides.
“Having said that, we changed some guys around and tried a few different things to see how they would work, like starting (Paul) Koderenko and Bilts (Matthew Bilton) on the bench.”
That first move may have backfired as it was Sebastopol that kicked the first three goals of the match through Dean Cuthbertson, Michael Powell and Jacob Branch.
That stung East Point into action with four goals in five minutes, and another eight for the quarter.
The match tightened up in the second quarter. The Kangaroo forwards remained dangerous, however, with Brad Whitaker, Tom Cashin and Jack Romeril giving the visitors a plethora of options apart from Jordan.
The third quarter played out in a similar fashion to the second: an early East Point goal, followed by a Sebastopol one, and then the Kangaroos finishing with several in the second half of the quarter.
East Point opened the final term with two goals (Chris Carson and Sam Cooper), but then the Kookaburras responded with five of the next seven, including two to Matthew Powell (one of which may have been fortunate).
Sebastopol coach Shawne Dummett had mixed feelings about the match.
“We started well and I thought we’d be quite competitive but we then allowed them to kick 12 goals for the rest of the quarter. I think we were a bit shell-shocked.
“Apart from that first quarter it was pretty good. The boys did not gived up and, winning that last quarter showed some good signs.”
Sebastopol lost skipper Malcom Niblett to an ankle injury in the first quarter but tyhe injury does not appear to be as bad as initially feared.
East Point’s Matthew Bilton and Sam Van Meel. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD
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