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   Jan 21

Rodgers boots winner as Bombers roll Crows

HIGH: Beaufort’s Jack Duke catches Buninyong rival Mitchell Arnold over the shoulder in a tackle on Saturday. The Bombers won a thriller by five points. Picture: Kate Healy.
Nanjing Night Net

A CLUTCH goal from Jarrod Rodgers in the dying moments earned Buninyong athrilling five-point victory over Beaufort on Saturday.

Rodgers was awarded a free kick on the 50mline,following a desperate tackleas the Crows attempted tomove the ball out of defence.

The wiry forward, who celebrated from the moment the ball left his boot, was theonly Buninyong player who had found a way through Beaufort’s seeminglyimpenetrable back-line.

Until then, the Graintech Crows had endured everything Buninyong had thrown at them –particularly swing-man Jarrod Trigg, who was simply terrific in the final term.

The Crows quickly managed a centre clearance to get the ball up forward and try to regainthe lead, but not before the siren sounded on an enthralling spectacle.

It was a fitting result, given that Buninyong was largely the superior team on theday.

Buninyong responded well in general play after half time, but struggled to impact onthe scoreboard. Poor accuracy in front of goal hurt the home side, but Beaufort’sability to get numbers back and form a wall in defence was also a factor.

The Crows found scoring tough for much of the contest, but within 10minutes ofthe last term, they had somehow managed to take the lead.

It was then simply about whether Beaufort could withstand the immensepressure of the Bombers.

Time after time, the Crows managed to repel Buninyong’s forward entries – all butthe last one.

Buninyong coach Jarrod Morgan said the determination of his side was enough toproduce a win, despite the frustrating final term.

“We probably didn’t play the last quarter very smartly,” he said.

“They got numbers back and we just played into their hands. But we kept persistingand probably got across the line on effort.

“(The players) have just got that will to win and to have a crack. We have somereally honest guys that won’t give up.”

It was the second loss in two weeks for Beaufort, which has remarkably now slid toseventh on the ladder.

Coach Dale Power said it was frustrating to let an opportunity slip, but was adamantthat the Bombers deserved to win.

Power was full of praise, however, for the excellent work of his defenders, includingTrigg, Christopher Drew and Damien Day.

For the Bombers, Mark Phelps was terrific up forward with five goals, whileAnthony Ebery was instrumental as the team’slone ruckman.

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