Final siren rings loudly in the Saints' ears
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A POINT after the final siren to Glenmore's Andrew Abraham was enough to sink the BITS Saints in the Trend Interiors/Carpet Court AFL Capricornia A grade second semi-final on Saturday.
Abraham pulled in a mark just as the final siren blew and held his nerve enough to kick a point from 20 metres out which gave the Bulls a narrow 8.15.63 to 8.14.62 victory at BITS Oval.
The Saints had their chances in an exciting final term, but missed some golden chances and it proved costly. A one-point loss was bad luck for BITS, especially in a match that will go down as an absolute classic.
BITS got away to a flier, leading by 29 points at the first break, but Glenmore came back hard to in fact lead by five points at three-quarter time. The last quarter resembled a heavyweight boxing title fight as both sides slugged it out to the death. It was Glenmore who looked to land the telling blow when Chris Hebel kicked his second goal to put the Bulls 14 points clear.
But BITS never gave up and looked like stealing the win, but their inaccuracy cost them dearly, kicking 1.7 for the term to level the scores. With the game on the line, it was Glenmore who made a lastditch effort and Abraham who took a mark in the forward pocket as the siren sounded.
His kick under pressure was a mongrel, but was enough to seal Glenmore's second A grade grand final appearance in just three years.
BITS on the other hand now face a sudden death preliminary final against Brothers at Victoria Park next Saturday. Glenmore 8.15.63 def BITS 8.14.62.
Best: Glenmore: Scott Miller, James Miller, Chris Hebel, Andrew Abraham, Andrew Newcombe. Best: BITS: Luke Beale, Adam Dickenson, Darren Boase, Paul Currant, Jake Mostert.
Goals: Glenmore: A.Abraham 4, C.Hebel 2, D.Mangan, S.Miller Goals: BITS: Darren Boase 4, N.Shipard 2, L.Beale, L.Hall