The Prop Risdon Lions overcame a slow start to come home over the top of the Port Bulldogs in a fabulous clash to keep their season alive.
It was a sweet victory that will live long in the memories of the Lion faithful with this deserved result a real reflection of the never-say-die attitude that Lions showed on the day.
Port came into the game having lost to the Lions twice already this year and exploded in the first quarter. Coe had bought his own footy along and was feeding the ball forward and kicking them himself.
Two quick goals were answered by a couple from Lions before five unanswered goals including a fabulous mark and goal on the siren to Fraser Collins had the Doggies thinking this was their day.
Lions had their turn with the wind and whittled the lead back from 30 to 22 but would have gone in to the sheds at half time with worries on their mind.
From the opening goal to the Lions in the third quarter it was clear the contest was on.
Lions playmakers had stepped up and now the 50/50 balls that they were struggling with in the first half started to be won by them.
Port only managed one goal with the wind whilst Lions had three and with the difference now 14 points, and the Blue and Gold boys with the wind at their backs, a huge finish was on.
It was tense and tight, plenty of crowd atmosphere and still a very tough contest.
The Dogs didn’t give up without a fight but in the end the Lions relentless waves of attacks finally burst them into the lead in the final minutes of the game.
For Lions, it was the engine room that got going in the second half, Eckert’s move to the midfield is again reaping real rewards, Fuller despite heavy attention was finding more of it, skipper Edwards was as tough and honest as always and despite coming into the game under a cloud Horsnell still managed three.
The star for the day was no doubt young gun Aidan Jacobs who showed real skill and courage time and again to give the Lions a real spark finishing with three goals.
For the Dogs it was Coe that battled all day along with the strong bodied Parker and silken Hutchison that got plenty of it.
Lions would have scored many more if it wasn’t for Jared and the battles on the wings were entertaining all day with Dickeson probably the pick of them.
It’s mothballs now for Port with this game ironically mimicking their season.
After a great start they only won three of their last nine to fade disappointingly.
For Lions it’s another week and the opportunity of a shot at the grand final with a preliminary final replay of last year against Sollies next week.
This euphoric, inspirational win will strengthen their belief – their journey may continue for a couple weeks more.