Late goal seals it for unconquered Cowra

11-07-2018 by admin

GAME ON: Jaymes White managed a goal for the Rebels on Saturday, but they weren’t able to defeat the Cowra Blues, going down by two points in a thriller at George Park. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 051416cbushreb2aTHERE can be no doubt about it now.

Cowra are back.

With a goal in the final 90 seconds to trump the Bathurst Bushrangers Rebels at George Park on Saturday, the Blues made it six wins and zero losses to start the 2016 Central West AFL season.

Coming off a three point win over the Bushrangers Outlaws in Cowra a week earlier, the Blues started as slight outsiders on Saturday given that they were playing away from home.

For most of the match, the Rebels looked like they would make up for their clubmates’ defeat, and when they started the final quarter with a 17-point lead they appeared to be finishing as the stronger side.

But the Blues are made of stern stuff, and came home with a wet sail, kicking half of their 10 goals in the last term to claim victory 10-12-72 to 10-10-70.

“It was with about a minute-and-a-half to go they got a pretty freakish goal, to be honest, and we weren’t able to get another crack at it,” Rebels co-coach Tom Regan said.

“Cowra were never out of the game, but I think we might have gone into that last quarter with our heads a bit too high about the lead we had. We dropped our intensity for a while and that’s what cost us in the end.

“We did expect a really hard game and Cowra deserve a lot of credit for how they played. They have really turned their club around this year and from our point of view it was great to get a quality game of footy that was never decided until the finish.

“It is great to win but it is also not as enjoyable if you’re running away with every game you play, so from that perspective, a tough battle was nice to have.”

Cowra signalled their intent by leading at the first change, kicking three straight goals to 2-3 from the Rebels.

The hosts began to gain some ascendency with a three goal to one second term, taking a six point lead into half-time.

A wasteful Blues forward line could manage just a single goal and five behinds in the third, while the hosts kicked another three majors, giving them a lead of almost three kicks going into the last.

Led by some of their most experienced players like Frank Bright and Kim Reid – who, along with Nathan Worth, kicked three goals each – the Blues refused to go away and were rewarded for their persistence in the dying moments.

If they can defeat Parkes next week, they will go into the mid-point of the season with a sensational 7-0 record and wins over every other side in the competition.

They are nothing like the team who were getting regularly belted by the likes of Orange and the Bushrangers in the first grade competition over recent years.

“Cowra have a lot of older, smarter players who just know the game so well and we probably weren’t accountable enough on those players as we should have been,” Regan said.

“We still had some good players, though. Mick Phillips, at the age of 53, was sensational. James Rigby and Kaleb Crowhurst were also very good for us.”

COWRA BLUES 10-12-72 (Frank Bright 3, Nathan Worth 3, Kim Reid 3, Justin Simpson) defeated BATHURST BUSHRANGERS REBELS 10-10-70 (Jack Vogan 3, Mick Phillips 2, Tom Regan, Nigel Sharp, Jaymes White, Hayden Meurant, Scott Jablonskis)

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