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Nail-biting finale to Senior Boys’ footballPosted in on Wednesday, 21 June, 2017

First XVIII Football
Elimination Final – MCC 7.4 (46) lost to Mazenod 8.13 (61). (Extra time result after full-time draw  MCC 7.3 (45) & Mazenod 6.9 (45)

The Maroon and Gold travelled to the hills to play an elimination final against a Mazenod team who finished unbeaten at the top of the North division. It is safe to say that the home team were hot favourites, with a first choice team available and strong representation on their bench. It is often said that ‘it is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog’ and MCC would need this to ring true with 18 available players ready to go into battle in hostile territory. With a few first gamers and a number of Year 10 students, MCC seemed like an underdog with little hope.

The game started as the home team would have expected, repeat inside 50 entries and regular scores. By midway through the first half the game appeared to be slipping away from the visitors, who fell behind 5.3 to 1.1. With 8 minutes left in the half, the tide started to turn and MCC put two crucial scores on the board to close the game to 14 points at half time, 5.3 to 3.1. There was a sense at the break that the underdogs had a chance to rise and they could smell blood in the water.

The second half produced some brilliant football which left much of the home crowd wondering how long this MCC team could maintain such high intensity with no rest! The boys went into beast mode and devoured Mazenod players every time they got the ball, winning contest after contest. This pressure helped our attacking game, and the gap continued to close as the match drew long. Panic started to set in as the opposition swung changes like a rusty axe, looking for some inspiration to kick away. With four minutes remaining, the scores were locked at 39 points each, and then a Reegan Davis mark inside of two minutes was capped off with one of the prettiest kicks you will ever see! It went 55m straight over the goal umpire’s hat to put the little engine that could in front. The crowd was in disbelief, looking to see if a 19th man had come out of nowhere and been put on the field. A six-point lead with 90 seconds left! After a couple of repeat stoppages it was time for Mazenod to show their class and one of their mids streamed away from the contest and kicked a superb goal on the run. As time expired, it was a DRAW! We would heading into extra time at 45 a piece!

The boys were absolutely spent but were implored to finish what they started as darkness started to fall upon the oval. Five minutes each way would determine a winner! The first half saw neither team give an inch until a last-second goal to Mazenod saw the only score of the half. Mazenod by 6! The second half saw the wheels starting to come off with Mazenod pressing more and more, with only inaccuracy stopping them from getting too far in front. At the final siren the final score read Mazenod 8.13 (61) – MCC 7.4 (46). We lost, but definitely not losers!

Mr Danny Chartres
Team coach