THOMSON made history this afternoon by becoming the first side to knock off one of the elite three clubs (Bell Post Hill, Bannockburn & Inverleigh) since 2015.
The Tigers would be without a bench in the final term after interleague star Samuel Jacka (hamstring) joined defender Jake Aldering, Paul Davis and Todd Macleod on the sidelines.
However a late two goal final term from second year Tiger Jeremy Stacey would help inspire the Tigers’ to a memorable 10-point victory in wet conditions.
“Jeremy was missing in the first three quarters but he really stepped up and kicked a few late goals,” Thomson playing coach Reece Holwell reflected.
“We rolled the dice a bit but we backed our fitness and got the result in the end.”
Thomson officials will venture to Winchelsea vs. Anakie this evening where the Tigers will then play their Round 3 night game against the Blues in a week’s time.
“There was a bit of a wind advantage to one end and they played a really open forward line in the first quarter,” Holwell said.
“When we had the wind in the second quarter we probably wasted a few opportunities and that allowed them to have a 20-point lead at three quarter time.”
“Thankfully we were accurate at the start of the final term to hold that 10-point buffer for the last ten or so minutes while we were running the clock down.”
Ocean Grove recruit Daniel Freeman was tagged throughout the game before celebrating his first GDFL senior match in the winners’ circle.
The afternoon also marked Thomson’s first victory over Bell Post Hill since Round 3, 2012 (April 28).
BANNOCKBURN also overcame a 20-point third quarter deficit to celebrate a 26-point victory over Geelong West thanks to a five goal haul from Matt Tyquin.
Tiger forward Brent Jacques finished with three goals while EDFL recruit Jake Myles found plenty of footy from start to finish in wet conditions.
Nevertheless it was Tyquin who starred in the first quarter with 12 of his eventual 31 disposals before moving forward in the final term where he would land the final four goals of the match.
Matt Tyquin was our Yardz hotel player of the day with five goals (the final four of the game) and 31 disposals #bannockburntigers Bannockburn 13.6 (84) Geelong West 8.10 (58) OTHER Winners include Thomson over Bell Post Hill, East Geelong against Belmont Lions, North Geelong at home vs. Corio and Inverleigh go 2-0 at Werribee! #geelongdfl
“Last year Matt was set back because of injury but towards the end of the season he was up there with our best players,” Bannockburn co-coach Darren Milburn said.
“We just have to get players who can play a role, we can’t replace Jack (Brauman) but Matt proved he can still play forward and some of those goals he kicked were pretty impressive.”
Milburn also declared Geelong West, the winless minnow of 2016, as a genuine finals contender after two close match ups in the space of nine months.
“You’d that those sides outside of the top three had improved and they have which is great for the competition,” Milburn said.
“Geelong West was clearly the better side in the opening half and its full credit to them because it took everything we had to beat them.”
He added, “And last year we were seven goals up against them and fell asleep so it will be interesting to see how we match up on them in Round 13.”
OTHER results see East Geelong retain the Mark Lomas Memorial Trophy thanks to a dominant victory over the Belmont Lions at the Winter Reserve.
Inverleigh ran out winners over Werribee Centrals thanks to a dominant opening first half at the Civilex Oval.
North Geelong continued its nine-year-old head to head winning streak over Corio despite the absence of St Kilda City (Southern FNL) recruit Matt Runnalls.
Winchelsea and Anakie will round out our second weekend of action when doing battle at Eastern Reserve from 7pm this evening.
By Alex Tigani
GDFL Media (14/04/2018)