Inverloch-Kongwak are the Alberton Under 13 Premiers for 2014 after defeating the favourites Corner Inlet at Foster last Sunday. They enjoy the moment with their coaching team after the presentations.
A RUNNING goal by Inverloch-Kongwak’s Cooper Smith, in the dying minutes of the Alberton Junior Football League’s Under 13 Grand Final at Foster last Sunday, broke the 5.4 to 5.4 deadlock and the gallant young Eagles held on for a thrilling victory.
But even as the siren sounded to start the celebrations in the IK camp, with the Corner Inlet Stingrays deep in attack trying to equalise, confusion reigned supreme.
The umpires asked for the marauding hords to clear the field, why?
Were they about to pay an after-siren free kick to Corner Inlet near goals? Was there something wrong with the scores? What?
As it turned out, there weren’t enough number 4s up in the old Foster scoreboard to display the final score and the umpires couldn’t call “all clear” until they’d checked with the goal umpires.
No extra time was needed and IK had indeed won the match and the premiership by a solitary goal!
The match had been an absolute cracker, dominated on the Corner Inlet side by their tall on-ballers Jason Smith in the ruck and Sam Flanders in the centre, with Brad Mitchell the go-to player up forward and several others including Darcy Thomas, Kiaron Dorling and Levi Cocksedge working hard around the flanks.
IK, on the other hand, had a wide spread of contributors and they had to work hard to grind their way back into the contest after a fast opening by the Stingrays.
Smith and Flanders looked set to muscle their way through IK’s defences when the side had three goals on the board in the first term; to Flanders in the opening minutes, followed by Mitchell soon after, then Mitchell again.
IK’s Nash, Mercer, Elliott and Sparkes were defending well and their efforts finally paid off with a goal to Marcus Toussaint after good lead-up work by Cooper McInnes. It was an important ice-breaker as IK went to the first huddle.
Two goals with the breeze by Clarkson and McInnes in the second quarter had IK right back in it and while Wilson replied with one for the Stingrays, IK evened the scores again through McInnes just after half time.
It was then a tight, exciting contest to the end until Smith ran deep into attack, after great work further up the field by Price, Dawson and Little.
“How far,” they cried as Smith ran his full measure but the goal was signalled and pandemonium broke out in the IK crowd.
Brady Mitchell made a late dash for Stingrays’ glory but was caught in a game-saving tackle and IK won the day.
Final scores: Inverloch-Kongwak 6.4.40 def Corner Inlet 5.4.34