STONY Creek has secured their first win of 2021, holding on by six points against a fast-finishing Boolarra.
Coming into the match, Boolarra would’ve been expecting to get their third win of the year, but the match started very evenly.
Both sides could only manage one goal each, but three minor scores from Stony Creek saw them take a three-point lead into the second quarter.
Andrew Logan was instrumental down back once again for the Lions and he was supported well by Jai Bright who anchored the half back line.
In the second quarter, Logan and Bright’s defence slightly fell away, allowing Boolarra to boot two goals.
Stony Creek responded to the Demons’ goals with one of their own before half time, pulling the margin back to four points.
With the realisation that they’re a huge chance for their first win of the year, the Lions came out firing in front of their home crowd in the third quarter.
Sam Marriott and Dylan Zuidema were both determined to put some scores on the board and the midfielder/ruckman duo quickly turned it on.
Marriott’s skills going forward gave forwards like Jacob Byrnes and Cooper Cary the chances they needed, and they didn’t disappoint when they got shots at goal.
The hosts kicked five goals while keeping their opponents to one point, opening up a 28-point lead at three-quarter time.
But the visitors weren’t going to let them get their first win easily.
After being held goalless in the third term, Boolarra turned things around and put four on the board very quickly.
But Stony Creek held their nerve and added one more to ensure they came home with their first win of the year by six points.
Stony Creek coach Jay Accardi was ecstatic after the game.
“It’s terrific for the boys to get on the board, not only for themselves but for the club as a whole,” Accardi said.
“The game was played on a heavy deck which made it a tight inside tussle, which we were up for and did a good job getting the ball forward.”
“Unlike previous games we were able to hit the scoreboard, the backline was outstanding again in what was a great team effort.”
The Lions will be eyeing off back-to-back wins when they face Newborough on Saturday and Boolarra will host a Foster side looking to boost their percentage.