By Sam Watson
FISH Creek pulled off one of the greatest wins in the club’s history against Yinnar on Saturday.
When the league announced they would resume play but without Melbourne players throughout the week, Fish Creek knew it would be a battle to get a competitive side on the park.
And for that side to get a win against a dangerous Yinnar side seemed highly unlikely.
But things started well for the undermanned Kangaroos, booting five goals in the first quarter.
Bailey Harfield-Park was quick to stamp his authority on the game through the midfield and it was young gun Darcy Berryman up forward who was converting the opportunities.
Berryman would go on to kick five for the game.
But Yinnar stayed within reaching distance, 14 points down going into the second quarter.
Both sides booted two goals and one point each in the second term, keeping the margin at 14 points but in the third quarter the tide began to turn.
The Magpies came out determined not to suffer an upset on their home deck and booted four goals.
Luckily for Fish Creek, another seven Magpie scoring shots sailed through for behinds and up the other end Fish Creek were able to add three goals from just five scoring shots.
Kairon Dorling, Ethan Park and Gus Staley were all having a massive impact for the Kangaroos and in the fourth quarter their best efforts would be required again.
Yinnar continued to fight as hard as possible, but more opportunities went by the wayside and once again Fish Creek made their opportunities count.
Lachlan Marr was finding plenty of the pill on the wing for the Kangaroos, but the Magpies fought back hard.
Yinnar was able to jag three goals in the final term, but Fish Creek answered with four and held on for a famous five-point win.
As the siren sounded, sheer jubilation erupted from the Fish Creek players, coaches and volunteers and they went back into the changerooms to belt out one of the loudest ever renditions of ‘Good old Fish Creek forever’.
After the game, Fish Creek coach John Danckert was incredibly proud of his team and the rest of the club.
“It’s fair to say we were a touch undermanned this week in both grades, so I want to thank all those former players that stood and gave the club a chance to field two senior teams,” Danckert said.
“It was an incredible effort. I could not be prouder of the boys this week, with five under 18s kids in the side, simply outstanding.
“This win has galvanised the group.”
The incredible win keeps Fish Creek’s top two chances alive, but they’ll need to knock off Thorpdale and hope Mirboo North slip up against Morwell East.