Best Battles is back for another edition, and a whirlwind affair between Mooroopna and Seymour headlines the action.
Mooroopna v Seymour
Round six, 2019, at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve
Mooroopna 12.9 (81) lt Seymour 11.16 (82)
Seymour used plenty of get out of jail free cards last season, winning three games by a solitary point, one by four and drawing another.
This clash against the Cats was one of the wildest in recent memory, with a yellow and red card and an unsuccessful head count featuring throughout the one-point result.
Tom McConville broke the deadlock with seconds remaining in the contest for the Lions, who had at one stage been reduced to 16 men on the field after a yellow card to Harley Taylor-Lloyd and a red to Dylan Scopel.
“We’ve definitely pinched one. Mooroopna was on top all day and we were just lucky we were in front when the siren went,’’ Seymour coach Ben Clifton said.
“There was a fair bit going on in that game — I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in a game with so much going on.”
Lancaster v Nagambie
Round 14, 2015, at Lancaster Recreation Reserve
Lancaster 12.7 (79) lt Nagambie 11.14 (80)
A match isn’t over until the final siren blares. But in Lancaster and Nagambie’s case, with scores drawn with a minute left, Lakers coach Linc Sullivan thought it was over.
But Nagambie still went forward and, with 20 seconds left, a Wombat defender got the ball and walked it through the goals when pressured.
It was enough to get Nagambie, who only lost one regular season game in 2015, out of hot water.
The visitors kept Lancaster at an arm’s length all match, but had to fight hard to stop a Wombats charge late in the fourth.
More chances down forward ultimately paid off for the Lakers, with the side relying on its point count to get over the line.
Steven Barber and David Price helped pave the way for the Lakers throughout the midfield, serving the ball to Harley Taylor-Lloyd (five) on a platter, while Michael Sommer Liverton kicked three for the home side.
Tallygaroopna v Avenel
Elimination final, 2017, at Avenel Recreation Reserve
Tallygaroopna 13.15 (93) lt Avenel 15.8 (98)
Nerves of steel favoured Avenel in this elimination knockout, with the Swans’ calm and collected nature in front of goal buoying them to a five-point win.
The late victory was rather fortunate too, as Avenel had given up a major lead after half-time as Tallygaroopna turned a 43-point deficit into a lead of four ahead of the fourth quarter.
And while it seemed like the Redlegs may have had the Swans in a head lock - up 15 halfway through the fourth - two late goals to Nathan Thomas sealed victory for the Swans.
Chris Burton showed off his skills up forward, slotting four for the Swans, while Paul ‘Subba’ Arandt was among the best.
Jayden Goodwin helped the Redlegs’ efforts with three, with Doug Wren and Tim Karolidis also handy.