Lakers defeat Bombers in dying seconds

ONE TO REMEMBER: Craig Britten played one of the games of his life, and kicked four last-quarter goals to help Taylors Lake defeat Noradjuha-Quantong by three points on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

ONE TO REMEMBER: Craig Britten played one of the games of his life, and kicked four last-quarter goals to help Taylors Lake defeat Noradjuha-Quantong by three points on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

TAYLORS Lake supporters were ecstatic on Saturday after their club snatched a three-point victory over Noradjuha-Quantong in the dying seconds.

In a sensational match, the Lakers trailed all day, but hit the front with just 30 seconds left after assistant coach Pat Purcell goaled from a stoppage in the forward pocket.

The ball had gone out of bounds, and the subsequent throw-in dropped short of the competing ruckmen.

Purcell grabbed the ball straight out of the ruck and kicked well to win the game for his team.

Craig Britten played one of his best games and booted four final-quarter goals for the Lakers.

The Lakers had been down by 31 points at three-quarter-time. Coach Deek Roberts said the win was one of the best of his career.

"It was like winning a grand final," he said.

"Everyone was going crazy after the siren and ran onto the ground it was unbelievable.

"It gets us a bit of respect back, and puts us back on track to get five or six wins for the year."

While the win brought jubilation for the Lakers, it brought devastation for the Bombers.

The club celebrated the 20th anniversary of Quantong's 1994 premiership on Saturday, and several past players were on hand to watch the game.

It was also club veteran Brent McIntyre's 300th match.

Coach Jarred Combe gave his charges a 'well-deserved' spray after the final siren, and said they had let the club down.

"We were up eight goals to zero in the second quarter, and to lose from there disappointing is a massive understatement," he said. "We let the club down, and let the past premiership players who were there down.

"Take nothing away from Taylors Lake though, because they probably played better than us after quarter-time, they were more disciplined and they wanted to win."

Combe said the team now needed to put the disappointing 2-7 first half of the season behind them, and focus on winning back respect in the second half of the year.

Kelvin Price and Tom Ridsdale were named the Bombers' two best players.

Brian Harrison made a successful return from a hamstring injury with three goals.

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