WENTWORTH have staged a stunning comeback to overrun Irymple and take out the 2012 Sunraysia Football and Netball League premiership.
The Roos bounded home in a nail-biting final term to defeat the reigning premiers by just seven points in front of a packed City Oval.
Trailing by 16 at three-quarter time, Wentworth played like their life depended on it to get past an inaccurate Swallows’ side.
Led by best-on-ground John Groves Medallist Glen “Aussie” Cumming, skipper Phil Byrnes, midfield general Bernard Rugby, big forward Jason Bell and rising star Jayden Scadding, Wentworth kicked five goals to one in the final term.
Poor accuracy in front of goals cost Irymple dearly. The kicked just 3.12 in the second half.
Despite a brilliant game for which he won the VCFL Medal, Aaron Baynes was the main culprit, kicking 1.7 for the match.
Although slow out of the blocks, Irymple took charge from quarter time and seemed to be at arm’s length for most of the game.
However, an impressive Bell goal from the boundary after the three-quarter time siren gave the Roos the boost they needed, and Wentworth coach Mark Alvey implored his players at the final change to go for it.
“I just said to the boys if we could get one or two goals and all of a sudden, it’s a grand final, the pressure is on,” Alvey said after the game.
“I just encouraged at three-quarter time – we just had to get the ball and go, take the game on.
“All day when we did get it inside 50, we looked dangerous, but we couldn’t get in there enough.”
The final quarter burst was enough to drag the Roos over the line to secure a memorable premiership win, one of 20 decided across the Victorian Country Football League (VCFL) on Saturday.
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