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Emotive battle of Lions a thriller

Winning goal: Grant Bell
Nanjing Night Net

Redan got out of jail on Saturday, plain and simple.

Ballarat Football League’s leaders trailed Sunbury nearly all dayin their clash at Clarke Oval on Saturday but still found a way to get the four points, funnily enoughby that margin, froma Grant Bell goal deep into time-on in the final term.

Emotions were running high at Clarke Oval with a moment’s silence conducted in the memory ofSunbury couple Albert and Maree Risk, who were killed in the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight a year earlier.

Sunbury were keen to hit the ground running and kicked the first four goals. It was an unfamiliar sight from Redan, whichstruggled to enter itsforward-50 throughout the first term, only managing the onegoal for the term, kicked late by Leigh Ryall.

Leading by 20 points at quarter-time, it wasthe start Sunbury coachRick Horwood hadhoping for. He urged his chargers touphold intensity. They did.Matthew Medcraft, Jack Sheahan and Trent Stead hitthe scoreboard and createdplenty of headaches for Redan.

Staring down the barrel of a 34 point deficit at half-time,Redan needed a significant lift and found it via brothersNathan and Damian Horbury’sprofoundimpacts in the second half in order to turn the fortunes of the side around.Sunbury answered any challenge and helda 19-point lead at the final change.

Redan was building momentumand swiftlycutthe margin to two goals. To Sunbury’scredit, itheld sway until midway through the term, before the Redan charge cameagain.

This time the brave Sunbury side finally fell to its knees, before a shot forgoal for the lead from Hayden Riley drifted across the face and ended in the hands of Grant Bell, whokicked truly. That would be the last score of the game.

Redan coach Eammon Gill was quick to bring his teamback to earth,reminding players this matchprovedthat if you didn’tbring your best game, you couldget found out by any club.

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