3rd July, 2017
The fulltime whistle is about to go but Bond has a shot at penalty goal, 35m out in front of the posts. On his season’s efforts so far, there’s probably nobody in the club you’d prefer to take the kick than Nathan McPherson. After all, he kicked 5 out of 5 a few weeks ago, including 3 from the sideline. Against 2nd-placed Brothers we trail 24-23 and Nate steps up confidently, places the ball and quickly, perhaps too quickly, kicks. It looks perfect but, at the last moment, swings to the left and misses by a whisker. Brothers have won by a point.
It was a shame that such a good match came down to this. Third-placed Brothers took an early lead with a well-constructed try from a good kick-chase. But McPherson landed a penalty to make it 7-3 and then inspiring skipper Tom McKee crashed over for a try. Just as well, because a few moments earlier he’d butchered one – trying to beat the last defender, with Austin Campion unmarked outside him. Nate’s conversion gave Bond a 10-7 lead at halftime.
When rangy Jack Butler scored a great try, after the break, and Brothers got a yellow card, it looked like we were headed for a win. Nate’s successful penalty made it 18-7 and we were on top. But there’s a reason why Brothers have won more premierships than any other club. Their spirit is like an extra player. They came roaring back and only gutsy defence held them out for about ten minutes. But finally the Bond wall cracked and they went over, coming back to 18-14.
Josh Walker, unrecognisable without his trademark headgear, hasn’t lost his sidestep. He dodged past a gaggle of defenders and then ran diagonally to score in the corner. 23-14 to Bond.
Brothers scored another try, right in the corner and landed the most difficult of conversions. With 2 minutes left Bond still clung to the lead, 23-21. But discipline was forgotten and they were awarded a penalty as one of our forwards came into the ruck from the side. After his previous kick, this one was a gift for Brothers goal-kicker, right in front. It sailed through and the whistle blew. We had victory snatched away 24-23.
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