13th July, 2015
RARE LOSS FOR RESERVES
Perhaps because they knew they were certain to play in next week’s Major Semi-final, our Reserves seemed complacent at the start of their game against Easts. Having lost only 3 games in 15 rounds, Bond Reserves have been the success story of the club, but they allowed the Tigers to race to a 19-5 lead before they woke up. The highlight in the first half was a classic winger’s try by Bailey, after quick hands gave him some space on the right wing. With four defenders looming, he flew over in the corner, leaving them grasping at thin air.
Alex “The Bear” Holmes crashed over after a clever hit and spin near the line and at halftime it was 19-12.
A blistering pep-talk by coach Tim Eddy seemed to snap our boys into gear and, after some punishing pick and drives, Ben Hunt raced over in the left-hand corner - it looked like the cavalry had arrived. But a wicked bounce enabled Easts to score again – a chip kick near our line somehow evading winger Tim Hindmarsh and freakishly landing in the arms of their lock. With the conversion it was 26-17 and, with 5 minutes left, Bond now needed to score twice to win.
Robbie Moe bulldozed his way over and Harry Nucifora landed the angled conversion. Fulltime – Easts 26 Bond 24. The referee did us no favours with some bewildering decisions in the closing stages but it was too little, too late and the boys were left pondering next week’s match against Brothers in the semi-final at Ballymore. We can’t afford to give them a start.
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