Tigers just miss in thriller

Tiger Jake Safstrom gets a handball away in front of his South Bendigo opponent.

Kyneton senior footballers missed a golden opportunity to leap into fifth spot on the ladder when South Bendigo came from 13 points down at the last change at the Showgrounds to scramble home by three points on Saturday.

It was an absolute thrilling finish between two evenly matches sides, with the visitors fighting back to be narrowly ahead very late in the last term.

A shot for goal that would have given Kyneton victory went astray, and was ruled out of bounds on the full. The ball was cleared upfield, and the siren sounded a few seconds later.

There was plenty to like about the Tigers’ resolve, and this Saturday there’s a trip north to Kangaroo Flat for a very winnable fifth round encounter.

Scores were tied 7.5 apiece at half-time on Saturday, and hometown supporters were buoyed by a tenacious 16 points all the way by the Reserves earlier in the afternoon.

In the senior match Dean Bartrop was prominent throughout, and Rhys Magin bagged five majors – 14 in the last three games – a fine achievement from this versatile player.

Match details

South Bendigo 4.2, 7.5, 10.7, 13.12 (90) d Kyneton 3.0, 7.5, 12.8, 13.9 (87).
Goals (SB) B. Harvey, A. Smith 3, T. Brereton, M. Herlihy, L. Byrne, O. White, W. McCaig, W. Keck.
Best – Byrne, White, I. Miller, Brereton, Herlihy, Smith.
Goals (K) – R. Magin 5, R. Pretty 4, C. Wallace 2, J. Orr, J. Gaff.
Best – D. Bartrop, F. Driscoll, A. Beckerley, H. Yunghanns, Magin, L. Thompson.

Reserves: Kyneton 10.5 (65) d South Bendigo 7.7 (49).
Goals – L. Read 3, J. Smiley 2, E. Turner, J. Plowman, A. Neylon, M. Hanna, N. Webster.
Best – D. Harris, T. Agnew, S. Keane, B. Thrum, Z. Ryan, Smiley.
In a tough, low-scoring slog where only one goals was scored in the first half, South Bendigo prevailed by 29 points.
South Bendigo 5.10 (40) d Kyneton 1.5 (11).
Goal – C. Thompson.
Best – L. Thompson, J. Johnston, S. Pyers, C. Sutton, O. Plunkett, F. Ellis.