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Coober Pedy Saints Season Ends
By Jack McGuire Aug. 27, 2014
Saturday's first semi-final between Olympic Dam and Coober Pedy may have been dubbed a scrappy game of football by
deckchair footy experts, however, what the match lacked in finesse was made up for in hard contested football.
From the get go it was a toe to toe, no quarter kind of game.
Unfortunately someone's season had to end and at 13.11-89 to 13.5-83 Coober Pedy made the long trip home
thinking of what could have been.
Cameron Green got the ball rolling for Olympic dam with a major only minutes into the first quarter.
The hotly contested ball spent more time under bodies than in the air; such was the intensity of defenders on both sides.
In what seemed to be a football eternity, finally Coober Pedy put one on the board thanks to Kerry Roderick.
Not much to show for a gruelling first quarter and it looked as if the second quarter wasn't going be much different.
The Saints came out of the blocks well with an early goal through Isaac Ankers with Jason Elliott scoring for the Devils soon after.
In an unprecedented shift in play, OD loosened its intensity allowing Coober Pedy to shoot two quick goals through
Martin Graver and Ankers.
The Saints sudden run must have been a clarion call to Devils Daniel Cummings, Ryan Edwards, and Jason Elliott; booting one each.
Coober Pedy's 18 point deficit needed fixing if they were to stay in this game.
Like Bob the Builder on steroids the Saints came out of the halftime break with every intention of fixing it.
Their 'yes we can' attitude came via two goals from Matthew Lynch and one each from Rodrick and Dylan Warren.
Not only had Coober Pedy fixed the deficit but they were now seven points in front.
However Olympic Dam's Daniel Cummings pooped Coober Pedy's third-quarter party, punishing them with two goals.
The Devils decided to add one more before Lynch scored for Coober Pedy.
With only five points the difference in favour of the green and gold is was still anybody's game.
The fourth quarter was going to be the last quarter for one of these teams, of course in hindsight we know who that is.
On the day Coober Pedy had every expectation that they would win.
Montgomerie started off the quarter for the Devils, however, the combination of Lynch and Ankers put Coober Pedy seven points in front.
It looked like the Saints would get to administer sweet revenge after last week's controversial game against OD.
Despite a desperate Coober Pedy back line trying to stop an OD resurgence, Scott Montgomerie belted two in a
row between the long white sticks giving the Devils a five-point advantage with less than five minutes to go in the game.
The excitement around the ground was palpable, when Warren from Coober Pedy kicked one of the most important majors of
their season; the Saints were in front by one point.
In a heartbreaking turn of events for Coober Pedy Jason Elliott resuscitated a breathless OD, bringing them back
from the dead with a goal in the final minutes the game.
OD Coach Dale Summerton responded by flooding the Coober Pedy forward fifty; a little insurance against an on the siren upset.
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