Petrie Inspires comeback win
In sensational conditions, Ballarat’s favourite son, Drew Petrie, inspired the senior team to a come from behind victory at Active Electrical Oval. In front of an estimated 2,500 people, Redan jumped out of the blocks controlling all of the play in the 1st quarter with Petrie sitting deep in the forward line. The crowd saw a glimpse of what was to come with Petrie taking a screamer in front of the players changerooms late in the first.
After a rev up from Coach Shane Hutchinson at the quarter time break, and moving Petrie into the ruck, Ballarat began to seize control around the stoppages, spreading well, and getting some quality forward entries. After been 33 points down early in the 2nd, Ballarat went into half time just 10 point behind.
With Petrie giving a masterclass in the ruck, this allowed for regular ruckman Marcus Powling to sit at full forward, taking some telling marks and kicking 2 big goals in the 3rd quarter to give Ballarat a 9 point lead at the last change.
The last quarter was an absolute arm wrestle, with the scores all tied up with 5 minutes left of the clock. Enter Drew Petrie. After missing a difficult set shot in front of the social rooms, Petrie then kicked the 2 match winning goals deep in Ballarat’s forward line, roving his own ball and snapping both goals to give Ballarat a 13 point win.
The club would like to thank Drew, wife Nicole, and their children for making the trip from Perth to represent Ballarat once again. It was a memorable day for everyone involved. Drew was presented with a Ballarat jumper, and the customary Ballarat beer jug presented to players who have graduated from our junior program who play their first senior club game. He was joined by Lucas Hodgetts and Taylor Sutton who also played their first senior club game today.
Well done to David McConchie and his Auskick team for organising the half time games with the little ones.
|Ballarat||0 – 2 – 2||4 – 4 – 28||9 – 7 – 61||12 – 12 – 84|
|Redan||5 – 0 – 30||6 – 2 – 38||7 – 10 – 52||10 – 11 – 71|
Goal Kickers: M. Powling 3, P. Vivian 2, N. Garner 2, D. Petrie 2, K. Mellington, D. Kennedy, T. Conroy.
Best Players: D. Petrie, P. Vivian, N. Garner, M. Powling, S. Hutchinson, T. Sutton.
Goal Kickers: G. Bell 4, M. Coon, J. Giampaolo, N. Horbury, B. Smyth, L. McLean, A. Harvey.
Best Players: C. Craig-Peters, J. Giampaolo, N. Horbury, W. Madden, L. Hoy, M. Coon.
The Ballarat Courier Report
Drew Petrie made a dream hometown return to inspire Ballarat to a last-gasp win over Redan in the Ballarat Football League at Alfredton on Saturday.
Petrie overcame the jitters in front of goals to seal the 13-point victory with the last two majors of the match.
The North Melbourne 300-game veteran, in his first game since retiring as a West Coast Eagles player last season, was ultimately the difference between the cellar dwellars as Redan continues to search for its first win.
Petrie gave a master class of tap ruck work to give the Swans first use of the football at centre bounces.
Then as the day wore on he became pivotal as a pathway to goal through a series of assists in a mixed role as a ruckman and high forward.
Petrie started in the goal mouth, but that soon changed with Redan dominant in the opening quarter.
Led by Nathan Horbury, Liam Hoy, Grant Bell and Cooper Craig-Peters, the Lions did not give Ballarat a look in as they kicked the opening five goals to open up 34-point lead early oin the second term.
Redan had too much pace and it willingness to run through the lines had Ballarat in disarray, especially in attack.
It was no coincidence that as Petrie began to get his hands on the football and have an influence that the Swans started to work their way into the game.
With Petrie spending most of his time on-ball, Marcus Powling (three goals) was released to play at full forward and his aerial strength became a factor.
It was Redan’s turn to struggle in the third quarter as a hard-tackling Ballarat took contol with six goals to win to lead by nine points with Nick and Will Garner, Shane Hutchinson in charge through the midfield.
Redan was not about to let the game go so easily though and digging deep clawed its way back to level up on 18 minutes.
Again Ballarat needed to respond and it did.
Petrie had an opportunity from a set shot to put the Swans in front, but shanked his kick out of bounds. He did not miss his next two chances though to seal the deal.
Ballarat coach Shane Hutchinson said he was unsure whether nerves had struck the Swans in the opening quarter, but they had made it tough for themselves by going away from their game plan.
He said he was pleased with the way they had responded though.