AFL- Lions pressure ladder leaders

WHAT was forecast as three home games turned into one on a sunny Saturday and the local AFL Lions were up against the undefeated ladder leaders Pambula Panthers. 

The last time they met the Lions copped it from the Panthers on their home turf and now it was time for revenge and the table to turn.

Word had got out that the Panthers were not of a full contingent, but the Lions had suffered their short fall as well, and with a desperate ring around by the senior coach, this was going to be an interesting result.

With the engine room pumped the Lions stood their ground in the first quarter giving the Panthers a game tussle goal for goal and behinds that resulted in the Lions just a point behind. The Panthers stepped up the tempo in the second quarter and pushed forward, the Lions suffered and the Panthers were in front half time by six goals.

A half time chat always deserves a good turn, and the Lions gathered and kicked four for the third. Come the last quarter and what a quarter, it was teamwork, hard work, pressure, guts and determination by the Lions that paid dividends. The Lions booted another four but the Panthers did manage a score and it was enough for ladder leaders to win.

Final score Lions 11.10-76 v Panthers 15.9–99.

To the Lions credit and to the players that answered the call, they do have the potential and with five rounds to go, who knows what is possible.

Best on ground were Clifford Taylor, Tom Clarke, Joel Lansky and Simon Mackie.

This Saturday the Lions are off to Tathra and Saturday, July 19 is the last home game of the season against Merimbula Diggers.


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