BENDIGO Senior Secondary College kicked three goals to none in the final quarter to overrun Catholic College Bendigo in Wednesday’s Premier League football clash at the QEO.
BSSC trailed CCB by 12 points at the final change, but with a strong breeze behind them the Lions added 3.3 to no score in the last quarter to win, 8.7 (55) to 6.10 (46).
Despite not scoring in the final quarter, CCB was left to lament its efforts with the breeze in the first and third terms.
BSSC kicked three goals against the wind in the first term and in the third quarter CCB wasted a string of chances in front of goal.
After trailing by 12 points at half-time, CCB dominated the third quarter but only managed 3.4.
CCB’s 12-point three-quarter time lead should have been 20-points plus and the Lions made them pay in the final quarter.
Liam O’Keefe, Phil Ryan, Matt Higgs, Matthew Chisari, Keelan Payne and Jonty Maarciano were best for the Lions.
A gallant CCB squad was best served by Isaac Miller, Anthony Bingham, John Harvey, Xavier Walsh, Sam Simpson and Patrick Ludeman.
“It was a congested game and you really had to make the most of the breeze when you had it,’’ BSSC coach Brett Henderson said.
“You have to give credit to the boys for the way they fought back in the last quarter.
“Our backline stood up really well in the third quarter. Every time the ball comes back in the pressure keeps building and something usually gives way, but today the boys really stuck at it.”
Henderson said the Lions should be improved for their second round clash against Essendon-Keilor College on May 20.
“We’ve got a couple of boys to come back into the squad to strengthen it up and the boys who played today did a great job,’’ Henderson said.
“I’m still learning about the boys as well, so I’m sure we’ll get some improvement for our next game.”
CCB coach Lee Coghlan was proud of his side’s efforts.
“BSSC’s first quarter was what won the game for them,’’ Coghlan said.
“We were playing catch-up all day and the boys did a great job, but we just couldn’t hold them off in the final quarter.
“We had all the play in the third quarter, but our kicking let us down and we missed a couple of shots that we should have kicked.
“We should have been at least three goals up, but that’s footy.
“I was very proud of the way the boys we played. We only had two Pioneers players and the rest were made up of Bendigo league players, so they did a great job to come together like that.”