Rocherlea had started strongly, hesitated, recoiled and then hung on for grim football death.
The intriguing match-up at George Town was not what anyone could have reasonably expected, but somehow it was for Rocherlea coach Lyndon Stubbs.
The Tigers had clashed with George Town last month in a drawn practice match.
Stubbs said his side was not mistaken for the Saints of old in the wake of Rocherlea’s 13.8 (86) to 12.7 (79) win on Monday.
“We knew they’d be competitive,” Stubbs said.
“They’ve come a long way;obviously they have got some top-class players.
“Their structure was very hard to get through than when we went away last time.
“We weren’t expecting the George Town of the last couple of years of struggling.”
Rocherlea’s ultimate respect –on the daywhen respect means a lot –to their adversaries was proven with six goal-to-one first quarter.
“That’s how we started–we played like we were playing a good side, but then we let ourselves down after that,” Stubbs said.
And this is when things turned tricky.
George Town responded with a five goals to one in the second term, the Tigers kicked five to two in the next and the Saints came home four to two.
The lead fluctuations at the intervals of 31, 4, 24 and finally 7points baffled Stubbs in what was, for all intents and purposes, a windless encounter.
“I guess we ended up falling across the line, really,” he said.
“We had a very goodfirst quarter, but we lacked a bit of polish in the next few quarters.”
Amongthe goal-swapping, George Town’s Todd Kelly hauled in five of the Saints’ 12and Josh Holton kicked four for the Tigers to boost his total to 16 in three games.
Stubbs said jumpingthe logjam of mid-table teams in the early rounds to third spot was important.
“So for us staying in front of the ledgerwould be ideal,” he said, “and we don’t want to drop too many games too early and then have to fight your way in the second half of the year.”
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