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Interleague nail-biter

MANY South Gippslanders made the drive to support the Alberton league at Romsey Park, Romsey on Saturday.
The junior teams were particularly well supported.
Conditions for football could not have been more perfect with sunshine, no wind and a ground that was in beautiful nick.
The Riddell and District Football League will rue missed opportunities and ill-discipline as it coughed up an 18 point three-quarter time lead to go down by the narrowest of margins.
Early signs were not all that good for Alberton as Riddell applied huge pressure early on but it developed into a genuine arm wrestle.
No more than two goals separated the two sides throughout the opening half before the game started to open up as it wore on later in the day.
Riddell controlled more of the ball throughout the opening three quarters but struggled to put its dominance on the scoreboard.
Alberton’s more intelligent use of the interchange bench was less wearing on team fitness and might well have ended up the difference between the two teams.
Alberton ruckman Ben Law while not dominating the ruck contest proved a valuable link man for the visitors.
It was an excellent, entertaining pressure game to watch and went right down to the wire.
With Riddell having kicked the last goal before the final siren it was tense right up until the end.
Riddell’s James Nolan (five goals) and Romsey’s Matt Davidson (two goals) were both lively in the attacking 50, but kicks going into the forward line were not always ideal nor was the kicking on goal at times.
The RDFL finished the day with four more scoring shots than Alberton but Alberton raised the trophy.
Alberton FNL 16.8 (104) d Riddell DFNL 15.13 (103)
Best of ground – Ben Law. Goals: Luke Damon 4, Michael Cooke, Chris Endres 3, Beau Runnalls 2, Patrick McKenna, Matt Schreck, Cam Stone, Jason Wells 1. Other best: Jaymie Youle, Dylan Clark, Chris Endres, Michael Cooke, Joel Sinclair, Paul Pattison.

ouble joy: the victorious netball and football interleague teams and officials show off their silver wear. Photography courtesy of Shawn Smits, Riddell District FNL.

ouble joy: the victorious netball and football interleague teams and officials show off their silver wear. Photography courtesy of Shawn Smits, Riddell District FNL.

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