In the Carroll Cup on Wednesday, a thrilling game between The Riverina Anglican College and Wagga High ended in a draw, and so TRAC are through to finals based on percentages from the previous round.
Wagga High led from the start, but not by much, and TRAC soon caught up.
The lead seesawed until the end, when TRAC’s Liam Delahunty scored a goal on the run with less than two minutes on the clock, eliminating Wagga High.
When the game wrapped up, Wagga High on 7.9 (51), and TRAC on 8.3 (51), there was a bit of confusion.
“We thought if we kicked that goal, we would be through, but we weren’t sure for five minutes there at the end, it was a bit nerve-wracking,” TRAC coach Mick Reynolds said.
“I did feel sorry for Wagga High there after putting this much effort in.”
TRAC had fewer opportunities on goal, and fewer inside 50s, but they made the most of every chance.
“At one stage there we’d kicked seven from seven,” Reynolds said.
“We were kicking really straight, that kept us in the contest.”
TRAC players flooded Wagga High’s attacking zone, bringing numbers to the ball in defence and spoiling Wagga High’s attempts on goal.
“We put Henry Lane down at full back and I don’t know if he’s played there that often but he’s a big strong boy,” Reynolds said.
“He kept Henry Standley, who’s a very good mark, a very strong footballer, he kept him quiet all night.
“We had a lot of tackling pressure in the back line and lots of good, long kicks.”
Goals: (TRAC) Delahunty 4, Wakefield 2, Harry Reynolds. (Wagga High) not submitted.
Best: (TRAC) Justin Jenkins, Luke Nicholas, Reynolds, Delahunty, Henry Lane (Wagga High) Sam McGowan, Jordan Prestage, Steve Senior, Ben Keith, Jacob Ocheing
Later in the night, Mater Dei dominated the Pool A match, defeating Kooringal High 25.20 (170) to 0.1 (1).
With the inclusion of Brendan Myers, Mater Dei was unstoppable.
Goals: (Mater Dei) Myers 5, Joe Burton 4, Connor Quade 3, Corey Toole 2, Steve Hoffman 2, Mitchell Foster 2, Jake Hodge 2, Rhys Mooney, Mitch Wadley, Harry Bennett, Jackson Casey, Hainsworth Cock
Best: (Mater Dei) Hodge, Mooney, Hoffman, Quade, Myers, Carey (Kooringal) George Kendall, Angus McLay, Connor Willis, Jack Bryce, Caleb Wild, Nick McCorry
In the school girls' tournament that afternoon, Mater Dei defeated Kooringal 9.4 (58) to 2.0 (12) and Kildare defeated TRAC 4.1 (25) to 3.3 (21).