East earns another crack at Rennie

September 04, 2017

A date with Rennie in a preliminary final awaits Shepparton East.

A date with Rennie in a preliminary final awaits Shepparton East.

The Eagles prevailed in a do-or-die clash with Waaia yesterday to keep their Picola District Football League south-east premiership defence alive.

An injury-ravaged Eagles side traveled to Rennie without Joey Perkovic (thigh), Nathan Barolli (hamstring) and Jamie Spencer (ankle), but still managed to win by 13 points.

East overturned a 10-point deficit in the final term as Zack Betson and Rob Osborne kicked seven goals between them in the 11.14 (80) to 9.13 (67) result.

Waaia led at quarter-time and the main break following a goalless second term between the two sides.

The Eagles gained the momentum in the premiership quarter, taking a two-point lead into the final term as both sides continued to exchange blows in front of goal.

Defenders Steve Burns and David Gillespie stood tall for the Eagles, while Angus Sutherland attempted to nullify the influence of Pearce medallist Matt McCarty.

‘‘It was a really tough game, but I am just glad that we came out on top in the end,’’ Vidler said.

‘‘Both sides went goal-for-goal for the most part and then, in the end, we were just lucky enough to kick a few to get us over the line.’’

The Eagles face a race against time to get Barolli, Perkovic and Spencer back, but Vidler was confident they would return.

‘‘I am positive they will play,’’ Vidler said.

‘‘In saying that, we just have to wait, see and hope they recover right.’’

It was the third time the two clubs have played each other this season, with the Bombers winning seven weeks ago, but Vidler was happy his side could swing the ledger back in their favour.

‘‘They are a tough side, they like to play a different brand of football to most and our plan I thought worked,’’ Vidler said.

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