On Saturday Kinglake travelled up and over the Dandenong Ranges to take on Emerald.
With all the other top sides playing each other on Saturday, it was critical for Kinglake’s finals chances to secure a win.
However, Emerald had other ideas and was able to win both seniors and reserves games.
Now Kinglake’s finals hope rest not only on their own games, but the results of the other six top clubs that will play each other over the next two weeks for five finals spots with the venues for finals matches to be announced shortly.
Into the seniors from the reserves were Ben LePoidevin with Casey McNaught also returning to the senior line-up and Steve Hurst and Daniel Hamilton returning to the reserves side this week.
Emerald got the jump on Kinglake early and was able to stay in front all afternoon, kicking five goals straight in the opening term to Kinglake’s one goal.
In the second term, Kinglake managed to get within three goals, reducing the first term deficit to just three goals, one point, but this proved to not be enough.
In the third term, Kinglake outscored Emerald, kicking four goals three to Emerald’s three goals two, but it wasn’t enough to get in front of Emerald before the last break.
By the last quarter, it was goal-for-goal with both sides kicking three more goals and while Kinglake had reduced the margin they couldn’t get in front of Emerald who won by 16 points.
KINGLAKE: 1.2 5.3 9.6 12.7 (79)
GOALS: Brent Gallichio 4, Daniel Nolan 2, Casey McNaught 2, Matthew Bannister, Michael Nott, Damian Pywell, David McMahon.
BEST: James Walker, Adam Butterworth, Nathan Wearne, Daniel Nolan.
EMERALD: 5.0 8.4 11.6 14.11 (95)
Back into the reserves side after injury and a long recovery period was playing coach Michael ‘Kevva’ Maloney with Rowan Francis, Daniel Hamilton and Darren McCumber also returning to the side, with Harold Barter, Luke Gaskett, Glen Jenkins, Ben Le Poidevin and Aidan O’Connor not playing this weekend.
Emerald got off to a three-goal start in the first term with Kinglake kicking just one goal three with Emerald having a nine-point lead by the first break.
Kinglake managed to kick four more goals in the second term, however, Emerald added another four to their tally, leaving Kinglake 14 points behind by half time.
By the third quarter, Emerald kicked three goals four to Kinglake’s two goals two, but Kinglake still had Emerald within reach and hadn’t let them get away from Kinglake to a point that would make it impossible to catch up.
By late in the third quarter, Kinglake had started to play some good footy and were beginning to catch up and had started to change the momentum of the game Kinglake’s way, which they took into the last term.
In the last quarter, Kinglake made an effort to secure a ‘come-from-behind’ win and they nearly got there but needed to kick at least two more quick goals in the last few, and by the final siren, Kinglake had lost to Emerald by eight points.
The Kinglake crowd that had travelled to watch the game could be heard trying to cheer the boys over the line in the last few minutes and no doubt this crowd will get louder as the home and away season draws to a close in two weeks’ time.
KINGLAKE: 1.3 4.4 6.6 9.9 (63)
GOALS: Cameron Caine 4, Daniel Hamilton 3, Ashley Grundy, Rowan Francis.
BEST: Ben Collins, Rob Hale, Daniel Hamilton, Andrew Kelly.
EMERALD: 3.0 7.0 10.4 11.5 (71)
Round 17 sees Kinglake travel up into the Dandenongs again to take on Belgrave in what shapes as a must-win game for the Lakers, followed by the last home and away game for 2008 when Kinglake take on Thornton-Eildon at the King Dome.
As it’s the last away trip for the year Kinglake would like to see as many players, supporters and everyone from Kinglake on the bus, which will return on Saturday night to the National Park Hotel.
Next weekend (Saturday 16 August) Kinglake will hold a Night of Comedy and Song at Kinglake FNC club rooms.
Come along dressed as your favourite pop star. It should be a great night and I’m sure the Promains Watering Hole will get quite a workout as Kinglake celebrates one of it’s most successful years on and off the field and will know if they’ve made finals by then.
This will be followed on Sunday by the Croc Club’s Family Fun Day.
More details next week or on the Laker’s website at < www.kinglakefc.vcfl.com.au >.
Don’t forget to put Friday 26 September in your diary for Presentation Night which will be one of the biggest in years at the KFNC club rooms.
Please note the changed date.
Article first published Whittlesea Review, 5 August 2008. Read the original.