Spare a thought for DGES WORLD FAMOUS FOOTY TIPPING COMP tipster, Adam Gray from team A GRAY SUPERSTAR. Adam plays footy on the wing for the Strathmore under 16 second team. This year, Strathmore finished second on the ladder having lost only three games for the season.
Strathmore’s main foe for the season was Doutta Stars who lost only one game for the year…against Strathmore.
Everything stemmed to a thrilling final series and we all looked forward to a Grand Final show down between these two great teams. The semi final between the Strathmore and Doutta Stars was a beauty, with Doutta’s coming from behind in the last quarter to win by 10 points, putting them in the Grand Final. Strathmore were to play Keilor in the Preliminary Final the following week for the right to play Doutta’s in the granny.
This was not going to be an easy match because Keilor were a good side in their own right. Half time of the Preliminary Final had Strathmore doing it easy and in front of Keilor by 8 goals and well on the way to a grand Final showdown against Doutta Stars.
That was until the Keilor team called for a head count 5 minutes into the 3rd quarter. Somehow, one of the Strathmore boys didn’t realize he was supposed to be on the bench and the count showed that Strathmore had started the 3rd quarter with 19 men on the ground…
The penalty in the rule book had Strathmore stripped of its’ score, plus a free kick to Keilor on the goal line. Strathmore went from being 8 goals up to 4 goals down, with the momentum swaying towards the Keilor side.
Keilor kicked another couple of quick goals, while Strathmore attempted to compose themselves after the shock of the decision.
Strathmore fought out the game well and almost overcame the Keilor team, only to eventually lose by just over a goal.
A tragedy indeed for the Strathmore team who paid a harsh penalty for a simple mistake.
The Grand Final was won the following week by Doutta Stars who defeated Keilor by 70 odd points.
Strathmore fancied their chances against Doutta Stars but were left to rue the disappointment of missing what would have been a great Grand Final between the two best teams for the year.