The Northern Suns have come from 31 points behind approaching half-time to keep the Great Southern Storm winless in the Landmark Colts Country Championship at Bendigo Bank stadium in Mandurah on Friday afternoon.
The Suns kicked six goals to two in the second half to record their second win of the tournament, 10.5 65 – 10.4 64.
When Nathan Powell kicked his second goal approaching half-time, the Storm lead was 31 points and they looked to be on their way to their first victory over the four games.
The Storm kicked the first five goals of the match in the high scoring affair, but like they did against Peel on Thursday, their own errors and mistakes saw them throw away a victory they had in their own hands.
Twice, Storm players stepped out of the goal square as they kicked out from minor scores to keep the ball inside their defensive 50 and pressure on their tired defenders.
The Suns kicked four of the first five goals of the second half to put them within touching distance of the winless Storm.
The Suns kicked three consecutive minor scores around the 16 minute mark of the term to pull the Storm’s lead to just four points.
But, the Storm’s Mitch Woods ran into an open goal at the 17 minute mark of the quarter to put the Storm ahead by 10 points and what looked to be another winning position.
The Suns had other ideas as two late crumbing goals to their small forwards gave them a two point lead with just minutes left.
Isaac Devitt-Boyd marked with just seconds remaining on the clock and had a set shot after the siren to win the game but pushed his shot wide to give the Suns a win of the narrowest margins.
Devitt-Boyd cannot be blamed for the loss however as he was one of the Storm’s best contributors, not only today but over the carnival.
Devitt-Boyd was thrown into the ruck to great effect in the first half while ruckman Nathan Powell was sent to the goal square and kicked two first half majors.
The Storm kicked eight first half goals, four of which directly came from free kicks or 50 metre penalties.
The Storm played good football for long periods of time against both Peel and the Suns but their own mistakes were the undoing.