Small forward Emmet Smith has saved a tiring Natte Bealiba from a draw against Talbot in round two of the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League 2018 season, with an after-the-siren goal sealing the Swans a six-point victory on Saturday.
Scores were locked at 74 points apiece in the final moments of the game before Natte won a clearance from a stoppage near centre wing through Jye Mortlock, who found Smith with a long kick forward.
The siren sounded with scores tied, but Smith held his nerve, nailing a set shot from a 45-degree angle about 35 metres from goal to break the deadlock and seal Natte a memorable 11.14 (80) 10.14 (74) win.
“I was pretty bloody nervous,” Smith said of his set shot after the game.
“I didn’t actually see it go through but I knew it was going to be a score so I celebrated.”
Not only did Smith’s post-siren major give the Swans a 2-0 start to the 2018 season, it spared Natte Bealiba from a devastating loss, with the side squandering a 31-point lead that stood at halftime.
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