Rebels stun with late comeback effort

CRUNCH TIME: Aiden Domic fired up at the start of the fourth quarter with three unanswered goals to give the Rebels a glimmer of hope. Picture: On Deck Media
CRUNCH TIME: Aiden Domic fired up at the start of the fourth quarter with three unanswered goals to give the Rebels a glimmer of hope. Picture: On Deck Media

Greater Western Victoria Rebels have turned a 43-point third-quarter deficit into a six-point victory over third-placed Murray Bushrangers in TAC Cup competition.

The Bushrangers capitalised on the Rebels’ slow start to establish a healthy lead early in the match at Ikon Park on Saturday.

While the Rebels were competitive in patches, by the final break Murray looked set to win the game.

But Aiden Domic kicked three unanswered goals at the start of the fourth quarter, after moving from the wing to an inside midfield role, to spark a Rebels comeback. 

The team went on to kick five more majors while keeping the Bushrangers to just one point. 

Rebels coach Gerard FitzGerald said it was a group of very excited players, staff, parents and friends following the game.

“It was a very euphoric feeling, I told them to sit back and enjoy the moment because they can be very rare in football,” he said.

FitzGerald said when teams found themselves so far behind in matches, a lot of things needed to be done right to catch up.

“It’s a combination of making sure you play well when you have the ball, when you don’t have it and when it is in dispute,” he said.

“When you have a really good run like that it can get killed off by the opposition kicking a goal, but we maintained the momentum... it was a really dominant quarter both offensively and defensively.”