GEELONG FALCONS drew with Tasmania in their latest TAC Cup match after emerging Birregurra forward Zach Zdybel missed a shot on goal in the final minute.
But Falcons coach Andrew Allthorpe said the missed shot was one of the only blemishes in another stand-out performance for Zdybel, who earned best-on-ground honours.
The first-year Falcon has ranked among the team’s best players in three of his past four matches, including Saturday’s 10.11 (71) draw.
“Zach had a long shot at goal from 45 metres out and missed, but he was still fantastic in the match,” Allthorpe said.
“He’d played 100-per-cent game time at centre half-forward and was instrumental in getting us back into the contest,” he said.
“The last two weeks he’s played at centre half-forward, he’s competed hard, he’s got a high workrate and he’s been hitting the scoreboard which is fantastic. He kicked 3.3 on Saturday.”
The Falcons trailed at every change – by six points at quarter time, 19 points at half time, and one point at three-quarter time – before levelling scores in the final term.
“After half time we were well on top but we missed a few opportunities,” Allthorpe said.
“The last quarter was a battle of momentum, there were a few lead changes,” he said.
Colac footballer Ben McCarthy also ranked among the Falcons’ best players in the win, playing a shut-down role in defence on one of Tasmania’s small forwards.
“Ben also provided a lot of run and drive out of defence, the attacking side of his game was really good,” Allthorpe said.
“Lochie Donne was good in the last quarter, he worked hard to get us going in the ruck, and Tom Rieniets had some good moments in defence,” he said.
The third-placed Falcons will face another test this weekend when they meet the fourth-placed Murray Bushrangers.