The Seniors endured a heartbreaking loss to Old Carey on Saturday, with effectively the last kick of the game seeing the Panthers win their way into the Premier B Grand Final by four points.
Old Carey flew out of the blocks early, booting five goals to one in the first term to go into the quarter-time break with a 25-point lead.
With their season on the line, the Blacks roared back into the contest, kicking five goals to none in a stunning second quarter which saw them take a six-point lead into the halftime break. The likes of Jordan Quaile, Lochie Dornauf and Lachlan Huntington getting busy to spark the revival.
The third quarter would be the one to rue from a Blacks point of view. Just one goal and eight behinds were kicked to Carey’s three goals which meant the Blacks’ lead was just one point at the final change. A Grand Final berth and 2019 Premier spot were still well and truly up for grabs.
It was an enthralling last quarter as both teams went goal for goal. With multiple lead changes, both sets of supporters had their nerves tested in the dying stages.
Just as the Blacks thought they had done enough though, the Panthers kicked the match-winner with literally seconds left. A bitter pill to swallow after what was an excellent season.
Huntington finished with three goals, while Quaile and John Vrodos finished with a couple each. Campbell Moorfield completed a very impressive season at full back and was best afield in a losing cause, while usual suspects Josh Steadman and Jarrod Carlson were also prominent.
There is still some silverware on offer this weekend, however, with the Reserves to face Beaumaris in the Premier B Reserve decider.
Goals: Huntington 3, Vrodos 2, Quaile 2, Knight, Sevior, Locke, Dornauf
Best: Moorfield, Steadman, Turner, Carlson, Quaile, Beasley