Dear Henry puts Lismore through in thriller
Updated: Aug 18, 2019
The ‘Irishman’ Thomas Henry snapped the footy from 30 metres out under pressure to put Lismore in front with seven seconds to go in the elimination final against Tweed Tigers yesterday, sending the Lismore crowd at Pottsville in to a cheering frenzy. Tweed Coast 10.15.75 to Lismore Swans 11.12.78
The Lismore men’s senior side finished 4th at the end of the home and away season and hadn’t won a game in 1176 days, until a clutch team effort got the ball forward in the dying seconds with Daniel Bruce and Oscar Jones off loading superb handpasses under pressure to the waiting Irishman.
In a four team competition the Swans were always guaranteed finals but it meant travelling to Pottsville to play 3rd place Tweed Tigers.
The Swans pulled the trigger at the right time to win their first game in two and a half years in the game that matters most with inspired footy with the Swans always finding an answer to Tweeds highly skilled work rate and structure.
The game had 13 lead changes as both teams put everything on the line, but it ultimately came down to the final seconds off Henry’s awkward Irishman’s Gaelic boot with his checkside kick that won it.
Prior to that Tweed had taken the lead with two minutes to go in what appeared to have broken Lismore hearts as they tried to lock in the football and seal the game.
However just like the entire game leading up to that final moment, the entire Swans team rallied and to their credit they found the answer.
To not win a game in so long and break the drought in such dramatic fashion, is a testament to the belief and will of the squad and entire football club to grind away and stay determined to find that elusive win.
Now it’s on to next week where the Swans travel the Bruxner to Ballina at Fripp Oval for the preliminary final.
The Swans are asking every supporter to travel the Bruxner next Saturday for the 2.20pm encounter and get behind the Red & White.
Ballina will hear the entourage of Red and White roll towards Fripp Oval next Saturday as passionate and loyal fans get behind this fantastic team.
Make sure you join us in what should be a fantastic encounter of local Australian Rules footy.