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Ammos hold off late Tiger charge

Hamish Shepheard flies high for a mark in Geelong Amateur’s win over Torquay at Queen’s Park. (Marcel Berens Sports Photography Image/Marcel Berens)

A NINE-goal haul from star forward Mitch Day has proved the difference as Geelong Amateur climbed to second spot on the BFL ladder with a 13-point win over Torquay at Queen’s Park.

Day, who reached 300 goals for Ammos with his sixth major of the day, reaffirmed how valuable he is to last year’s runner-up in its quest for a fourth premiership in five seasons.

“He was good, but in saying that, he had a real quality backman in Billy Barnes on him, too,” co-coach Rowan McSparron said.

“And I think the ball use coming forward was a lot better for him, so he was able to have a jump at the footy and free his hands and he got on the end of a couple.”


Leading by just five points at half time, Amateur was able to get further separation on the scoreboard with a four-goal-to-two third quarter.

The home team then kicked the first four goals of the final term, before taking the foot off the pedal and allowing the Tigers to kick the last four majors of the afternoon.

“We probably just steadied a little bit through the third quarter – we were up by two or three goals at three-quarter time,” McSparron said.

“We kicked the first four goals of the last quarter and looked like we were going to skip away with the game a bit.

“But Torquay’s a pretty proud footy club, and they stuck it and kicked the last four, bringing the margin back to being a bit more respectable than it could have been.

“We didn’t finish off the game as we would have expected.”

Max Hurley kicked a career-high five goals for the Torquay, which now sits a game and percentage behind fifth-placed Modewarre.

However, after playing Anglesea and Ocean Grove following the bye, the Tigers finish the season with games against bottom three Drysdale, Newcomb and Portarlington.

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