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Sutton puts Centrals into prelim

Teammates mob Josh Sutton after kicking a goal after the final siren to send Werribee Centrals into a preliminary final. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

JOSH Sutton has calmly slotted a 40m goal after the siren to give Werribee Centrals its first finals win since making its most recent grand final in 2010.

Trailing Inverleigh by five points with the siren imminent at St Albans Reserve, Sutton took an impressive mark before going back to take his shot.

As he started his approach, the siren sounded before he retreated and went through his routine again, with the result sparking wild scenes of celebrations from Centurions’ players and fans.

Coach Nick Smith admitted he couldn’t bear to watch as Sutton booked Centrals a rematch with qualifying final conqueror Bannockburn in the preliminary final.

“When he marked I just turned to Simon (Calbert, assistant coach) and said, “oh, the poor bugger”,” Smith recalled.

“Moments like this, they make or break you. I was actually thinking “what am I going to say him if he misses?”. It’s funny; I don’t know why I thought that way.

“I couldn’t really watch it. I just watched our crowd, and when I saw them go up, I actually ran the other way and went towards our president and vice-president and celebrated them, and then ran out joined the boys after that.”


Smith was impressed by how Sutton handled the situation.

“It was a good, solid 40m kick with a wet footy in the last quarter; it’s super-clutch,” Smith said.

“He creamed it. As soon as it came off his foot, celebrations started.

“An awesome finish to a less than an awesome game.”


Smith doesn’t expect it will take much for the Centurions to shift its attention to Saturday’s preliminary final clash with the Tigers.

“We can focus on Bannockburn pretty quick because we did a pretty thorough analysis of our loss against them,” he said.

“So, I won’t have to focus too much on what we have to do differently. It will be just about getting the bodies right.”

“We’ll probably have a pool session together on Monday, a light session on Tuesday, and a little bit of a touch-up session on Thursday.

“It won’t really be about what we need to do on the track; it’s just about getting the mindset back on what we need to do to turn the tables on Bannockburn.”

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