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Falcons full of character

The Geelong Falcons belt out the team song after beating the Dandenong Stingrays. (Geelong Falcons Image)

GEELONG Falcons coach Paul Corrigan has paid tribute to his team’s character after it stormed home to beat Dandenong Stingrays by four points to keep its unbeaten start to the NAB League Boys season alive.

Trailing by 18 points at the final change, the Falcons kicked four to the Stingrays’ one in the last quarter to claim a 10.12 (72) to 10.8 (68) victory.

Corrigan was impressed by the Falcons’ ability to fight back from a slow start.

“We probably weren’t playing our best footy at the start,” he said.

“We were creating a lot of turnovers for Dandenong, and they would use their offence off the back of that to score pretty quickly.

“We were playing into their hands a little bit, trying to handball our way out of traffic instead of getting the ball more direct on the foot.”

Corrigan said half-time allowed the Falcons to refocus.

“We tidied a few things up after half-time, and the boys started to grind their way back into the game in the third quarter,” he said.

“In the last quarter, we produced how we wanted to play and put Dandy on the back foot, and we were able to get some more ball in our front half and get some scoring opportunities.”

Defender Oscar Murdoch was a standout for the Falcons.

“He was great – in the air and when the balls hit the ground,” Corrigan said.

“Even if he’s a bit out of position, he gets himself back in (the contest) to spoil.

“He took a couple of ripping marks going back with the flight and took intercept marks as well.”

Toby Murray, Euriah Hollard and big man Olivier Northam also impressed as the Falcons climbed to second spot, just half a game behind ladder leader Gippsland Power.

The Falcons will now have three weekends off before returning to action against the Oakleigh Chargers at Ballarat’s Mars Stadium on May 28.

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