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Returning Numbulwar star Jaiseph Riley drives last-gasp victory as Shalom beat Cathedral 35-32 AN electric finale saw Shalom snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in their second match of the school season.
Three goals in the final quarter saw the Indigenous side seal the win by just three points, as they beat Cathedral 35-32.
Captain Jaiseph Riley, who was badly missed in the side’s opening day defeat last week, returned to inspire Shalom.
He said: ‘We weren’t playing well. I think we were a bit frightened.'
‘There are a lot of young boys out there learning the game. The seniors got them through.'
‘I spoke to them before the final quarter about manning up and getting into space when we had the ball.'
‘That gave me a bit more space. We scored three times and won it with one of the last kicks of the game.'
‘I thought we’d lost. But when I heard the score I sang out to the boys. It was a great comeback.’
Kulumburu’s Thomas Clarke kicked the winning goal after Riley and Yolngu man Leon Gurruwiwi each scored to put Shalom back in it.
Clarke’s older brother Elliot kicked a stunning goal from 40 metres in the third quarter.
For the second week running, the Indigenous school were slow out of the blocks.
In typical sporting manner, Shalom gave a depleted Cathedral three players before kick-off so they could make up a full-side.
After making his AFL debut last week, Mo the gappy found himself playing for the opposition.
He kicked a goal to help Cathedral win the first three quarters. They went into the home straight nine points to the good.
Shalom’s task got harder when their opponents scored within a minute of the final quarter.
But led on by Riley, they turned the game on its head, and scored three times to secure a memorable victory.
By Jonny Pearce