Brahma Lodge show Tiger like qualities to fight their way back to a premiership win after trailing all day against Adelaide Lutheran
By Jordan Sennett Perez
Brahma Lodge v Adelaide Lutheran at Price Memorial Oval Now that was a Grand Final. Brahma Lodge after trailing for 3 quarters have fought back and prevailed, beating Adelaide Lutheran by 15 points to claim the 2020 premiership. Adelaide Lutheran will be kicking themselves relentlessly well into the off season due to the fact that they kept Brahma Lodge to just a single goal at half-time. Adelaide Lutheran burst out of the gates, stunning their more fancied opposition with 3 huge goals whilst spraying some easy shots therefore keeping Brahma Lodge in the contest. Brahma had some opportunities in the second stanza but appeared a bit shaky in front of goal and not their usual blistering sharpshooting selves. Lutheran really should’ve been up by more at half time. They failed to capitalise on Brahma’s very average first half, but still took a handy 23-point lead into the main break. This is where the game changed. Whatever coach Dene Steele said at half time, clearly worked. Brahma Lodge seemingly changed gears in the third quarter. The players willed themselves back into the contest with a 3 goals to 0 third quarter. Adelaide Lutheran still held sway by 7-points at lemon time and it was still anyone’s game. The last quarter however, was more of what we saw in the third quarter. Brahma Lodge continued their strong momentum into the final quarter. Effectively running over the top of Adelaide Lutheran with a 4 goal to 0 display. What looked like a day of misery for Tigers supporters after their reserves lost the reserves grand final earlier in the day. Turned into gold and a big premiership celebration. For the Tiger faithful they watched in delight as their team won by 15-points, in a wonderful come from behind victory. Daniel Burgess was huge for Adelaide Lutheran in the first half with 3 goals whilst setting up fellow teammates with a couple of other crucial goals. Tim Kidney, Callum Masters and Patrick Baker were all solid contributors for the Dogs. For the Tigers Arnold Tripp, Eric Hem-Mendes, Jarrod Upton, Dylan Chaffey, Joey Timpano, Thomas Jenkins and Jack Cook all played their role superbly in Brahma’s comeback and eventual win to seal their premiership victory. It was a classic low-scoring, hard-fought defensive style of game with the two best sides all year locking horns and refusing to let up. This match will not be forgotten for a while. Once again congratulations to the 2020 premiers, Brahma Lodge on their fantastic achievement.