Alvie recorded a season defying win by one point
The Country Cup has produced another tight low-scoring arm wrestle at a wet Central Reserve.
Alvie have consolidated their spot inside the top five, after overcoming a twenty-three point half time deficit to defeat rivals Irrewarra/Beeac by just one point in a bruising encounter in front of a large crowd.
The Bombers made the early running with a strong second quarter with three quick goals in a space of four minutes giving them a handy lead at the main break and looked to record an important victory in terms of their season.
However, Swans coach Dan Casey made positional changes to put Hayden Hickey into the middle of the ground, while Mitch Williamson was move to defence to provide some run and Dave O’Sullivan to centre half-forward to provide a target and it proved to be a masterstroke.
Three goals in the third quarter without reply by Alvie, including one from a fifty meter penalty gave them a huge chance at the last change to trail by seven points.
Captain Liam McGuane booted the all-important first major of the last term with a brilliant tap from Tom Driver and young gun Lochie Rosevear helped set up one of the best goals of the season with desperate effort at half back to allow Tom Whytcross at the eight minute mark to give them the lead for the first time.
But two minutes later, Trent Theodore gave the Bombers hope as he converted to put the margin back to a point.
However, the Swans defence stood tall once it mattered to hold on for a narrow 6.6 (42) to 6.5 (41) vctory that could help set up a finals berth.
While for the Bombers, it doesn’t get any easier for them as they have the likes of Birregurra, South Colac and Lorne to come in the next month.
ALVIE 1.2, 1.4, 4.4, 6.6 (42)
IRREWARRA/BEEAC 2.3, 5.3, 5.5, 6.5 (41)
GOALS: ALVIE: Josh Lansbury-Lowe, Hayden Hickey, Liam McGuane, Tom Whytcross, Danny Allan, Mitch Williamson. IRREWARRA/BEEAC: Joel Menzies 2, Jason Cartwright, David Dunne, Trent Theodore, Khan Beckett.
BEST: ALVIE: Hayden Hickey, Liam McGuane, Andre DeLorenzo, Danny Allan, Jack Ruddell, Dean McGuane. IRREWARRA/BEEAC: Paul Stinchcombe, Chris Dunne, Jaden Angus, Shaun Dell, Troy Keating, Khan Beckett.