Renshaw’s miss helps Demons escape

CORRYONG midfielder Tom Renshaw kicked a behind with less than a minute remaining to hand the Demons a thrilling one-point win over Bullioh at Corryong on Saturday.

The Demons looked to be cruising to victory with a 34-point lead at the final change before the Bulldogs mounted a spirited comeback to draw level with three minutes left.

With the match up for grabs Renshaw drifted forward to take a mark 30 metres out and kicked a behind before the final siren sounded.

Demons coach Andrew Reid, who kicked four goals, said he was unaware the margin was so close.

“I’m not that good at maths and I thought we were seven points in front,” Reid said.

“It wasn’t until after the game I realised it was only a point.

“We just thought we had the game won and went to sleep.

“Things started to go their way and once they got momentum things started to turn pretty quickly.

“We were pretty fortunate to hold them out but we should have put them away a lot earlier — we just didn’t kick straight.”

Defenders Russell Anderson and Matt Squires were the springboard for the many of the Demons’ attacking moves, while midfielder Shannon Gilson showed his customary dash and continually broke the lines.

Reid said the Demons were finally starting to play some consistent football.

“Blokes are starting to understand their roles and playing a lot more team orientated,” he said.

The Demons were without utility James Paton while the Bulldogs missed forward Tom Hickey.

In other matches Cudgewa coach Bill Deery booted 10 goals as the Blues smashed Tumbarumba by 78 points.

Border-Walwa produced their best effort of the season in going down to Federal by 12 points.