LAUNCESTON full- forward Sonny Whiting booted a superb 60-metre torpedo goal in the dying seconds to deny cross- town rival North Launceston a likely victory in a thrilling State League contest at Aurora Stadium last night.
The Northern Bombers were four points up in the final minutes of the game before Whiting marked outside the 50m arc and threw the ball on to his boot for a monstrous torpedo that sailed through to allow the Blues to snatch another last-kick-of-the- game victory over a desperately unlucky North Launceston.
It was the second successive time the Bombers had suffered that fate - the last time the two teams met at Aurora Stadium, Blues coach Brennan Savage did the damage with the final kick of the game to deny North victory.
This time it was Whiting who made up for a night of inaccurate kicking, managing just 2.6 for the game, before he covered himself in glory with a match- winning shot on goal to snatch a win for his side.
North Launceston coach Zane Littlejohn must have been left thinking that there was no justice in the world after his side again took the game up to its more fancied rival and had chances to win - before again being denied in the cruellest of circumstances as the Blues got home in a thriller 10.18 (78) to 11.10 (76).
Nothing separated the two teams in a tight, low- scoring arm-wrestle all night, North leading by 10 points at quarter time, Launceston by four at the main break and one point at the final change.
It was anybody's game at the start of the final quarter, the Northern Bombers kicking the first goal of the term at the four-minute mark to Toby Nankervis to give them an eight-point lead.
Will McBride marked and goaled after a defensive error by the Blues at the 15-minute mark to extend North's lead to 13 points half-way through the term.
Just as it seemed the Blues were struggling the Kolodjashnij twins, Kade and Jake, showed their importance to the team kicking successive goals at the 17 and 22-minute marks to allow Launceston to snatch back a two-point lead.
With time running out, Bombers veteran Allan O'Sign marked and kicked a great goal from the pocket at the Northern end, always a difficult spot to score from, and it seemed as though North Launceston would finally win a close one against its cross-town rival.
But the football gods were not finished with the script, with the Blues grabbing the last centre clearance, Whiting marking outside 50 and sealing a two-point win with a memorable goal.
Whiting finished with three goals for the game but was plagued with inaccuracy and should have had more with Kade Kolodjashnij the Blues' only other multiple goalkicker with two.
Brad Cox-Goodyer, Mitch Van Den Berg and McBride all kicked two each for the Bombers on a night when goals were hard to find for both sides.