Dramatic day out for Penguin at Dial Park

EYES ON IT: Penguin's Rodney King collects the ball against East Devonport on Saturday. Picture: Cordell Richardson
EYES ON IT: Penguin's Rodney King collects the ball against East Devonport on Saturday. Picture: Cordell Richardson

Penguin collected its first win at Dial Park on Saturday with a dramatic come-from-behind effort against East Devonport.

The Two Blues came from 10 points down in the final term to record a 12.12 (84) to 12.9 (81) win over East Devonport.

A Beau Grundy major with about a minute to goal handed Penguin back the lead after they had earlier led by 22 in the third before the Swans produced 10 minutes or so of electric football which changed the course of the match.

The first half was played with the background of a strong wind and moments of rain, ensuring the game was played in just the one half and full of pressure.

After leading by 29 points at quarter-time with the wind, the Two Blues’ ability to score against it ensured it would take a 16-point buffer into the long break.

The wind changed direction to be more cross-ground and the game opened up, as Swans coach Nick Milbourne led the charge as they kicked 6.3 to 2.1 for the term.

The Two Blues had heroes in the final term, including Grunday and Julian Brown, who kicked two majors and set up the winner, as they kicked 4.3 to 2.2 in the last.

Grundy, Julian Brown, Nathan Russell and Rodney King kicked two each for the winners, while Milbourne bagged four for East, with Zach Ivory and Sam Borlini kicking a double.

The Browns (Julian and Jacob), Sam Mitchell and Jay Van Essen were good for Penguin, while Sam Greaves, Nathan Gore and Bradley French were strong for the Swans.

At Latrobe, Ulverstone won the grand final rematch with Latrobe 14.6 (90) to 9.14 (68).

Jake Sushames was again dominant in the Robins’ forward line with seven goals, while Tim Mee was in supreme form in the back line and Travis Davies did the grunt work in the midfield.

For the Demons, Steven Flint was their best, with Jade Smith and Kurt Hanson working hard and Caleb Van Buuren led the scoring with three goals.

The Demons were looking for revenge from last year and started well to open up an 18-point lead at quarter time, before allowing the Robins back into the game in the second quarter as the margin was reduced to two points.

The difference in the game proved to be in the third quarter.

The Demons butchered their dominance of the ball with 1.7 to trail by four points at the final break.

It would to be too much to overcome for the Demons, with late goals to Sushames, Davies and Brandon Howard sealing the victory.

The Demons played the second half with no bench after suffering three injuries.

In Saturday’s other matches, Burnie overcame the Circular Head Giants in the third match to see the winner have to fight back from a deficit to win.

The Dockers won 12.19 (91) to 4.6 (30) at Smithton Recreation Ground.

At Devonport Oval, Wynyard defeated Devonport 7.14 (56) to 3.7 (25) in the final match of the round.