It was a must win situation for the Saints when they travelled to the Gold Coast for their Round 13 clash at Metricon Stadium. After a disappointing start to the season, they fell behind early in the match and looked to have blown all chance for victory when they fell 37-points behind in the third quarter. Rather than another devastating defeat, what was to follow was one of the more remarkable final terms played in the 2010s.
Ben Ainsworth opened the scoring for the game with a cheeky goal from the goal square. Josh Battle would answer for the Saints with a cool snap from the pocket. Tom Lynch and Alex Sexton would give the Suns some breathing room before Jack Newnes and Paddy McCartin saw the scores levelled. Parity wouldn’t remain long though with Nick Holman kicking the home team clear again in the shadow of quarter time.
The second quarter would be a disaster for the Saints, despite dominating clearances they would watch on as the Suns kicked the first five goals of the quarter to blow the game wide open. A late goal to Jade Gresham was all the visitors had to cheer about in a devastating period of play. Josh Battle would make it two in a row with the first of the third term but goals to Sexton and Holman saw the lead balloon to 37-points. Tim Membrey‘s first of the afternoon saw the Saints draw closer but at 31-points down at the final change there wasn’t much hope being held out for the victory they so desperately needed.
After struggling all afternoon to get reward for effort, the Saints found their groove in the final term. Goals to Battle and McCartin put some wobbles in the home team but there was considerable work still to be done. Membrey and McKenzie drew the Saints within a kick but it looked as though the effort would be in vain when former Sun Mav Weller missed a shot from 50 metres out.
Enter Jade Gresham who, after feeding McKenzie his goal from a stoppage, got loose at another stoppage inside forward fifty. Receiving the ball from Jack Steven, he had plenty of work to do as he ran deep into the pocket but peeled off an incredible snap to give the Saints the lead with less than a minute to play.