South Burnett Saints left stunned by Suns in final minutes
THERE were joyous scenes coming out of the Chinchilla AFL football club as the confidence-filled Suns, stepped up on the big stage and won the match in a nail biter.
Trailing by 16 points at three-quarter time, the Suns managed to find their hunger for the ball, overcoming the South Burnett Saints 72 to 71.
After experiencing some extremely tough times and large marginal loses, Suns president Troy Wischnat said it was a good reward for players who continue to put the club first and travel with them week in and week out. The win was also meaningful with four players experiencing their first win at the club.
"They said to me how good it was to actually experience a win with the Suns because they have never experienced one before," Wischnat said.
"Those type of things always triggers the enthusiasm of the guys and keeps them keener.
"Like anything they want to continue to have that feeling all the time."
As if written in a script, in the dying seconds of the final quarter, Suns captain Liam Lambert, found himself at the right place at the right time with ball in hand, scoring the winning goal.
"Having no pressure on me meant I was able to put it through the goals and thankfully it worked well," Lambert said.
"It was a very good feeling, that's for sure and something I will never forget.
"But there is no 'I' team in team at all, I did nothing compared to other blokes out there."
Many local sporting fans banded together and came down to support the boys and witness the extra-special event, including teams from other codes who went the extra mile to help the Suns over the line.
"On the night everyone was ecstatic," Wischnat said.
"The Rats were over at the bowls club supporting from the other side of the ground being very vocal so that's always a positive for the guys on the ground."
Celebrations were a must with the team enjoying a few beverages after the game.
Lambert said he hoped the win sent a strong message to the other teams.
"We had a beer after the game with the lads and talk about the positives of the game," he said.
"There were all positives and there were no negatives.
"Hopefully it gets the word out to the other clubs that we are here to fight and that we are going to be sticking around for a little while.
"Hopefully it also puts a little spark in the boys from that win, to keep pushing and trying and not to back down from the challenges that come their way."
The Chinchilla Suns will take on Highfields in Toowoomba in three weeks.