Round four of the WAAFL A-grade season saw Trinity Aquinas travel to Millington Oval to take on Scarborough in the 2016 grand final rematch.
Both teams have had a strong start to this season with three straight wins and holding second and third position on the ladder in the lead up to the game.
Scarborough supporters came out in strong numbers to watch the highly anticipated clash of the two powerful clubs, and they would not have been disappointed with the low-scoring nail-biting performance.
However, the Scarborough crowd were left with a sour taste in their mouth as Trinity Aquinas managed to steal the win with a final score of 10.7 (67) to Scarborough’s 8.7 (55).
The game opened with Scarborough giving away a 50m penalty leading to an easy goal for TA, but they managed to respond with a quick goal, setting the scene for a tight contest.
Throughout the term TA seemed slightly more dominant with their ability to keep the ball in their half and cleaner ball movement, converting opportunities into scoreboard pressure.
Scarborough did look very dangerous at times, showing their strength in defensive pressure and forcing repeat entries inside forward 50.
The second term saw a strong surge from Scarborough as they scored two goals and restricted TA to one behind for the quarter and the teams entered into half time with TA on 4.4 (28) and Scarborough close behind on 3.3 (21).
The third quarter opened with another goal to Scarborough, however it did not take long for TA to respond with a quick set shot goal, putting them back in the contest.
Another close quarter saw Scarborough seem slightly more dominant with their ability to keep the game tight and match TA’s pressure, however they couldn’t quite get on top of the game and ended the term trailing TA by a goal.
Both teams struggled to convert clearances and turnovers into scoreboard pressure, resulting in a tight contest that left both sides unable to make a comfortable lead.
The game came down to the wire in the final term as Scarborough tamed TA’s lead to just one goal, giving them every opportunity to steal the win.
However, Scarborough were left with an incredibly frustrating end as they squandered their opportunity to get in front with missed set shots and making poor ball decisions that gave TA the chance to score when it mattered most.
TA will be happy with their win away from home and their ability to stay on top of the game in the final term.
TA now sits in second position on the ladder, replacing Scarborough after round fours tight win.