HOCKEY: Late goal crushes Bears fairytale

HOCKEY: Village Green City Bears fell agonisingly close in their Inter-District Reserve Grade grand final, going down 2-1 to Coraki on Saturday.

In the club's first appearance at an Inter-District grand final, the game was level at 1-1 until the dying minutes of the match when Coraki scored the winning goal with only six minutes remaining on the clock.

Bears captain Mick Russ said he was proud of the effort his team put in to stay in the game.

"There's no shame in losing 2-1, and we were fairly happy with the result, as far as you can be when you lose," Russ said.

"Everyone put in and tried their hardest, but Coraki were just a little better than us on the day, so there's only so much we can do about it.

"They probably controlled the midfield better than we did, and we had a couple of blokes away that didn't help, but Coraki deserved to win."

Russ said the efforts from goalkeeper Aidan Cameron was what kept them in the match.

"He had a blinder, he would have been our man of the match," Russ said.

"His efforts and some of the saves he made were incredible, and he has played really well this season."

Russ said it was a great effort from the side just to make it to an Inter-District grand final, and will take away plenty of positives for the rest of the local competition.

"It will be good just to be back playing at home and not having to travel, because we struggle a bit when we have to travel," Russ said.

"We will be back to normal now, so we will just get into that and see what happens.

"The guys are all pretty focused and keen to do as best as they can in the local competition and see if we can't make it to another grand final.

In another tight encounter, Royals Clocktower Hotel snared a late 3-2 victory against Barbs when Jack Taylor scored in the final seconds.

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