Winning a match for your team is a moment most players dream about, whether it be coming up with a match winning goal after the siren or pulling off an insane effort to stop the other team.
While we’re used to seeing it at the highest level of sport, it’s easy to forget incredible moments like this happen every week at suburban grounds around the nation.
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But South Australian local AFL player Bryce Smith has achieved something unique, winning the game for his team at both ends of the ground.
Playing for Colonel Light Garden against Lockleys an Adelaide Footy League fifth division match, Smith kicked what turned out to be the winning goal for his side, but had to make an effort in defence as well.
With Colonel Light Gardens up by three, Lockleys’ Zain King lining up what looked to be the easiest of match winners, only for Smith to put his body in the line.
Jumping in front of King on the mark, the ball cannoned into his face, giving him what was suspected to be a broken nose — and saving the goal.
Colonel Light Gardens won the game by a nose – unfortunately it was Smith’s.Source:FOX SPORTS
Now that’s putting your team first.
The local footy hero had thought he’d lost the game for his side after he was out marked by King.
He revealed to The Messengerthat he had tricked King by giving himself some room.
“He was lining up and asked the umpire where the mark was,” Smith said
“When he turned around I snuck back a few metres and then I don’t think he realised where the mark was, so I ran in two steps, jumped as high as I could and would never have thought it would hit me in the head.”
The footage quickly went viral and even featured on The Sunday AFL Footy Show.
Port Adelaide 300-gamer Kane Cornes also shared the video.
Tough beat for Lockleys. Watch for the spray #17 gives him on the way through. https://t.co/QqDkqtKi4a
It was a key result as a win for either side would put them on top of the ladder, while a loss would saw the team drop to fifth.
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