ALEX Moloney knew his shot for goal could decide the elimination final after juggling a mark in Terang Mortlake’s forward 50 metres.
Scores were level deep into the fourth term yesterday after Camperdown clawed its way back from 14 points down to mount a last-ditch charge.
Moloney was unsure how much time was left.
He went back and took his kick from a forward pocket, near Cobden’s clubrooms.
It sailed through for a behind as the siren sounded, handing Terang Mortlake a euphoric 7.15 (57) to 8.8 (56) win.
Moloney said it was a nerve-racking moment.
“It is pretty surreal,” Moloney said.
“It (the siren sounding after I kicked) saved me kicking it while the siren was going.
“It would have put me under a bit more pressure, for sure.”
Moloney, 19, said it was the first time he’d had a deciding shot in a game.
The former Geelong Falcon has spent the bulk of his fledgling senior career in defence.
“It was a bit of a surprise being put up forward. I haven’t really played there this year,” he said.
“I am happy to do whatever.
“There are a few big boys up there (in attack) and they tell you where to go and you’re happy to listen to them.”
The do-or-die final was Moloney’s first at senior level.
He rated his overall performance “pretty average”.
“I was pretty nervous before the game and the intensity definitely lifts come this time of year but I was happy to be in one for sure and now to be in more,” he said.
Moloney, who is on a gap year, missed the first half of the season on an overseas trip.
He has played the last nine games, giving the Bloods another tall option.
“I was in South America for three months and got back in about June,” Moloney said.
“I volunteered there for three months in childcare.
“I was having a gap year so I thought ‘why not’; experience something different.”