Waverley travelled to Greensborough on Saturday to take on the ladder leaders. In what was anticipated to be a highly attacking game from both sides spectators were not disappointed. With the first 10 mins played at a frantic pace both teams kept pushing forward but were let down by turnovers. Neither team could gain control of the match as the ball was going from end to end.
The Panthers scored first after being awarded a penalty stroke from a ball hitting a Burra defender. Defender Matt Freeman stepped to the spot and with a powerful push into the bottom left corner put the Panther up 1 nil.
The Panthers went into the break happy with their first half efforts but knowing the next 35mins would be tough. Continued midfield pressure and limiting unnecessary turn overs were the instructions at half time.
The second half started much like first with both teams sending players forward searching for the next goal. Burra struck first after a midfield turnover which was intercepted by a Burra forward who crossed the ball from the left base line to an unmarked team-mate, who tapped the ball in. This was a major blow for the Panthers who had been defending valiantly all game.
The Panthers scored through a penalty corner from Lachlan Steinfort putting them up 2-1 with 10 mins remaining. The Panthers fought hard defensively as Burra stepped up their intensity to level the game. With 20 seconds on the clock Burra was awarded a penalty corner which was converted ending the game a 2 all draw.
Corey Joseph was outstanding in the middle not allowing his opposition player any space.
Although disappointed with the result the Panthers can hold their heads high matching it with the best in the competition. Next week Waverley host Altona home on Sunday with another must win game if they are to have a chance of making finals this season.