SHINING THROUGH: A Chinchilla Suns player escapes the defensive pressure of two Dalby players.
SHINING THROUGH: A Chinchilla Suns player escapes the defensive pressure of two Dalby players. Mariah Dolbel

Travis Mitchell Cup hard fought

Aussie rules: As the sun began to set over the Chinchilla Recreation Grounds on Friday, it was only the temperature dropping as the anticipation among both the crowd and players was building for this year's Travis Mitchell Cup.

A perfect night for football and the great atmosphere of this annual event would ensure everyone was well entertained by what is always a hard-fought contest between the Chinchilla Suns and Dalby Swans.

Chinchilla was keen to ensure Dalby did not get the jump on them from the first bounce as they had in their previous game, putting the first goal on the board in the opening couple of minutes.

Dalby hit back quickly and the contest turned into a see-sawing event after Chinchilla again responded, putting another goal on the board.

Dalby then managed to settle things down and control the contest for the remainder of the quarter, taking a 19-point lead into the first break.

As the second quarter started, it became apparent the Chinchilla players had regained their composure and brought back their pressure game, the young players chasing hard to ensure Dalby couldn't get any easy shots on goal.

Chinchilla posted three majors for the quarter to Dalby's one to peg back the lead to only 10 points at the main break.

The third quarter saw much of the same from Chinchilla, but increased pressure from the back line through Kaleb Hartwig and Kristian Walker limited Dalby's opportunity to score.

As the final term commenced, Chinchilla was inspired by the event and came out hard. Dalby managed to hit back, kicking the next couple of goals to regain the lead, but the Chinchilla boys were not done.

The end-to-end football of the opening few minutes had returned and it was Chinchilla who managed to make the most of their chances, kicking four goals to three in the final term.

Once the final siren sounded, all that was left was a feeling of disbelief that all the work from both teams had resulted in two competition points each, the game tied 10.08.68.

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