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Chris Scott wasnt saying this lightly, and nor were the 87,533 spectators who staggered out of the MCG on Friday night. Adidas Jean-Francois Berube Jersey . Victors, vanquished or neutral, all were elated by Geelongs two-point victory over Hawthorn in the latest instalment of their ongoing attempts to play the greatest AFL match ever played.Focus will be placed upon Isaac Smith for missing a set shot after the siren after Hawthorn - as they always seem to - gave themselves an opportunity to win a game at the last. But it would be unfair to do so; as Alastair Clarkson rightly pointed out, Hawthorns enviable record in tight games this year meant it was perhaps time for a ball to fade to the wrong side of a goal post.Instead it was best to take in Scotts assessment and count the reasons why. Scott admitted to thinking the game, on Smiths boot, was already lost. He also conceded the coaching staff, unable to influence the hectic final minutes overmuch, had started prepping for extra time.I feel for Isaac, I think its a horrible situation to be in, off the boot he probably thought it looked pretty good as well, Scott said. In the moment youre not commiserating with them but we certainly do feel for them. The game was typical of a final, a contrast of styles but still really fierce.Its almost unfair to end a game like that. We were preparing for extra time a little bit, that would have been a more fitting outcome, but happy to take it.Vivid were the contrasting styles of Geelongs contested ball work, epitomised by the indomitable Patrick Dangerfield, and the precision by hand and foot allowed Hawthorn to dominate possession and forward 50m entries. That left the stats sheet reading contested ball Geelong 170-118, uncontested possession Hawthorn 260-188, and marks 113-65.I think they played the game the way they wanted to for big chunks of the game, Scott said. We were better in the contest but its just not their style. Because theyre ranked in the top four with those sorts of numbers in the contest it does speak to how well they control the ball.Its a fascinating case study when youve got two completely contrasting styles. But it wasnt that long ago I sat in press conference after press conference talking about how we were going to fix our contested ball. Every team is adjusting and trying to play to their strengths. Both teams did that tonight and thats why it was so close.While Geelong finished the winners, it was actually Hawthorn who enjoyed the biggest lead in the game, 17 points in the third term. Geelongs ability to recover that ground and nab a narrow lead at the last change may not have been decisive given what followed, but at games end the two-point margin from three-quarter-time had held - just.It was a concerning part of the game, Scott said. They looked like they had control. We talk about the specifics and the technical side of the game but as much as anything we needed something to get us going. There were a few things we did improve, not so much from the coaches box, the players started implementing a little bit better, kick a couple and momentum shifts.At three-quarter-time we went in feeling really confident. But then they kicked a couple in the last quarter and wrested the momentum back. If you were guessing how the game was going to go in the last quarter you wouldve assumed it played out like it did, really tight.This is all without mentioning the sheer physicality of the thing. Theres Luke Hodge and Joel Selwood in a head clash, having their heads bandaged and going back on. Taylor Duryea busts his thumb in a marking contest, shrugs it off to contest again at the other side of the ground and takes only the briefest of treatment breaks before returning.Early in the last quarter, Josh Caddy tackles Sam Mitchell with all his might and moments later is seeking treatment for the clash he initiated. Ten minutes later Geelong have no fewer than three players all going off the field with the blood rule, and Tom Hawkins needed his balance checked by medical staff after yet another heavy physical clash. Caddy returned to kick what proved the winning goal - but only by the width of Smiths subsequent miss.Oddly enough, a match that felt so definitive may be anything but. Clarkson was in a hurry to remind his players and the public that this was the final to lose if one had to be lost. Hawthorn were thrashed in Perth by West Coast last year and went on to win the flag. They are no worse off this time.I said to the players if youre going to lose a final this is the one to lose, all the rest of them dont give you a second chance, he said. We went down this path last year and well have to go down that path again. Disappointing but we had our chances over the night. It could quite easily have been us victorious. Weve had a pretty good run with close games this year, but didnt nail it tonight.Boxing comparisons are beloved of many a football coach, and Clarkson offered up his own. With two heavyweights going at each other, its really hard to keep a side down for the whole four quarters, he said. They couldnt keep us down for four quarters and we couldnt keep them down. Sometimes it just comes down to rub of the green.We said to Isaac chin up mate, what can you do about it. Win next week, of course, but only after making peace with the fact that the fateful miss was a fittingly white-knuckled conclusion to an epic. Adidas Pat LaFontaine Jersey . After a lengthy wait, persistent rain finally forced the postponement of the Nationals game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. The teams, and a few thousand fans, waited nearly four hours from the 7:05 scheduled start time before an announcement was made shortly before 11 p. Adidas Nikolay Kulemin Jersey . -- Eastern Kentucky thrives off creating havoc for others.http:///...kas+islanders+jersey . -- The boos poured down on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at the end of a horrible first half. COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Jake Hubenak threw for 248 yards and a touchdown and Myles Garrett had 4 1/2 sacks to help No. 23 Texas A&M get back on track with a 23-10 win over UTSA on Saturday.The Aggies (8-3) were in desperate need of a victory after consecutive losses to Mississippi State and Mississippi ruined their shot at the College Football Playoff.The Roadrunners cut the lead to 3 points early in the second quarter after a one-handed touchdown grab by Josh Stewart. The Aggies then scored the next 13 points, capped by a 47 yard run by Trayveon Williams to make it 23-7 in the third quarter.There was a lot of good and a lot of bad, Texas A&M receiver Josh Reynolds said. Theres still a lot of things that we can fix, but ultimately we were moving the ball and scoring.UTSA (5-6) was led by Jared Johnson, who threw for 186 yards and a touchdown.Garrett was finally healthy after missing two games and being limited in several others because of a high ankle sprain. Garrett finished with eight tackles, broke up a pass and forced a fumble. Instead of limping as he has been in recent weeks, Garrett was harassing UTSAs two quarterbacks all game.He further showed his ankle is fine when he batted down a pass in the second quarter and celebrated with a spirited dance. He had another big play in the fourth quarter when he sacked Johnson to force a fumble, which A&M recovered.You can see the difference, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. Hes a dominant player when hes 100 percent.Garrett has 8 1/2 sacks this season to give him 32 1/2 for his career, making him the eighth player in SSoutheastern Conference history with at least 30 career sacks. Adidas Matt Martin Jersey. They are phenomenal at the defensive end position, UTSA coach Frank Wilson said. We tried to do various things to keep them off balance, and assist with blocking with tight ends, but there were a couple of times where Myles Garrett and the other defensive end were able to get beyond us and were disruptive.Reynolds caught a 16-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and finished with 93 yards receiving. Williams had 11 carries for 80 yards to leave him 44 yards shy of becoming the first true freshman at the school to rush for 1,000 yards.THE TAKEAWAYUTSA: The Roadrunners, who have had a football team only since 2011, showed theyve made a lot of progress by keeping things close. But in the end they just arent yet on the level to deal with the size and speed of a team like Texas A&M.TEXAS A&M: The Aggies did what they were supposed to do against a lesser opponent, but Hubenak and the offense will need to be sharper when they return to SEC play next week.Hes been effective for what weve asked him to do, Sumlin said. His biggest characteristic right now is hes finding the playmakers.UP NEXTUTSA: The Roadrunners will look to become bowl eligible for the first time when they host Charlotte on Saturday.TEXAS A&M: The Aggies face a quick turnaround, wrapping up the regular season Thursday night when they host No. 16 LSU.---More AP college football http://collegefootball.ap.org ;Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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