GROUP SEVEN RUGBY LEAGUE
For a bloke who reckons he had never kicked a field goal, Brad Davidson picked the perfect day to break his duck.
A former halfback, Davidson usually plays lock for the Gerringong Lions these days.
But with Rixon Russell manning the fullback position in the absence of Joel Roberts (broken hand), Davidson was back in his favourite spot in yesterday's grand final against Warilla.
He had already shone as one of the Lions' best players for 79 minutes and 55 seconds, but it's what Davidson did in those final five seconds - and then in extra time - that fans will talk about for many years.
Not only did he kick a field goal to force a golden-point period, Davidson booted the match-winning field goal for a heart-stopping 14-13 victory.
"I don't know what to say. I don't think I've ever kicked one before in my life, so to kick two today, it's just outstanding," Davidson said.
"The first one I kicked, I knew it went over. The second one I was a bit worried. The pressure I had ... it was just a bit of luck I suppose. Thank God it went over.
"I'm in a bit of shock I think. It'll be good to kick back and have a few beers, have a look at the video.
"It's just a fantastic reward for all the hard work the boys have put in.
"It was a bit hard losing last year's grand final, but to come home like that is something we'll never forget."
Lions coach Mick Cronin wasn't surprised to see Davidson deliver in crunch time.
"He's been the best player all year and it's fitting that he did it," Cronin said.
The man who fed the ball to Davidson for his match-winning kick was five-eighth Pat Cronin.
Lions fans haven't forgotten it was Cronin who kicked a last-second field goal to beat Warilla 21-20 in the 2010 grand final.