In 13 seasons Ash Froud had never kicked 100 goals in a season, 92 was his previous best.
But on a cold and blustery Saturday, the super star Mulwala full forward overcame an early case of yips to kick the two goals needed early in the third quarter to hit the magic 100.
Mobbed by teammates, Froud was all class and although he exudes an air of confidence, the humble champion simply got on with the job kicking another three as Mulwala secured the win.
Mulwala were wasteful early, with Froud kicking four behinds to start the game, and his teammates spraying everything as the Lions kicked kick 4 goals 13 for the quarter.
Damien Cook went against the trend and stood out with his elite finishing skills. His two goals from outside fifty as a rebounding halfback were the only real highlight of the quarter.
The midfield ran rampant only for opportunity after opportunity to be wasted.
Meanwhile Rumbalara made the most of its chances and kicked two late goals to stay in the game.
Coach Tout was furious and things only got worse during a dreadful second quarter with Mulwala going from 17 scoring shots in the first term to only one in the second - a point to Tom Dow.
Sean Johns and Jackson Gash were everywhere as they linked through the midfield only for an error or turnover to undo the good work.
Adam Rouel showed courage when going back with the flight of the ball and Dylan Robinson looked youthful in his white boots as he cleaned everything up at half back.
Some deep breaths and calm assessment changed the game in the second half with Kyle Archibald’s move to the forward line having an immediate effect.
He crashed the packs a couple of times early with Froud swooping on the ball to kick his 99th before a set shot from right in front moments later, delivered him the ton.
Mulwala’s dominance finally started to pay dividends as Nathan Parker joined the fun with some strong marks and a couple of goals.
With seven goals for the quarter Mulwala had opened up a match winning lead.
Mulwala’s inconsistency was once again on display during a poor final quarter.
Although they never looked like giving up the lead, poor defence and errant kicking saw Rumba pile on 5 goals to Mulwala’s one.
Beau Clarke and Nathan Cook were influential with some strong marks while Connor Sanderson provided a physical presence in defence.
Mulwala were happy to escape with the four points but will need to bring far more intensity when finals begin in two weeks time.
Mulwala Reserves have had a big win yet the real heroes were the boys who changed sides, playing for Rumbalara to ensure all players could get a game.
With Rumbalara arriving with only 12 players this show of sportsmanship is what Mulwala Football Netball Club prides itself on and these young men deserve all the credit.
Mulwala dominated the game and kicked 6 opening quarter goals, with Dave Nero’s set shot from 45 the pick of the bunch.
Cam Tregenza was everywhere with his ability to slide through and side step opponents a joy to watch.
Dylan Scott, returning after missing most of the year with a shoulder injury, was also in a great form, kicking two goals and gathering possessions at will.
The backline was well led by Jake Savy who competed all day, marked with authority and rebounded from defence.
Nayte Houghton enjoyed a role further up the ground and dominated his wing while Cody Howard put on a clinic to finish with three goals.
Cory Lindsey, Lachie Wood, Robert Wilson, Dylan Leadingham, Jaye Houghton, Jordan Cook, Cooper Chung, Wade Dennis, Josh Canty and Tom Tout all stepped up out of the thirds and enjoyed plenty of the ball as they looked right at home at reserves level.
The future of the club is bright thanks to the character and sportsmanship of these young men.
Missing some key players, Mulwala Fourths once again did themselves proud, fighting it out against a much taller and stronger opposition.
Sammy David looked like a leader as he continually won the ball in close and pumped it forward, he also kicked two goals in what was a champion effort.
Jack Tout was classy as always and finished with two goals and a spectacular mark.
Jaxon Wheeler continues to show huge potential and took some lovely marks while Josh Eder racked up the possessions and used his elite skills to find targets.
The young boys have one more game next week and although it has been a difficult season on the scoreboard, the development and application from such a young group has been amazing.