Dale Thomas plays for Nhill Tigers, Carlton Draft, win drought broken, local football, former Collingwood and Carlton player - petsitterbank

Dale Thomas plays for Nhill Tigers, Carlton Draft, win drought broken, local football, former Collingwood and Carlton player

Led by former AFL star and one-game recruit Dale ‘Daisy’ Thomas, Nhill Tigers clinched a famous victory and broke a 1029-day drought to return to the winners’ list on Saturday.

The Tigers held an early lead in windy conditions at their home ground, Davis Park, but were forced to defend tirelessly in a pulsating final quarter before eventually finishing winners – 7.6 (48) to 6.10 (46) – over Southern Mallee Giants.

Thomas, who played 258 games combined for Collingwood and Carlton, donned the jumper for the Tigers as part of The Carlton Draft series, which sees eight AFL legends drafted to play games for local footy clubs around Victoria.

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A town with just under 2,000 residents, Nhill, located 375 kilometers northwest of Melbourne, was bursting with anticipation for Thomas’ appearance, with a crowd of nearly 1500 in attendance.

Thomas starred in the opening term, racking up 10 disposals as a midfielder and taking one of his signature hangers during some time in halfback.

Despite leading at quarter-time, the Tigers found themselves down by 16 points at the main break as the Giants threatened to extend the losing streak of their opponents.

Kicking with the breeze in the third quarter, however, the Tigers piled on five unanswered goals despite Thomas stuck on the bench at one stage with a blood rule.

With the game on the line in the final quarter and defending against the strong breeze, Thomas was deployed across halfback and the Tigers reaped the rewards, hanging on for a famous 13-point win.

Thomas’ one-time former coach Nathan Buckley delivered a cheeky barb to the 2010 premiership player, but was rapt for his former charge and the Tigers.

“Every retired player’s dream is to play as a loose man in defense, I would’ve thought,” he said dryly.

“But you can’t write that script. For a country town, for the people who have had that dry run with their win-loss record and then to break it in front of cameras, that helps!”

You’ll be able to watch highlights of Thomas’ The Carlton Draft performance in a five-minute mini documentary that will premiere at 8:30pm (AEST) on Fox Footy on Wednesday night, right after AFL 360.

Four-time premiership player and 407-game legend Shaun Burgoyne is the next star to come out of retirement, with the former Port Adelaide and Hawthorn gun playing for Dalyston.

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