As Commentary Box Sports hangs up the boots on five highly enjoyable years bringing you news, opinion and history about all your favourite codes, we can think of no better way to go out than with one of our most cherished sporting memories.
Denan Kemp etched his name into NRL folklore when he scored arguably the most extraordinary buzzer-beater in premiership history for the Brisbane Broncos against the Parramatta Eels in 2008 – with more than a little help from the great Darren Lockyer.
The Eels leapt out to a 10-0 lead in the mid-season encounter, but the Broncos pulled back to within two points at halftime – by which stage Jarryd Hayne and Justin Hodges had already produced brain explosions that saw them rubbed out of the upcoming State of Origin encounter.
Luke Burt scored the first try of the second half after a stunning break by Fuifui Moimoi to extend Parramatta’s advantage to 18-10. Karmichael Hunt then beautifully laid on two tries for Denan Kemp, giving the young winger a hat-trick, and David Stagg finished off a long-range movement to set up a 26-18 lead for the Broncos with 13 minutes to go.
Spectacular Krisnan Inu tries in the 72nd and 74th minutes – both unconverted – levelled up the scores and golden point was on the cards.
But with only three seconds remaining, Peter Wallace played the ball on halfway. A loose dummy-half pass prevented Darren Lockyer from having a long-range field goal shot as the siren sounded, but the captain skirted the Eels’ defence and chip-kicked towards the left-hand touchline. The ball sat up for Kemp, who scooted 30 metres to score in the corner as he was tackled by Joel Reddy and Eric Grothe, winning the match and equalling the club record of four tries in a match in the process.
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