Seniors Win Division 1 Premiership in Thriller
The Old Geelong Seniors have won the 2016 VAFA Division 1 premiership, the Club's highest achievement in 50 years.
As expected, the two best teams in the competition delivered a thrilling contest and treated the big crowd at Coburg City Oval to a great spectacle of amateur football. Despite trailing early in the match, a consistent team effort ensured that the OGs tasted Senior premiership glory for the first time since 2005.
Despite a series of wet days leading up to game, the weather remained clear on Saturday, and the ground was in relatively good condition for the Grand Final. There was a slight breeze early in the match which favoured Old Mentonians in the first quarter. The Panthers used it to their advantage early, and hopped to an early lead as they adapted to the conditions and pressure quicker than the OGs. The OGs steadied midway through the first and went into the first break down by two goals.
The OGs began to excel in the second, winning the contested ball and delivering it forward to the leading forwards. Cal Wood and Jock Grimshaw began to impose themselves on the game, with some strong marks and important goals to get the OGs back on even terms with the Panthers.
The momentum swung again in the third quarter as the Old Mentonians jumped out of the blocks quickly after the main break, as their key forwards continued to present and take marks inside fifty. Fortunately for the OGs, the Panthers only managed three goals from 10 shots which meant the OGs kept the lead at the last change.
With a slender three point margin at three-quarter time, and momentum seemingly with the Panthers, a massive effort was required if the OGs were to hang on, and a mammoth effort was delivered. Despite a number of inside fifty entries to the Panthers, the OGs’ half-backs continued to repel the ball and generate play for the OGs, resulting in goals to George Burbury and Rupert De Crespigny. Up by 14 points with five minutes to go, it looked as though the OGs were home, but a late goal to the Panthers meant that it was a nailbiter right to the end.
When the final siren sounded, it was scenes of jubilation at Coburg, as the massive OGs contingent rushed onto the ground and started to celebrate the sixth Senior premiership for Old Geelong in the Club’s 63 years.
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