OGs come from behind to claim 2016 Club XVIII premiership
The Clubbies have come from behind to win the 2016 Club XVIII Premiership in a classic encounter against West Brunswick at Sportscover Arena on Sunday.
After beating West Brunswick in the first semi-final two weeks ago, the Clubbies were quietly confident they could secure a victory in the grand final if they brought the same focus and intensity. The Old Geelong supporter base came out in force on a drizzly day at Elsternwick Park in the hope that the Clubbies would do this, and secure their second premiership in five years.
With a slight breeze favouring their end in the first term, West Brunswick jumped out to an early lead, and despite an almost immediate response from the OGs, they held a one or two goal lead for the majority of the first half.
A spirited OGs side came out firing in the third, reclaiming the lead, and at one point it looked like they might start to run away with the game. This was not to be the case with a plucky and skilful West Brunswick continuing to win the ball in the contest, and use the ball well on the wide expanses of Sportscover Arena.
13 points down, with a quarter to go, a huge effort was needed if the Clubbies were to be any chance for a victory against the top-placed team throughout the home and away season. A huge effort was required and a huge effort was given, with some of the most desperate and skilful football coming from the boys when it was needed most. Four goals to zero in the last saw the OGs surpass West Brunswick and register a fantastic premiership win for the team led by the legend Lewi Chiodo.
The performance transpired from a whole team effort, but special mentions go to best-on-ground Matt Graver who won ball on the inside and continued to distribute with skill on the outside, and Cam Sherwin who lifted in the second half bashing the ball forward and providing immense tackling pressure on West Brunswick’s midfielders.
Congratulations to all Clubbies players, not just to those who played on Sunday, but to all 60-odd who played throughout the year. It was a real team effort to secure this flag, and one we’ll remember for many years to come!