Grand Final Under 21 Match Report

Hawthorn AFC     10.11-71

MHSOB                3.10-28

The DV Squad were playing our second Grand Final in consecutive years as we went into the game on Sunday against an undefeated Hawthorn side. After hard work by Kylie we were able to secure the spot prior to the Reserves final thereafter at the same ground ensuring that the peanut gallery was out in full force in what was a great day for the club.

Nevertheless, nerves were high pre-game as we knew we had to put on our best performance if we were to take it up to Hawthorn. Shocking conditions did not help our slow start as although we were winning clearances and were ahead in the inside 50 count they were able to rebound with speed and precision leaving our backline with no chance. Although we were able to stem the flow they went into the quarter time break with a handy four goal lead.

After a rousing quarter time speech from Coach Cuddles, the boys were looking to fight back and play our outside running game that had served us well all year. We were locked in a tight contest with our defenders Byron ‘Train Delay’ Gunn and James ‘Tiiimmaaa’ Timson playing out of their skin and without them the score line at half-time would have been very concerning.

Once again after coming together at half time the boys knew this was the be all and end all quarter if we were to win the game. Although our normally pinpoint forwards in Oscar ‘Woowww’ Sargeant and Lachie ‘The Facilitator’ Dowling had a lot of the ball we were unable to convert our chances putting another two points on the board. However, an amazing second effort from Hugh ‘Now definitely the better brother’ Radcliffe-Smith took three on from the boundary to centre it to Zac ‘the deadliest hyphen’ Comley-Burns who got our first goal on the board.

The last quarter saw the DV Squad leave nothing out on the field led by Rob ‘West Side’ Rae who kept getting inside 50 after inside 50 providing excellent use for the boys. We almost had an incredible start with HRS taking three on and almost snagging an incredible goal. James ‘Scoooooter’ Scott was beyond fantastic in the ruck working well alongside his younger brother Alistair ‘Joooootter’ Scott. We kept pushing and taking risks; however, the older more experienced Hawthorn were able to punish us on the overlap and put the game to bed in the dying minutes with a few junk time goals.

Although it is not the result we hoped for, we all couldn’t be prouder with how far the team has developed (pun intended) this year. Nevertheless, as the Beanstalk said post-game, we must go one better and win it next time.

Goals: Z. Comley 2, A. Wijayakumara
Best: J. Scott, W. Penhalluariack, R. Rae, B. Gunn, J. Timson, J. Hodder