|Preston Bullants||Kew Comets|
|Goals||3 Ethan, 2 Josh, 1 Zach D|
|Best Players||Alister, Terence, Ethan, Billy M and Eamon.|
|Injuries||Nathan (foot – right to go by pre-season), Frank (heel – right to go by pre-season)|
The Kew Comets have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to win the 2016 Under 13’s Brown Division Grand final with the final kick of the day virtually on the siren to put them in front for the first time all day.
The critics said the Bullants would never make it in Brown Division, but the Bullants famous pressure was matched by admirable poise in a wrenching final term, but that wasn’t enough as the Kew Comets took out the premiership by 4 points.
The grand final surprised no one with its intensity – it was a game of bursts and swings of momentum, with first one, then the other team looking down and out, before the Kew Comets won 6.7 (43) to 6.3 (39) with the final kick of the day.
After the game, Bullants captain Zac V was gracious in defeat.
“Congratulations to Kew Comets, you were clearly the best side all year and we respect the way you go about it, but to know that we had this in our hands and to let it slip is a tough pill to swallow”
“To my team mates throughout the year I could not have be more proud of the way you conducted yourselves throughout this finals campaign. With the group we’ve got I know we’ll be back next year.”
Bullants’ coach Dom Vaiano, who won the flag in 2015 praised Kew Comets and his counterpart.
“You’re a fantastic club are we really admire the way you go about it. We’ve had some very one sided battles this year so we had to take it up to you – I’m sure there’s more to come,” he said.
“Thank you to our family and friends for their unwavering support, we saw that much red and white in the crowd we knew we would have big support today. Lastly I’d like to thank the entire under 13’s footy team …lead by Zac, Billy, Ethan, Alex, Patrick and Terence…never say die attitude, we didn’t get the flag this year and for that I’m sorry that I didn’t do more, but you’ll be back bigger and stronger next year.”
By the usual metrics, Kew should not have won the game – The Comets were beaten at the contested possessions and forward entries.
The missing piece of this puzzle was Kew Comets run and marking, which kept the Bullants much talented group at bay – just – to get over the line.
The Bullants had appeared unstoppable, with a goal to Josh in the final term which saw the Bullants extend their three quarter time lead and threatening to break the game wide open.
Kew Comets has regrouped, however, with the last three goals of the game to regain the momentum.
The Bullants needed to stop the flow, and they looked likely to do so, delivering the ball quickly inside 50 to a contest.
Standing in their way was a determined Kew Comets back line, who turned defence into attack.
With just 30 seconds left on the clock the Comets managed to drive the ball inside their forward 50 and as the ball rolled towards the boundary line for what looked to be a certain throw in by the boundary umpire, the Shane Warne gods smiled down on Stradbroke Park as the “ball of the century” permeated itself into the match day footy with the best leg break you’d ever see. A Kew Comets player then seized on the ball with a quick kick around the body to a free man 20m out from goal who snapped truly with just 15 seconds left on the clock. The rest they say is history.
Nathan went off in the 2nd quarter landing on his leg. The medial team tried everything to get him back for the 2nd half but was ruled out midway through the 3rd quarter and took no further part in the game. Nathan is expected to make a full recovery by Sundays Pizza night at PCO.
Frank also went off in the 2nd with a badly bruised heel. He sat out most of the 3rd term but returned in the final quarter.
|Beverley Hills||Preston Bullants|
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