Birregurra’s grand final triumph might not have been the prettiest of its 2016 football performances, but it was the sweetest.
The Saints, red-hot favourites entering Saturday’s decider, failed to shrug off a determined South Colac until the final stages of a memorable Central Reserve contest, running out 11.10 (76) to 7.12 (54) victors to land the club its fifth Colac district football premiership.
Birregurra coach Ben Boseley’s troops took the ascendancy in the opening term, when Christian Kelly made the most of two shots at goal and experienced recruit Glen Durroch snuck forward to boot his first major for the club as the Saints achieved a two-goal lead at quarter time.
But South managed to take the opportunities it missed in the first quarter during the second term, hitting the lead within five minutes after Clay Brewer and Ben Lynch hit the scoreboard.
The game opened up in a 15-minute period and the Roos were on top.
Enter James Rowan.
The returning Saint, who was part of the club’s last grand final triumph, against South Colac in 2011, booted two goals in the space of two minutes and put the Saints in front, which started an exciting run of lead changes over the next two quarters.
The Roos led by two points at half-time after a massive Tim Speirs goal and continued their charge in the third quarter.
Ben Cox hit the post from a snap at the start of the third quarter before kicking truly three minutes later to bring up his 100-goal milestone for 2016 and give South a nine-point lead, its highest of the match.
Ten minutes passed before the next goal, which went to Birregurra through Boseley and the Saints took the lead into the final change when best-on-ground medallist Tim McLean slotted his first major of the day.
The Saints maintained the lead for the remainder of the match, on their way to premiership glory.
Boseley, who kicked the sealer late in the contest, said his footballers weren’t at their best on Saturday, but did enough to win the match when it counted.
“I don’t think we played our best football early on, I’m not too sure why that was the case,” he said.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.