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By WILL ZWAR - Division 2 Seniors
NORTH Footscray took home the Division 2 Senior premiership in an unquestionable result on Sunday, affirming their place as the best team in the competition.
Leading from the start, North dominated the first quarter, but couldn’t pull away on the scoreboard, with and inaccurate 1.6 for the quarter, while keeping the Eagles to just three behinds.
North started to pull away in the second with four goals, but Yarraville-Seddon kept in touch with three of their own to make a 16-point margin at half-time.
North put their pedal to the metal in the third quarter, breaking the game open with five goals.
The Eagles, unable to match the intensity of the Devils, kicked just one goal for the quarter and would need a miracle to come back from.
It wouldn’t to be, as North slammed on another five goals in the last term to run out 58-point winners.
Jason Butty was phenomenal on the day with seven majors, which saw him take home the best on ground medal for North Footscray.
Tyrone Montebruno was also dominant with four majors, while Sam Kater and Brayden Montebruno chipped in with a pair each.
Brayden Montebruno was also a contributor around the ground with a solid performance, while Reece Duffield and Jonathan Miller capped off strong seasons with big games.
Chris Topalidis was the leading goal scorer for the Eagles with two goals, while Jack Collins and Nick Tsaloukis were among the best for the runners-up.
The premiership capped of a remarkable season for North, who finished the season with a 13-2 win/loss record, and arguably had to overcome mental demons of three consecutive losses to the Eagles in 2017.
North also had seven players in the league team of the year, making up just under a third of the team, with forwards Jason Butty and Tyrone Montebruno named at centre-half-forward and full-forward respectively, with Jonathan Miller joining them on the half-forward-flank.
Reece Duffield, Kieran Murphy and Jordan Lampi named in the midfield also showed the strength of the team, while Sam Denby-Blake named at full back affirmed that North Footscray had one of the most well rounded teams in the league.
For the Eagles, they’ll hit the road hard in 2018 looking for redemption, but North Footscray can bask in their glory all summer long.
By KASUN ILLANKOON
THE Yarraville Seddon Eagles have won back-to-back premierships, after defeating North Footscray 69-points on Sunday.
The top two teams of the Division 2 Reserves fought it out at the Burbank Oval to determine the champions of 2017 and it was the Eagles who ended the season on a high note, winning 14.14. (98) to 4.5. (29).
Matthew Taylor and Dean McDonald kicked four goals each in the match. The duo played a key role in the
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Eagles, the Devils put up a fight in the first quarter, with only two points separating the two sides at the first break.
Devils playmaker Harley Patterson starred during the first quarter with two goals, but that was all he could muster for the rest of the game.
The Devils struggled from the second quarter onwards to find the goal. The Eagles defence and attack started to improve as they scored six goals in the second term taking their lead to 42-points at half-time.
Even Matthew Walsh, top scorer for the Devils this season with 89 goals, struggled to find the goal, he managed to kick just the one goal.
In the third quarter the Devils were able to halt the Eagles goal scoring, as well as adding some scoreboard pressure of them all.
North Footscray went into the last quarter 31-points behind and approached the final stanza with an all or nothing mentality, however it wasn’t their day.
The Eagles kicked six goals in the final quarter and kept their opponents to just one behind.
Matthew Wright from the Eagles was named best on ground.