Panthers apply clamps
GDFL GRAND FINAL DAY
BELL Post Hill had a day out on Saturday, also claiming a reserves premiership after holding Thomson to a single Alex Denham goal.
The minor premier was goal-less until the final term, by which time the Panthers, coached by Nathan McLure and Josh Bacely, were in the box seat before sailing home to secure the hard-fought 16-point victory.
The Panthers’ side featured senior champions in Justin Tarr and Travis Fursland, who also starred in the side’s 67-point win over Thomson a fortnight earlier.
But it would be a WRFL champion who would take out the best on ground honours in Russell Douglas.
Douglas, who won the WRFL Division 1 best-and-fairest for Sunshine in 2007, was suited to the wide landscape of St Albans Reserve from start to finish.
The Bell Post Hill side featured a bevy of Panther senior talent with Justin Rodriguez, Matthew Kelly, Luke Mann, Keisan Bartholomeusz and Jason Grozdanovski all playing senior football in 2017.
Jackson Macleod was among Thomson’s best players, returning to the side after the club’s seniors bowed out in the second week of finals.
The final result marked the first time North Geelong did not take out the reserves title since 2012.
“It was a very, very hard slog,” Bacely told K rock Football.
“Probably boring looking on, but a very hard slog all day, to be honest.
“Credit to everyone. To keep them to that score, considering they finished on top, is a massive effort.”