Pan­thers ap­ply clamps

GDFL GRAND FI­NAL DAY

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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.”

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