Stan­hope reserves cap their un­de­feated sea­son with a flag

Kyabram Free Press - - FRONT PAGE - By Lau­ren Bordin

CAP­PING off an un­de­feated sea­son in Kyabram District Foot­ball League reserves, Stan­hope took the flag in a 22-point win against Gir­garre on Satur­day.

AN UN­DE­FEATED sea­son in Kyabram District Foot­ball League reserves cul­mi­nated in a pre­mier­ship for Stan­hope on Satur­day.

The win meant plenty to the side, es­pe­cially coach Mark Pat­ten whose son Ryan played in the suc­cess­ful team.

Most of all he was im­pressed with the de­ter­mi­na­tion his side showed to even­tu­ally run over a Gir­garre out­fit that put up plenty of fight.

‘‘It’s cer­tainly a great feel­ing, we weren’t go­ing to let it go,’’ Pat­ten said.

‘‘We had a good team play­ing all year and we stuck to the plan and never de­vi­ated from it, so it was fan­tas­tic.’’

The Kan­ga­roos nul­li­fied Stan­hope early and as the teams ac­cli­ma­tised to the fi­nals pres­sure not a goal was scored un­til the sec­ond quar­ter.

Fi­nally mak­ing the break­through at the six-minute mark of the sec­ond term was Gir­garre’s Damian Dalziel, who nailed a tricky shot from the bound­ary.

Shortly af­ter Dalziel backed it up with an­other goal, but he would be the only scorer for the Kan­ga­roos as Stan­hope upped its per­for­mance.

The Lions headed into half­time trail­ing by a point, hav­ing con­tin­ued to rack up be­hinds from their op­por­tu­ni­ties, but Pat­ten said all the right things at the main break.

‘‘I was very in­struc­tional for about 10 min­utes and then very raised voices for the rest,’’ he said.

‘‘It was a bit of in­struc­tion and chal­leng­ing them and we made a few po­si­tional moves and it all worked in our favour.

‘‘We were a de­fen­sive unit and we chal­lenged our­selves to never give in and that shined through, we had to find a way to win.’’

The third quar­ter started off with two quick goals to Stan­hope, while the Kan­ga­roos rarely had scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the rest of the game.

Jason Leo­cata was called up to rau­cous ap­plause to re­ceive the best-on-ground medal, with Bradley O’Reilly also im­pres­sive, while Jar­rad Ma­son slot­ted through three goals for the vic­tors.

Zach Fitz­patrick, Thomas Powles and Ger­ard Han­ratty were Gir­garre’s best.

Photo: Ray Sizer.

Pic­ture: Ray Sizer

Cap­tain Ryan Cooper and coach Mark Pat­ten cel­e­brate the 22-point win.

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