STANHOPE DELIVERS ON PERFECT SEASON
Stanhope reserves cap their undefeated season with a flag
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.
Captain Ryan Cooper and coach Mark Patten celebrate the 22-point win.