Jer­ilderie thirds dom­i­nant in grand fi­nal win over Pi­cola

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Jer­ilderie thirds coach Sam Catena said his side was ‘‘the most de­ter­mined team’’ he’s ever coached and they proved that as they smashed their way to ul­ti­mate glory in Blighty on Satur­day.

The Dees dis­man­tled Pi­cola United in the Pi­cola League grand fi­nal, keep­ing their per­fect record in tact, fin­ish­ing the year with 18 wins and zero losses fol­low­ing their 90 point thrash­ing of the Blues.

De­spite kick­ing against the breeze in the first term, the Demons as­serted their dom­i­nance early, kick­ing 4.4 to one point to lead by 27 points at quar­ter time.

Scor­ing slowed down in the sec­ond term, Pi­cola man­ag­ing their only goal for the game, also scor­ing a be­hind, while Jer­ilderie added a fur­ther 2.1 to their tally to lead by 33 points at the main break.

The Dees put the re­sult be­yond doubt in the premier­ship quar­ter, ex­tend­ing their lead to 56 points, be­fore sav­ing their best quar­ter for last.

The Demons closed out the game with 12 scor­ing shots, kick­ing an in­ac­cu­rate 5.7 to 0.3, in what was an im­pres­sive fi­nale to a tremen­dous sea­son.

Jer­ilderie on­baller Mitch A’Vard earned him­self the best on ground medal, with team­mates Lo­gan Fitzger­ald, Lach­lan Ken­net, Nash Fitzger­ald and Jor­dan An­thony all play­ing strong games too.

Fi­nal score, Jer­ilderie 15.13 (103) to Pi­cola Utd 1.7 (13).

Catena said it was the best game his side has played all year.

‘‘I was ner­vous go­ing into the game,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve never seen a team con­trib­ute so much on the ground.

‘‘Th­ese boys showed four quar­ter ef­forts and it was the whole at­ti­tude of the play­ers that helped us to a win.’’

The Jer­ilderie thirds had a tremen­dous sea­son, claim­ing the mi­nor premier­ship for fin­ish­ing on top of the lad­der.

They also had in­di­vid­ual suc­cess with full for­ward Jor­dan An­thony be­com­ing a cen­tury goal­kicker, kick­ing 125 goals in the home and away sea­son (129 in to­tal) to claim the league lead­ing goal­kicker medal.

It was the club’s first flag in the thirds since 2012, a sea­son where the Demons lost just one game.

RIGHT: Jer­ilderie’s thirds cel­e­brate their em­phatic grand fi­nal win with the premier­ship cup on Satur­day.

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