Eastside too good for Camels
EASTSIDE created a big piece of Big Rivers Football League history when it beat the Katherine Camels by 52 points in last night’s grand final.
The Double Blues won their fifth BRFL flag in a row, beating Katherine South’s record from the late 1990s.
They kicked three goals to nothing in the first quarter and were untroubled to win 12.10 (82) to 4.6 (30) in front of a big crowd at Nitmiluk Oval.
For coach Greg Bain it was the culmination of five seasons of hard work, brave recruiting and a big emphasis on youth.
“I’ve always been a big believer in young footballers and giving them an opportunity, factors that played out well for us this season,’’ he said.
“We knew we had to respond to save our season after the Camels beat us in the semifinal and credit to my players for winning the preliminary final so convincingly and doing the same thing in the big one.’’
Bain’s youth policy paid off in a big way last night when 16year-old Territory Thunder and Big River Hawks product Stephen Rory won the Morris Medal for the best player on the ground.
Eastside’s slick movement of the football and a wide open forward line dominated the first half where two first quarter goals by Matt Baker set the scene for the Double Blues, who always seemed to have an answer for a Camels side that never got going.
Eastside did have its problems, big spearhead Deon Gordon was red carded for an errant strike on Camel Kane Davis in the first quarter, effectively ending his night after 17 minutes of play.
The Camels did not kick a goal until the 10-minute mark of the second quarter, proof of the close checking Eastside defence and the pressure their midfield applied to the Camels players coming down the ground.