East­side too good for Camels

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - GREY MOR­RIS

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.

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