AS IT HAPPENED
PICOLA United’s season ended in tears, rather than in jubilation.
For the Blues it hurts to look back on what could have been, while the Rennie Hoppers will reminisce on this season for years to come.
But how did the grand final play out? And what went so wrong for John Varcoe and his side? First quarter: Cagey is the word of the day. Neither side has grasped the ascendency, with both just wanting to test the waters without giving much away.
With the wind picking up from one side, the system seems to have worked because they have cancelled each other out in magnificent fashion.
The score at quarter time is a measly 0.2 (2) to 0.2 (2). Second quarter: The second quarter has seen the door open up slightly more in Rennie’s favour.
But it will have to be an almighty kick to see any floodgates opening just yet.
The Hoppers have made the most of their chances, kicking 3.1 to Picola’s 1.0, and they have used the wind to their advantage, along with the second phase of play after dropped marks. Third quarter: Rennie have grabbed the ascendency now and look to be kicking on well.
The Hoppers have booted 2.2 to Picola’s 0.2, and now have a commanding lead of 25 points.
Picola needs to make the most of this last quarter, otherwise the three-peat will not happen. It’s in their hands now. Fourth quarter: Rennie have hearts of ice. Cool under pressure the Hoppers have smashed home 4.3 (27) to put the icing on top of their game, finishing the fourth quarter with 62 points.
The Blues strung together 2.2 of their own to finish the game on 24 points — a far cry from their season average of 100-plus points per game.