Losing a grand final is a situation no team wants to find itself in.
But it’s a tricky one, because just making that grand final is to be commended, and is in itself a great achievement.
It means your side has defeated every other side in the league, bar one.
That one for the Blues this year was the Rennie Hoppers, a side which popped up out of nowhere to not only make the final, but to win the whole thing.
The Hoppers emphatically claimed the flag on Saturday, and put to bed what would have been a dream finish for the Blues.
John Varcoe after the match said it was a crushing defeat, but he was proud of the way his troops carried out the final.
Averaging more than 100 points scored per game and conceding just 43, the Blues mustered up just 3.6 (24) in the grand final, with none of those named in the Riv a few weeks ago named in the bests.
They allowed Rennie the better chances, which they took, and punished the favourites, booting 9.8 (62) to claim a famous flag.
In other parts of their season, United looked the side to beat, apart from Waaia of course. The Bombers went through the normal season unscathed until one kick in their semi-final loss to Rennie undid all their good work.
It was unfortunate the Blues could not complete their fairytale three-peat in this new-look league, but they’ll be back stronger than ever for season 2019. Grading: A
What else could you ask for? Leitchville-Gunbower’s season had a lot more ups than it did downs, ending the year with back-to-back premierships.
But when things were down, they looked really bad.
The story of the season may well end up being their ability to overcome injuries.
Mid way through the season, there were some serious concerns about the number of players the Bombers were going to be missing from their side due to injuries, with a number of them not getting back until very late in the season. But that was at the half way point. With just the one loss to round 10, the Bombers looked like they were going to be as good as their previous season.
The inclusion of Jack Gleeson added a new spark to the middle of the ground, while Matt Perri continued to dominate in the forward line.
But going into round 10’s clash with North Bendigo, there was a feeling in the air that the side were just holding on to their spot at the top of the ladder.
The team would drop that clash to North Bendigo, and while they didn’t lose a game for the rest of the season, the injuries resulted in the team struggling to score as often as they would have liked, relegating them to second on the ladder.
Their only issue in finals was a case of bad time keeping, with the Bombers belting through Huntly, followed by a close win against North Bendigo in both the second semi and the grand final.
LG’s best football was arguably better than the past season, but due to other issues we didn’t see it as much as 2017.
But in the end, the premiership proves the key point of the season.
LG were the best side in the HDFL, and have the silverware to prove it.
BLUE BOYS: Picola United’s Corey Cogan feels for the footy against Mathoura. Photo: