The Bays proved too good overrunning the Dogs in the last quarter of Sunday’s Grand Final.
Ari Rigney’s immense pressure lead to a holding the ball and followed up with a crunching tackle which in turn lead to the opening goal of the match to Shay Linke. Moments later Tyson Richard converted from directly in front to give the Dogs the perfect start.
As good teams do, Glenelg were able to bounce back kicking three consecutive goals to regain the lead and momentum. Speedster Lachlan Grubb was able to get out the back to kick a late goal to see the Bays lead by two points at the first break.
The young Dogs were able to keep the Bays goalless during the second quarter and were able to kick two of their own. Rhys Cannizzaro’s quick shot from 50 bounced through, minutes later Jordan Tippin’s created something out of nothing, soccering a loose ball through in Ronaldo like fashion. Centrals took an 11 point lead into the main break.
After half time it was all Glenelg, playing the brand of footy that they have all year which saw the Dogs defense under enormous pressure. The Bays were able to kick four third quarter goals to Centrals one including two extremely late goals which nearly put the dagger into the Dog’s heart, although the margin was only 10 points going into the last quarter Glenelg had all the momentum.
The game looked all but over with Glenelg kicking the first goal of last quarter, a response from Brett Kennedy gave the Dogs a glimmer of hope. Unfortunately the door wasn’t open for long as Glenelg piled on another 6 goals to run out 50 point winners.
As a Club we are extremely proud of the Reserves effort throughout the finals series, to make the Grand Final from fifth is more than a commendable effort.
Goal-kickers: Cannizzaro, Cowham, Grubb, Kennedy, Linke, Richard, Tippins 1.
Best Players: Iles, Patterson, Cannizzaro, Montgomerie, Gant, Linke, Cowham.