La Trobe University, Richmond Central and Old Xaverians have claimed the first premierships on offer for the 2014 seasons on a wonderful Club XVIII Grand Final day.
VAFA Finals are well and truly here as six clubs descended on Sportscover Arena hoping to come away with the first premierships of the 2014 season. Club XVIII Grand Final day is one of the great days in the VAFA calendar and this was no exception with three highly entertaining Grand Finals.
Club XVIII Section 3
La Trobe University were ladder leaders for most of the season and they were able to seal a much treasured premiership with a 31 point win over MHSOB. La Trobe were on top from the start and despite their wayward kicking keeping MHSOB in the game, early La Trobe goals in the last quarter put the game out of reach for the Unicorns.
Melbourne High were unable to kick a goal until the last quarter, however a late flurry of goals gave the Unicorns supporters something to cheer about. the final scores of La Trobe University 8.11.59 to MHSOB 4.4.28. The best on ground medal was presented to La Trobe’s Sebastian Di Girolamo.
The Club XVIII Section Best and Fairest was also announced and presented on the day. The result was a tie between MHSOB’s Louis Meyer and from NOB/St Patrick’s.
Club XVIII Section 2
Richmond Central claimed back to back Club XVIII premierships as they withstood the challenge from Williamstown CYMS to run away 24 point winners. It was a fantastic match with the margin never much more than a couple of kicks, and whilst the Snakes would edge ahead, the CY’s never went away.
Not until late in the final term was the game beyond doubt as Richmond Central kicked out to a five goal lead – the biggest lead of the game. A goal on the siren to the CY’s reduced the margin to 24 points but by this stage the Snakes were already celebrating.
Final Scores were Richmond Central 13.11.89 to Williamstown CYMS 9.11.65. The Best on ground medal was awarded to Richmond Central’s Sam Hartmann.
The Club XVIII Section 2 competition best and fairest was announced on the day and Mark Pietryk of Emmaus St Leos was announced as the section’s best and fairest for the second straight year.
Club XVIII Section 1
Old Xavierians claimed yet another Club XVIII premiership as their Crocodiles proved too strong for Hawthorn’s Spartans, recording a 68 point win. Xaverians established a three goal lead at quarter time and gradually built on that throughout the course of the match.
Hawthorn who had beaten Old Xaverians twice throughout the home and away match but fallen to the Crocs in their last two encounters kept trying all day but ultimately where unable to pierce the Xaverians defence. The final score was Old Xaverians 18.7.115 to Hawthorn 7.5.47. Old Xaverians’ Tim Silk won the King Landrigan Medal for best on the ground in the Grand Final
Hawthorn’s Anthony Marguccio was announced and presented with the Mason Medal as the Club XVIII Section 1 competition Best and Fairest.