Old Haileybury capped off their return to Premier C in sensational style, claiming the premiership with a 48-point win over Caulfield Grammarians at Casey Fields. Led by a best-on-ground performance from Peter Shakallis, the Bloods were 20 points up at half time following six goals to three in the first two terms. Nick Gooda kicked two high pressure goals in the second quarter while Shakallis was dominant through the midfield. Another eight goals to three in the second half iced the flag for the Bloods who, despite winning the second semi-final, entered the game as underdogs. James Paul and Aaron Toy were phenomenal for the Bloods, while Corey Rich top-scored with three majors. Jack Woodman fought hard for the Fields and Nick Baltas kicked three. The Fields were minor premiers and entered the finals on a six-game winning streak but had no answers for the Bloods as they lost both post-regular season match-ups. Both sides will now enter Premier B for the 2018 season. It is the second Premier C flag for Old Haileybury in three years.
Michael Ritterman Medal: Peter Shakallis (Old Haileybury)
Earlier in the day, the Fields claimed the Premier C Reserves flag with a 38-point victory over Marcellin. Trailing by 14 points at half time, the Fields piled on eight goals to one in the second half as BOG medal recipient Ryan Harris starred alongside Will Kingwill who kicked four goals. Thomas Smith continued his outstanding recent form for the Fields, while James Baxter and Joshua James impressed for the Eagles.
Best on Ground Medal: Ryan Harris (Caulfield Grammarians)