Parkside come over the top in a Grand Final thriller

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Parkside have gone from Grand Final heartbreak last year, to Premiership glory in 2023. Not only have they bounced back stronger than ever but have done so in fine fashion in a come-from-behind thriller over the Old Yarra Cobras.

This clash drew a huge crowd on Sunday afternoon at Piranha Park in Coburg, and spectators were not left disappointed with a blockbuster that came down to the wire. Ultimately, it was Parkside who walked away victorious holding that illustrious premiership cup up high, by a mere three points.

The Old Yarra Cobras have worked tirelessly to get themselves to the big dance and were determined to give it everything they had. To kick things off on the right foot, they came out blazing in the first to take a 3-goal advantage at quarter time.

In the second, the Devils managed to secure their first major, but there was no stopping the Cobras who extended their lead with another 4 goals. With a convincing margin at the main break the Cobras were up and about, looking to run home with the cup in hand.

No doubt Parkside were privy to some strong words at half time, but whatever enlightening speech Rick Frost delivered to his boys it must have sunk in. The Devils fired up in the second half to win the premiership quarter 4-goals to 1, which some may say was symbolic of what was to come.

The final term was the biggest for the match with a total of seven goals scored. The Devils kept chipping away at the Cobras lead until they were within striking distance. With the momentum on their side, it was Michael Romano who stood up for his side booting the final goal to secure the 3-point victory for the Parkside Devils.

What an amazing effort it was to come back from 40 points down to walk away with the Seniors and Reserves double.

The Cobras outfit was full of talent with 9 individual goal kickers hitting the scoreboard. Nick Zappala was once again best on ground for his side, playing from the front right up until the final siren.

The ever-consistent Michael Romano and Jack Hamilton led their side the whole way despite the deficit until the final quarter, hitting the scoreboard when I mattered to finish with 3 majors each. The Parkside faithful were right behind the Devils and carried their energy levels throughout the four quarters to inspire a comeback on the biggest stage.

Parkside have done the double jump, leaping their way into Division 1, after being in Division 3 just two years prior. This is a significant feat and full credit to the might and determination of the players and club to get themselves to where they are today and earn the Premiership.