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South's sweet success

Monday, 15th September, 2014

South co-captains Michael Westley and Jordan Johns with the T.C. Gunn Cup following their side’s 43-point win over North in the Grand Final on Saturday South co-captains Michael Westley and Jordan Johns with the T.C. Gunn Cup following their side’s 43-point win over North in the Grand Final on Saturday

By Balldock

South claimed the 2014 premiership after recording a 43-point win over North on Saturday.

Played in perfect conditions and in front of a huge crowd, the Roos delivered what they had promised to their supporters.

Led by coach Craig Thomas the Roos have now set the bench mark in training and commitment and have brought a new level of professionalism to the competition.

The Roos set up the win in a dominant second term kicking 4.7 while keeping the Bulldogs scoreless, turning a five-point deficit at the first break into a 26-point halftime lead.

South won the toss and ran to the Essential Energy end in the opening term.

As expected, the opening was a physical affair with both sides trying to assert some early dominance.

After some good use of the footy Jedd Watson was on the end of some good play and he converted from wide out to give the Bulldogs the perfect start.

The Roos responded minutes later after Marc Purcell received a free kick and a 50 metre penalty.

They soon had the lead after a great centering ball from Cody Schorn found Todd Blacksell; his first had the Roos up by six points.

The Bulldogs were starting to win plenty of ball from the middle with Codie Howard leading the way.

Premierships are won by capitalizing on your chances and the Bulldogs wasted early shots, kicking four straight behinds to trail by two points through the middle stages of the term.

But they regained the lead when Jayden Kelly was awarded a free kick in front of goal.

As the term ticked into time on, Jordan Staker set Todd Shapter up with a slick handball and Shapter gave the Roos a two-point lead.

Howard was again in the thick of the action and set Zac Borlace up with his goal giving the Bulldogs a fourpoint lead close to halftime.

Another behind to North saw then go into the first break with a five-point lead in a cracking opening to the grand final.

The second term started with the Roos doing all the attacking, but like their opponents they went unrewarded with three straight behinds.

The shackles where finally broken when Todd Davidson found Schorn and his first for the day gave the Roos a four-point lead.

Minutes later Schorn pounced on a defensive error from the Bulldogs and his second had the Roos up by 10 midway through the term.

The Roos found the run that has made them the competition's best and when Staker took the ball off hands and kicked a banana from the pocket the margin was 16 points and looking increasingly difficult for the Bulldogs.

Late in the term North made another defensive error and Schorn was their to make them pay with his third for the term.

The Roos went into the long break with a 26-point lead.

In warm and trying conditions Browne, Davidson and Shapter were outstanding for the Roos while Howard, Kelly and Dempster were the best for the Bulldogs.

The all-important third term began with the ball heading towards the South goal.

After a great chain of handballs, Shapter was on the end and his goal gave the Roos the start they wanted with the margin out to 32 points.

The Roos could have buried the Bulldogs early but again some wayward kicking kept the margin to 34 points.

They looked in total control when Blacksell on the left snapped a great goal.

The lead was now 40 points midway through the term.

When Kelly found a unmarked Brett Johnson three metres out; his first for the day had the Bulldogs within 35 points.

With the three quarter time siren looming Quinton Beavan made the Roos pay for an error and the Bulldogs went into the last break trailing by 31 points.

The scene was set for the season's last quarter with patrons not sure of what to expect.

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