PHILLIP Island has added another Under 13s premiership to its trophy cabinet with a fighting 21-point win over Corner Inlet at Cowes.
Corner Inlet came out firing in the opening term and matched the highly-fancied Bulldogs to take a one-point lead at the first break.
But the Bulldogs responded in front of a large home crowd and lifted a gear to hit the front in the second quarter, before holding off the determined Stingrays throughout the match.
Phillip Island coach Andy Walton said he was “stoked” by his side’s efforts.
“In the first quarter Corner Inlet was on fire using the ball beautifully – they were marking the ball and we were chasing them for a while,” he said.
“We’ve been up and about for six or seven weeks and it was it was a bit of a cross road in the second quarter but the boys stood up and did it the hard way.”
Phillip Island’s Patrick Ryan played a terrific captain’s game at centre half forward and through the midfield, and was awarded the umpire’s award.
Full forward Kirby Fuller worked hard up and down the ground and Keith Robinson was tireless on the ball and took a number of grabs.
Jack Wilson switched between the ruck and half back and nullified Corner Inlet’s dangerous forward Kelsey Pavlou, who also had a prominent game.
Kelsey was playing his 100th junior game.
Max Walton was another strong defender across half back for the Island and Toby Marshall’s tackling in the midfield was a highlight.
For Corner Inlet, Ryan Angwin, Levi Cocksedge and Kairon Dorling were stand outs, but the home side proved too strong on the day.
Walton said it was a great grand final.
“Skill wise, both teams moved it magnificently and at the end of day we were a little bit more intense around stoppages, which was the tiny difference that allowed us to get the win,” he said.
“It was a terrific effort by Corner Inlet.
“They were well coached and played good, clean footy.”
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Sea-Eagles swoop for cup
INVERLOCH-KONGWAK has come from third on the ladder to win the Under 11s premiership in a dominant performance over Corner Inlet.
The young Sea-Eagles led at every change and kept their opponents scoreless to run out 22-point winners.
Archer Reid kicked things off for the Sea-Eagles in the opening term with the first goal of the day, before Baylee Silvester – who won the umpire’s award for a fantastic game in the midfield – kicked his side’s second goal in the second quarter.
Ollie Dawson kicked another in the third quarter to seal the win.
The Sea-Eagles had winners all over the ground with Rhien Hall controlling play across half back and setting up forward moves to win the coach’s award and Jack Butcher dangerous across half forward.
Archie O’Neill won plenty of the ball in the packs.
Tyson Bolam rucked well all day against a much bigger opponent and Joe Soumilas’ second efforts inspired his team.
For Corner Inlet, Harrison Garlick, Oliver Lemchens and Lachlan Gale battled hard but couldn’t contain the talented Inverloch-Kongwak side.
In his first year of coaching junior footy, Inverloch coach Al Scott was pleased with his side’s efforts.
“It’s been fantastic; they’re a really good bunch of kids, they’ve really improved over the year and played really good team footy,” he said.
“They really used the ball well and attacked the footy. We got a good start with really good tackling and pressure around the ball, and then they continued on.”