THERE was nothing between the teams in the Alberton Junior Football League’s Under 14 grand final, Wonthaggi Power and Phillip Island, until the first few minutes of the last quarter.
It was here that the Power extended the four-point lead it held at the last break when Shaun Tessari snapped a goal after a fine attacking move by Jared Lawson.
But the Island was still giving plenty at this stage, Cooper Smith required to take a goal-saving mark deep in defence for the Power soon after as the young Pups pressed hard for an equaliser.
Mitchell Moschetti to Jack Wilson and the Island was in attack again only to have Kaleb Snelling turn them out.
Josh Ryan took a shot that fell short, there was a rushed point for the Island and when Kai MacKenzie took ‘em on and raced clear, they looked to be pressing again.
But it was Jared Lawson who chased hard through the centre to produce a game-changing tackle that ultimately delivered victory to the Power.
Having brought down the creative Island player, he got the ball to Ky Ennoss, on to Joel Brann and then Cooper Scott who was awarded a 30 metre penalty when another Island player inadvertently entered the protected zone.
It was a technical decision but the rest is history, Scott kicked the goal from point-blank range and there were no further goals scored by either side.
To their credit the Island continued to pepper the scoring zone, running up a tally of 10 points but they just couldn’t get the vital spark they needed.
Ben Wingfield took a ball-bursting grab on the last line to snuff out the Island’s last hurrah and the Power went on to record a 13-point victory.
Josh Schulz, Eros Reid, the two tall boys on the ball Max Pier and Dean McRae, Oscar Brown and Jared Lawson were all good players for the Power with Reid getting the umpires’ votes.
For the Island, their captain and key defender Oscar Marks was a champ, Jack Wilson up forward, Finlay Cousins, Patrick Ryan on the ball, Max Walton strong all day and another on-baller Lochlan Hill were among the Island’s best.
Final scores: Wonthaggi 4.5.29 def Phillip Island 1.10.16.
Full coverage of the Alberton Junior Football League’s grand finals in this weeks edition of the South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.
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