YOUTHFUL determination helped
Dalyston finally win their third successive grand final clash against Phillip Island in ‘82.
Dalyston’s reserves side was made up of a fit group of former thirds’ footballers and veterans finishing their careers.
Swapping between ruck and forward flank, Rob McRae kicked two first-term goals that set Dalyston ahead.
Rob remembers the day as a typical windy Wonthaggi grand final.
He said Dalyston’s core group was formed from an average thirds side.
“I remember everyone saying Phillip Island were going to kill us,” Rob said.
“But we got a jump on the Island and never let up.
“We celebrated pretty well after the match. It was our first legal drink together,” Rob said.
Here’s some of Malcolm Conn’s report, as published in the South Gippsland Sentinel-Times on Tuesday, September 21, 1982:
Third time lucky… is not how Dalyston won last Saturday’s Seconds Bass Valley premiership. It was Dalyston’s third attempt against Phillip Island for the flag in three successive seasons.
But Dalyston won with skill and endeavour and not luck.
The Seconds’ premiership was a consolation for Dalyston supporters; their Firsts were badly beaten in a semi-final.
Dalyston’s Seconds played a good finals series.
They beat the Island well in the second semi and repeated the dose again on Saturday.
The Pies were too quick and too skilful for Phillip island.
Much of that pace was due to the youthfulness of half a dozen of last year’s Thirds who made up Dalyston’s side.
Dalyston’s four first-quarter goals were kicked by two former Thirds.
Rover John Donohue kicked the first and third, and forward pocket Robert McRae kicked the second and fourth.
McRae’s second goal was from a magnificent mark over his opponent.
Donohue finished with three goals and was Dalyston’s best player.
Dalyston called the tone all day and by the last quarter, the Island were going through the motions.
They dropped easy marks and fumbled when they were clear.
The Island were not the same side that won the last three premierships. Several brawls erupted during the match.
Max Oakley of Dalyston was reported by field and a boundary umpire for allegedly striking Drew Aiken of Phillip Island and Dennis Osbaldeston of Phillip Island was reported by the field umpire for allegedly kicking Dalyston’s Stephen Coldebella.
Best: J & B Donohue, W. Morrison, Davidson, O’Halloran, D. Sibly, and Lloyd.
Phillip Island: 1.1-3.2-3.3-3.5.
Best: Davie, E Legg, A Aiken, Whitaker, and Fenech.