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Last year’s Under 12 North Grand Final between South Melbourne Districts and East Malvern was a close, albeit low-scoring contest that didn’t disappoint the fans.

South Melbourne enjoyed a stunning home and away season, and were crowned minor premiers after winning 12 of their 14 matches.

East Malvern, meanwhile, played one game more than the Districts and finished the year third on the ladder with a 10-5 win-loss record.

One of the Districts’ two defeats came at the hands of the Knights, when they cruised to victory by more than 10 goals at Stanley Grose Reserve in Round 11.

The only other meeting between the two sides came in Round 4, which South Melbourne won by 17 points at Albert Park.

The Knights were the first team to qualify for the Grand Final with a 22-point victory over Oakleigh in the First Semi Final at King George Reserve.

Two hours later, South Melbourne won through to the decider, defeating Ormond by two goals in the later game.

The following week was expected to be a hard-fought battle at Jack Barker Oval, and the early stages of the Grand Final certainly lived up to the hype. Neither side was willing to concede any ground, and both the Knights and the Swans were ferocious around the contest.

South Melbourne finally broke the deadlock with a behind – the only score of the quarter – to put their noses ahead at the first.

The Knights then edged ahead with the only goal of the second term, and followed it up with another in the third to claim a 13-4 lead at the final change.

The Districts were by no means out of the contest, but the Knights could smell the blood in the water and lifted a gear in the final term. They slotted two goals and kept their opponent scoreless as they streaked to a 22-point triump.

East Malvern had all single goal scores, while Will Pereira won the medal as the best player on the ground.

Max Grodski, Will Sibly and Tom McLennan were all among the Knights’ best.

FINAL SCORES

South Melbourne Districts: 0.4 (4)

East Malvern Knights: 4.2 (26)

 

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