The top teams in the McDonalds Under 15 Division 1 competition, St Kilda City and East Sandringham, met as expected in the 2015 Grand Final at Mentone Grammar. And intriguing results throughout the finals series set the scene for an epic clash.
St Kilda City were the dominant side all year, dropping only two matches through the season to finish as the competition’s minor premiers.
East Sandy, meanwhile, finished second, just one win behind the Saints.
However, when two sides clashed in the Second Semi Final, it was the Zebbies that advanced to the premiership decider on the back of a thumping 45-point victory at Boss James Reserve.
Steeled by their upset loss, St Kilda City recorded a convincing win over Waverley Park to set up a tantalising rematch with East Sandringham in the big dance.
And the opening stanza didn’t disappoint the supporters that were after a hard-fought contest. Both teams nailed three goals in a pulsating first term that lived up to all expectations. St Kilda though, went into their huddle with their noses in front by just three points.
But from that point on the Grand Final became the St Kilda City show, as they dominated possession through the midfield and slammed on five unanswered goals in the second quarter to help them open up a 34-point buffer at the long break.
It was more of the same in the premiership quarter as another four goals put the Zebbies to sword and ensured the game was well and truly in the Saints’ keeping going into the last. East Sandy simply could find no avenues to goal, and the St Kilda City backline were outstanding in repelling all forward thrusts.
To their credit, the Zebbies fought it out to the very end, and scored a couple of goals – their first majors since the opening quarter – to add some respectability to the scoreboard.
But the day – and the silverware – belonged to the Saints, with emphatic 77-point win over East Sandringham.
Hamish Dick and Jack Denborough nailing nine goals between them in attack for the winners while Joel Crocket claimed the medal for best on ground after a brilliant display through the middle.
East Sandringham 5.4 (34)
St Kilda City 17.9 (111)
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