Division 2 of the McDonalds Under 17s was a relatively even competition at the top of the ladder, so it should come as no surprise that the 2015 Grand Final was a great contest between two top sides.
Beaumaris claimed the minor premiership narrowly ahead of St Pauls McKinnon, who inflicted th Sharks biggest loss for the year. The Demons handed out a 71-point thrashing at Jack Barker Oval in Round 5, but ultimately it would be Beauy that would have the last laugh.
The Sharks and the Demons met again in the Second Semi Final at Wellington Reserve, with the former comfortably accounting for their opponent to the tune of 57 points.
However, to their credit, St Paul’s bounced back well from their defeat to knock off Waverley Park Hawks in the Preliminary Final by 21 points at Boss James Reserve.
This then set up a highly-anticipated rematch with Beaumaris in the Grand Final at Trevor Barker Oval.
Beaumaris went into the match as slight favourites owing to their Semi Final triumph, but the opening stanza turned out to a tense neck and neck battle as the two sides settled into early nerves. Both teams could manage only a goal each, with the Demons poking their noses in front by two points at quarter time.
Beaumaris gained the ascendancy in the second, winning the ball with increasing regularity from the stoppages. Unfortunately, however, they couldn’t capitalise on their advantage, with their 0.5 the only scores for the term. As a result, the Sharks led by just three points at the half.
The game opened up significantly after the long break and the two teams traded goals in a more exciting quarter of footy. After a total of two goals between them in the first half, both the Sharks and the Demons kicked three each in third.
But again Beauy’s inaccuracy let them down with six behinds also added to their score, ensuring an eight-point buffer at the final change.
Thankfully, it didn’t cost them, as they put St Pauls to the sword in the last quarter. A 4.8 to 0.0 term did the damage as Beaumaris stormed to the premiership.
Josh Trew earned the best on ground medal to go with his premiership medallion, while Harrison Edwards did the damage up forward with three goals.
BEAUMARIS SHARKS: 8.20 (68)
ST PAUL’S McKINNON: 4.4 (28)
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