The Ressies have won 10 games straight to take out the 2018 Premiership
The Hawks started the game well, really settling in and feeling comfortable on the big stage, however, inaccuracy in front of goal was evident. In near perfect conditions, we only managed 8 behinds in the first quarter but let Glen Eira right back in to the game when they kicked a goal just before quarter time. For all the dominance of the Hawks, a 1 point lead was all we took from the first 30 minutes. In the second quarter, the domination continued when Josh Strachan drifted forward to take a mark and showed the boys how to kick straight. Not long after, Danny Priest converted a nice set shot from a tight angle and the Hawks were away. After a long shot a goal from Tim Chapman almost went through for a behind, it was punched back in to play by Simon Lauletta and a quick snap from Dave Upton had us up by 17 points at the main break.The third quarter started with a bang as Lee Jefferies was knocked out by Glen Eira playing coach Adrian Flowerday in a good old fashioned shirtfront. Lee was in a bad way for quite a while but pleasingly has made a full recovery. This put the Hawks a man down but we pushed on with Dave Upton kicking back to back goals.
to put us 28 points up half way through the third. When Strudwick goaled for Glen Eira the crowd went wild, trying to spur on the men in black but the Hawks lifted again and Jimmy Murray kicked truly not a minute later to stretch the margin back out to 27 at the final break. The message at the huddle was ‘Play To Win’, we knew it wasn’t just going to happen. After a hotly contested first 12 minutes, finally Croc Downie put it all together and kicked a ripper goal to put the game almost beyond doubt. Late goals to the Gryphons Flowerday and Tobin flattered the result a little as the final margin said 22 points. The Ressies had to win the final 6 games of the year including beating all teams in the top 4 to sneak in to finals, then beat Westbourne who finished 4th in the Semi Final, Aquinas who finished 2nd in the Prelim final and Glen Eira who finished top in the Grand Final. It was a herculean effort, and the culmination of some really hard work put in by a lot of people this season. We look forward to taking on Division 2 in 2019.
Best On Ground Medal: Tim Chapman
Glen Eira 4.9 33
Hawthorn 7,13 55
Goals: Dave Upton 3, Josh Strachan, Danny Priest, Jimmy Murray, Matt Downie
Best: Tom Bevan, Jimmy Murray, Daniel Bye, Tim Chapman, Phil Avery, Josh Strachan