House Football Grand Final
It was to be the most anticipated game in recent house football history, the flag favourite the Flynn Falcons would take on the Burrows Bears.
The First Third - Boys
Flynn Falcons came out flying off the handy boot of Matt Tattersall, Joshua Di Giandomenico and Tom Cushion, getting some very handy goals on the board. The Burrows Bears were shocked at the scintillating start and looked to steady the ship through the cool heads of Mickey Robertson and Paddy Norton, however inaccurate shots at goal left Flynn with a 10 point lead heading into the first break.
The Second Third - Enter the Girls
Flynn again looked very dangerous with Tess Kirsopp-Cole dominating possession and running away from anyone she pleased. Unfortunately some inaccurate kicking again resulted in 5 shots at goal with only 1 major for the Flynn girls. Late in the third Georgia Hermans lead strongly from the goal square with a very sturdy mark 20 metres out, directly in front. After a short celebratory dance she went on to kick a very important goal for the Bears.
Isabelle Hackett and Amy Troy were solid in defence for the Bears and really minimised the damage.
The Championship Third – Mixed teams
The Bears went into the final term down but by no means out, trailing by 14 points.
With a quick Stevie J type goal, Annie Coulsell was waiting up forward for the Falcons, scoring Flynn’s only goal for the term and it was a 9 point super goal at that.
Then the Bears decided it was time to turn it on, the experience of Hogan, Robertson, Norton and Davis worked well together to move the ball forward - Norton converted 2 goals from set shots in quick succession.
We now had a game on our hands, Burrows were inaccurate with 4 behinds for the term, but just when it was needed, Hackett again popped up in the right place and was able to kick the goal of the day to bring the scores level with 3 minutes to play. The crowd were going wild to be able to witness such skill and finesse.
At this point it was looking like it may have been a replay of the famous 1948 Melb V Essendon drawn Grand Final. BUT Burrows had other ideas.
All the action was in the Burrows forward line and again another rushed behind gave them a 1 point lead. With 2 minutes to play the ball went back down the Flynn forward line and Nankervis was bustling out of the centre square trying for a quick score but the defence work of Wood and Troy combined to stem the score.
The crowd were on the edge of their seats.
But the siren sounded, the underdogs won, it was the closest contest we have seen in a House Football Grand Final EVER and a game played in great spirit by both teams.
The final score was:-
Burrows: 1 super goal, 4 goals, 7 behinds - 40
Flynn: 1 super goal, 4 goals 6 behinds - 39
Well done to all players and supporters for getting down to enjoy a wonderful event.
Thanks to all teams for their work during the home and away season, including the Prefects, but also the boundary umpires and goal umpires provided for each game.
A special thank you to Mr Andy Phillips and the Lunt brothers for their expert officiating throughout the season.
Well done also to Mrs Tracy Dawson, Mr Dave Lowe and the Year 12 HHD students who baked and cooked up a storm, which added to the atmosphere and raised some valuable funds for UNICEF.
This brings us to the final event of the hotly contested DC Riddle Cup, the House Wearable Art competition, which will take place at lunchtime on the last day of this term. It is still anyone’s trophy at this stage and the run way is set for an epic ending to the House events for the year.
Steven Sullivan, Head of Taylor House
Winners are Grinners! Burrows House Football Team