Saints savour nailbiting win

Taj StubberAlbany Advertiser
SDJFA 2019 Under 14 Premiers, Saints.
Camera IconSDJFA 2019 Under 14 Premiers, Saints. Credit: Laurie Benson

The Saints won an epic grand final against the Roos by a single point to win the Southern Districts Junior Football Association under-14 grand final held at Tigerland last Saturday.

The two teams have had a close history this season, the Roos only losing one game all year at the hands of the Saints, and in the second semifinal the Roos beat Saints by a single point.

GSFL Kleemann medallist Logan Stubber with SDJFA Under 14 Premiership coach Matt Taylor and co-captains Bailey Peacock and Rhys Grixti.
Camera IconGSFL Kleemann medallist Logan Stubber with SDJFA Under 14 Premiership coach Matt Taylor and co-captains Bailey Peacock and Rhys Grixti. Credit: Laurie Benson

Kaidyn Hams marked and played on to kick the first goal of the game for the Saints within the opening minute.

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The Roos kicked the next three goals of the game, before Hams added a second to bring the margin back to five points.

One more goal apiece would see the Roos take a four-point lead into quarter-time.

Saints' Amos Ugle kicks his side forward.
Camera IconSaints' Amos Ugle kicks his side forward. Credit: Laurie Benson

Hams added two more majors in the second term, as his side took a one point lead into half-time, kicking two goals to one for the term.

The third was an even affair and the Roos took a slender two-point lead into the last change.

Roos kicked the first of the fourth quarter before Hams added his fifth for the game to pull the deficit back to four points late in the dying minutes.

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Camera IconRoos' Jackson Mason gtakes possession.t Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Bailey Peacock then slotted a clutch goal, his third of the game, to put the Saints up by a single point with less than three minutes left.

From there, the Saints hung on in a tense finish, 8.3 (51) to 7.8 (50), Peacock awarded best-on-ground honours for his three-goal effort in the winning team while Hams (five goals), George Bockman and Kaizen Beeck were also important. Jackson Mason was the best for the Roos while Teague Valli and Blake Panizza were also solid.

Earlier in the day, the Swans knocked off minor premiers Lions in the under-12s grand final, with a big final quarter proving the difference.

After finishing third on the ladder, the Swans kicked the only goal of the first quarter.

The two sides went goalless in the next two quarters before the Swans kicked three last-quarter goals.

SDJFA 2019 under 12 Premiers Swans.
Camera IconSDJFA 2019 under 12 Premiers Swans. Credit: Laurie Benson/Pictures: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

The Lions’ only score came after the final siren losing as they went down, 0.1 (1) to 4.9 (33).

Max Grimes was awarded the medal for best afield.

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