THE Golden Plains Grand Final between Bannockburn and Inverleigh on Saturday went down in Geelong & District Football League (GDFL) history as one of the best fourth quarterbacks of a breakthrough season to date.
It may have been Bannockburn captain Dan Measures’ 10th flag in local football, but he had only one finger raised during the Premier’s celebrations following the Tigers’ 13.9.87-12.11 win .83 on Inverleigh. “That fourth quarter seemed like an eternity, it was such a seesaw affair,” Measures said after the game.
“I’m sure it was a great show for the crowd, but not for us. Especially for me when [Adam] Donohue was in top form like that, it was just surreal.
Both teams scored a total of 81 points in the fourth quarter alone while 13 goals were scored in the final 30 minutes.
Bannockburn knew how calm Inverleigh had been all season, but co-coaches Ron Pilgrim and Jack Brauman had tactics in place to limit the Hawks’ damage.
“They’re a very, very good tight team,” Measures said.
“The message from the start was that we were going to have to cut them all day, no matter the deficit or the lead, we know we had to keep attacking them.
“We knew we had the fitness, there was no negativity and the credit for Inverleigh coming to us with everything, but it was anyone’s day, and luckily it was the our.
“We needed to dig deep on that one and I’m especially proud of the boys.”
Points were sparse for both teams for three quarters, with an entire crowd watching.
Only one point separated the Tigers and Hawks after the first term, before Inverleigh took a 10-point halftime lead.
Bannockburn responded in the third, keeping the Hawks scoreless in the premiership quarter and leading 49-40 at the final break.
However, Inverleigh’s seven goals and Bannockburn’s six in the fourth quarter would have put the game on the edge.
Despite the Hawks’ persistent efforts, the siren sounded with the Tigers ahead by four points, ending hopes of Inverleigh’s first senior GDFL premiership.
Kieran Fulton, despite battling illness throughout the week, scored four goals in Bannockburn’s win.
Callum Hetherington had three, while Lincoln Peters and Hayden Spiller each scored two.
Vice-captain Tristan Battaglia and Ayden Osborne completed the scoring for the Tigers.
Bannockburn midfielder Connor Jervies has been named best on the ground.
This year’s premiership under Ron Pilgrim is Bannockburn’s sixth in the GDFL.