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The dynasty continues.

 

Bell Post Hill won its fourth premiership in five years inflicting revenge on the Magpies with a 54-

point victory. Coach Brent Grgic labelled this flag as his proudest given the widespread doubt

surrounding the club following the exodus of some decorated Panthers.

 

“A lot of people didn’t think we were good enough this year. Even today, there was a lot of people

that doubted us ... its history now.” Grgic said.

 

“There was even a few players in our side that just can’t believe we got up there (again).”

 

“We knew at the start of the year people were saying we’re going to be stuffed losing all those

players, you’re going to fall off the face of the earth.”

 

“The three (premierships) that we won, we had a really talented side ... you can sit back and say we

can win one by ourselves as well – and that’s what they did.”

 

With the premiership within its grasp at the final change, Grgic rallied his troops arm-in-arm, just as

they would in 30 minutes time singing the song in the middle of the ground, in a stirring speech

demanding they utilize their superior fitness which proved telling.

“I told them (at three quarter-time) to look each other in the eye and make sure you don’t let

anyone down.”

 

“In the third quarter we took them on and again in the last quarter we wanted to play on, (it’s)

something they probably haven’t seen us do before.”

 

“Our fitness was key to that ... a lot of clubs do one session, maybe two sessions, the majority of

these guys have been doing three sessions a week.”

 

“Our fitness today was brilliant.”

 

Attila Sulics received best on ground honours while key forward Justin Tarr (five goals) and hard

running midfielders Stephen Macleod and Dylan Witney weren’t far behind.

 

North Geelong controlled proceedings early in what was an in tight and contested game as to be

expected. Despite numerous forays forward the Magpies would trail at quarter-time by two points.

 

The match opened up in the second term as the sides exchanged goals, again refusing to be

separated on the scoreboard. Justin Tarr snapped truly in the dying stages to give his side a ten-point
buffer at half-time.

 

The Panthers would deliver three of the first four goals of the second half, kick-starting a dominant

second half. Adrian Carter slotted a clever goal hemmed up tight on the boundary late in the term to

give Bell Post Hill a 32-point lead and place one hand on the premiership cup.

 

Tarr’s fifth major all but shattered the Magpies hope but the next two goals went the way of the

reigning premier as it battled to stay in touch. It was not to be as Caleb Bacely strolled in to kick

consecutive majors and the celebrations became imminent. A powerful final quarter saw the

Panthers skip away to a 54-point victory silencing the doubters in the process.

 

Daniel Short

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