K rock Football

Redemption for Warriors

Modewarre celebrates its reserve grade premiership. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

MODEWARRE has gained some small revenge for its heartbreaking loss to Torquay in last year’s reserve grade final by claiming a 4-point win in a just as thrilling 2019 decider, 6.13 (49) to 7.3 (45).

An inaccurate Warriors, who also lost the grand final to Geelong Amateur, trailed by 19 points at three-quarter time before storming home with the aid of a slight breeze to kick 3.5 to nil to snatch its second reserve grade premiership.

Modewarre entered the match as underdog having taken the long route to the grand final after losing its qualifying final to Barwon Heads.

However, they were able to see off Drysdale in the first semi-final and overcome the Seagulls by two points in the preliminary final to earn another crack at the minor premier.

“I just had this underlying belief in the group,” coach Leigh Klug. “We’ve had it all year; we’ve just been so tight.

“Even though the scoreboard wasn’t showing it, I just knew that we were going to take it right to the line.

“It’s surreal because you think, “can we actually dare to dream?”, and we did.”


Modewarre had several opportunities to put the margin beyond a goal late in the match, but could only manage four consecutive behinds.

Torquay was then able to take the ball forward, which caused some nervous moments for the Warriors defence.

“We’ve been very concentrated on our back press and our back structure,” Klug said.

“And when it came down around there, our back press was exactly where we needed it to be, which is always a good position for us to be in.

“So, even though you’re worried, we’re in a good position to be able to work it (the ball) out again.”

Jordan Harris won the medal as the umpires’ choice for best-on-ground, with Leigh Anderson, George Swarbrick and Don Cole medallist Rob Amstrong also impressive.

Anderson and Paddy Bourke kicked two goals each for the Warriors.

Billy Henderson, who was overlooked for a return to Torquay’s senior team, was his team’s only multiple goalkicker with two.

Veteran Aaron Nesbitt, Cody Pettina and Mark Robb did all they could to get the Tigers over the line.

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MODEWARRE  0.3, 2.7, 3.8, 6.13 (49)

TORQUAY  3.2, 5.2, 7.3, 7.3 (45)

Goals; Modewarre: P. Bourke 2, L. Anderson 2, R. Armstrong, J. Harris

Torquay: B. Henderson 2, C. Pettina, C. Sharp, A. Nesbitt, D. Thornton, J. Nelson

Goals; Modewarre:  L. Anderson, G. Swarbrick, J. Harris, R. Armstrong, M. Harper, M. Overman

Torquay: A. Nesbitt, C. Pettina, M. Robb, T. Carty, J. Fitzpatrick, J. Reither