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Eagles outlast Joeys to take Twos

Newtown & Chilwell celebrates winning the 2019 GFL Reserves premiership. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

A DOMINANT performance from veteran big man Paul Hinkley has helped Newtown & Chilwell to a 24-point win over St Joseph’s in the GFL Reserves grand final.

The former Vic Country defender was a standout in the ruck as the Eagles pulled away for their fourth GFL second grade premiership, 5.9 (39) to 2.3 (15).

“You need that old head when the pressure’s on to go to the boundary line,” coach Nathan McLure, who arrived at Elderslie Reserve from Bell Post Hill ahead of the 2019 season, said.

“You would have seen with your own eyes with the contested work that we did, we just broke even at the contest, and we didn’t let then get any easy possessions at all.

“He was great all day, and he deserved the medal.”

On a surface affected by early rain, Newtown & Chilwell’s Paul Symons kicked the lone goal of the first half to give his team a 10-point buffer at the main break.

He also kicked the first goal of the second half before Joeys responded through Luke Webb and Dylan Pettingill to cut the margin to three points at the final change.

However, the Eagles were able to pull away thanks to goals from Joe Loughnan, Evan Farley and Sean Hogan to reverse the result of the second semi-final.

“We just were second for the ball,” McLure said of the 49-point loss a fortnight ago.

“Our motto is “being the hunter”, and St Joeys came out and they were clearly hunting us for the day.

“They were first for the ball; they made us look second-rate.

“So, we worked on that for the last few weeks, and we made sure against Colac we were much better prepared.

“Today, we came out, and the score tells the story. We were ready to match them, and it was really good.”

Along with Hinkley, defender Luke Kermond and midfielder Josh Weatherhead were also crucial for Newtown & Chilwell.

Webb, Pettingill and Liam Littore battled hard for St Joseph’s.

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NEWTOWN & CHILWELL  0.3, 1.5, 2.6, 5.9 (39)

ST JOSEPH’S  0.0, 0.1, 2.3, 2.3 (15)

Goals; Newtown & Chilwell: P. Symons 2, J. Loughnan, E. Farley, S. Hogan

St Joseph’s: D. Pettingill, L. Webb

Best; Newtown & Chilwell: P. Hinkley, L. Kermond, J. Weatherhead, J. Loughnan, B. Helyar, H. Smith

St Joseph’s: L. Webb, D. Pettingill, L. Littore, T. Breed, N. Balic, A. Casey