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BFL GRAND FINAL – GEELONG AMATEUR vs. TORQUAY

Geelong Amateur (2nd) vs. Torquay (1st)

Mortimer Oval – Drysdale

Saturday, September 9, 2:10pm

Torquay celebrates its grand final win over Geelong Amateur. (krockfootball.com.au/Marcel Berens)

TORQUAY has ended its 11-year Bellarine Football League premiership drought in emphatic style, crushing Geelong Amateur by 51 points in today’s Grand Final at Drysdale.

The Tigers, who had lost three Grand Finals since their last flag in 2006, dominated after quarter-time and claimed their eighth premiership courtesy of a 17.9 (111) to 7.18 (60) victory.

Billy Henderson was the star for Torquay, kicking seven goals – five coming in the first half – while the Tigers defence Billy Barnes, Josh Gray and Tim Carty rarely gave their Ammos opponents any time and space.

Young ruckman McKenzie Burns worked tirelessly all game while playing coach Dom Gleeson inspired his charges, especially in the final term.

Henderson received the medal as best-on-ground.

The result denied Ammos the chance to join Ocean Grove as the only club to win four consecutive BFL premierships.

Ammos inaccuracy cost them early. They kicked seven behinds in the opening term with their first major coming at the 13-minute mark of the second term via the boot of Damien Zaparenkov.

By that stage they had already kicked nine points – and had more scoring shots than the Tigers.

Torquay led by 34 points at half-time after kicking six goals in the second term – four coming from the boot of Henderson.

The margin got out to 45 points mid-way through the third term after goals to David Allitt and Paul McMahon.

Ammos rallied and cut the deficit to 25 points when Mitch Day slotted his first goal of the afternoon – after kicking four behinds – mid-way through the final term.

But McMahon kicked his third goal from a strong mark followed by a brilliant snap from the boundary line by Scott Hughes, his third, to ensure the 2017 premiership cup was heading back to Spring Creek Reserve.

Hughes kicked four goals for Torquay while Les Ash medallist James Darke was prominent.

Riley Mattner was the only multiple goalscorer for Ammos while Baden Dodd, captain Hugh Hunter, co-coach Jarrod Young and Ben Lavars battled hard.

It was a disappointing way for the career of Ammos stalwart Tim Clark, a five-time premiership player at Queens Park, to finish.

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TORQUAY     2.2, 8.3, 10.5, 17.9 (111)

GEELONG AMATEUR      0.7, 1.11, 3.15, 7.18 (60)

Goals ; Torquay : B. Henderson 7, S. Hughes 4, P. McMahon 3, D. Allitt 2, D. Gleeson

Geelong Amateur : R. Mattner 2, J. Westwood, M. Walsh, D. Zaparenkov, B. Dodd, M. Day

Best ; Torquay : B. Henderson, J. Darke, M. Burns, D. Gleeson, D. Allitt, P. McMahon

Geelong Amateur : H. Dahl, R. Fagan, B. Lavars, R. Mattner, T. Clark, B. Bucovaz