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Banno breaks drought

Bannockburn celebrates its 2019 GDFL premiership. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

BANNOCKBURN has given the GDFL its second consecutive grand final upset, and at the same time snapped a 16-year premiership drought, in beating Thomson by six points to claim the 2019 premiership, 11.5 (71) to 9.11 (65)

The Country Tigers kicked three goals in the final term while holding their City counterparts to just one major to claim its first flag since 2003.

Bannockburn reversed the result of the second semi-final when it was held to its lowest score of the year by Thomson.

Small forward Brent Jacques, who kicked a game-high four goals, was awarded the AFL Victoria Medal as best-on-ground.

Retiring veteran Luke Forbes gave Thomson the ideal start when he goaled with a set shot six minutes into the match.

However, Bannockburn dominated the remainder of the quarter with a goal from a free kick from Tom Gillies followed by consecutive goals from small forward Brent Jacques.

When Jai Robinson kicked a long goal in time-on, Bannockburn held an 18-point buffer at quarter time.

Thomson made the most of its wind advantage in the second quarter, kicking five consecutive goals to take a 13-point lead at half time.

That lead became 19 points when Troy Fenyvesi kicked truly before Blake Miller snapped the 2018 premiers’ run to reduce the lead to 13.

Defender Brent Harding then bobbed up for a rare goal, which was quickly followed by Jacques running onto a loose ball to kick his third and ensure scores were level at the final change.

With the wind that had favoured the southern end dropping, Jacques gave Bannockburn the ideal start with a goal at the two-minute mark.

That was followed by a sweet snap from retiring forward Jason Tom and a goal from fellow veteran Jake Myles, who is also expected to call time on his career.

With the margin out to 15 points, Thomson consistently attacked, but couldn’t find a goal until the 26-minute mark when Jarrod Westwood put through his third of the afternoon to reduce the margin to six points.

However, with only 30 seconds left on the clock, Thomson didn’t have enough time to find a goal to send the match into extra time.

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BANNOCKBURN 4.2, 5.3, 8.5, 9.11 (65)

THOMSON 1.1, 7.4, 8.5, 11.5 (71)

Goals; Bannockburn: B. Jacques 4, T. Gillies, J. Robinson, W. Middleton, B. Miller, B. Harding, J. Tom, J. Myles

Thomson: Jarrod Westwood 2, L. Forbes, P. Davis, Josh Westwood, R. Holwell, E. Solly, T. Fenyvesi

Best;  Bannockburn: J. Brauman, B. Jacques, N. Kelly, W. Middleton, J. Cole, L. Bowdern

Thomson:  J. Casey, R. Holwell, M. Egan, M. Baden, P. Disanto, A. Hodgson