Colts close out perfect season
Undefeated Port Melbourne a comfortable winner over Caulfield in D2 decider
The Port Melbourne Colts put their unbeaten record on the line in Saturday’s Southern FNL Division 2 Grand Final against the Caulfield Bears. IT was the perfect end to a perfect season.
“We always considered ourselves a Division 1 side and applied to enter the top division but were knocked back,” said Colts coach Brad Julier amid the after-match jubilation.
“Our players considered it a relegation when we had to start in Division 2 and took on the challenge to prove our point.
“It provided extra motivation for us all season and the boys were determined to get the job done.”
The Colts proved their point in style, going through the season without a loss.
Despite some early inaccuracy in almost ideal conditions, the Colts proved too slick for the brave Bears, with stalwart Steve McAnulty leading the way. McAnulty was rewarded for his ripping performance with the Meneilly Medal for best afield, exactly 10 years after winning his first medal for best-onthe-ground in a grand final.
Brad Sutcliffe and Jake Wood also starred for the winners, while Mitch Clarke was lively early and finished with three goals.
“Our midfield set the tone for us early and although we weren’t too clean with the footy in the first half, I thought we were in a good position at halftime before really getting going in the second half,” said Julier, who admitted to feeling the pressure of an undefeated season.
“I didn’t say anything to the players, but I personally felt the pressure at times of wondering if the bubble would burst, especially in a final.”
But Julier need not have worried. His team was superb, with winners across every line. Jason Butty was always dangerous up forward and finished with four goals, while Torren Bonnett and Trent Chumbley reigned supreme all day.
Again, as it has been all season, the Port defence was stellar, allowing the Bears just two goals in three quarters of football.
But Caulfield lost no friends with its never-say-die attitude and had plenty of goers, including Jake Buggy, Sean Walton, Brandon Turner and Chris Trumble, among others.
The Bears may well wonder what may have been if Port Colts had been admitted to Division 1 … who knows, just maybe!
Port Melbourne Colts 11.16 (82) def Caulfield 5.8 (38). Colts goals: J. Butty 4, M. Clarke 3, S. Massis 2, J. Lawson 2
Colts best: S. McAnulty, B. Sutcliffe, J. Wood, J. Butty, T. Bonnett, J. Taylor, T. Chumbley, B. Twomey.
Caulfield goals: J. Buggy 2, T. Kennedy, T. Heagney, J. Price
Caulfield best: J. Buggy, S. Walton, B. Turner, C. Trumble, A. O’’Shea, C. Barter
Flag men: Jason Butty, Mitchell Clarke, Stacy Massis, Jayme Lawson, Blake Twomey, Trent Chumbley, Justin Taylor, Torren Bonnett, Jake Wood, Bradley Sutcliffe, Steven McAnulty, Jake Knox, Matthew Morris, Lewis Mildenhall, Nathan Spinks, Nathan Davey, Daniel Vuli, David Mcgregor, Joshua Murphy, Jackson Brown, Matthew Alvis, Benjamin Smith, William Cardwell, Robb Jewell and Tim Hanly. Coach: Brad Julier.