Aquinas College are taking the Herald Sun Shield back to Ringwood once again after a convincing victory over Woodleigh College in the Division 2 Senior Boys’ Grand Final. Mitch Wynd reports.
Aquinas led at every change in chilly conditions at Trevor Barker Oval, and increased their margin at every change, claiming the victory with a final score of 13.13.91 to 4.3.27.
Jacob Bourke was named best on ground for Aquinas, while Lochie Fewster was best for Woodleigh.
Also awarded a medal in today’s game was Ben White, who recently claimed his eighth league Best & Fairest award in a row for Bayswater Junior Football Club in the Eastern Football League.
Aquinas set up their victory with a strong second quarter performance, kicking 5.3 to 2.0 for the term to establish a 38-point lead at half time.
That lead continued to grow as the match went on, Aquinas backing up their 2016 triumph.
In addition, the final Herald Sun Shield Grand Final for season 2017 was preceded by a curtain-raiser match between the Northern Special Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) and the Southern Special Schools Sports Association (SSSSA).
The teams were made up of the best players from across Melbourne’s special schools, who work with students who have an intellectual disability.
SSSSA won the match 7.10.52 to 2.4.16, though NSSSA team manager John Canusso said the day was about much more than the result on the scoreboard.
“We really enjoyed it. It’s just nice to see the kids have that opportunity to do something a little bit special outside of their normal footy competition,” he said.
“You can see it in their faces and the efforts they were putting in, they were trying their best and we really played on that at the beginning and after the game, saying how proud they should be of themselves that they’ve been selected to represent their schools and their families.”
FULL RESULTS FROM THE 2017 HERALD SUN SHIELD COMPETITION CAN BE FOUND HERE…