Ballarat Clarendon College (BCC) has claimed its third consecutive Herald Sun Country Shield title after toppling Christian College Geelong (CCG) by 69-points. Jake Morris reports.
The win marks its 11th Herald Sun Country Shield premiership in the past 12 years.
Despite CCG holding a slim two-point lead half-way through the third quarter, BCC went on to kick the last 10 goals of the match to put the game beyond doubt with a final score of 13.13 (91) to 4.4 (28).
In very blustery conditions in Sebastopol, both sides struggled to put a score on the board early. Scrappy wet-weather football was apparent from the first bounce which turned the game into a match full of immense pressure and tackling.
Throughout the first quarter, contested football was aplenty but despite the weather, both sides were able to kick straight in-front of goal when given the opportunity, as both squads were deadlocked at 2.1 (13) at the first break.
Ballarat Clarendon began to gain some control throughout the midfield in the second term, but failed to turn those possessions into majors, kicking one goal five for the quarter and taking a slim four-point lead into half-time, 3.6 (24) to 3.2 (20).
An early third-quarter goal from CCG put them back in-front, but that would be the last time they did so, as BCC began to flex their muscles and kick away.
Four straight to end the third quarter stretched the lead out to 22 at the final change before an onslaught in the last from BCC secured its third title.
Matt Schnerring was judged Ballarat Clarendon College’s best player. Charlie Wilson, Sam Kyatt, Kieran Priestley, Riley Petrascue and Alex Harvey were among its other better players.