Eight Victorians with blindness and low-vision have made history, after taking home the inaugural premiership cup in the pilot AFL Blind competition on Saturday.
After a four-match round-robin series, the Bulldogs and Bombers came out on top to qualify for the first AFL Blind Grand Final, while the Hawks and Saints battled it out for third place in a consolation final.
Having not dropped a match in the lead up to the decider, the Bulldogs got out of the blocks early to pile on a handful of goals and set the challenge for the Bombers.
While the Bombers’ accuracy in front of goal kept them in the match, the power of the Bulldogs was simply too much to overcome.
The Bulldogs running home premiers by 60-points. The final score: Bulldogs 15.14 (104) defeated Bombers 7.2 (44).
Bulldogs star Steve Obeid was acknowledged for his efforts on the field with the Best on Ground medal in the Grand Final, while Bombers jet Ollie Oglethorpe claimed the Spirit Award for best displaying the AFL Values.
In the curtain raiser game, it was the Hawks who secured third place after a 57-point win over Saints.
Hawks young-gun Ned Brewer Maiga was unstoppable in the midfield, collecting best on ground honours for his side. The final score: Hawks 12.20 (92) defeated Saints 5.5 (35).
The pilot AFL Blind competition comes following an 18-month testing process where AFL Victoria, in conjunction with VicHealth and the AFL, created the first Australian Football league for the vision impaired community.
The AFL Blind program is an adapted version of our great game, with modified equipment, venue, and rules allowing Victorians with blindness and low-vision to play AFL.
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For more information about the AFL Blind program or opportunities to get involved with the Victorian Blind Football League, please contact Scott Nicholas firstname.lastname@example.org