The Intermediate Grand Finals for the Herald Sun Shield have been completed, with several schools winning silverware for the first time. Mitch Wynd reports.
Championships in the newly established male and female Intermediate divisions were decided with a triple-header held at the iconic Victoria Park on Tuesday.
The first of the three Grand Finals played on the day was between Loreto and Bentleigh in the Division 1 Girls.
Loreto were focused on their task at hand all day, and kept Bentleigh to a goalless first half. Despite the Bentleigh’s effort to hit the scoreboard in the second half, Loreto’s early lead allowed the Ballarat side to run away comfortable victors.
Best players on the ground for each team were Sophie Molan for Loreto College, and Alana Porter for Bentleigh.
Next up was the Division 2 Boys Grand Final between MacKillop and Kardinia.
The first half of the match was highly entertaining, with both sides producing multiple forward 50s entries, yet it was MacKillop who took an 11-point lead at the main break.
The second half of the match saw MacKillop pull away from Kardinia, a seven goal to one burst ensuring that the prize would be heading to the Werribee-based school.
MacKillop College’s Harrison White was unstoppable throughout the day and named best on field for his efforts, while Ben Morton was the best player for Kardinia.
The day wrapped up with the completion of the third Grand Final, the Division 1 Boys decider between Xavier College and St. Joseph’s College, Geelong.
In a very narrow contest, it was St. Joseph’s that wrestled a three-point lead at the main break, yet the lead was short lived as Xavier staged an impressive come from behind effort to claim the win 12.10 (82) to 9.8 (62).
Best players on the ground for each team were Jack Boyd for Xavier College, and Josh Sorgiovanni for St. Joseph’s College.
Earlier in the month, Highgate Reserve in Craigieburn hosted the Division 2 Girls Grand Final between Padua College and Mt Lilydale Mercy College.
The August 3 match saw Padua defeat Mt Lilydale 10.6 (66) to 0.5 (5).
The Herald Sun Shield Grand Final series will continue next month, when the Division 2 Senior Boys decider will be played on September 14.
- For full results from the 2017 Herald Sun Shield, CLICK HERE…