Southern Special Schools Sporting Association (SSSSA) has claimed the inaugural Special Schools Herald Sun Shield title with a convincing win over Northern Special Schools Sporting Association (NSSSA) at Sandringham on Wednesday.
Providing an opportunity for both male and female students to compete at a high level of football for close to 40 years, 2016 marks the first time the Herald Suns Shield competition has included a Special Schools division.
In cold conditions at Trevor Barker Oval, SSSSA jumped out of the blocks early to pile on two goals in the opening minutes of the first quarter.
Their link up work in the midfield helped SSSSA rack up countless entries inside-50 to see them establish a 56-point lead heading into the main break.
Despite not finding the scoreboard, NSSSA continued to fight for first use of the football, getting in and under stoppages in the hope to push the ball forward.
Yet the experience of SSSSA proved too strong, with the boys from the south slamming on six goals in the second half to run home 80-point winners.
Hume Valley player Serkan Unal’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed, earning the best on ground medallion for NSSSA, while Marnebek’s Bailey Valastro was awarded with SSSSA’s best on ground honours.
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Special Schools Herald Sun Shield match results:
SSSSA 2.5 8.8.56 12.9 14.10.94
NSSSA 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.2.14
NSSSA: Serkan Unal
In addition, Aquinas College has booked its place in the Division Two Boys Herald Sun Shield Grand Final after a securing a semi-final win over Hillcrest College.
Aquinas led the game from start to finish at Trevor Barker Oval, booting six goals in the opening term to create an unattainable lead.
Hillcrest’s defensive pressure stood tall in the second term, managing to stem the flow of Aquinas goals.
However the might of Aquinas proved too much to overcome, piling on a convincing 11 goal second half to cruise home 95-point victors.
Aquinas now has two weeks off until it has the opportunity to claim the coveted Herald Sun Shield title when they return to Sandringham for the decider on September 14.
Division Two Boys Herald Sun Shield semi-final results:
Aquinas 6.3 7.13 12.20 18.21 (129)
Hillcrest 1.1 2.1 2.4 5.4 (34)