Premierships are a tough thing to come by - in the history of the club from 1963 we had won 16 Senior Premierships, plus three U19 flags up until Saturday 15th September. But that number was increased to 17 when our Reserves claimed a premiership trophy with a dominant performance against Uni Blacks on Saturday at Elsternwick Park. That split is now 8 x Seniors, 9 x Reserves and 3 x U19s.
Final Score: BFC 12:9 - 81 def UNI Blacks 4:10 - 34.
It was GF between the two teams that finished the home & away rounds on top of the ladder. The week prior, Blacks were surprisingly eliminated from the Seniors comp when they lost to Old Carey. So this was an extremely important Grand Final for them. From our point of view we had something to prove as well. Both Our Seniors and U19s Prem missed the Finals by % only. Then our Thirds were edged out in their GF by De La Salle and our Womens team lost their Prelim Final in controversial circumstances.
Sooner or later something had to go our way.
From the opening bounce you could tell our boys were switched on. We were focused and direct, our kicking was straight and as a result we lead 5.2-32 to 0.1-01 at Qtr time. This set the tone for match - Tim Jeans, who came into the match under a slight cloud, was on fire - the ball seemed to follow him around the packs and his elusive running was unstoppable. Jeans was ably supported out of the middle by Matt Lovejoy, Will Murton and Ryan Keating. Will Mattingly, Mick Millar and Ben OBrien were dominating the fringes and our backline headed by Sean Coote, Jack Gabron-Uhe and Lachie Tedde were letting nothing go past them. In fact the whole backline was superb all day. Add Ryan Bennett, Cal Linehan, the Captain Nick Loucaides and Alex Bennett.
In the ruck Matt Lucas and Tim Cumming held it all together rotating that role to perfection, both taking some fantastic grabs, with Lucas kicking 2 goals in the process. Up forward Dylan Gabron-Uhe, Lachie Howes and Max Williams dominated, particularly in the air. Williams was at his barnstorming best. Up until he went off with a broken fibula, Ben Mathews was having a superb game.
Special mentions to two unsung heroes in the team, Scotty Moore and Chris McLaren who were both great all day and tough in the trenches.
Congratulations to Ben O'Brien who won the medal for 'Best on Ground'.
Special congratulations to Coach Michael Wilson, Assistant Coach Mark Ensor, Captain Nick Loucaides, club stalwart Sean Coote, Team managers Vanessa Murton and Sonia McNally, runner Jared Evans, Coaches Assistant Blake Wadley and the fitness and medical team lead by Alex Shillabeer and Lauren Brereton. Fantastic effort everyone.
Beaumaris Football Club Premier B Reserves - 2018 Premiership Winners