MOUNT Burr has defended its title and claimed its 18th A Grade premiership following its 42-point victory over minor premiers Kalangadoo in the Mid South East Football League grand final at Hatherleigh on Saturday.
By winning three of the four quarters, the Mozzies thwarted the Magpies and allowed them to post a winning score in the good playing conditions.
It was an 87-point turnaround on the second semi-final result at Kongorong when the black-and-whites had swamped the green-and-golds in the final term.
For the second year in a row, Mount Burr has lowered the colours of the minor premier in the season decider after losing the second semi.
Debutante playing coach Tom Renzi got to hold aloft the Wilf Sprengel premiership shield, while the best-on-ground trophy and Stan Jones Memorial Medal went to Mozzie skipper Clint Gallio.
Field umpires Ben Young, Brian Chant and Gavin Motley were correct with this decision along with many others.
Both teams made only one change from their previous line-ups in the major round.
Kalangadoo’s usual training routine was disrupted during the finals as it opted to train on the Nangwarry Oval on four occasions.
According to the rotation system which operates in the MSEFL, Nangwarry will host the 2017 grand final.
The Hatherleigh Oval was in a good condition and it had coped well with the two Imperial inches of rain which had fallen on it on Thursday.
Final score: Mount Burr 15.18 (108) def. Kalangadoo 9.12 (66).
J.L. “Fred” Smith
Full a full wrap up of all MSE football and netball grand finals see the Tuesday, September 13th edition of The South Eastern Times.