Doveton Eagles are the division two premiers and will be promoted to division one in 2020 are a commanding victory against Springvale Districts at Jack Barker Oval on Saturday, its third premiership in seven years.
The Eagles led by just three goals at half time, but in typical Doveton fashion, put together a stunning second half, booting 10 goals to two to eventually run away with a 67-point triumph.
Ruckman Cameron Carmody was judged to be one of Doveton’s best on the day, along with Michael Callinan, star Nick Battle and livewire Adam Read who booted three goals.
The game also marked the retirement of former AFL footballer and Eagles star Russell Robertson, who booted one goal in his swan song, but celebrated with a premiership.
Doveton enjoyed the perfect start to the game, making the most of its opportunities inside 50, booted four goals to three behinds to lead by 25 points at the main break.
Springvale was able to fight back in the second term, hitting the scoreboard with three goals to two in reply from Doveton to cut the margin back to 18 points at the half time interval.
Both sides enjoyed plenty of opportunity in front of goal in the third, but neither were able to take full advantage with the Eagles scoring 2.6 to the Districts’ 1.4 to open up a 26-point buffer at the final change.
The momentum generated in the third quarter was enough for Doveton to capitalise on during the fourth as they put the result beyond doubt.
The Eagles put together arguably their best quarter of the season, piling on eight goals to just one in reply from Springvale to run out victors by 67 points.
Matt Wetering was the leading goalkicker for Springvale with three goals.