Hallam are the inaugural champions of the Seymour Law Cup after a heart-stopping two-point victory over Bentleigh last night.
The Hawks played absolutely breathtaking footy in the first half, moving the ball at break-neck speed through the midfield. Their quick transition seemed to catch the Demons off-guard at times, and resulted in a 10-point half time advantage.
They soon added their fourth major midway through the third quarter, which pushed their three-quarter time lead out to 16 points and all of a sudden the underdogs were in the box seat.
But the 2016 Division 1 Grand Finalists were not done with and launched a spirited final term fightback, piling on three quick goals to reclaim a slender late in the quarter.
The match then looked as if it was safely in Bentleigh's keeping as the ball pinged from end to end for several minutes without penetrating either 50. Eventually, the midfield stalemate was broken, and it was some ferocious forward pressure by the Hawks that resulted in the match-winning goal in the dying stages of the match.
The Hallam faithful had their hearts in their mouths as Bentleigh pressed forward one final time, but it was to no avail as the Hawks held on to secure it's first piece of silverware in the club's short history as a senior entity and the $3000 winner's cheque.
Bentleigh takes home a $1000 prize as the competition's runner-up.
Earlier, Mount Waverley proved far too strong for Lyndhurst, running out winners by 37 points.
A five-goal opening term had the Mountain Lions in pole position from the outset, and by half-time their advantage had been increased to an insurmountable 44 points.
However, it appeared a completely different outfit after the main break, with Mount putting a cavalcade of its big guns on ice for the second half in an attempt to have them fresh for their Round 1 clash with Hampton on Saturday. This allowed Lyndhurst to work its way back into the contest in a low-scoring second half.
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Mark Seymour at the coin toss with the competing captains Stephen Chin (Hallam) and Sam McGarry (Bentleigh)[/caption]
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Hallam coach Scott Slater and co-captains Manny Peresso and Stephen Chin are present with the trophy and $3000 cheque.[/caption]
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Mark Seymour presents the $1000 runners-up cheque to Bentleigh coach Paul Dimattina.[/caption]
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Mark Seymour hand over a cheque for $800 to the third-placed Mount Waverley.[/caption]
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Lyndhurst (4th place) receives the cheque for $600.[/caption]