GRAND FINAL REVIEW
Murrumbeena 8.8 (56) def Endeavour Hills 6.5 (41)
Murrumbeena are the 2018 SFNL Division 1 premiers. Beena took the win over a valiant Endeavour Hills side by a margin of 15 points at Clayton’s Meade Reserve.
The result that many would have predicted at the start of the year has come to be.
Stars of the competition Shanae Carter, who was named best on ground, and Danielle Wearne led Beena to the win.
They got off to a flying start with five goals in the opening term to just the one from Endeavour Hills.
Aisling Muir kicked two in that opening quarter for Murrumbeena, along with singles to Vanessa Tyrer, Emily Ryde and Brianna Hayes.
Endeavour Hills then took control in the midfield and hit back on the scoreboard in the second term, kicking two and keeping Beena goalless.
Aleisha Lannigan and Stacey Johnstone provided the goals to have Endeavour Hills only 12 points behind at half time.
The second half panned out in much the same way as the first, with Murrumbeena winning the third quarter and Endeavour Hills the fourth.
Endeavour Hills were unable to overcome the deficit that came from the first term, even with a strong three-goal final quarter.
There were multiple goal kickers on both sides, with Aisling Muir and Samantha Hodgson kicking two for Murrumbeena and Rebecca Sherry the same for Endeavour Hills.
Along with Carter and Wearne, Jessica Howroyd, Lauren Wolf, Emma Morison and Alice Kovess were named among the best.
For Endeavour Hills, Jessica Burke, Siona Pilkington and Stacey Howe were in the best.
This Grand Final win means Murrumbeena now have back-to-back premierships with no losses in either season, a remarkable achievement.
Endeavour Hills have been fearless in this finals series, remarkably coming from fifth place to make the Grand Final and pushing Murrumbeena all the way.
Ultimately though, Murrumbeena have been the story of the season. Undefeated both in the home and away season and in finals.
Following all that, they now have a second Grand Final win in as many years to top it off.
Lyndhurst 5.2 (32) def by Clayton 6.7 (43)
Clayton have taken out the SFNL Women’s Division 2 Premiership for 2018 in spectacular fashion, taking down favourites Lyndhurst by 11 points.
The giant-killing Clayton won the grand final the same way that they’ve gone through their entire season, taking down teams that the rest of the competition would have written them off against.
Clayton kicked three goals to none in the first quarter to start their game off with good momentum, before failing to score at all in the second. The Lightning took their opportunity here, kicking two goals and closing the gap to have just a nine-point deficit at half time.
But Clayton were able to hold onto their lead in the second half, kicking three goals to two in the third, and despite losing the final term were able to contest and keep the game on their terms to the final siren of the season.
Minor premiers Lyndhurst were honourable in defeat and Jessica Wilkins starred for the losing side kicking three goals.
For Clayton, Stephanie Sandoval was at her best yet again also kicking three to claim the best on ground medallion. Tayla Austin, Danielle Fredrickson and Suzannah Collins all kicked premiership goals.
Congratulations to all the girls in the SFNL Women’s Division 2 for a fantastic season, and to Clayton the 2018 Premiers!