THE Sunbury Kangaroos completed a stunning perfect season in today’s Strathmore Community Bank Division 2 Grand Final.
In blustery conditions at Windy Hill, Sunbury mastered its use of the scoring end in the final term with four goals to two, stretching its one-point three-quarter time lead out to 16 by game’s end.
Moonee Valley was a brave challenger in the decider, staying with the raging hot favourite for much of the day.
The Fog kicked the opening three goals of the game to open up a 12-point lead by quarter time, before the Kangaroos clicked into gear in the second.
From there the Roos made their move, booting four consecutive goals to start the second quarter.
Lachie Baddeley, who looked to be hampered throughout the day with a knee injury, was brave in his attack of the ball while skipper Daniel Gregory was stellar in defence, taking numerous intercept marks across half back.
Gregory snuck forward late in the second term to kick a huge set shot goal from beyond the arc, stretching Sunbury’s half time lead out to 27 points.
The game tightened up in the third, but slowly Moonee Valley clawed its way back.
Braden Padmore was forced into the ruck with Luke Egan spending much of the third term on the sidelines.
His influence both in ruck and around the ground helped the Valley get back into the game and with five goals to one for the quarter, the deficit was whittled down to a single point by three-quarter time.
With the breeze still prevalent favouring the primary school end in the final quarter, Sunbury again went on the attack.
Goals to Jake Young and Tom Borg were soon followed by back-to-back majors from John Corso (pictured).
His second goal in four minutes halfway through the final term opened up what looked to be a match-winning 28-point lead.
But the Fog was brave and despite kicking into the breeze, did not give up on the contest.
Co-captains Cory McGrath and Ned Wilson, two of Moonee Valley’s best midfielders for the day, led the charge as the Fog battled hard to mount a comeback.
Eventually Oscar Taylor scored his second goal at the 23-minute mark and Sam Milne followed up four minutes later, but the damage was done.
Sunbury, playing in its inaugural year of EDFL senior men’s footy, held on for a famous win.
Brenton Sutherland was awarded the best-on-ground medal for his efforts in ruck, while Corso and Young both kicked three.
For Moonee Valley, Jordan Faba top-scored with three goals while Padmore and Taylor finished with two.
The Kangaroos will be part of Division 1 in 2020.
SUNBURY KANGAROOS | 1.1-7 | 7.10-52 | 8.10-58 | 12.15-87
Goal Kickers: J. Corso 3, J. Young 3, L. Baddeley, L. Kaye, C. Monaco, N. Agnello, D. Gregory, T. Borg
Best Players: B. Sutherland, J. Corso, D. Gregory, M. Quigley, T. Cuffe, J. Young
BOG Medal: Brenton Sutherland
MOONEE VALLEY | 3.1-19 | 4.1-25 | 9.3-57 | 11.5-71
Goal Kickers: J. Faba 3, B. Padmore 2, O. Taylor 2, R. Ferraro, K. Thomas, S. Milne
Best Players (Supplied by EDFL Media): B. Padmore, C. McGrath, L. Ryan, J. Moussa, N. Wilson, J. Newman