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'Mazenod Old Collegians capped off an eventful season with an exciting win in the ESCFA E Grade grand final on Saturday.
Their reserves team however had to be content with being runners up for the flag.
Noble Park were Mazenods opponents in both matches, played at Lewis Rd, Wantirna South.
In the Seniors match, the first five minutes produced typical grand final football, neither team gaining the initiative and nerves prevailing. Through the inspiration of captain Peter Riley, Mazenod commenced to gain the upper hand and goals soon followed. Howveer Noble Park hit bank and when quarter time rounded it looked as though the Nods may not have fully utilised the aid of the breeze. Mazenod 4-4-28 to Noble Park 2-0-12.
Noble Park quickly went into attack and posted majors. They seemed to have their run on game going but the Mazenod backline was holding.
The Nods pushed the ball forward at any cost and this perserverance would pay off. Star full forward Also Schiano was in sparkling form and kicked three magnificant goals in this term. Hald time scores Mazenod 7-10-52 and Noble Park 7-4-46 indicated the battle was yet to come.
The third quarter was highlighed by desparation and determination. Both sides would not give an inch. Through the personal efforts of Andy McCormack, the Nods were kept in the game. Once again Mazenod looked to have wasted the breeze until vetran rover John Raskis emerged from the interchange bench to snap two splendid goals. Three quaretr time saw the Nods holding a shaky 14 point lead.
Lead by the feats of backmen Brian Hall and Tom Tropeano, every Mazenod player gave 100 per cent of their physical capabilities as they ran, slid, dived, cheered and agonised. At the 25 minute mark Noble Park hit the front again. Mazenod pounded the ball forward to where utility player Peter Miller quickly dropped the ball onto his boot around the centre half forward position. It bounced one way, then the other, then finally through the goals to regain the lead. Seconds later the siren signalled the premiership for Mazenod.
Final Scores : Mazenod 12-10-82 defeated Noble Park 12-8-80