WEDDERBURN claimed its third North Central Football League premiership in a row in a low-scoring thriller against Charlton on Saturday.
The grand final lived up to expectations with a large crowd, two good sides and a perfect day for footy.
Wedderburn’s Ben Rose secured the first goal of the match, with a quick reply from Charlton through Joe McGrath.
But both teams’ goal-scoring dried up until late in the quarter when McLean kicked Charlton’s second.
The Navy Blues and Redbacks struggled with accuracy, with 12 points from 15 scoring shots at the first change.
The second term was a hard-fought battle with three lead changes.
Redbacks coach Daniel Gash gave his side the lead at the main break with a well-timed goal.
With only three points separating the two sides, the crowd expected one team to open up a break in the second half. But the pressure of the contest did not afford either side the luxury.
Wedderburn managed to extend its lead to eight points by the final change.
Charlton reduced the margin to two points early in the term before the Redbacks hit a purple patch, with Samuel Barnes kicking two majors before his side charged to a four-goal lead.
Not to be outdone, the Navy Blues rallied for one last effort with goals to Joshua McKee and Luke Kyriakides.
Charlton cleared the ball from the centre and headed deep into its forward line only to be denied another chance when the siren sounded.
Donald claimed the league’s reserves flag over St Arnaud on Saturday, after establishing a 28-point lead at half-time.
Despite being kept goal-less in the third term, Donald still had a comfortable buffer with a quarter to go and ran out eventual winners by 29 points.
In the closest contest of the day, Boort won the Jeff ‘Woffa’ Guild shield in the under-16s match.
Boort snuck in and stole the win by a point in the final seconds of the game.
Birchip-Watchem won the North Central Shield in the under-13s by defeating Donald by four goals.