TO put it simply: the best team won.
Dimboola has been the dominant force of the Wimmera league this season and disposed of every team in its path.
No team other than Horsham Saints and Warrack Eagles beat 10-time reigning WFL premier Horsham.
The Roos did it twice – the second of which was their ticket into Saturday’s decider at Davis Park, Nhill.
Depth tells a lot about a side. It says a lot when senior quality players likes Darren Jones, Jackson O’Neill, Luke Byrne and Mathew Everett are playing in the reserves.
It was a fitting way to finish a near-flawless season, and the scoreline showed the difference between the two grand final sides.
Horsham Saints came within 12 points of the Roos midway through the third quarter and for a brief moment, it looked to be a momentum shift.
But the fitness and determination of Stuart Farr’s charges made sure the mighty green and gold would hold the premiership cup aloft after a 28-year drought.
From the moment Farr put pen to paper with the Roos, he meant business.
Pre-season training started in November, less than two months after Dimboola’s 2012 finals campaign ended with a preliminary-final loss to Horsham.
“I’m not big-noting ourselves – we know we’re the fittest team in the competition but we can’t rest on that,” Farr said.
“We were obviously confident but the real focus was getting our noses in front at quarter-time. We knew they’re really good starters.
“We did enough through the second and third quarters, then our fitness really shone through.”
Most grand finals are won in the midfield – this one was no different.
Hamish Exell was the best of the Roos’ runners, with plenty of help from Andrew Seers, Josh Rentsch, Elliot Braithwaite, Clancy Bennett and Ryan Bell.
In fact, it was an even contribution across the board from Farr’s men, with all 21 players making their mark on the big stage.
While Horsham’s era of Wimmera league dominance is over, Farr played down suggestions it could be the start of something special for Dimboola.
“I’m not getting too far ahead of myself,” he said.
“The club and the boys deserve to celebrate, then we’ll get our teeth stuck into recruiting and obviously planning for next season.”