EDFL // AN OUTSTANDING performance from the Warragul Industrials’ reserves team at the EDFL grand final earlier this month has coach Peter McKenna excited about future seasons.
First published in the 25 September 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. All dates relative to then. Photos by William PJ Kulich.
The Dusties kept Cora Lynn to just one goal to win the reserves premiership 7.7.49 to 1.17.23.
Starting the second half with no goals and a score in single digits, Cora Lynn was no match for the Dusties’ finals spirit.
It was not until the last 10 minutes of the game that Cora Lynn finally found a goal at their home ground.
“They will certainly rue that,” McKenna told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen after the game.
“Our pressure was massive. A lot of [their misses] were just caused by our pressure at the stoppages and that they rushed their kicks.”
Cobras fans were excited by the chance of a second goal late in the game, but the ball hit the post and bounced back into the field.
McKenna said the Warragul team was in great form.
“Just an unbelievable bunch of boys to coach because of their leadership and their work ethic,” he said.
“We got on top just purely out of aggression and endeavour, an unbelievable feeling.
“We felt like we were really balanced all across our ground.
“We pulled out a surprise move to bring our ruckman back, who had had a dislocated shoulder, so we stuck him in for the last game at the last minute and he was just unbelievable, an outstanding player.”
Dusties player Scott Lindsay was awarded Best in Game.
The successful team has put opponents in next year’s season on notice.
“The club’s in really good shape in terms of our junior development,” McKenna said.
“We’ve got really good fourths and thirds coaching, all of those boys are coming through – we’ll have a few retire out of the seconds but there’s probably eight or nine players out of that two side who will play senior football next year.”
Conditions on the day were excellent and the tiny township of Cora Lynn was drowned in the cars of match-goers. The ground was, according to one frequent attendee “the best I’ve seen it all year.”
McKenna thanked the fans who turned out on the day, as well as throughout the season.
“A massive thank you to all our supporters who came,” he said.
“We’ve had a massive support network, which has helped with the netballers as well.
“The fans have just been brilliant.”
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