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Revenge is sweet for unblemished Bears running goal that kick-started the Bears’ celebrations. ‘‘You dream of that stuff as a boy, don’t you?’’ he said. ‘‘I’ve played here since under-9s and we have been working at it [winning a flag] for a while. ‘‘It’s grouse to finally win it.’’ Kruger said he had no doubts the team could match it with division 3 sides in 2013. ‘‘Definitely, Glen Waverley proved that this year when they went up. We will be right next year.’’

BY ROY WARD AFTER being eliminated by South Belgrave from last year’s Eastern Football League finals, The Basin’s change rooms were painfully silent. Tears were shed, good mates barely exchanged a word and a silent bond was born. That rage, that drive to avoid disappointment, has sat close to the Bears’ hearts since that day. It has been as close to their chests as their red and green jumpers, with the Bears completing an undefeated EFL division 4 season with a 53-point win against South Belgrave in the grand final at Walker Park, Nunawading on Sunday. But the grand final was hardly a one-way street as the Saints and Bears exchanged leads early in the third term before the Bears took a 22-point lead at the final change. In the opening seven minutes of the last term the Bears took hold of their long-awaited premiership with five goals in a furious stretch to take the lead to 46 points and give their supporters 15 minutes of jubilation before the siren confirmed the result. Bears coach Michael Glassborow said the premiership was years in the making. “We set ourselves to do this last year and we didn’t do it,” he said. “It’s worth the wait; we waited 12 months,

For more pictures of The Basin’s premiership, go to

Good news Bears: The Basin players celebrate their premiership win on Sunday. now this is an amazing feeling. It’s more relief, mate, more relief now all that work is done and dusted.’’ Glassborow said the unbeaten season was a piece of history his club would treasure. Bears forward Andy Cultrera won the Blue

Picture: Wayne Hawkins

Ribbon medal as best on ground, kicking six goals as his side had winners across the board. Bears midfielder Max Kruger was among the team’s best players and said the premiership was a special achievement for the players. Kruger kicked two goals in the final term including a late

EFL division 4 grand final The Basin 4.5, 6.5, 11.8, 19.9 (123) South Belgrave 0.3, 6.3, 8.4, 11.4 (70) GOALS, The Basin: A Cultrera 6, B Gallichio 4, A Cowlishaw 3, M Kruger 3, C Christie 2, J Hensler 1. South Belgrave: A Bakens 4, L Appleby 2, T. Hallinan 2, K Jeffreys 1, A Willenberg 1, L Kidd 1. BEST, The Basin: T Power, B Gallichio, M Kruger, T Mills, M Callinan, A Cultrera. South Belgrave: N Stow, D Bilston, E Perry, A Willenberg, T Burley, A Bakens.

Killian celebrates dual premiership wins THE Basin veteran Matt Killian had waited 10 years to play in a second grand final. On Sunday he was involved in two of them. The 32-year old spent his season coaching the Bears reserves and playing in the seniors, so when his seconds won the Eastern Football League division 4 reserves premiership on Sunday, Killian was nowhere to be seen. Not on the field celebrating, nor in the coaches box shaking hands and not even on the podium when his side lifted their premiership cup. Instead, Killian was with the Bears seniors getting ready for their grand final clash with South Belgrave. Luckily for Killian, the Bears seniors also won their grand final, allowing

him to celebrate at least one of his two premierships for the day. “I never thought this would happen,” he said. “It’s fantastic. I played in a grand final 10 years ago and never thought I’d get the chance to do it again.” Killian coached the Bears reserves up until three-quarter-time before leaving the side in the hands of his assistant coach and joining the Bears seniors. But he didn’t spend all of that time warming up. ‘‘I missed the whole last quarter but I kept checking the scores,’’ he said. After being around during plenty of tough seasons, Killian revelled in the post-game celebrations with his Bears teammates, from both premiership sides.

‘‘I have gone through seasons where we never won a game, now we have won the flag. This is unbelievable,’’ he said. For more pictures of The Basin’s senior and reserves premierships go to EFL division 4 reserves grand final The Basin 4.1, 5.1, 9.6, 14.7 (91) Forest Hill 0.1, 2.5, 5.6, 10.6 (66) GOALS, The Basin: S MacKay 6, G Pratt 3, M Thompson 2, L Haslem 1, M Laurito 1, C Adolph 1. Forest Hill: T Burger 3, B Streader 2, C Munro 1 A Warburton 1, D Cincotta 1, J Hall 1, R Di Naccio 1 BEST, The Basin: G Pratt, S MacKay, R Fearn, J Thompson, D Makin, B Dahan. Forest Hill: T Burger, J Hall, A Pudney, R Di Naccio, W. Stoneham, A Bennett..

Two flags: Matt Killian celebrates the Bears’ two EFL division 4 premiership wins on Sunday. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

Two equally worthy foes set for grand final clash SCORESBY will be out to achieve one of the toughest tasks in football when it takes to Bayswater Oval in the Eastern Football League division 1 under-19s grand final on Saturday. The Magpies will be out to win back-to-back premierships and will have to do so against Lilydale, a side with just as much finals experience following their division 2 premiership last season.

This is the first season of under-19s football following the EFL’s decision to change from an under-18s competition last year. Magpies coach Sean Kavanagh said his side had a full list for the clash against the Falcons. ‘‘This grand final will probably be tougher than our premiership last year,’’ he said. ‘‘These two sides know each other so well and the boys are really excited about the match

and are looking forward to the weekend.’’ The Magpies hold a slim edge over the Falcons going into the grand final, having won two of their three matches this season. But Kavanagh said all previous form and achievements would be thrown out the window when the game starts on Saturday. ‘‘Ladder position doesn’t mean anything in the long run,’’ he said. ‘‘Our speed is something we

work a lot on and winning the contested footy is also a strength of ours. But both sides have dangerous forwards so whoever can win the ball out of the middle will have an advantage.’’ — Roy Ward Scoresby plays Lilydale in the EFL division 1 under-19s grand final at Bayswater Oval on Saturday.


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Knox Weekly 19-09-2012  

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