Boolarra Demons WIN Premiership & the League’s ‘Best and Fairest’ Award – Sep. 2011

The Boolarra Demons staged a major upset in the Mid Gippsland Football League (MGFL) grand final on 10 September 2011 when they triumphed over a well-rested and undefeated Trafalgar ‘Bloods’. Boolarra’s 29 point win ended Trafalgar’s 31 game winning streak and their bid for a third consecutive premiership.

As perennial underdogs, the seniors were given little chance of winning many games during the 2011 season. Nevertheless the team defied the critics, coming from 9th place last season to finishing 3rd on the ladder this year to seal a double chance in the finals. During a hard-played season the Demons had 14 wins and Coach Tony Giard

ina said his team was relishing its status as premiership ‘dark horses’ going into the finals.

In terrible conditions Trafalgar managed to score early in the first quarter and when Demons player Tyson Leys was sent off for striking, things were looking pretty grim. We played hard to prevent the Bloods scoring in the second quarter while we added 2, then in the third quarter we added 3 more goals to their 1. By the final quarter we were on a roll and added 4 more goals.

With minutes to go, Boolarra players scored again and celebrated so enthusiastically supporters started running onto the ground thinking it was full-time and we had won the premiership. The umpires were quick to break up the celebrations and supporters returned to the side-lines to allow the remaining minutes of the game to be played.

By that stage though it was a done deal and minutes later Boolarra supporters again flooded onto the grounds to join with the team to celebrate their win.

Double congratulations go to Matt Dyer, voted this year’s Elder Berwick Medal ‘Best and Fairest’ player in the Mid Gippsland Football League and also named ‘Best on Ground’ in the Demons 29-point victory. Well done Matt!

Scorers: Andrew Thorpe and Michael Cleaver booted 3 each, Robert Fox 2, while Scott Boddy, Kenneth Towt, Blake Appleby, Daniel Metcalf and Daniel Wilson booted 1 each.

Best Players: Co-captain Michael Cleaver was named among the Demons’ best players alongside Andrew

4ths boys after winning the preliminary final.

Thorpe, Matt Dyer, Tyson Leys, Scott Boddy and Chris Risely.

4ths
The young 4ths team has improved greatly after the re-launching of the team in 2010. With some new recruits, a lot of hard work over pre-season and a few growth spurts the young lads have had a great season. The boys were well poised to play in the finals as Coach Rob Hussey has them firing at the right time of the season. It is a credit to Rob and the club on getting such an outstanding group of young fellas together and the future of the footy club certainly looks bright moving forward with these boys on the list. Sitting at third on the ladder our young team entered the finals from a very good position.

The boys were defeated by Newborough 7-9-51 to our 3-5-23 in the Qualifying Finals but went on to win 12-12-84 against Trafalgar 7-3-45 in the Semi Finals, setting up their second change against Newborough in the Preliminary Final.

When we defeated Newborough 4-5-29 to our 6-6-42, we were in the Grand Final at last.

Grand Final day, Saturday 10th September dawned rainy, windy and cold but our boys were ready to give their best no matter what the weather. All the boys played their hardest but only managed 2 points in the 1st & 2nd quarters. Second half of the game played better with Jesse Giardina kicking 2 goals and River Carrol kicking 1 goal, giving us a final score of 3-2-20 to be defeated by Yarragon with their final score of 11-3-69. The scores did not reflect how hard the boys played but Yarragon proved to be the best players on the day.

Congratulations go to all the players for a terrific season and we hope to see them all back to play for the Boolarra Demons again in 2012.

RESERVES
The reserves have taken all before them this season finishing on top of the ladder with 15 wins and 3 losses. Winning game after game suring the season and having beaten all teams in the league at least once, the boys went straight into the finals and were a big chance of going all the way in 2011.

Stumbling in Round 2 of the Semi-finals against Morwell East, we lost 8-10-58 to their 11-11-77 in a hard fought game. Our season then came to an end when we were out-played by Yinnar in the Preliminary final – Yinnar 7-6-48 to our 3-13-31. Yinnar was then defeated in the Grand Final in a very close game – Yinnar 7-4-46 to Morwell East 8-5-53.

All the players are to be congratulated for their outstanding results in the 2011 season. Reserves Coach Marcus Carnes has performed superbly in his role in his 2nd season as coach. The depth of the reserves certainly shows the strength of our senior football club moving forward into season 2012.

Well done DEE’s!!

SENIORS SEASON REVIEW

The Seniors journey to the Grand Final 2011 –

  • Round 1 – Boolarra 9-5-59 DEF Yarragon 7-8-50

    Winning team with Trophy.
  • Round 2 – Hill End 12-6-78 DEF Boolarra 12-5-77
  • Round 3 – Boolarra 17-8-111 DEF Morwell East 10-10-70
  • Round 4 – Boolarra 12-11-83 DEF Yinnar 6-12-48
  • Round 5 – Mirboo North 11-5-71 DEF Boolarra 9-11-65
  • Round 6 – Trafalgar 7-6-48 DEF Boolarra 6-7-43
  • Round 7 – Boolarra 17-13-115 DEF Newborough 11-8-7 4
  • Round 8 – Boolarra 11-16-82 DEF Thorpdale 2-3-15
  • Round 9 – Boolarra 13-10-88 DEF Yallourn North 7-12-54
  • Round 10 – Boolarra DEF Yarragon by 5 points
  • Round 11 – Boolarra 7-11-53 DEF Hill End 5-6-36
  • Round 12 – Boolarra 15-6-96 DEF Morwell East 7-18-60
  • Round 13 – Boolarra 9-16-7- DEF Yinnar 5-4-34
  • Round 14 – Mirboo North 10-9-69 DEF Boolarra 6-3-39
  • Round 15 -Trafalgar 9-7-61 DEF Boolarra 7-14-56
  • Round 16 – Newborough 17-11-113 DEF Boolarra 10-11-71
  • Round 17 – Boolarra 8-20-68 DEF Thorpdale 5-11-41
  • Round 18 – Boolarra 15-12-102 DEF Yallourn North 8-7-55
  • Elimination/Qualifying Final – Boolarra 11-7-73 DEF Mirboo North 9-12-66
  • Semi Final – Trafalgar 15-10-100 DEF Boolarra 11-13-79
  • Preliminary Final – Boolarra 12-13-85 DEF Mirboo North 12-5-77

Trafalgar scored early in the first quarter and when Demons player Tyson Leys was sent off for striking things were looking pretty grim. We kept the Bloods goalless in the second quarter while we added 2, then in the third quarter we added 3 more goals to their 1. By the final quarter we were on a roll and added 4 more goals.

With minutes to go Boolarra players scored again and celebrated so enthusiastically supporters started running onto the ground thinking it was full-time and we had won. The umpires were quick to break up the celebrations and supporters returned to the side-lines to allow the remaining minutes of the game to be played. By that stage though it was a done deal and minutes later Boolarra supporters again flooded onto the grounds to join with the team to celebrate their win.

Double congratulations go to Matt Dyer, voted ‘Best on Ground’ in the Demons 29-point victory and also named winner of the Elder Berwick Medal ‘Best and Fairest’ player in the Mid Gippsland Football League.

Andrew Thorpe and Michael Cleaver booted 3 each, Robert Fox 2, while Scott Boddy, Kenneth Towt, Blake Appleby, Daniel Metcalf and Daniel Wilson booted 1 each.

Co-captain Michael Cleaver was named among the Demons’ best players alongside Andrew Thorpe, Matt Dyer, Leys, Scott Boddy and Chris Risely.