BROCK-BURRUM is celebrating its finest moment after capturing the club’s first senior premiership following a 30-point win over Holbrook in Saturday’s Hume league grand final at Walbundrie.
The Saints fought off a brave Brookers line-up, which reeled in a 11-point half-time deficit to lead by the narrowest of margins at the final change.
The Brookers charged to the three-quarter-time huddle with a sniff of blood in their nostrils as the stage was set for a grandstand finish.
But Brock-Burrum rallied when it mattered most and swamped a tiring Brookers line-up with eight of the last 11 goals of the match to eventually run out 18.8 (116) to 13.8 (86) winners.
The Saints’ 30-point victory broke one of the longest premiership droughts in Hume league history and finally delivered a fairytale flag to their long-suffering supporters.
The success-starved Saints had never played in a grand final with the 2010 preliminary final their highest finish since merging in 2006.
Before the merger, Brocklesby won its most recent flag in 1958 with Burrumbuttock last tasting the ultimate success in 1969.
The match started with some intriguing match-ups with Liam Johnson pitted against Brett Doswell, Luke Carmen shadowing Dean Murphy and Jarrod Twitt and Luke Schilg going head-to-head in the midfield.
The Brookers were dealt a savage blow at the opening bounce with star Wodonga recruit Brett Doswell tearing his calf.
Doswell took no further part in the match, robbing the Brookers of their in-form ball magnet.
Despite the setback it was the Brookers who gained the early ascendancy with four goals to two in the opening quarter.
The league’s leading goalkicker, James Breen, was lively with two goals but was well restricted for the remainder of the match.
Des Kennedy medallist Kylin Morey helped keep the Saints in the contest with their only two goals of the quarter on his way to an eight-goal haul.
Morey kicked the first three goals of the second-quarter in a spectacular five-minute burst as the Saints regained the lead.
His fourth goal where he slotted a banana tucked up hard against the boundary line from 40 metres was a match highlight.
The Brookers sorely missed key defender Dylan Fairall who missed the clash with a fractured shoulder with Matt Doswell handed the task on the livewire forward.
Luke Carmen replaced Matt Doswell halfway through the quarter and did well to restrict Morey to three more goals.
The Saints suffered a blow when coach Darryn McKimmie hobbled to the sidelines with a knee injury.
But he returned soon after with his knee heavily strapped and played deep in the Saints attack.
McKimmie dragged down a strongly contested mark soon afterwards and converted to hand his side an 11-point lead at the main break.
The Brookers came out firing after the long interval with co-coach Twitt outstanding as his side’s best player.
Twitt set up several attacking moves with his pinpoint disposal with Jim Grills and Brad Thompson the major beneficiaries.
Thompson was damaging with two goals for the term on his way to a five-goal haul.
The Brookers kicked the opening four goals to open up a handy 13-point buffer.
Late goals to Morey and Aaron Livermore helped reduce the margin to one point at the final change.
The first goal was going to be crucial and Chris Boulton kicked from the boundary in the opening minute to hand the Saints the lead.
The Saints piled on five goals to open up a match-winning 35-point lead.
Morey kicked his eighth and the Saints’ final goal late in the term to cap a remarkable solo performance and seal the 30-point victory.
Retired St Kilda big man and Brocklesby’s favourite son Justin Koschitzke presented the premiership medallions.