OATES to Sedgwick to Morey – goal.
It’s a formula that has worked brilliantly for Brock-Burrum all season and it proved successful again on grand final day as the Saints charged to a 13.8 (86) to 8.5 (53) victory over Jindera at Walbundrie.
DJ Oates dominated in the ruck, Nico Sedgwick feasted at his feet and Kylin Morey reaped the rewards with a six-goal bag to claim his second Des Kennedy Medal in a Saints flag.
The Saints set the victory up in the opening term, with Morey kicking the first goal of the day at the six-minute mark.
By the time he plucked a one-handed mark in the goalsquare and successfully converted 16 minutes later, the former North Albury forward had three goals and the Saints led by a healthy 23 points.
The party tricks continued in the second quarter as Morey answered a nice goal from Bulldog Michael D’Arcy with a checkside from the pavilion pocket to restore the Saints’ 23-point buffer.
He bagged his fifth from close range shortly before half-time as Brock-Burrum set up a 32-point lead at half-time.
The Bulldogs were always going to mount a charge at some stage during the match and it came early in the third quarter as goals to Kirk Wilson and Nick Holman reduced to margin to a manageable 19 points.
But the Saints responded to the Bulldogs’ period of dominance with the final five goals of the quarter, including two to Tyson Bradsworth, and the match was all but over with 43 points separating the sides at the last change.
The Bulldogs refused to give in through D’Arcy, skipper Michael Blomely and Danny Middleton, and kicked three goals to one in the last quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Saints went back-to-back and secured their third premiership in four seasons.
While the Saints had standouts in Morey, Oates and Sedgwick, they had more winners all over the field with Dean Murphy outstanding in defence and Ronnie Boulton, Alex Wilson and Aaron Livermore creating havoc across the wing and half-forward.
Brock-Burrum co-coach Jarrod Hillary was proud of how the Saints withstood the Bulldogs’ third-quarter surge.
“Obviously in grand finals, you don’t get it all your own way,” he said.
“Kylin was really able to dominate his opponent and set the game up early.
“We knew at stages they were going to come but we were able to stay strong and fight back at crucial moments. We kept our noses in front all day, which is exactly what we wanted.”