Outgoing Thurgoona co-coach Jamarl O’Sullivan says skills cost his team a third successive flag.
“They (Kiewa Sandy Creek) just used the footy better mate, better side on the day,” he said.
“They wanted it more and they were cleaner in the clinches and around the ground.
“We probably didn’t take our opportunities and on the big day, it’s about taking your opportunities.”
The Bulldogs will rue their inaccuracy in the first quarter, kicking one goal five with the strong wind, which was ideal for a lightning start.
Dylan Rake racked up a stack of disposals, Luke Gerecke showed his class in mopping up in defence, while Kade Brown booted four goals.
The prodigious kick also produced the game’s biggest effort, a 70m pearler with the breeze, landing it just near the centre circle from the kick in.
Brett Doswell will now coach the club.
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