Darebin Falcons completed a remarkable undefeated season after defeating Diamond Creek in the VWFL Grand Final on Saturday afternoon at Coburg City Oval, 14.7 (91) to 6.6 (42). The win marks redemption for the Falcons after successive Grand Final losses for the VWFL powerhouse club.
The sense of occasion wasn’t lost on either side to begin with. As was to be expected, Diamond Creek took it right up to Darebin in a tense and physical opening. Scores were hard to come by and the scoreboard was locked at a goal apiece at the first break. Darebin’s Rebecca Privitelli got the opening goal of the game after a strong mark was subsequently goaled.
Darebin then opened the first gap of the day in the second quarter, as they put five goals away to take a 17-point lead to the main break. Able to finally break the shackles and to move the ball more directly, Darebin were able to get the advantage. It wasn’t for lack of trying, the amount of pressure applied by the Creekers over the first half was admirable.
Darebin had about one hand on the 2013 Premiership by three-quarter-time as they led by 28-points. They had the majority of the play their way, but they weren’t allowed to score as heavily as they have shown as a desperate Diamond Creek fought to stay in the match. Mel Hickey’s efforts across defence and around the ground were immense, as were the efforts of Karen Paxman.
As much as they tried, Diamond Creek weren’t able to overcome the deficit at three-quarter-time. Darebin sealed a famous flag with a five-goal last quarter. Darcy Vescio led the Darebin goalkicking with three goals, Daisy Pearce and Aasta O’Connor dominated in midfield.
For the vanquished, they have little to be embarrassed about. The ever reliable Diana Haines, Shae Audley and Stacy Cross were best afield for Diamond Creek. Darebin’s Melissa Hickey took home the Lisa Hardeman medal for best on ground.
Darebin 1.3, 6.3, 9.4, 14.7 (91)
Diamond Creek 1.4, 3.4, 4.6, 6.6 (42)
Darebin: D. Vescio 3, S. Simpson, A. O’Connor, R. Privitelli, K. Brennan 2, J. Dal Pos,
D. Pearce, J. Lange 1
Diamond Creek: S. Cross 2, L. Brazzale, C. Bernardi, S. Chiocci, B. Grech 1
Darebin: M. Hickey, D. Pearce, K. Paxman, D. Vescio, A. O’Connor, S. Hammond
Diamond Creek: D. Haines, S. Audley, S. Cross, T. Hetherington, L. Williams, A. Barden