Devils kick its way to a stunning final-quarter comeback to win the Division 3 grand final

Leadernews 16 Sept, 2014

HOW do you make sense of the nonsensical?

Wantirna South was sleeping soundly beneath six feet of East Burwood Reserve turf at three-quarter time in the Division 3 grand final on Sunday.

The Devils line-up had been ­outplayed by a disciplined ­Templestowe outfit all afternoon.

The Dockers shut down the Devils’ run, harassed them into mistakes and looked for all the world like a premiership team.

The score at the final break, Templestowe’s 7.6 (48) to Wantirna South’s 2.10 (22), told the story of the Dockers’ suffocating pressure to that point.

The Devils had missed chance after chance, most of them gettable.

They were low on confidence and in need of a spark.

A single Templestowe goal would have snuffed out their chances.

But, instead, something spectacular happened.

Instead, there was something to rouse the Wantirna South faithful.

Instead, the ball finally bounced the Devils’ way, right into the path of Scott Edgcumbe who scrubbed home a goal in the opening minute of the final term.

It was a fire starter for Wantirna South.

Two minutes later, Brad Hutchinson had a set shot from deep in the pocket and he was celebrating as soon as he struck it.

In a flash, the Devils were within 14 points, and they had what they’d been missing all day: momentum.

Andrew Goland was up next, snagging a beauty from the pocket and, when Brent Walker drilled a set shot from 40m, the Devils were within a kick and the final term was just 10 minutes old.

The game was in the balance and for 10 minutes the two sides battled back and forth, half chances and tough tackles on either side.

Big full-forward Daniel Beddome earned a free kick and put it away and the ­Devils had a lead they were never going to relinquish.

Anthony Papa’s launch from the 50m arc a minute later made sure of it, giving them a nine-point lead the Dockers couldn’t reel in.

The Devils party starts Picture: Janine Eastgate

Having kicked 2.10 in the first three quarters, the Devils kicked six goals straight in the final term to decide the match.

The final siren sounded and the Devils had achieved what seemed beyond them, claiming the Division 3 premiership, 8.10 (58) to 7.8 (50).

Wantirna South’s Brad Hutchinson was awarded the best on ground medal.


Wantirna South coach Matt Clark said it took a special effort for his side to come back and win.

“I was as concerned as anyone out there,” he said.

“We just didn’t play the game on our terms. To Templestowe’s credit, and they deserve full credit, they won the footy.

“They used it well. They denied us opportunities.

“We responded when we needed to, and good sides do that, but you don’t want to do it too many times. It’s a small window of opportunity.”

Clark said his side needed a good deal of luck to do it.

“When you miss that many, you start to doubt yourself. The guys were pulling the trigger from too far away,” he said.

“We had to work through the corridor a lot more. We got the ball in the corridor and we were able to make it a man-on-man contest.

“We got it on our terms.”

He praised the Devils’ defensive efforts in the final quarter to match their six-goal burst.

“I thought some of the desperate efforts down back were massive,” Clark said.

“It’s hard work getting in front, but you can lose it straight away.

“Some of the one-percenters, the smothers, the tackles. Just putting them under pressure.

“They weren’t under scoreboard pressure all day. It comes in a wave. It happened to us last year.

“I’m proud of the guys.”


What a weekend and we are back to Div 2 where we belong! Well done to Clarky, the coaches and all the players.



Wantirna Sth 8.10.58
Templestowe 7.8.50

Goal Kickers: B. Hutchinson 2, A. Goland , S. Edgcumbe , B. Walker , A. Teakel , A. Papa , D. Beddome
Best Players: , A. Teakel , S. Edgcumbe , S. Young , B. Hutchinson , T. Lee , J. Freeman



Wantirna Sth 13.10.88
Mitcham 6.11.47

Goal Kickers: J. Stone 3, S. Colosimo 3, M. Jamieson 3, B. Hardham 2, H. Yusuf , T. Tranter
Best Players: , H. Yusuf , J. Stopinski , C. Gleeson , S. Colosimo , S. Murray , B. Cromb

teaks clark

Preliminary Final Results


WS 15.11.101 def Ringwood 4.4.28

Goal Kickers: B. Hardham 5, P. Cahill 2, J. Raab , M. Dimashki , S. Bates , J. Stone , M. Persson-Clark , J. Sarinn , S. Murray , B. Cromb

Best Players: , B. Hardham , B. Cromb , S. Murray , J. Stopinski , J. Raab , P. Cahill


WS 6.3.39 lost to Boronia 16.13.109

Goal Kickers: T. Phillips 2, B. Croxford , S. Carter , C. Mitrevski , J. Graffen

Best Players: , Z. Robinson , T. Anderson , J. Kells , A. Creak , J. Roberts , S. Naylor





Division 3: Sunday at East Burwood Reserve

Under 19s Preliminary Final – 9.40am
Boronia v Wantirna South

Reserves Preliminary Final – 11.55am
Wantirna South v Ringwood


Article from the Leadernews:

WANTIRNA South will get the chance to avenge its ­Division 3 grand final loss of last year after winning a thrilling second semi-final against Mitcham on Sunday.

In a game worthy of grand final status, the two sides traded blows all afternoon at East Burwood Reserve.

There was less than a kick in it when Andrew Goland strolled through a pack and slotted home the winning goal with 28 minutes on the clock.

The Devils held on to win by 10 points, 16.11 (107) to 13.19 (97).

Wantirna South had the first win of the day at the coin toss, choosing to kick with a stiff breeze in the first term. After meeting some early resistance, the Devils made the most of it, slamming through five unanswered goals.

It was a versatile Wantirna South forward line doing the job, with all five goals coming from open play.

Steve Pimm got the Tigers on the board with a steadying goal, and David Searl snuck one in before the quarter-time siren to keep the Tigers in the hunt.

They trailed by 17 points at the first change.

Mitcham made a fast start with two goals early in the second term, but the Devils held them in check.

Brent Walker and Ryan Baker answered for Wantirna South before Daniel Beddome converted a strong grab to give his side a 22-point buffer. Pimm again had to halt the Devils’ run, and a goal to Anthony Faulkner had the Tigers within two kicks; the margin was 14 points at half time.

The Devils built on their advantage through old-­fashioned methods.

They were disciplined, they hit their targets and converted their chances.

And they kept at it in the third term, kicking two quick goals and threatening to run away with it.

Mitcham applied the brakes, but the Devils still led by four goals.

As he had twice before, Pimm stopped the Devils’ run with a goal, but the ­Tigers wasted a number of other good opportunities.

The margin was three goals at the three-quarter time siren and the game was on the line.

Mitcham made an early run to erase the deficit and took a lead midway through the final term.

The Tigers should have known it wasn’t their day when Pimm’s late effort to give them the lead hit the top of the point post.

The winners booked a week off and a spot in the grand final, while Mitcham will face Templestowe in the preliminary final this Sunday at East Burwood Reserve.

Leggate vs Mitcham



WS 16.11.107 def Mitcham 13.19.97

Goal Kickers: D. Beddome 4, L. Greig 2, B. Walker 2, B. Hutchinson 2, D. Cromb 2, A. Goland 2, S. McIntyre , J. Denes

Best Players: , L. Greig , S. Edgcumbe , A. Goland , T. Lee , J. Birkett , D. Beddome

Seniors go into the Div 3 grand final and will have this weekend off.


WS 6.5.41 lost to Mitcham 10.10.70

Goal Kickers: M. Jamieson 3, S. Murray , B. Hardham , S. Bates

Best Players: , H. Yusuf , B. Hardham , S. Murray , J. Stopinski , S. Colosimo , S. Bates

Reserves will play Ringwood in the Preliminary Final this Sunday.


WS 15.8.98 def Templestowe 4.10.34

Goal Kickers: J. Graffen 5, D. Kline 2, C. Mitrevski 2, B. Croxford , E. Vakalis , Z. Robinson , J. Rozakis , B. Lynch , S. Naylor

Best Players: , T. Anderson , S. Naylor , Z. Robinson , L. Wong , J. Graffen , J. Roberts

The U19’s will play Boronia in the Preliminary Final this Sunday.