Barbarians bag top title
TWO goals from Laurie Urquhart steered Barbarians Hagars to a 3-0 victory over Sailors in the men's A-grade grand final on Saturday.
With Urquhart leading the way Barbarians were never headed, overcoming a slow start to run out comfortable winners.
Hagars coach Kyran Robertson said Urquhart and Grant Howard had performed superbly.
"We started pretty slowly but came back with a vengeance," he said.
"Laurie and Grant put in brilliant games and pretty much led us to victory."
Robertson praised the Sailors, saying they defended well but ultimately "fell apart".
"They defended pretty well for most of the game but we managed to find a way through and they fell apart," Robertson said.
Sailors coach Scott Smith said his side were strong in defence and were unlucky not to convert early chances into points.
"We were pretty unlucky not to score in the first half," Smith said.
"I thought we had a pretty good defence but they were just too strong and too experienced."
Justin Donoghue and Nick Worrell were standouts for the Sailors.
BARBARIANS Horribles held City Bears scoreless as they triumphed 1-0 in a thrilling grand final on Saturday.
Horribles coach "GJ" Gardiner praised his team's all-round performance but it was their defence in particular that sealed the win.
"It was a tremendous performance from a team that actually played as a team," Gardiner said.
"They never gave up and were justly rewarded with the win."
Gardiner said the main threat from the Bears was Dave Dart, something City coach David Kelly agreed on.
"Dave was brilliant for us and he kept the Barbarian defence busy," Kelly said.
"Unfortunately we couldn't get the goal from the many attempts we had."
Kelly said the Bears were strong all game but were left ruing their missed opportunities at goal.
CALEB Dougherty finished with a goal-scoring double as Sailors downed Barbarians Plunderers 2-0 in the C-grade grand final.
Sailors' coach Scott Smith praised the young striker, declaring Dougherty's youth a massive bonus for the team.
"He was outstanding for us in a team that played a really solid game," Smith said.
"He put away his first goal off a deflection and the other he capitalised on a well-placed ball."
Smith said the Barbarians played a good defensive game and he was happy the Sailors defence managed to contain the Barbarians "strong forward line".
Barbarians' coach Andy Cumberland was happy with his team's overall performance but said the Sailors defence was too strong.
"The whole team really had a dig and put in a great performance," Cumberland said.
"At the end of the day the Sailors defence was just too strong."
C GRADE CONSOLATION
ROYALS Originals and Sailors were named joint premiers after they drew 2-2 in their grand final on Saturday.
Sailors coach Terry Daley praised his side's courageous effort after they came back from an early 2-0 deficit.
"They scored pretty early and it's a real credit to the guys for coming back," Daley said.
"No side gained the upper hand in the latter stages of the game and there was no better moment than Max Clarke's diving effort to save the game."
Royals manager Darren Bartrim said that both sides were brilliant in defence.
"They both had opportunities at scoring points but the defence from both sides really stood up," he said.
"Sailors showed their never-say-die attitude to claw back from the two goal deficit by half-time."
Bartrim heaped praise on goalkeeper Josh Rose, saying he "kept the Royals in the game with some exceptional saves".