HEPBURN 15.13 (103) defeated BUNGAREE 6.12 (48)
AFTER being written off by many during the season, Hepburn charged into this week’s grand final with a resounding 55-point drubbing of Bungaree yesterday.
The Burras took charge right from the start and hammered the Demons unmercifully.
It was a calculated and clinical disposal of Bungaree which never managed to take control and whose scoring was spasmodic and poor.
A third term six-goal breakout put the Burras in the box seat and an impenetrable defence led by Daniel Smith shut the door on the Demons’ attack.
The damage on the scoreboard came from Tom Conroy, who booted five goals, and Lee Cox with four majors.
Daniel Rees and Fergus O’Connor took on allcomers with a spirited and courageous display across the centre.
Rees stood out just before halftime when he deftly tapped the ball away from his Bungaree opponent, picked it up again and slammed the ball onto the chest of sharpshooter Conroy who goaled.
Three players linked up well ... Brad McKay, Ken Cummings and Salesi Uhi.
The big man Uhi and Brendan Sutcliffe worked their magic around the stoppages.
Captain Dan O’Halloran kicked two goals and Brad and Andy McKay, Joe Malone and Fergus O’Connor contributed singles.
Hepburn coach Clive Raak said he felt the club had shaken off the doubters from the season.
“We were pretty sharp today. It was good effort by the club.
“We had 10 players under 21 in the team today and so it was a pretty fair effort,” Raak said.
It was a slim pickings for Bungaree but it was Shaun Finlayson who scored the Demons’ first goal and two for the day.
Kurt Lenehan also booted two, while skipper Joel Mahar and livewire Mitch Bruns kicked one each.
Bruns showed speed and flair on a number of occasions but a stand out was the first quarter when he sprinted out of the centre, ducked and weaved, then passed the ball to Lenehan who booted a major.
Minutes later Bruns kicked his own goal.
Jason Brown, Chris Morley, Nick Weightman and Jackson Murphy felt the full brunt of the Hepburn attack but kept their heads when they could.
It was a shocker for Bungaree and coach Greg Middleton pointed out after the game “we just didn’t bring our A game”.
“You aren’t going to get through to a grand final with a performance like that.
“We couldn’t match them today ... we really didn’t fire a shot,” Middleton summed up.