SUNBURY has lost just 13 games in the past four seasons – two of those have been grand finals.
Despite being a Ballarat Football League powerhouse during the past four years, the eastern Lions have come away with just one premiership.
In fact, it has won 62 of its past 76 matches (plus a draw at the end of the 2013 season against Redan).
The stats are not lost on coach Rick Horwood.
“That’s the disappointing thing for the club and the playing group, the only problem is two of them the losses are the big ones,” he said.
“It’s a bit of a shame, we’ve been in three (grand finals) in a row and we’ve won one, it kind of takes the gloss off it.
“We’ve got to wear that and what we’ve got to cop it.”
Halfway through the third quarter, it seemed Sunbury was well on its way to claiming its second premiership in three years and sixth since joining the BFL in 1997.
Horwood had declared pre-game that if his side had won, then two premierships out of three (as well as a two-point loss in 2011) would have nicely capped off a successful era of dominance.
Holding onto a 27-point lead with 12 minutes gone in the third, it appeared as though the BFL cup would be making another trip down the highway.
But then all of a sudden Sunbury stopped, not kicking another goal for the rest of the game.
“Maybe because we won last year we thought it was just going to happen, I don’t know,” Horwood said.
“It’s disappointing to lose, we gave ourselves an opportunity halfway through that third quarter and I thought we were on top and we just didn’t put the nail in the coffin.
“I thought we were all over them.
“I thought we were winning the arm wrestle, but they just wanted it more in the end.
“They just wanted to win more than us.
“I don’t think it was physical; they were the ones that looked tired. They were mentally stronger.”
Horwood has signalled his intention to stay at the club, telling spectators after the game that his side would be back “bigger and stronger” in 2014, however he is yet to be re-appointed as coach.