St Patrick's College powers to Herald Sun Shield title | photos

ST PATRICK'S College has powered its way to Herald Sun Shield immortality.

The school became the first to win five straight state boys' football titles with an emphatic 49-point victory over Box Hill Secondary College in the grand final at the MCG on Friday.

For St Pat's head coach Howard Clark the triumph was one of relief and extreme satisfaction with a side that featured 11 players from last year's success.

"This group will go down as a history-making group. There was only one group that could actually do the five and that was this one," Clark said in a jubilant team room after the match.

"Each (premiership) is a thrill and this one is one of absolute relief. I'm incredibly proud and honoured to have been involved with this group of young guys. They have been humble all the way through the journey and the way they play their football reflects really positively on them as young men."

The decider was over almost as soon as it began, with St Pat's booting five opening-quarter goals to take a commanding 32-point lead into the first break.

Box Hill found the ball in the second term, but the margin remained at 32 points at half time.

As a bumper St Patrick's College crowd gathered voice, there looked to be little way back for Box Hill. And

there wasn't.

The intensity of the game started to drift away and both teams booted two goals in the third term, before the champions put the icing on the cake with the only two majors of the last quarter.

Half-back Tom Templeton collected the best on ground medal for St Pat's and was one of a number of strong contributors, including winger Joel Cowan, key forward Brenton Payne and midfielders Daniel Butler and Liam Duggan.

"We had something like 48 inside 50s to 22 and we were certainly twice as good as the opposition," Clark said.


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