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The Renegades went into the big dance hoping to make history. After losing a grand final in their second season in 2015 they wanted to go one better and take home the cup in 2019.
With a huge crowd supporting them they ran out in cloudy, windy conditions to take on Yarra for the 3rd time in 4 weeks.
From the first bounce you could tell this was going to be a tough, physical game. The Reno’s were giving their absolute all in every contest and not leaving anything behind.
Andie hit an opponent with a textbook bump that was sensational although the umpire dropped his rulebook and called a free, can’t wait to watch that again on the replay!
Palombi and Sticky Dougherty battled hard all day against a much bigger opponent whilst Flicka’s work off half back was inspiring.
2 first half goals gave Yarra the lead but the game was still easily in reach as the halftime siren sounded and the rain started to drizzle down.
After the quickest halftime break of the year with barely enough time to get down an orange wedge and a couple of sour patch kids the Renos headed back out into the rain which was falling much heavier.
The conditions were getting much tougher, the ball was getting slippery and hard to pick up. Samara was fantastic in defence and let the Bushrangers know why her nickname is Bumper.
Captain Housey waited for the last game of the year to win this season’s best blood nose, the bench were wondering if the tap would ever turn off and dry up.
Kate Sullivan was giving her everything in the 4th to move the ball forward but Yarra continued to rebound and run the ball back, eventually scoring another goal and putting the game out of the Renegades grasp.
The coaching staff were incredibly proud of what the entire playing group had achieved over the year and see big things in the future for both the Reserves and Prems. We all headed back to Gillon and the celebrations after showed no signs of a loss, just a great group of mates happy to be around each other.
Mentone Grammar Playing Fields
Springvale Road, Keysborough VIC