THE culmination of the 2011 Alberton Football and Netball League grand finals saw seven clubs come away with premierships with close and exciting matches in all grades.
In front of another huge crowed which paid over $34,000 at the gate, Kilcunda Bass won their first senior football premiership in 31 years when they defeated Foster by 24 points in a hard fought match. The game was close until time-on in the last term when the Panthers blitzed the Tigers with five late goals to run away with the victory.
It was a hard fought win by the sentimental favourites who have been the top side all year.
In the reserves, Dalyston defeated the previously undefeated Korumburra-Bena by one point and in the thirds Korumburra-Bena got their only victory from three attempts on the football field for the day when they came from behind late in the game to defeat Kilcunda Bass.
In another turn-up Fish Creek fourths defeated Korumburra-Bena who had also been undefeated for the season in an exciting match that also went down to the wire.
There were turn-ups at the netball court as well with Dalyston winning the under 13s, Stony Creek the 15s, Fish Creek the 17s, MDU the C grade, Foster the B grade and Dalyston the A grade with games not going as everyone was expecting.
The weather was not as bad as predicted earlier in the week, but a few showers swept across the ground earlier in the morning and afternoon, but remained relatively fine for most of the day. The strong wind bowling down the ground made kicking goals difficult, but that’s all apart of our great game.
Alberton Football League president John Schelling said he was extremely happy with the day as a whole and the spread of premierships to different clubs was great for the league. The behaviour of the spectators and the crowd in general was fantastic and the co-operation from the police and security services and the magnificent job done by the Inverloch-Kongwak Football Club and recreation committees and the wonderful touch ups by the Bass Coast Shire made the day complete.
Other improvements this year were the singing of the National Anthem by local girl Hayman Kent prior to the seniors and the flying of all the club flags around the ground added another nice touch.
Presentation of all winners was done on field this year with the League executives handing out premiership medallions and best afield awards quickly to enable the next games to commence on time.
In all it was a fitting end to another very successful season for both football and netball.
Season 2012 will see a board of management take control of the league with positions being advertised to fill these positions.