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The Darebin Falcons secured their third consecutive premiership for the Victorian Women’s Football League on Sunday afternoon with a convincing win against Diamond Creek at Piranha Park in Coburg.

The Premier Division Grand Final marked the Falcon’s fifth victory over the Creekers this year, including a 32-point semi-final. It was also the fifth time in six years the two sides have met in the grand final.

Diamond Creek started the game strongly dominating the inside fifties early. But despite the ball being locked in their forward half, only a handful of points eventuated.

Instead it was Darebin’s Elise O’Dea who kicked the first goal of the match – against the wind, despite her team’s lack of forward entries.

Skill errors and scrappy play hurt the Creekers with a throw resulting in a Darebin free kick in front of goal and their second major.

In the second quarter, Darebin dominated possession but a series of early misses, including a 10-metre shot at goal from Brennan, saw the Falcons fail to hurt the Creekers on the scoreboard.

It wasn’t until just before halftime that both Darcy Vescio and Brennan managed to kick truly and put Darebin further in front. While Diamond Creek went into the halftime break scoreless for the quarter and goalless for the half.

But, the Creekers took control of the third term early with skipper Steph Chiocci snapping their first goal. It wasn’t too long a wait for Bek Sibenaler to kick their second.

As the mercury hit 25 degrees, the pressure increased tenfold with crunching tackles, big hits and scuffles around the ground.

Katie Loynes, a key player for Diamond Creek, was stretchered off the ground with an injury, but it wasn’t all bad news for the Creekers as they went into the final break having won the quarter.

However, Diamond Creek’s success was short-lived with the final term an onslaught of goals from Darebin.

Two quick goals from Sarah Hammond and another from 150-gamer Lauren Arnell put the result beyond doubt. While further undisciplined play from Diamond Creek, including a high tackle and a skirmish in the goal square, resulted in goals to the Falcons’ Jane Lange and Brennan.

In the end it was a comprehensive 63-point victory for the Falcons, who managed to double their third quarter score in the final term.

 

Score:

Qtr 1: Darebin 2.2 (14) to Diamond Creek 0.3 (3)

Qtr 2: Darebin 4.9 (33) to Diamond Creek 0.3 (3)

Qtr 3: Darebin 5.10 (40) to Diamond Creek 2.6 (18)

Qtr 4: Darebin 11.15 (81) to Diamond Creek 2.6 (18)

 

Goals:

Darebin

Katie Brennan (3)

Sarah Hammond (2)

Jane Lange (2)

Darcy Vescio (2)

Lauren Arnell

Elise O’Dea

 

Diamond Creek

Steph Chiocci

Bek Sibenaler