A capacity crowd saw a rivalry show down between the league’s two best sides on Sunday at Deakin Reserve, with Shepparton United reigning supreme over Mooroopna to claim back-to-back grandfinal victories.
In what was an epic match, that saw the lead see-saw for much of the tight contest, Shepparton United prevailed by 15 points, 11.12 (78) to 9.9 (63). United looked to have the ascendancy in the first half, leading by a match high 20 points at half time before an all in brawl erupted in the Skene St goalsquare. The half time scenes helped Mooroopna going into the third term with Tim Looby shown a yellow card for striking. The Cats made the most of United being one man down for 15 minutes in the third quarter, kicking the first four goals of the quarter to hit the lead and at the final change, there was nothing in it.
United coach, Marc Quarrell asked his players to lift for one final quarter, singling Looby out to provide a spark for the reigning premiers and he did just that. Along with Nathan Gemmill and Tyson Sidebottom leading from the front, the Demons hit the lead and were unwavering in the last term.
Shepparton United’s Nathan Gemmill won the Wilf Cox Medal for his best on-ground performance during the match, the 2011 premiership his seventh out of ten grandfinal appearances throughout a stellar career.