Darling Downs came to Coorparoo with one thought in mind and that was to complete the season in the same way they have played all year………. as winners. Standing in their way was last year’s Premiers the Kenmore Bears. As both teams lined up for the national anthem you could sense in the 500+ strong crowd in attendance that the game was going to be a cracker and it didn’t disappoint.
The first quarter saw the ball go from end to end with a lot of rebound football with Kenmore getting the first goal of the game and looking stronger than when they played two weeks ago. Darling Downs fought back to go in at the end of the first quarter with a goal advantage.
The 2nd quarter saw the crows hit the ground running and cause the bears a lot of anxious moments in defence. The crows kept applying the pressure all over the ground and managed to skip out to a 4 goal advantage at the main break. With a chance to recoup at half time could the bears muster up something special.
After half time the game continued very much like the 2nd quarter with the crows continuing to apply defensive pressure all over the ground with reward for effort showing on the scoreboard. Kenmore had many chances but inaccurate kicking (9 behinds) taking its toll. All in all they had just as much ball as the crows but just couldn’t finish. The crows received a major injury late in the quarter which hopefully wasn’t going to derail their chances.
Heading into the last quarter the crows would have been quietly confident but the bears had other thoughts. Kenmore started the quarter like a house on fire and beat the crows at their own game and applied pressure all over the ground to get within a kick of the crows. Great goal kicking for the quarter saw them kick 5 goals 1 behind but it wasn’t enough to get them over the line the crows eventually winning by 10 points.
Best afield honours went to Crows captain and Joint League Best and Fairest Lachlan Dignan.