Kings pull off Div 2 three-peat

By Grant Hitzman

Coorparoo have pulled off a stunning victory to claim the 2013 Division 2 SEQAFL premiership, downing competition favourites Robina by a mammoth 97-points at Yeronga.

In a top of the table clash that was set to delight, Coorparoo squashed fans hopes of a thrilling grand final showdown, dominating Robina from start to finish.

The Kings stood victorious at the final siren, claiming a 23.18 (156) to 9.5 (59) win that secured a historic three-peat for the club.

In an emotionally charged contest, Coorparoo stormed out of the blocks, intense pressure and clean ball movement handing the Kings a commanding 30-point quarter time lead.

Robina attempted to fight back, lifting their physical presence, with some ferocious tackling.

The Kings were unfased by Robina’s aggressive style of play however, kicking two quick goals to start the second term.

Robina’s undisciplined play continued to cost them dearly, handing Coorparoo chance after chance inside 50, which the Kings continued to convert.

A nervous Robina were clearly rattled, unable to make any impact on the game, allowing Coorparoo to score freely, adrift by 62-points at the main break.

The second half was much of the same story, Coorparoo by far the better team, their past grand final experience a clear factor in the final result.

Coorparoo were elite in all areas around the ground, stopping the Roos from dictating the pace and style of play as they have done all year.

As the siren sounded, it was jubilation for Coorparoo, their fans particularly vocal after a 14-goal demolition of the competition favourites.

Robina coach, Mark Vigus, was all class in his post match address, but the sting of defeat shone through.

“Coorparoo were way too good today, they had a great season and deserve it,” Vigus said.

“We obviously didn’t show up today, that happens sometimes in footy. But the boys will stick together and be back stronger next season.

Coorparoo’s, Chris Lovett, was awarded best on ground honours, slotting seven in a spectualar outing.

Coorparoo’s coach, Michael Gibson, summed up the win for the club in a few words.

“Robina were the benchmark all year, so it’s a great effort. Three in a row, can’t beat that,” said Gibson.

Coorparoo grabbed the double by winning the reserves grand final by 10-points against Robina earlier in the day.

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