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A first half goal from veteran Hamish Gladstone guided Epsom to victory in the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League division one grand final on Sunday.
Gladstone found the back of the net late in the first half and the Scorpions defence held firm in the second half to deny Eaglehawk the championship-premiership double.
Epsom’s 1-0 win extracted some revenge on the Hawks, who clinched the championship from the Scorpions with a 1-0 win in the final round of the home and away season.
It was a double celebration for Epsom after its women’s team defeated Eaglehawk 3-0 in the grand final.
The Epsom women completed an unbeaten season and the premiership trophy will sit proudly alongside its championship trophy.
Caitlin Green and Liz Watkins scored for the Scorpions, while they also benefitted from an own goal.
Epsom’s Brenton Ellis can lay claim to the BASL coach of the year. Ellis coached the Scorpions women’s team to the championship-premiership double and completed the same achievement with the club’s under-16 team.
The division two grand final was a thriller, with Eaglehawk coming from behind to win 3-2 in extra time.
Golden City’s youth team completed a dominant season by winning the grand final 2-0 over Moama-Echuca.
The Rams didn’t lose or draw a game for the entire year. The 2-0 grand final result was the only game for the year they scored less than three goals. Wee La Mor Klay and Harry Bennewith scored for Golden City.
Meanwhile, the junior grand finals were played at Epsom on Saturday.
Epsom won the under-16A grand final 4-1 over Golden City. Daniel Bell scored a brace for Epsom, while James Bennett and Dylan Robertson added one goal each. Pah Ler scored a penalty for the Rams.
Spring Gully rallied from a one goal deficit early in the game to defeat Golden City 5-1 in the under-16B grand final. Reece Yarwood and Rylie Merkel scored two goals each for the Reds and Sam Lacy also found the back of the net. Gino Redula was Golden City’s scorer.
Strathdale defeated Epsom 5-0 in the under-14A decider. Sam Perry scored three penalties in the first half and Ellie Vlaeminck and Arshdeep Singh fired home two more goals.
Hayden Trew scored twice and Angus Chisholm once to lead Eaglehawk to a 3-0 win over Epsom in under-14B.
Moama-Echuca Border Raiders outlasted Strathdale 2-1 in a tight under-12A grand final, while Kyneton proved too strong for Epsom 5-2 in the under-12B game.
The under-12C game between Epsom and Golden City went into extra time. The Rams rallied from a goal down to win 3-2. Silver Bell Morris scored twice and Emily Everist once for the Rams, while Logan Hromenko and Oscar Fox were Epsom’s scorers.