Pair of grand final losses sting Dragons ahead of third crack at BFNL flag

NO PRIZES FOR SECOND: Sandhurst has had to settle for runners-up on BFNL grand final day the past two years against Strathfieldsaye.

NO PRIZES FOR SECOND: Sandhurst has had to settle for runners-up on BFNL grand final day the past two years against Strathfieldsaye.

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FOR the past two years Sandhurst captain Blair Holmes has had to watch on with envy while Strathfieldsaye players were presented with BFNL premiership medals.

The Dragons’ back-to-back grand final defeats at the hands of the Storm by 55 and seven points sting Holmes and his team-mates, but Saturday presents a third opportunity for redemption.

Holmes will lead the Dragons into battle against Golden Square for the Bendigo Advertiser premiership cup at the QEO.

“Most of the guys that have played in those couple of losing grand finals have stuck around,” Holmes said.

“We haven’t harped on it a lot, but we have mentioned it a couple of times that it’s a feeling you don’t want to get again.

We have mentioned it a couple of times that it’s a feeling you don’t want to get again - Blair Holmes

“There’s a lot of guys out there who want to do well, and there’s a lot of guys who have come through our club from the under-18s, so it would be great if we could get a premiership.”

Not only do the Dragons have a chance to win the senior premiership, but they also have their reserves and under-18 football teams in grand finals, as well as their A-reserve netball.

“Our footy department from the thirds through to the seniors, it’s a real credit to have all three teams in, especially having all come through with the week off,” Holmes said.

“The way the club has grown this year from previous years… I’ve been here eight or nine years and it keeps improving.

“Off field is really strong, on field is really strong and we’ve got a great core of guys around the club.”

Saturday’s senior grand final starts at 2.20pm.

TIPPING PANEL:

WINNER:

Adam Bourke – Sandhurst (18).

Luke West – Sandhurst (24).

Kieran Iles – Sandhurst (11).

Richard Jones – Sandhurst (31).

NALDER MEDAL:

Adam Bourke – Adam Parry (Sand).

Luke West – Kristan Height (Sand).

Kieran Iles – Blair Holmes (Sand).

Richard Jones – Joel Wharton (Sand).

FIRST GOAL:

Adam Bourke – Lee Coghlan (Sand).

Luke West – Adam Baird (GS).

Kieran Iles – Dylan Johnstone (GS).

Richard Jones – Koe Ngawati (Sand).

THIS SEASON:

Round 8

Sandhurst 15.13 (103) d Golden Square 8.8 (56).

Round 14

Sandhurst 13.10 (88) d Golden Square 10.15 (75).

Second semi-final

Sandhurst 13.8 (86) d Golden Square 4.9 (33).

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