Redbacks get their revenge on Navarre in MCDFNL grand final

CARISBROOK put three years of grand final disappointment behind it to end Navarre’s premiership run in the Maryborough-Castlemaine District Football-Netball League on Saturday.

SWEET VICTORY: Carisbrook won its 14th senior MCDFNL premiership and first since 2012 against Navarre by 20 points at Princes Park on Saturday.

SWEET VICTORY: Carisbrook won its 14th senior MCDFNL premiership and first since 2012 against Navarre by 20 points at Princes Park on Saturday.

Navarre had beaten the Redbacks in the past three grand finals as part of the Grasshoppers’ stretch of four flags in a row.

But just as Carisbrook did to Talbot in 1999, the Redbacks denied the Grasshoppers a fifth premiership in a row with their 11.7 (73) to 7.11 (53) victory at Princes Park.

The Redbacks got off to a flying start, kicking the first four goals of the game and were never headed.

Both of the best-on-ground medals were awarded to Carisbrook players – Jason Hill and Ayden George (two goals).

Carisbrook’s Liam Cunningham was the most damaging forward on the ground, booting five goals; one in the first quarter, one in the second; two in the third and one in the last.

The premiership was co-coached by Matthew Bilton and 2017 Berry Powell medallist Jackson Bowen, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, the A Grade netball grand final was a tight contest as Trentham defeated Rovers 41-38.

• Saturday’s premiers:

FOOTBALL

Seniors – Carisbrook

Reserves – Carisbrook

Under-17.5 – Trentham

Under-14.5 – Trentham

Under-11.5 – Carisbrook

NETBALL

A Grade – Trentham

B Grade – Lexton

C Ggrade – Natte Bealiba

17-under – Trentham 

15-under – Talbot

13-under – Natte Bealiba