GIVEN his side had just 1.6 on the board and was a dicey 27 points down against Pyramid Hill midway through the second quarter, Mitiamo co-coach Andy Grant would have been content for the Superoos to have just held firm and trimmed a goal or two off the deficit by half-time on Saturday.
Instead, the Superoos went bang - five goals to one over the last 10 minutes of the second quarter and by half-time of the grand final they were within a point.
And it was that momentum late in the second quarter that proved the catalyst for the Superoos going on to beat the Bulldogs 11.16 (82) to 9.6 (60) at Calivil - the 22-point margin a 53-point turnaround given they had trailed by as many as 31 points in the first term.
"We were on the backfoot early, but I felt if we could get ourselves close at half-time and be within a few goals that we'd be able to get them," Grant said.
"So to be only one point down at half-time, I felt that if we could play a good third quarter then we'd have it."
And the Superoos did.
Kicking against the breeze the Superoos added 3.3 in the third term while keeping the Bulldogs scoreless to take a stranglehold on the flag.
The victory helped to ease the disappointment for the Superoos - who didn't roll the dice on hard-nut midfielder James Rozynski (knee) - of losing three of the previous four grand finals.
"It's an unbelievable feeling... we've come up against some stiff opposition the past few years (Bridgewater in 2015 and 2016 and Newbridge last year), but this is a great group of guys who have worked hard," Grant said.
Mitiamo co-captain and gun midfielder Terry Reeves won the best-on-ground medal to go along with his premiership medal and Harding Medal.
Tireless ruckman Michael I'Anson was also an imposing presence for the Superoos all game, with he, Reeves, Doug Thomas and and key defender Max Simpson Mitiamo's standouts.
It was a premiership that came with plenty of pain for veteran on-baller Lucas Matthews, who played the game with a broken wrist, while it was a memorable 24 hours for Kyle Patten, who won his second flag - he was also part of the 2009 win - the day after the birth of his second child.
That previous flag in 2009 had been coached by Bill Grant - a feat emulated by his son, Andy, a decade later.
Mitiamo was also co-coached by Tyrone Downie (two goals).
BULLDOGS' DROUGHT EXTENDING TO 70 YEARS
ONE of the longest droughts in country Victorian football will continue into a 70th year after Pyramid Hill squandered its early position of dominance in Saturday's Loddon Valley league grand final against Mitiamo.
For the first quarter-and-a-half though the Bulldogs' faithful had every right to dare to dream that their senior team could do what their reserves and under-18s had already done and triumph.
The Bulldogs were all over the Superoos early, kicking six of the first seven goals of the game in a flying start.
But their spirited start was followed up by conceding 10 of the last 13 goals as the Superoos took control to win 11.16 (82) to 9.6 (60).
"We started exactly how we wanted and gave ourselves every opportunity to win the game," Pyramid Hill coach Adrian McErvale said.
"We knew though that Mitiamo was always going to come back at us being the quality side they are. They did and then in that third quarter we were unable to take advantage when we had the wind."
Having kicked five first-quarter goals with the breeze, the Bulldogs failed to score in their second turn with it during the third term and by the final change were facing an uphill battle trailing by 20 points.
"The boys are a resilient group and they never gave up today... they pushed right until the final siren, but Mitiamo just had too big a margin for us to peg back," McErvale said.
The better players for the Bulldogs featured three of their defenders in Dylan Morison, who held Justin Maddern to one goal, Dylan Tonkin - who also coached Pyramid Hill's reserves flag - and Andrew Dobby, while young wingman Bailey Goodwin also played well.
McErvale will share the coaching duties next year with Nathan Fitzpatrick.
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