RESERVES GRAND FINAL
LINCOLN SOUTH 5.5 (35) DEF WAYBACK 5.4 (34)
Lincoln South have claimed back-to-back premierships after holding off Wayback in a thriller in the reserves grand final.
Wayback had a few early shots that went nowhere before Souths rebounded, set up by the run out of the 50 by Cain Reynolds which made its way to Camden Madden and Bradyn Traeger before setting up Jayden Blewit for the first goal.
Both teams showed good defensive work, Wayback were well supported by Elliott Claxton and Toby Kelly while Matthew Greatbatch attacked anything coming his way, while for Souths Reynolds moved the ball back to the centre while Adrian Campbell and Damon Traeger went after the contested ball.
Souths kicked another two goals, from Billy Campbell and Brody Kenny while keeping Wayback goalless to lead 3.1 (19) to 0.0 (0) at quarter time.
Wayback turned the momentum around in the second quarter, Conlan was giving teammates first option in the ruck, Jay Rich and Brayden Martin were instrumental in moving the ball out of the contests and towards the 50 and Jack Hegarty, who racked up possession in the centre, scored their opening goal.
A goal from Taner Schlink and a second from Hegarty got Wayback rolling and Jason Ridley finished the quarter with two of his own, one just before the siren.
Souths continue to win possessions in the centre, Kenny was a ball magnet who set up his teammates well and Dylan Blewit was a reliable target but Souths were kept scoreless as Wayback led 5.1 (31) to 3.1 (19) at half time.
Souths regained momentum with the breeze blowing to the New West Road end but some formidable defence, including Claxton and Matt Hayman at centre half back proved problematic.
However Filippo Fiore would deliver the much needed goal as the inside 50s continued to rack up, Kenny continued to shine with his use of the ball while Madden pursued the ball and cleared from contests.
This did not translate into many goals, Souths scored one more through Jacob Harvey to finish on 2.3 for the quarter, while Wayback were kept scoreless to give Souths a three point lead at the final break.
Goals were no where to be seen in the final quarter but defensive pressure from both sides and heavily contested play kept scores to a minimum.
It was most costly for Wayback who finished the game with three behinds to fall short by one point.
With his strong showing in the midfield, Lincoln South's Brody Kenny was awarded the Jack Johncock Medal for best on ground.