Irymple claims SFNL premiership

IRYMPLE are the 2017 SFNL premiers after a narrow seven-point win in the grand final over Ouyen United at City Oval on Saturday.

The Swallows won 9.15 (69) to 9.8 (62) for the club’s first senior flag since 2011.

Leading by as much as 38 points early in the third term the Swallows had some nervous moments as the Kangas charged home with five straight goals before the final break, but a team-lifting goal by captain Brad Eaton early in the fourth quarter and some outstanding defensive efforts stemmed the tide.

Ouyen United kicked the final gal of the game through Will Farrer with just under five minutes remaining to bring the margin to six points, but a late Nick Pezzaniti gave the Swallows the slightest of breathing space and was ultimately the final score of the match.

Irymple’s Rolls Royce Nick Mee was awarded the John Groves Medal as best on ground, with his two sensational running goals in the second quarter matched by some timely defensive efforts backward of centre.

Gun midfielder Daniel Coghlan received the AFL Victoria Country Medal.

"Sometimes you just want to sit back and watch them," Irymple co-coach Todd George said about his side’s two stars.

"They are a class above, to be able to coach those guys and use them to your advantage is a massive plus for me and (co-coach) Will (Callow)."

It was a successful day for Irymple, winning the A Grade netball 57-56 over South Mildura as well as both 17 and under netball grades.

Ouyen United went back to back in reserves football with a win over Irymple while Mildura defeated the Swallows in under 18s football and Imperials claimed the under 16s premiership.

Mildura also scored a win in B grade netball with an overtime win over Imperials and Wentworth won both C Grade and C Reserves.

For full coverage of Saturday's SFNL grand finals pick up your copy of Monday's Sunraysia Daily.

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