COBDEN’S under-18.5 footballers have bounced back from a rocky start to win the Hampden league premiership, after two players wound up in hospital.
The Bombers were two men down in the first quarter after Judd Cup runner-up Ash Rosolin popped his shoulder out in the opening minutes, before defender Brady Green suffered a broken leg.
The injuries put the pressure on Cobden, but they still led by one point at half time before breaking away in the second half en route to a 13.12 (90) to 9.5 (59) win, ending a 32-year premiership drought.
“Our boys played really well, they never quit all day, every contest we were thereabouts,” Cobden coach Leigh Walsh said.
“We lost Ash Rosolin and Brady Green in the first quarter, so to have two boys go down and still be able to rally and keep contesting was really pleasing,” he said.
“Brady actually hurt his shoulder first, then went back out on the field and broke his leg, he was celebrating in a wheelchair on Saturday night.”
Umpires awarded young midfielder Trent Reed, who is still eligible for under-16s, with the best-on-ground medal for his role in the midfield and on the wing in the absence of Rosolin.
Fellow midfielders Joel Moriarty and Hampden league rising star award winner Paul Pekin also stepped up through the centre, winning plenty of centre clearances from ruckman Christian Koroneos.
Cobden’s Sam Giblett and Sam Thow kicked three goals each to lead all scorers.
“South took it right up to us in the first half, but having the week off last week probably helped us in the second half,” Walsh said.
“Nothing really changed for us in the second half, we just kept our game going and South Warrnambool weren’t able to keep that pressure up,” he said.
“They kept coming, there was three points in it at one stage in the last quarter, but we were able to hold on.”
Meanwhile, Koroit claimed back-to-back Hampden league senior premierships with a second win against Warrnambool, 13.14 (92) to 7.9 (51), while Terang Mortlake beat Koroit in the reserves decider, 9.9 (63) to 8.5 (53).
In the netball, Camperdown’s A Grade premiership drought continues after its grand final loss against North Warrnambool, 38-48.
The Magpies’ 15-and-under team also lost its grand final to the Eagles, 27-33.