COLERAINE’S upset South West District league grand final win was set up with four quarters of self-belief.
The Maroons ended Heywood’s shot at back-to-back flags with a resounding 15.6 (96) to 9.10 (64) win on Saturday at Portland’s Hanlon Park.
Coleraine had suffered three previous losses to Heywood, which was aiming for premier and champion status this season, but turned the tables in the decider.
Maroons coach Matt Dunn credited his side’s pressure, commitment and teamwork.
“Beating a team which was probably red-hot favourite was a huge honour and there was a fair bit of relief for all the hard work which has gone into it,” Dunn said.
“It’s something for the town to celebrate.”
Coleraine led at every change, making the most of a slight breeze in the first quarter and maintaining the momentum throughout most of the contest.
“At half-time we had an 18-point lead and I thought that was a massive advantage for us and set the platform,” Dunn said.
“In the third quarter they came at us hard and in the last quarter we finished strongly.
“The result was beyond doubt halfway through the last quarter.”
Maroons key defender Craig Tosetti kept century goalkicker Mick Wilson to one goal.
Wilson’s goal came two minutes into the third term.
“He spoiled everything that came down there and was able to use the footy in the back line,” Dunn said.
“Brad Rhook was best- on-ground and did a good tagging job on James Imbi and Eric Guthrie ran nearly 20 kilometres.
“We could have named 15 players in our best players.”
Heywood coach Jason Saunders said the Lions were hurting.
“We want to make sure the guys remember this, learn and hopefully improve,” Saunders said.
“Hopefully it will be a driving force for us.”
Saunders said Coleraine “wanted it more” and that the Lions were “beat all day”.
He lamented the Lions’ unaccountability in the midfield.
“They shut us down in the midfield and we had a lack of ball in the forward line and when we went forward things weren’t working for us,” he said.
“We were undisciplined in some areas of the game. When you give away 50s throughout the day it costs you a grand final, which it did.”
One such penalty was in the third quarter when Wilson took a mark, only for it to be reversed and a 50-metre penalty awarded to Coleraine.
It resulted in a goal to Maroon Dean Miller, who finished the game with three majors, along with ruckman-forward Zac McDonald.
Saunders said half-forward flanker Peter Roberts toiled hard, kicking three goals, Leigh Malseed played well at full-back, Winis Imbi performed admirably and Ben Millard moved from his usual role in defence and played the bulk of the match in the ruck.