WARRNAMBOOL College’s bid for its first football title since 1994 ended with back-to-back defeats yesterday.
The Danny Finn-coached Bullants lost to Frankston High School and Tallangatta Secondary College as part of School Sport Victoria’s senior finals day.
Warrnambool conceded the first four goals to Frankston in the opening match, eventually losing 5.5 (35) to 2.3 (15) at Collingwood’s Victoria Park.
It lost to Tallangatta 3.10 (28) to 1.4 (10) in the second match.
Finn said the teenagers rued their poor disposal into the forward 50 on a day when pinpoint accuracy was essential.
“There wasn’t much in both matches. Very windy conditions made goalkicking pretty hard in our two games,” he said.
“Just our delivery into the forward line, we weren’t overly tall up forward and the opposition was very big.
“That was the main factor. We were able to generate a lot of run off half-back and through the midfield with some beautiful play.”
Nirranda gem Morgan Van der Mark was the Bullants’ best player throughout the day, providing dash whenever he touched the football.
Liam Hoy, Jordan Payne, Brad Parsons and Jess McCosker were influential, as was Jett Herrmann, one of three year 9 students in the side.
Finn said the campaign had been a success despite the below-par performance on the finals stage.
He said just under half of the 30-player side was in year 12 and would not play next year. But he was upbeat about the future of the school’s football program.
Finn said he was grateful for a “great supporting crew” which made the trip from Warrnambool to Melbourne yesterday.
Frankston defeated Tallangatta in the final, 3.6 (24) to 0.2 (2).