THE Bega Devils have secured their third straight Far South Coast Football Association premiership.
With the minor premiership wrapped up weeks before the close of the season, the Bega team put on one of its best displays yet to dispatch its Wolumla opponents 2-nil on Sunday.
Bega has now capped off the entire season undefeated.
The Tigers, who came from fourth place to reach the grand final, matched the Devils early on for possession, but the game slipped away as Bega’s speed demons got the better of them.
Devils captain Simon Jones was a key performer on the day, laying off big boots to his front runners Harley Cox and Adam Blacka.
Larry Fuller was solid in defence with plenty of support from Chris Dwyer.
For Wolumla Matt Legge and Lee Kettle were solid in defence, while Tom Adams and Matt Grant displayed good control through the midfield.
However, Bega’s pace proved too quick on the day, with Alec Caragher and Ross Jones wreaking havoc through the midfield with their bursts of speed.
Play looked even early on in the match up, with both teams taking early opportunities on goal.
However the keepers were at the top of their game, Wolumla keeper Blake Rosseland used his height to his advantage, easily catching any soaring shots that came his way, while Bega’s keeper Sam Hodder provided an impenetrable wall around the net.
A few soaring kicks almost saw Bega in attack mode, but Cox and Blacka were repeatedly deemed off-side.
Play advanced into the Wolumla half and the Devils came out with a corner kick, Wolumla’s defenders got a boot to it, but it was Fuller who slammed it into the net off a powerful left boot.
The teams went to the break with Bega leading 1-nil.
The second half continued in a similar fashion with play fluctuating from end to end and neither side able to capitalise on any chances.
Dan Blacka and Gerard Malone were working well through the mid for the Devils and pushed play up.
Halfway through the second half it was a sweeping attack down the left-hand side that saw play advance from Malone to Cox, who took the play right up to the goal box and slipped one past Rosseland for Bega’s second.
With about 15 minutes left to play the odds of a comeback for the Tigers were looking slimmer and play became a bit more frantic.
Tensions were running hot as both teams attacked the ball and saw both keepers right in the thick of action.
With the clock winding down the Devils consolidated its defensive efforts to hold off the final assaults from the Tigers and ran off winners 2-nil, bagging the premiership.