The first quarter was evenly contested, with both sides taking time to test each other out and few flaws from either side being particularly evident. It was two goals apiece in the first term and scores were level at quarter time. But the Dragons took the upper hand in the second quarter, a quarter which had been tight for most of the time but a late surge by St George handed them a 17-point half time lead.
It was a lead the Bombers were unable to overcome during the premiership quarter. When the Bombers needed to lift, they were unable to get it done. Instead it was St George who rose to the occasion, the Dragons breathing fire with a return of four goals to one for the quarter extending the lead to 35 points at three quarter time.
The game was safely won, and the last quarter saw the Dragons coasting with the premiership so close they could smell it. The Bombers won the last quarter by three goals to one, cutting the final margin to 27 points. But it was the Dragons who would drink from the premiership cup, to the rousing approval of the Dragon army on the hill.
Connor Flanagan, Kyle McKellar and Dominic Soffe were standout contributors for St George; on a day when their junior development work was rewarded. North Shore’s dream of a premiership three-peat was not to be; but Charlie Sennitt, Chris Loone and Alec Morgan kept working hard all day.
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