A gorgeous day at Proctor Park saw our 1st Grade Stags and Vixens defeat Panorama FC in two hard-fought grand finals to record a famous premiership double.
In the earlier 3pm time slot, our Vixens came out firing. Alex Finall’s team opened the scoring through stand-in skipper Meaghan Kempson as the eventual player of the match stamped her authority on proceedings.
The students took the lead into the break and maintained their momentum out of the sheds to put the clamps on a Panorama outfit who had defeated them in a major semi-final just two weeks prior.
Kempson was at the heart of the Vixens goalscoring threat, as the central midfielder nabbed her second late on to put her side in the box seat – following some neat work by winger Chloe Hinde.
The job wasn’t done yet however, as Panorama striker Hayley Cheney netted a quality effort to keep her side in the game. Despite this, CSU remained calm as Kempson turned provider for Paula Mitchell as the striker put the game beyond doubt and the Vixens celebrated a famous victory with a huge university crowd.
Its four on the trot for our First Grade Vixens as their dynasty continues to grow. Well done girls for an outstanding season.
Then it was the boys turn to take centre stage as the Stags looked to complete their first back to back titles since 1999- with an inspired group of Goats the only thing standing in their way.
The game opened at a frenetic pace, with both sides looking to find their feet and test out two usually very resolute defences. It was the boys from the uni who struck first, as Ollie Briggs turned the ball home following some class work by Ben Green.
The Goats leveled things up soon after, and the two rivals went into the interval on level pegging.
A big 45 minutes would dictate which side would lift the trophy, and the Stags came out of the rooms a team possessed. Big goals soon followed from Ben Green and Alec Geelan as the students recorded a famous 3-2 victory with Bryan Warren named man of the match for some outstanding work between the posts.
The celebrations lived on into the night as CSUFC marked themselves as the team to beat in the elite section of Bathurst football.
Thanks to everyone who supported us on the day and throughout the season – and to Panorama Football Club who we are more than happy to share the park or a beer with. Worthy adversaries and the start of a healthy rivalry which will surely live on for years to come.