St Patrick's makes it four flags in a row

 ST PATRICK'S College continued its outstanding record in State Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools football by winning its fourth-straight firsts premiership in Hobart on Saturday.

The St Pats firsts XV111 proved too good for pre-match favourite Hutchins winning the grand final 11.11 (75) to 5.10 (40) at the  Hutchins School.

St Pats coach Laine Cleaver said Hutchins had been undefeated through the season finishing as minor premier and had beaten his side twice during the home and away roster.

``I was extremely proud of the boys and it was an awesome achievement for the school,'' he said.

``The previous three years we went in as premiership favourites and won grand finals on our home ground but this year Hutchins were favourites and played the final on their home ground so I was thrilled for the boys to go down there and play so well to get the win.''

Cleaver said his side made sure of a good start after being pumped by Hutchins in the first half of their last encounter.

``Our last half against them last time was really good so we took some confidence out of that and made sure we started the game yesterday very aggressively with lots of defensive pressure and around the stoppages and our boys just went harder than they did,'' he said.

Better players included Casey Reissig who was outstanding through the middle and pushed forward to kick a couple of goals.

Lochlan Young came back from Tassie Mariners and played very across half-back, Shaun Killalea shut down Hutchins full-forward and kept him to one goal, Dylan Johnston was a hard-nut around the stoppages, with Curtis Murfett and ruckman Lochlan Lee also very good.

``Everyone played really well and I could almost list the whole team,'' Cleaver said, who extended his successful coaching record to four flags in a row along with assistant coach John Kedey.

``We'll keep going and see if we can continue the dynasty next year,'' he said.

Hutchins  turned the tables to defeat St Pats in the seconds grand final winning 15.12 (102) to 1.6 (12).

Members of the St Patrick's senior football team celebrate after defeating Hutchins 11.11 (75) to 5.10 (40) in Saturday's  SATIS grand final at Hutchins.

Members of the St Patrick's senior football team celebrate after defeating Hutchins 11.11 (75) to 5.10 (40) in Saturday's SATIS grand final at Hutchins.

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