Penguin made it two from two on NWFL grand final day after they defeated Latrobe 10.7 (67) to 8.5 (53) in the NWFL reserves grand final.
Penguin’s Nathan Russell [three goals] was influential and was awarded the Alan Bloomhall Medal for the best player on the ground and was ably assisted by Aiden Laing Hughes, Brad Crawford, Rohan Speglic and Dylan Chell.
Mason Cock was Latrobe’s best, as Chris Boon [three goals], Trent Neilson-Lane and Jacob McGiveron battled hard in defeat.
Penguin got off to a flier with two goals to Russell and singles to Fraser Eaton, Tim King and James King gave the Two Blues the 32-7 lead, with Latrobe’s only major for the quarter to Chris Boon.
Brad Moore was able to get Latrobe a quick start in the second quarter with a goal in the first minute, Boon with his second and Peter Fulton goaled late in the quarter to reduce the margin to 12 points at half time after Penguin’s Clint Schulze steadier.
Penguin was again able to expertly use the wind, with goals to Russell, Eaton and Keenan Slater had the game almost out of the Demons’ reach at 29 points.
Goals from Mal Hulsman, Tom Plumbridge and Boon in the first 10 minutes of the quarter for the Demons brought the margin back to 12 points and had the game in the balance.
But Penguin were able to hold off Latrobe and Fletcher Looney sealed the victory before Plumbridge’s consolation in the dying minutes.