Devonport made the fabled “premiership quarter” count on its way to its first NWFL under 18 flag on Saturday.
The Pies kicked 4.1 to 1.3 in the third term to give itself valuable breathing space against Latrobe on their way to a 7.6 (48) to 3.7 (25).
That and the fact the Pies were able to stop the Demons getting near the scoreboard in the middle two quarters were pivotal in the win.
Alex Jolly collected the Neil Rawson Medal as best on ground, having been thrown into the ruck after Robbie Green was injured at the opening bounce.
“It was a very scrappy first half and our third quarter against the breeze set it up, and then similarly Latrobe nearly won it in the last quarter,’’ coach Paul Duggan said.
“Our boys were just prepared to run in that third term and we got a couple of lucky goals thanks to the bounce of the ball, but that’s because we took that risk.
The under 18 triumph goes with the Pies’ wins in the under 12s and under 16s, as well as their NWFL Women’s premiership.
“A lot of these boys have been exposed to senior football before their time at that is now paying dividends, and we want this group to be soon playing senior finals.”
Jack Rand, Keegan Lowe and Harry Williams were other Pies to lead from the front, while Duncan Grey and Ryan Forster were strong for Latrobe.
The Demons led for the majority of the first term and a half before the Pies snuck in front before half-time.