Dees destroy hoodoo

Mids spark second half dominance as Milawa claims O&K premiership
DRIVING FORCE: Milawa’s Nathan Hooper was one of the most influential players.

THE hoodoo has been broken – Milawa’s finals demons are no more.

The boys in red and blue have been carrying a monkey on their back ever since they let the 2010 premiership cup slip from their grasp, but they shook it off in the most impressive fashion possible on Saturday.

It was a dominant second half, sparked by midfielders Jack Stamp, Carl Groth and Nathan Hooper, along with the man most haunted by the 2010 loss, Ray Ussher, that saw Milawa cruise to a 61-point win over Glenrowan in Saturday’s O&K grand final.

Up by five points at the main break, the Demons were keen to stamp their authority on the contest in the third term, as they have made a habit of doing throughout the year.

In two previous encounters this season Milawa had come from behind and beaten Glenrowan, both times through scintillating third quarters – outscoring the Tigers 7.2 to 2.3 the first time and 6.1 to 0.0 the second.

It was like a recurring nightmare for the Tigers on Saturday as history repeated.

The Demons’ charge towards the premiership dais continued with Groth and Gabe O’Brien taking their tallies to two majors each to cap the 15.16 (106) to 7.3 (45) victory.

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