Last week in the QSFL...

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QSFL Grand Final (19 September 1999)

Southport Sharks	3-3	7-7	11-11	15-14-104
Northern Eagles		3-1	5-4	5-5	9-7-61
At Brisbane Lions Football Park (Giffin Park, Coorparoo)

Southport: Deacon 6 , Mackay 3 , Black 2 , Green 1 , Watts 1 , Mansbridge 1 , Mackenzie 1
Eagles: Williamson 3 , Smith 2 , Craven 2 , Buchanan 1 , Waters 1

Southport: Ballans , Bradley , Bain , Pemberton , McCluckie , Lawrence
Eagles: Warren , Williamson , Howson , Dickfos


The mighty Southport Sharks lived up to expectations when they comprehensively won their third straight premiership title at Coorparoo against the Northern Eagles. Not since the unbeatable Windsor side of 1949-51 has a side been able to not only win three flags in a row, but dominate the competition so totally, especially going through the 1999 season undefeated. The senior side has now not lost a game since June 1998, and judging by player ages and the reserves performances, one has to wonder when they will finally lose another senior match. Additionally, they comfortably took out the reserves flag against Morningside, possibly justifying the clubs' push to join a higher league (in particular the AFL or secondly the SANFL).

The powerhouse Sharks outfit only had a 15-point buffer at the main break, (the Zillmere lads going goal-for-goal with the unbackable favourites early), before riding rough-shod over a game Eagles side in the second half. In this regard, this match was a carbon-copy of the two regular season and semi-final matches between the two clubs. There were no punches pulled from the outset, both clubs going at it hard but clean. The rivalry between these clubs has been well documented over the years, (three grand finals and annual semi-finals) and after the two coaches had to be physically separated at half-time during the major semi-final a fortnight ago, there would be no love lost on a blustery grand final day.

Sharks midfielders David Bain and Shaun Ballans (who was awarded the Joe Grant medal for best afield) were devastating, and dominated the midfield while spearhead Tim Deacon kicked six majors, including all four "sausage-rolls" in the last quarter. The Eagles started promisingly with Brisbane Lion Danny Dickfos giving his side a focal-point at centre-half forward, during which time the score see-sawed during the first two terms. In the second half, Sharks defender Troy Crossley negated Dickfos' impact, and played a dominant role in defence.

The damage was done during the second term when Southport kicked four goals to two, and key Eagles players went "missing" for a five minute period dominated by the "black & whites". The paint was blistering from the walls in the sheds during Eagles' coach Craig Brittain's halftime "chat", but it was to no avail as the Sharks went up another gear that the Eagles couldn't follow, kicking a further four goals to the Eagles' solitary point. Honours were shared in the final term, but the match was over, Southport happy to just run the last quarter down and take yet another title.

The win capped a terrific season for Sharks' skipper David Bain, the former Brisbane Bears and Fitzroy player, who had also picked up his second Grogan Medal a fortnight ago as equal best-and-fairest player in the competition (along with Brad Jones from Mt. Gravatt).

The Sharks trophy cabinet is now nothing short of overflowing with silverware. Since their admission to the QSFL in 1983 from the Gold Coast league, they have won nine senior premierships, finished runner-up a further four times, won numerous pre-season titles, and taken out many reserves and colts (U/19) premierships. They have never missed qualifying for the semi-finals, and judging by the weekend's performances, aren't about to relinquish their mantle as arguably the most dominant side in Queensland football history.

QSFL - Reserves

GRAND FINAL (19/9/99)
Southport Sharks	5-3	9-6	12-11	15-12-102
Morningside Panthers	3-4	8-6	9-8	10-10-70
At Brisbane Lions Football Park (Giffin Park, Coorparoo)


First Division
GRAND FINAL	(11/9/99)						
Palm Beach-Currumbin Lions	1-2	4-3	11-6	16-9-105
Surfers Paradise Demons		3-5	5-7	7-7	7-8-50	
At Broadbeach Oval


First Division - Reserves
GRAND FINAL (11/9/99)
Surfers Paradise Demons	2-3	5-5	7-10	8-15-63
Palm Beach-Currumbin Lions	1-3	4-6	5-8	6-9-45
At Broadbeach Oval


BAFL Amateur Leagues

Division 1
GRAND FINAL (19/9/99)
Redlands 7-12-54 drew Noosa 8-6-54
At Yeronga (Cansdale St, Yeronga)
**** REPLAY SUNDAY 26/9/99 AT YERONGA - 2:15pm ****

Division 1 - Reserves
GRAND FINAL (18/9/99)
Springwood 15-15-105 d Wilston-Grange 8-7-55
At Yeronga (Cansdale St, Yeronga)

Division 2
GRAND FINAL (19/9/99)
Caboolture 13-11-89 d North Shore 7-11-53
At Yeronga (Cansdale St, Yeronga)

Division 2 - Reserves
GRAND FINAL (18/9/99)
RAAF 17-9-111 d North Shore 7-7-49
At Yeronga (Cansdale St, Yeronga)

Division 3
GRAND FINAL (11/9/99)
Redlands 12-13-85 d Pomona 5-8-38
At Yeronga no.2 (Cansdale St, Yeronga)

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