Two of Geelong’s teams won gold medals in the Australian Masters Games tournament held at Bell Park last week.
The Geelong 49ers led by Steve Radojevic and Rod van der Chys won the over-45 age group while in a big upset Barwon Heads knocked off the highly fancied Australian Defence Force team in the over-35s.
In the semi-finals of the over-45s, the Gold Coast Beach Boys, who had a strong Geelong component in their line-up, probably played their best game to defeat Mount Gambier Force by three goals to one.
By contrast the 49ers had their worst outing, scraping through by a Mick Oppermann penalty kick in the 55th minute against the other team from Mount Gambier.
The final, on the main pitch at Bell Park, the Beach Boys dominated the opening exchanges, pinning the 49ers deep in their half and putting keeper Peter Duque and his defence under pressure.
But in the last ten minutes of the half the home team came out of its shell and Radojevic, Drago Skok and van der Chys had efforts on goal.
The breakthrough came a minute before the break when a tackle in the area resulted in a penalty kick for the 49ers, which Mick Oppermann converted.
Early in the second half, Rod van der Chys drove a shot past Everett Nelson in the Gold Coast goal, but a moment later the Beach Boys pulled a goal back when Geoffrey Taylor took advantage of an error and rounded the stranded Duque.
Both sides kept at it till the final whistle, but the 49ers held on for a narrow but deserved victory.
The ADF had won all its group games and downed Surfside by three goals to nil in its semi-final.
But Barwon heads also recorded a good win over Pressure with Mark Linney scoring a hat-trick in the five-two result.
In the final the locals showed both skill and physical resilience to win by two goals to nil.
In the other groups, BOBS took out the over-40s from PHE Voltaren Dependant and the Australian All Stars won the women’s competition.