Leftovers claim back-to-back premierships
IT IS hard to imagine that a last-minute, thrown-together football team would not only win its first title within a matter of months, but return the following season to repeat the effort.
Leftovers, the defending Emerald six-a-side premiers, made that dream a reality after recording a 2-1 grand final victory over Good as Gold last week.
"It was one of those games where it could have gone either way," Leftovers teammate Glenn Gilmour said.
Fellow premiership winner Darren Stutz-Grimmond held similar sentiments and commended the efforts of flyaway ball-runner Cody Clarke.
"It's his finishing and skill on the ball in tight situations... Cody's been like that all year, just very strong," Stutz-Grimmond said.
"He's the go-to man and it's great to have him."
Leftovers midfielder Sam Loch said he knew they had it tough from the outset, with Gold claiming consecutive wins heading into the final.
"Gold had some good form - they had won their last six on the trot. We had already lost against them, so I was a bit concerned," Loch, who is off to study music at a Brisbane university, admitted.
The question now on everybody's lips is can Leftovers go three in a row?
If they do, at least they might get a bulk discount on the engraving.
"They haven't even got us on the cup from last year. We'll have to sort them out on that one," Gilmour joked.
"I hope the team sticks around.
"It started as just a scratch team with a bunch of guys that didn't really know each other and has sort of just gone on from there.
"Yeah, proud of them all."