2003 NTFA Grand Final
Champions: The NTFA Division 1 premier George Town team included Daniel Richardson, Adam Tuthill, Ben Tuthill, Anthony Axton, Michael Towns, Luke Crane, Mathew Batty, Mark Jones, Shaun Viney, Dion SauThe Saints withstood a third- quarter fightback from Scottsdale before streaking away in the final term to win the division 1 grand final by 64 points.
Chugg, who was best afield in the 18.14 (122) to 9.4 (58) victory, said the club faced a player exodus next year, with several clubs interested in his squadron of young stars.
“I know there would have been a few eyes on our blokes out there today,” he said after the match.
“But the chance to win three premierships comes along very, very rarely.
“We’re undefeated for 25 games now so, if we can keep the side together, there’s a record there and a lot for the blokes to play for.”
The Magpies made a near- perfect start in front of the 2640-strong crowd yesterday with top forward Jerome Illingworth snaring two goals from his first two kicks.
In stark contrast, George Town’s first four scores were behinds, rekindling memories of the 2001 grand final that the Saints lost after booting five goals and 25 behinds.
“It was just like two years ago, I thought `here we go again’,” Chugg said.
“But we straightened up once we settled down. We’re a different side than two years ago. We can take a bit of pressure now.”
After restricting Scottsdale to just three points in the second term, the Saints went to half-time with a 22-point buffer.
The Magpies slashed the lead to just seven points midway through the third term, however, after a spirited fightback led by coach Troy Milne and Adam Rice.
George Town responded with three swift goals from its best three players – Chugg, Luke Crane and Chris Jones – and the Scottsdale challenge was culled.
“They’ve had a few hard games and we were hoping they would run out of legs and I think that did happen in the end and we ran over the top of them,” Chugg said.
Veteran forward Geoff Bannon was chaired off the ground after snaring three goals in the final quarter of his final match to seal the victory for George Town.
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