Mossburn beats Albion 18-12

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Mossburn has added the Gerald Dermody Shield to its trophy cabinet, after beating Albion Excelsior 18-12 in the division 1 final.

The teams played at Mossburn Domain on Saturday.

Mossburn co-coach Todd Cavanagh said his team handled the wet conditions well, and its ball retention was outstanding.

“The difference was fewer handling errors.

“Our boys controlled it pretty well.”

They stuck to the same game plan as the rest of the season, he said.

“We still wanted to spin it wide and we did.

“We just kept playing in their half.”

Cavanagh said his team kept kicking the ball into Albion’s territory and forced it to decide whether to kick it out or not.

“It was a good clean game, and Albion were bloody good, too.”

The team won the Speight’s Shield a couple of weeks ago, so was “hyped” to add another shield to the collection.

“It was a great season [and] a good bunch of lads, so it was good to finish it like that.”

Albion assistant coach Richie Robinson told the Otago Daily Times it was a hell of a battle.

Mossburn kept Albion scoreless in the first half, leading 13-0 at the break.

“We played well in phases, but I feel we left our run a bit late.

“Mossburn at home were always going to be tough and they showed us why they deserve to be the Speight’s Shield holders and now the division 1 champs as well. We take our hats off to them.”

Additional reporting by John Langford