HEADWAY: Clinton Grubs' Ryan Bellert thumps in a header for a goal at the 19th-minute and it got the men in green going in the division one grand final.
HEADWAY: Clinton Grubs' Ryan Bellert thumps in a header for a goal at the 19th-minute and it got the men in green going in the division one grand final. Mike Richards GLA150918MA1S

UPDATED GALLERY: Clinton break grand final drought in div 1

SOCCER: Clinton broke away from a 1-1 half-time arm wrestle to claim the grand final against BITS.

 

The men's division one decider was anyone's guess at the long break, but the shackles were broken by the hosts in the final 45 minutes and the Grubs won 3-1.

Ryan Bellert put one behind the net for Clinton at the 19th minute before a brace of Lachlan Pacheco goals put the game beyond doubt after 74 and 76 minutes.

Clinton assistant coach Jeff Zawila said the team talked about some changes at half-time.

"It was a really tight contest and we scored from a set play through Ryan Bellert and then they scored straight after when Luke Kenney found the back of the net," Zawila said.

"It was a really tight contest and we made some changes in the second half."

It was a win for the ages for the Clinton men because it's a trophy they claimed that has not happened for a number of seasons.

"This really means a lot and after we had dominated in the 1980s and 1990s and then not so much after," Zawila said.

"We are the only club that has four divisions in the men's competition with our top two teams in the Premier League and this team is really our division three side."

Clinton's centre-midfielder Michael Hamelink was adjudged best-on-pitch while Zawila said goal-keeper Billy Hunter also starred.

"Billy kept BITS at bay and he's one of, if not, the best 'keeper in Central Queensland," Zawila said.

"Full credit to BITS and when a team is two goals down, it would have been easy to drop their heads. But BITS did not and they did not lie down and kept coming."

Clinton dominated through its hard-nosed midfield and with its outside run, this combination proved telling.

"Michael Hamelink was the captain and he was just tireless all game and was outstanding," Zawila said.

"He got excellent support from Andrew Fritz and between them they controlled the midfield. Our desire to win the game was at its peak.

"The beauty of this team is that it's got a great blend of experienced players in the middle and the younger players on the outside who can run all game."

BITS were well served by James Wright and Jeremy Robinson who were threatening all evening.

While Clinton celebrated, Zawila said there's more to come with the Grubs' two Premier League teams to play in Saturday's Football Central Queensland at Clinton Oval.

Clinton will meet Cap Coast in the division one decider after Cap Coast qualified with a 4-2 win against Frenchville.

The division two grand final will be between Clinton and Frenchville after the latter's 3-1 win over Central.



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