By ROY WARD
NOBLE Park’s three-peat dream is over.
The Bulls lost out to Balwyn 13.14 (92) d Noble Park 8.7 (55) at Tormore Reserve, Boronia in the Eastern Football League division 1 elimination final yesterday.
The Bulls were within a goal for much of the match but in the final term couldn’t stop the Tigers kicking away to win by 37 points.
The Bulls won the EFL division 1 flag in 2010 and 2011 but each year recovered from heavy player losses to step up once more.
In that time they have also sent several players to VFL level and seen former 100-goal full forward Tory Dickson get drafted to AFL club Western Bulldogs.
This year injuries left the Bulls hobbled for too much of the season and while the club got plenty of game time into several emerging young players, they will look back with a little disappointment about what they could have done with fuller compliment of players.
The Bulls and coach Mick Fogarty will look to next season while the Bulls reserves continue to fight on making the division 1 reserves major semi-final this Saturday against Vermont.
Balwyn 1.2, 3.6, 4.9, 13.14 (92)
Noble Park 3.3, 3.4, 4.6, 8.7 (55)
GOALS, Balwyn: R. McMahon 3, S. Tregear 3, M. Hardiman 1, C. Hendrie 1, S. Kenna 1, M. O’Regan 1, R. Gilchrist 1, J. Gobbels 1, L. Barker 1.
Noble Park: L. Cody 2, S. Allan 1, S. Cleeve 1, C. Jacotine 1, Z. Alwan 1, G. Angelopoulos 1
S. Kenna, C. Hendrie, R. McMahon, M. O’Regan, R. Gilchrist, S. Tregear.
Noble Park: G. Angelopoulos, L. Mann, T. Kelly, S. Monaghan, T. Mitchem, G. Manson