MCG dream dashed

ALTHOUGH his dream of running out on the MCG on grand final day was dashed at the last minute, Possum Creek's Matt Lodge was happy to come away with a title nonetheless.

Lodge's Queensland team beat the NSW/ACT Rams by 21 points in the NAB AFL Under-16 Division 2 grand final.

But heavy rain in Melbourne forced the curtain-raiser to be moved from the MCG to Princes Park at the last minute.

The Rams were in control for much of the game, leading by 13 points at the first change and 15 points at the last, but the Queenslanders kicked five unanswered goals in the last quarter to win 6.12 (48) to 3.9 (27).

For Lodge, who grew up a couple of blocks away from the MCG, it was a tough break, considering he also injured his knee in the second quarter and was unable to take any further part in the game.

“There was definitely some initial frustration at not being able to play at the MCG, from both sides, but we had to get over it as quickly as possible and accept the fact that we weren't doing it,” Lodge said.

“I went over on my knee midway through the second quarter and missed our whole comeback because I was down in the rooms, but I came up for the last five min-utes.”

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