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Outhunted, outworked, outplayed. Lindenow bested Boisdale Briagolong at its own game during the 2019 East Gippsland senior football grand final en route to its third flag in four years and fourth since 2011.
The Cats also lost the 2010, 2012 and 2015 deciders, but tasted the sweet nectar of victory against the Bombers at City Oval on Saturday.
From the outset the Cats set the tone with their physicality, hard tackling and willingness to work both ways.
In the second semi final it was Boisdale Briagolong who gained the upper hand with its toughness at the ball, but on the big stage and with a chance to secure its first flag since 2001 when it was in the now defunct Riveria Football League, it was found wanting.
While the clearances were relatively even considering the Cats ran out 47-point winners, Lindenow smashed the Bombers in the tackle count by 25.
The Cats made the all the early running and at the first break were 17 points up as Boisdale Briagolong was left shell-shocked.
The Bombers were unable to close the gap in the second stanza as Lindenow booted four goals to three as it opened up a 26 point half time buffer.
It was one-way traffic in the third quarter and if the Cats were more accurate their 43-point lead could have been more.
After only managing one behind in the third, Boisdale Briagolong slotted two final quarter majors, but the Cats drilled three of their own to ice the contest.
Darren Allen was at his dazzling best and received the best on ground medal. When he was not weaving his way through traffic and delivering the ball with sublime touch, he was dancing his way around defenders and finished
with four goals. He was signaled as the Cats’ x-factor pre game and he lived up to his potential.
Coach, Justin Gould, was immense for Lindenow and collected 22 touches with 10 coming in a huge third quarter.
Angus Fortune had little impact in terms of hitouts, however his presence around the ground was formidable. He crashed packs, marked strongly, laid crunching tackles and bumps and also kicked two first half goals – not a bad way to celebrate your birthday.
Jack van Reyk was the general in defence and often cut off the Bombers’ forward forays with his intercept marking.
While not at his absolute best, five-time league best and fairest winner, Luke Dyer, was in the thick of the action when the match was there to be won but faded as the match went on.
Daniel Stubbe led the way for the Bombers and while his goal kicking accuracy was low, he continued to be an option and work up the ground when required.
The lightly built Mitchell Semmens was lively on the wing and while others on his team rushed, he found a target on numerous occasions.
David McKean dominated the ruck contests and took a number of contested marks when his team needed him to, including a huge grab in the opening quarter.
Matt Goodwin was the best Boisdale Briagolong defender with his rebound off half back and ability to win one-on-ones while under constant pressure.
However, overall the Cats had more winners. They got a little something from everyone, be it a Justin Blair tackle, a Lachlan Dumaresq defensive mark, or a Mark Baylis contest, the Cats wanted it more.

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