Rosebud Heart goes all the way

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By Barry Irving

All Heart: Rosebud Heart goalkeeper Sean Skelly (No.1) is embraced by teammates following his two brilliant saves during the penalty shoot-out. Below: Heart players celebrate with the state championship win.

All Heart: Rosebud Heart goalkeeper Sean Skelly (No.1) is embraced by teammates following his two brilliant saves during the penalty shoot-out. Below: Heart players celebrate with the state championship win.

IT was a sensational finish to a stellar season for Rosebud Heart. With 18 wins from 18 home-and-away games the team had reason to believe that they could go all the way and win the state championship.

But, in their way were RMIT FC – the champions of State North 5.

In a sensational final, Heart’s Daniel Hodge scored the opening goal before RMIT equalised, making the scores one-all at full time.

This was the closest to losing a game the Heart’s had been all season.

The players regrouped and, in the penalty shootout, both teams went goal-for-goal with Heart goalkeeper Sean Skelly pulling off two brilliant saves. This left Heart’s Beau Sharpe to bury the winning goal into the back of the net to give Heart a fantastic win – and the state championship.

After a season of hard work and dedication the fairytale finish was a fine result for a club in its second year – a fantastic reward for players, coach, parents and sponsors.

New players of all ages are welcome to contact Jason Symonds, 0473 888 847.

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First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 11 October 2016

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