Albion Park junior coach Jimmy Cergovski has praised his team after they overcame gale-force winds and a talented Oak Flats side to claim the Football South Coast 13 boys division two grand final.
With the Illawarra hit by wild winds throughout the weekend, the region's junior footballers were forced to battle tricky conditions on the biggest day of the season at Myimbarr Park.
The winds did play havoc with some matches, however Cergovski said his boys did a good job adjusting to the conditions.
"We won 1-0, but they were the worst conditions," Cergovski said. "With the wind, it was a very difficult game to control, it just wreaked havoc with the way the ball was skidding.
"Our boys played smarter, they played the ball along the ground, so it didn't get caught in the wind. They were quite clever in winning the game. We got the goal in the first half, then defended well in the second to come out winners."
The victory capped a stunning turnaround for Albion Park, with the side falling to Oak Flats three times in the regular season.
A fortnight ago, however, Albion Park upset their rivals in the major semi-final, before they made it two-straight in the grand final and Cergovski put the reversal down to a new attitude.
"The attitude changed before the finals. We couldn't beat them in the regular season, so asked how do we go about beating these kids. We had to play smarter and with more control. Ball possession was the key.
"The game went according to plan. It could have gone either way because of the weather, but we controlled possession and adapted to the conditions."
In other Football South Coast grand finals, Lake Heights claimed the 14 boys division one decider 2-1 in extra time, while Figtree triumphed over University 2-0 in the 13 years first division.
University hit back in the 12 years, however, with UOW defeating Figtree 2-0 in their grand final.
The girls took to Myimbarr on Sunday for their grand finals, with Lakeside claiming a 1-0 victory over Unanderra in the 16 girls division two decider in the opening match of the day.
Fernhill then prevailed 1-0 over Thirroul in the 16 girls first division grand final.
The 15 girls saw Woonona defeat Balgownie 1-0 in division one, while Lakeside overcame Figtree 2-1 in the second division.
Russell Vale capped a near-perfect season to claim the 14 girls division one grand final, the girls losing just one game all year on the way to the trophy double. Sunday saw the side defeat Thirroul 1-0.
Albion Park claimed a 1-0 victory over Coledale in the second division.
Finally, the Shellharbour 12 girls bounced back from a shock major semi-final loss to University to claim a 1-0 victory over their fierce rivals.
The two teams were standouts all year, with Shellharbour undefeated throughout the regular season, and University losing just one game.
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