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Going into the grand final undefeated, the boys were full of confidence against The Hutchins School.

GYC opened the game with a flurry, creating multiple opportunities that could have seen them up by three goals in the first five minutes. They missed one from close range and hit the cross bar with another before Thomas Bellini converted.

Hutchins scored a goal against the run-of-play so that the score at half-time was 1-1.

GYC continued to create opportunities in the second half.  A converted penalty (Bellini) was followed by another field gold (Bellini) five minutes later to secure the game – and retain the SSATIS title, 3-1.

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He said notable performances came from Montgomery Piesse, Harry Lange, Mark Ortmann and Samuel Hill he steadied the team during critical periods when the Hutchins players intensified the pressure and attack on the ball, particularly in the second half.

The team was co-captained by Matt Bomford,  Harrison Lange and Mark Ortmann.

GYC will play in the state SATIS final on 26 September, possibly in Launceston.

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GYC’s hat-trick goal scorer Thomas Bellini is pictured above in the middle of the photo (wearing long sleeves).

Under the coaching of Mr Guerzoni, the GYC boys’ soccer team has achieved an impressive three finals victories in a row and five SSATIS titles in the past six years.  The 2017 manager was Mr Chris Hoare.

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