Montmorency Park, in the hilly north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, hosted the 2019 Grand Finals for FIDA, the Football Integration Development Association that caters for players with intellectual disabilities.
In Division 1 the Williamstown Seagulls were hoping to complete an undefeated season. They were sluggish in the first quarter and found themselves nine-points down at the first break, with Mt Waverley – enjoying the breeze – leading 2.3 (15) to 1.0 (6). From thereon, though, the Seagulls dominated. They kicked a goal within the first 15 seconds of the second quarter and added another four in the 15 minute quarter. The third quarter saw a further six goals from the Seagulls, to be leading by eight goals at three-quarter time. Unfortunately the final quarter was marred by a number of incidents. Williamstown has now won Division 1 flags in 2014, 2016, and 2018. Can they go back-to-back?
In Division 4 the Seagulls Reserves’ team, having lost only two games for the season, faced the undefeated Rupertswood. Alas, the Seagulls could not stop Rupertswood, and could not claim the flag, as they did in 2016.
Congratulations to all clubs who play in FIDA, a competition that for more than 25 years has been providing opportunities for footballers who otherwise may not have the chance to pull on a jumper and play for a team.