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Melksham the hero as Demons overcome Southport, downpour to claim VFL flag

The Casey Demons have rubber-stamped a dominant VFL season to claim premiership glory, overcoming a fierce test from Southport Sharks to win the grand final by 32 points.

Played in torrential rain at Ikon Park, three final-term goals from Melbourne AFL forward Jake Melksham, and four for the match, proved the back-breaker in a low-scoring scrap, the Dees kicking away late to claim victory 10.10 (70) to 5.8 (38).

Having relocated from Springvale and become the Demons’ AFL-affiliated club in the early 2000s, the win is Casey’s first VFL premiership since winning a third flag in fourth years in 1999 as Springvale.

The Sharks were left to rue spurning a series of chances in the first half, including a shocking miss from Billy Gowers; but once the Demons got on top midway through the second quarter, they seldom relented.

Captain Mitch White was a fitting winner of the Norm Goss Medal for best afield, having clamped down on Sharks star and former Gold Coast Sun Jacob Dawson while winning 29 disposals and laying 13 tackles himself.


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