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The Woden Blues were crowned AFL Canberra Third Grade Premiers with a thirteen-point victory over the ANU Griffins at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval two weeks ago.

A Best on Ground performance from Woden stalwart Chris Karchinsky propelled his side to secure the club’s third flag with an 8.9.57 to 6.8.44 win.

ANU were considered comfortable favourites to lift the silverware in the early stages of 2015, before Woden found another level in their surge to the title.

With scores locked up at 6-all at the end of the first quarter, a Karchinsky goal edged the Blues ahead as they went on to dominate the second term.

Inaccuracy cruelled Woden’s chances of extending the lead, as they managed three goals and eight behinds to close out the first half with a lead of 22 points.

Trailing by 33 points in the early stages of the third stanza, goals to Josh Cliff and Lachlan Vass saw the Griffins claw their way back in to the contest.

Woden’s lead at the final break had been reduced to just nineteen points, and left the Griffins faithful entertaining thoughts of a stunning comeback victory.

The Blues only managed a solitary goal in the final term, but the addition of six points to the deficit was enough to dash any hopes of a stirring ANU comeback.



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