WILLIAMSTOWN proved too strong for a young Malvern side in the state league lacrosse grand final at the weekend.
Williamstown jumped out to an early lead and neverlagged as it romped to an 18-10 victory.
Malvern started slow, conceding five early goals as Williamstown used its bigger bodies to advantage.
Malvern hit the post several times, missing chances to reduce the margin. The lead hovered around four goals for much of the next two quarters.
Williamstown couldn’t quite put away the plucky Malvern side but pulled away in the final quarter to claim its fourth state league trophy in the past five years.
Nick Le Guen, Josh Naughton and Travis Croll were among Malvern’s best.
Malvern coach Glenn Meredith was disappointed with the result but philosophical about his team’s efforts. “Williamstown are hardened professionals and I admire them as a team,” Meredith said. “In grand finals it steps up a notch and we just weren’t quite up to that today but I’m really confident we’re developing a team for the future.
‘‘I couldn’t be prouder of the team and the season they’ve had.’’
Meredith said his team had the hunger to go one better next year and win the club’s first state league trophy since 2002.