OSBORNE proved they have some of the best juniors in the region by claiming the AFL Riverina Championship premiership in impressive fashion at Robertson Oval on Saturday.
The Ostriches took control of the grand final in the second half and ran out 17-point winners over Leeton-Whitton, 8.11 (59) to 6.6 (42).
There was little between the two teams in the opening half but it was the premiership third quarter where the boys from Osborne put their stamp on the grand final.
Aside from a goal to the Crows that came through poor discipline, Osborne made the most of the breeze to pile on three-third term goals to open up a 17-point lead.
Ed O'Connell kicked the first goal of the final term to stretch Osborne's advantage to 23 points, before the Crows staged a mini-comeback with two goals in two minutes to draw within 11.
Ryan Collins was able to get one back for Osborne immediately and cement a unique premiership win for the Hume Leagye heavyweights.
Osborne coach Jamie Parr was proud of his boys for stepping up from the Hume League and proving a more than worthy match with the region's best talent.
"It feels really good for the boys actually, to be honest, especially in a pumped up league like this. It's good value," Parr said.
"It's very satisfying, especially where we've come from three months ago. It's all about opportunity and a few friends came from other clubs to help out and for them to gel like they have, it's a credit to them.
"To AFL Riverina and the Osborne Footy Club for fighting to keep the community together and keep footy together because it brings so much people in."
Parr loved the way his team broke the game open after the half-time break.
"They weren't too bad, yeah," he said.
"Obviously good opposition but things weren't going to go our way, which is footy, but the boys worked and it worked in our favour.
"Use the numbers up is the way that we play. Young kids just want to take the game on but if we use it up and play it smart, it leaves us in good stead.
"There is very good signs (for the club). There's some very good kids coming through, definitely."
One of those players is Ed O'Connell, who was awarded the best on ground medal.
Others to shine were Harry Wichman, Royce Hunter and Josh McDonnell.
Jye Doyle kicked three goals and was best for the Crows, while Nathan Baulch and Jay Tang were also good.