IN the end, class told, as it invariably does in football.
Brimming with energy and enthusiasm, Sandringham made a bold start to its VFL elimination final against Box Hill at a sun-soaked Trevor Barker Oval on Saturday.
But when the Hawks slipped into a higher gear, the Zebras were left lagging, though their effort was never in doubt.
The visitors kicked the last three goals of the second term to level the scores at half time, then the first four of the third, a show of strength and a match-winning burst. The eventual margin was 30 points.
A glance of the teams in the curtain-raiser underlined the enormity of Sandringham's task.
The Box Hill reserves contained players of the calibre of Jarrad Boumann, Beau Muston, Danny Hughes and Rennie Gilchrist, a flaunting of riches.