Shattered Belconnen Magpies star Lexie Bennett hopes there are premierships on the horizon for his young side after falling short in their quest of the AFL Canberra flag.
The Ainslie Tricolours were relentless en route to a fourth consecutive first grade premiership in a 13.8 (86) to 3.11 (29) triumph at Manuka Oval on Saturday.
"We've got a very young side and I hope these boys can stick together and form the nucleus of a premiership teams to come," Bennett said.
"We had some success in the early 2000's and a lot of those boys played junior footy together and now a lot of our boys played junior footy together so hopefully they can keep growing towards a premiership because that would be great."
The Magpies haven't won a first grade premiership in 10 years and the opportunity appears to be Bennett's last as he ponders retirement.
"Its highly likely but I haven't spoken to anyone about it and I won't worry too much about that it the moment," Bennett said.
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"I know there are certain parts of me that would love to keep playing but there are certain parts of me that think maybe I might've had enough."
Meanwhile, the Eastlake Demons bounced back from a scoreless opening term to claim the second grade premiership in a 5.3 (33) to 4.6 (30) win over Belconnen.
It came after Marist College claimed a 7.10 (52) to 3.5 (23) Rising Stars grand final win over the Tuggeranong Hawks.
AT A GLANCE
AFL Canberra grand final
AINSLIE TRICOLOURS 5.0 5.1 8.5 13.8 (86) bt BELCONNEN MAGPIES 0.4 1.7 1.9 3.11 (29)
Goals: Ainslie: Hayden Armstrong 4, Jordan Doering 3, Ben Jamieson 2, Liam O'Neil, Jeremy Hirst, Nelson Foley, Tom Powell. Belconnen: Daniel Jordan, Lexie Bennett, Alex Jones
Alex Jesaulenko Medal: Simon Horner (Ainslie)
Women's - QUEANBEYAN TIGERS 1.0 2.4 4.7 8.7 (55) bt BELCONNEN MAGPIES 0.0 0.0 0.1 1.1 (7)
Goals: Queanbeyan: Jacqui Parry 5, Madelyne Czubara, Kate Woodward, Jessica Stramandinoli. Belconnen: Maggie Gorham.
Best on ground: Hannah Dunn (Queanbeyan)
Second grade - EASTLAKE DEMONS 0.0 2.1 4.1 5.3 (33) bt BELCONNEN MAGPIES 3.1 4.3 4.5 4.6 (30). Best on ground: Joseph Kerin.
Rising Stars - MARIST COLLEGE 0.2 2.6 5.10 7.10 (52) bt TUGGERANONG HAWKS 1.1 2.3 2.3 3.5 (23). Best on ground: Seb Quirk.