FAR WEST 2017
Teams: Blues, Konnibba, Thevenard & Western United
BENBOLT TAKES OUT 2017 MAIL MEDAL
Lawrence Benbolt from Koonibba won his second Mail medal in the Far West award night.
Benbolt finished on 36 votes
ahead of Jarden Stoetzer - 33 (Western United)
and Jake Warmington - 27 (Western United)
Lawrence won previously in 2014. He missed the first game and then the last three with injury, polling in seven of eight games that he played
KOONIBBA GO THROUGH TO GRAND FINAL
Second Semi-Final at Far West Aboriginal Complex on August 12, 2017
Best: Koonibba – Lawrence Benbolt, Waylon Johncock, Lionel Wilson, Wayne Miller, Wilfred Edwards. Westies - Corey Miller, Todd Warmington, Jarden Stoetzer, Jake Warmington, Broadie Chandler. Goals: Koonibba - Gareth Dudley 4, Lionel Wilson 3, Jerome Newchurch 2, Barry Coleman 2, Royden Miller 2, Andrew Cox 2, David Thorpe 1, William Sansbury 1, Steven Benbolt 1. Westies - Jarden Stoetzer 4, Todd Warmington 4, Rohan Scott 2, Tom Woods 2, Broadie Chandler 1, Grant Ross 1
First Semi-Final at Ceduna on August 5, 2017
Best: Blues - Yanni Retsas, Dwayne Ettridge, Kingsley Ware, Darryl Dudley, John Dunn. Thevenard - Jarrad Trowbridge, Dom Denton , Lachlan Wilkins. Goals: Blues - Jamahl Lebois 3, Nicholas Fergusson 3, Thomas Clayton 2, Dwayne Ettridge 1, Lachlan Norman 1, Brendon Kloeden 1, Kingsley Ware 1. Thevenard - Dom Denton 2, Bradyn Hedley-King 1, Grant Burns 1, Jarrad Trowbridge 1
Round 12 - July 29, 2017
Best: Westies - Dale Shipard, Jarrad Kenchington, Jarden Stoetzer, Jake Warmington, Corey Miller. Blues - John Dunn, Darryl Dudley, Kingsley Ware, Jamahl Lebois, Reegan Mastrangelo. Goals: Westies - Jarrad Kenchington 8, Jarden Stoetzer 5, Todd Warmington 2, Tom Woods 1. Westies - Andrew Miller 4, Thomas Clayton 1, John Dunn 1, Brendon Kloeden 1, Jamahl Lebois 1
Best: Koonibba - Steven Benbolt, William Sansbury, Lionel Wilson, Tjerayh Ware, Wilfred Edwards. Thevenard - Jye Kaehne , Dom Denton , Joshua Penna, Jarrad Trowbridge, Lachlan Wilkins. Goals: Koonibba - Tjerayh Ware 6, Nigel Merrin 3, Barry Coleman 2, Stanley Lennon 2, Steven Benbolt 1, Michael Komai 1, Wilfred Edwards 1, Brandon Willis 1, Troy Newchurch 1, Michael Newchurch 1. Thevenard - Dom Denton 2, Joshua Penna 2, Ryan Irvine 1, Josh Cummings 1, Todd Montgomerie 1, Russell Bryant 1
Round 11 - July 22, 2017
Best: Blues - John Dunn, Darryl Dudley, Andrew Miller, Kingsley Ware, Mark Mozol. Thevenard - Jarrad Trowbridge, Bradyn Hedley-King, Lachlan Wilkins, Josh Threadgold, Joshua Penna. Goals: Blues – Andrew Miller 10, Thomas Clayton 5, Brendon Kloeden 2, Garrett Bowden 2, Kym Thiele 2, Waylon Drew 1, Blake Richards 1, Jamahl Lebois 1. Thevenard - Jarrad Trowbridge 3, Toby Lee 1, Robin Saunders 1, Josh Threadgold 1
Best: Koonibba - Lionel Wilson, Waylon Johncock, Steven Benbolt, Steven Harrison, Michael Newchurch. Westies – C. Miller, B. Chandler, K. Chandler, L. Brown, P. Dobbins. Goals: Koonibba - Lionel Wilson 4, Brandon Willis 1, William Sansbury 1, Tyron Winfield 1, Jesse Lennon 1, Les Mundy 1, Steven Benbolt 1, Gavin Buckskin 1, Royden Miller 1. Westies – T. Woods 3, K. Chandler 2, C. Wild 2, J. Kenchington, L. Brown, B. Chandler.
Round 10 - July 15, 2017
Best: Blues - Waylon Drew, Darryl Dudley, Kingsley Ware, Andrew Miller, Dwayne Ettridge. Koonibba - Steven Harrison, Waylon Johncock, Brandon Willis, Lionel Wilson. Goals: Blues - Andrew Miller 5, Brendon Kloeden 5, John Dunn 3, Garrett Bowden 1, Ali Johncock 1. Koonibba - Steven Harrison 4, William Buckskin 3, Tyron Winfield 2, Les Mundy 2, Troy Newchurch 2, Graham Bilney 1, Wilfred Edwards 1
Best: Westies - Jarden Stoetzer, Corey Miller, Broadie Chandler, Dale Shipard, Kade Chandler. Thevenard - Dom Denton , Liam Syrianons, Bradyn Hedley-King. Goals: Westies - Jarden Stoetzer 11, Rohan Scott 3, Kade Chandler 3, Tom Woods 2, Broadie Chandler 2, Kane Murphy 1, Todd Warmington 1, Dale Shipard 1, Jake Warmington 1, Grant Ross 1. Thevenard - Dom Denton 3, Joshua Penna 1, Josh Cummings 1
Round 9 - July 1, 2017
Best: Blues - David Wright, Kingsley Ware, Darryl Dudley, Bredon Smart, Lachlan Norman. Westies - Dale Shipard, Broadie Chandler, Corey Miller, Jarden Stoetzer, Matthew Cox. Goals: Blues - David Wright, Kingsley Ware, Darryl Dudley, Bredon Smart, Lachlan Norman. Westies - Jarden Stoetzer 2, Rohan Scott 1, Broadie Chandler 1, Ethan Mahar 1, Vaughan Day 1, Todd Warmington 1, Tyler Dunn 1
Best: Koonibba – Waylon Johncock, Charles Charles, Steven Harrison, Steven Benbolt, David Thorpe. Thevenard - Josh Threadgold, Jarrad Trowbridge, Lachlan Wilkins, Matthew Degner , Brenton Mullan. Goals: Thevenard - Brenton Mullan 2, Dom Denton 1, Jarrad Trowbridge 1, Cain Perry 1
Round 8 - June 24, 2017
Best: Blues - Kym Thiele, Lachlan Norman, Kingsley Ware, Jamahl Lebois, Reegan Mastrangelo. Thevenard: Drew Allen, Josh Threadgold, Beau Halbert , Jarrad Trowbridge, Daniel Hertz. Goals: Blues - Jamahl Lebois 5, Kingsley Ware 4, Nicholas Fergusson 3, Brendon Kloeden 2, Lachlan Norman 2, John Dunn 2, Kym Thiele 1, Daniel Smith 1, Reegan Mastrangelo 1, Bredon Smart 1. Thevenard: Kyle Penna 1, Jarrad Trowbridge 1, Drew Allen 1
Best: Koonibba - Waylon Johncock, Royden Miller, Steven Benbolt, Clayton Milera, Lawrence Benbolt. Westies - Jarden Stoetzer, Broadie Chandler, Dale Shipard, Todd Hoffrichter, Tony Cox, Tyler Mahar. Goals: Koonibba - Jesse Lennon 2, Clayton Milera 2, Andrew Cox 2, Waylon Johncock 1, Barry Coleman 1, William Sansbury 1, Royden Miller 1, Steven Benbolt 1. Western United: Jarden Stoetzer 3, Jarrad Kenchington 2, Swayne Day 2, Tyler Dunn 2, Tom Woods 1, Vaughan Day 1
Round 7 - June 17, 2017
Best: Westies - Broadie Chandler, Jarden Stoetzer, Jake Warmington, Tom Woods, Tony Cox. Thevenard - Jordy Grills, Josh Threadgold, Cain Perry, Beau Halbert , Lachlan Wilkins, Ryan Meier. Goals: Westies - Tom Woods 7, Rohan Scott 3, Broadie Chandler 3, Jarden Stoetzer 3, Jake Warmington 2, Jarrad Kenchington 2, Tyler Mahar 1. Thevenard - Cain Perry 2, Kyle Haseldine 1, Wayne Burge 1, Kyle Penna 1
Best: Konnibba – Lawrence Benbolt, Clayton Milera, Lionel Wilson. Blues - Yanni Retsas, David Wright, Bredon Smart, John Dunn, Mark Mozol. Goals: Koonibba - Troy Newchurch 6, Jesse Lennon 5, Barry Coleman 3, Lawrence Benbolt 1, Steven Harrison 1, Clayton Milera 1,
Gareth Dudley 1, Royden Miller 1. Blues - Garrett Bowden 1, David Wright 1, Blake Richards 1, Alex McKenzie 1, Nicholas Fergusson 1
Round 6 - June 3, 2017
Best: Westies - Tom Woods, Jarden Stoetzer, Broadie Chandler, Jake Warmington, Matthew Cox. Blues: Yanni Retsas, Reegan Mastrangelo, Waylon Drew, Rohan Lambeff, Jamahl Lebois. Goals: Westies - Tom Woods 3, Jarrad Kenchington 3, Rohan Scott 2, Jarden Stoetzer 1, Sean Sleep 1, Dale Shipard 1. Blues: Brendon Kloeden 5, Thomas Andrassic-Smith 2, Daniel Smith 1, Andrew Miller 1
Best: Konnibba - Clayton Milera, Stanley Lennon, Lawrence Benbolt, Waylon Johncock, Michael Newchurch. Thevenard: Lachlan Wilkins, Beau Halbert , Ryan Meier, Jarrad Trowbridge, Bradyn Hedley-King, Josh Threadgold. Goals: Thevenard: Stanley Lennon 5, Royden Miller 5, Troy Newchurch 4, Clayton Milera 3, Lawrence Benbolt 2, Jerome Newchurch 2, Jesse Lennon 2, Lionel Wilson 1, Wilfred Edwards 1, Michael Newchurch 1, Brandon Willis 1. Thevenard: Jarrad Trowbridge 2, Grant Burns 1, Bradyn Hedley-King 1, Ashton Riddle 1
Round 5 - May 27, 2017
Best: Blues - Yanni Retsas, Garrett Bowden, David Wright, Darryl Dudley, Lachlan Norman, Mark Smith. Thevenard - Josh Cummings , Jordy Grills, Kyle Penna , Jarrad Trowbridge, Josh Threadgold, Bradyn Hedley-King. Goals: Blues - Lachlan Norman 2, Daniel Smith 2, Brendon Kloeden 2, Kym Thiele 2, Thomas Clayton 1, Darryl Dudley 1, Kingsley Ware 1, Reegan Mastrangelo 1, Rohan Lambeff 1, Waylon Drew 1, Alex McKenzie 1. Thevenard: Jacob Grills 2, Josh Threadgold 2, Jarrad Trowbridge 1, Drew Allen 1
Best: Konnibba – not av. Westies - Jake Warmington, Corey Miller, Dillon Montgomerie, Jarden Stoetzer, Tony Cox. Goals: Konnibba – not av. Westies - Jarden Stoetzer 4, Tom Woods 2, Dillon Montgomerie 1, Broadie Chandler 1, Locky Brown 1, Vaughan Day 1, Jake Warmington 1, Rohan Scott 1
Round 4 - May 13, 2017
Best: Konnibba – not av. Blues - Brendon Kloeden, David Wright, Jamahl Lebois, Thomas Clayton, John Dunn. Goals: Konnibba - Lawrence Benbolt 3, Steven Harrison 2, Jesse Lennon 2, Trevor Peel 2, Andrew Cox 2, Lionel Wilson 1, Barry Coleman 1, Royden Miller 1. Blues - Brendon Kloeden 6, Thomas Clayton 2, Jamahl Lebois 2, Kingsley Ware 1, Paul Haynes 1
Best: Westies - Jarden Stoetzer, Tom Woods, Jake Warmington, Broadie Chandler, Peter Dobbins. Thevenard - Bradyn Hedley-King, Josh Threadgold, Jarrad Trowbridge. Goals: Westies - Jarden Stoetzer 8, Jesse Chandler 4, Joshua Wittwer 3, Tom Woods 2, Jarrad Murphy 2, Jake Warmington 1, Swayne Day 1. Thevenard - Jacob Grills 1, Jye Kaehne 1, Grant Burns 1, Ben Wanganeen 1
Round 3 - May 6, 2017
Best: Westies - Corey Miller, Jake Warmington, Jarden Stoetzer, Broadie Chandler, Peter Dobbins. Blues: Jamahl Lebois, Yanni Retsas, Reegan Mastrangelo, Garrett Bowden, Andrew Miller. Goals: Westies - Swayne Day 4, Jarrad Murphy 4, Broadie Chandler 2, Jarden Stoetzer 2, Rohan Scott 1, Tory Ware 1, Tom Woods 1, Vaughan Day 1. Blues: Thomas Clayton 2, Andrew Miller 2, Jamahl Lebois 2, Thomas Andrassic-Smith 1
Best: Konnibba – Lionel Wilson, Winston Hubert, Michael Newchurch. Thevenard - Josh Threadgold, Beau Halbert , Kyle Haseldine, Dom Denton , Josh Cummings , Bradyn Hedley-King. Goals: Konnibba – Barry Coleman 4, Tyron Winfield 3, Jerome Newchurch 2, Juran Lebois 2, Michael Newchurch 1, Royden Miller 1. Thevenard - Josh Cummings 3, Dom Denton 2, Grant Burns 2, Kyle Penna 1
Round 2 - April 29, 2017
Best: Blues - Lachlan Norman, Kaya Scott, Daniel Smith, Garrett Bowden, Reegan Mastrangelo. Thevenard - Bradyn Hedley-King, Todd Montgomerie, Josh Cummings. Goals: Blues - Alex McKenzie 3, Daniel Smith 2, Kym Thiele 1, Kingsley Ware 1, John Dunn 1, Jamahl Lebois 1. Thevenard: Jarrad Trowbridge 4, Dom Denton 1
Best: Westies - Jarden Stoetzer, Broadie Chandler, Jake Warmington, Tom Woods, Kade Chandler. Goals: Konnibba: William Sansbury 4, Troy Newchurch 4, Royden Miller 2, Wilfred Edwards 2, Jerome Newchurch 2, Lionel Wilson 1, Gavin Buckskin 1, Timothy Murragilli 1, Les Mundy 1, Michael Newchurch 1, Brandon Willis 1, Andrew Cox 1. Westies - Jarden Stoetzer 4, Swayne Day 2, Kade Chandler 2, Tyler Dunn 1, Broadie Chandler 1, Vaughan Day 1, Jake Warmington 1
Round 1 - April 22, 2017
ANZAC DAY MEDAL: Jake Warmington (Western United)
Best: Westies - C. Miller, J. Warmington, S. Sleep, J. Stoetzer, D. Shipard. Thevenard - C. Bender , D. Denton , B. Halbert , J. Trowbridge, B. Hedley-King. Goals: Westies - J. Stoetzer 4, S. Thiselton, L. Woods, L. Brown, T. Dunn, T. Price, T. Woods, C. Miller, J. Murphy. Thevenard - T. Montgomerie 2, B. Hedley-King, J. Trowbridge, C. Bender
Goals: Koonibba - T. Newchurch 6, C. Milera Waye 5, B. Willis 3, B. Coleman 2, G. Bilney, W. Sansbury, W. Edwards, C. Champion. Blues - A. Miller 3, A. Sharpe, J. Williams, D. Smith, K. Thiele, S. Hammat, D. Wright, D. Ettridge
BLUES UPSET 2016 GRAND FINAL WIN
Best: Blues – David Wright (BOG), E. Sansbury, L. Wilson, J. Lebois, J. Dunn, J. Collins. Thevenard – not av. Goals: Blues - B. Kloeden 5, A. Miller 4, R. Lambeff, J. Lebois, D. Wright. Thevenard - M. Hartwig 3, A. Braendler 2, J. Trowbridge 2, D. Denton , T. Hoffrichter, D. Haynes
BLUES FROM BOTTOM TO TOP
Thevenard went into the game as a short price favourite to win their third premiership in four years, Blues were seen as playing their grand final with a shock victory in preliminary final against Westies and weren’t given much hope. Thevenard had won all four meetings in the minor round where the games were close for a half before Thevenard would over power Blues in the second half. This was the sides first meeting in a Grand Final since 1989.
The game was played at Ceduna Oval and a huge crowd was in attendance, conditions were very tricky with a strong north wind blowing. Thevenard were without Coleman & Allen from their second semi-final team and bought in Cummings & Wilkins, Blues were unchanged from their preliminary final win.
Thevenard had first use of the strong breeze and took a while to settle before they scored the opening two goals of the game, Blues were then able to score the next two goals against the breeze which would prove vitally important, Thevenard then spent the last half of the ball in their 50 metre area but the strong winds made goal kicking hard, by quarter time they lead 3.7 (25) to 2.1 (13).
Blues made good use of the breeze in the second quarter kicking 5.5, Thevenard’s inaccuracy continued as they added four points for the quarter, Blues went into half time with a 19 point lead, 7.6 (48) to 3.11 (29). The big crowd was stunned as the favourites were behind and struggling to kick goals in the windy conditions.
Thevenard came out firing in the second half and kicked the first two goals, they then dominated play for some time but couldn’t convert as they kicked behinds they were slowly reducing the deficit but needed to have a good lead heading into three quarter time with Blues coming home with the wind. Blues were able to score a crucial goal half way through the third, then Thevenard came again, took the lead and headed into half time with a 10 point advantage 8.17 (65) to 8.7 (55).
Thevenard kicked the opening goal of the last quarter and extended their lead to 16 points and had the momentum, another goal by Thevenard would have almost killed the contest but the Blues dug deep and kicked the next three goals and suddenly they were in front by three points with 10 minutes remaining, with six minutes remaining Brendon Kloeden slotted his five goal, an absolute miracle shot from the forward pocket and Blues were leading by nine points, however Thevenard would not give up and Matthew Hartwig slotted his third goal with three minutes to go and the game was back alive. Thevenard took the ball and out the centre and were about to have a shot on goal but a desperate Blues tackle resulted in the ball spilling out and the Blues defenders were able to clear the ball which spent the next two minutes in the Blues forward line, Thevenard had one last desperate attack with less than a minute remaining but Blues were able to stop this at the half forward line and send the ball deep into their forward line, the final siren saw scenes of jubilation as Blues had defied the odds to win a memorable premiership by three points, final scores Blues 12.9 (81) defeated Thevenard 10.18 (78).
Blues captain David Wright was adjudged best on ground with a fine performance through the mid field and around the ground, other best players included Emmanuel Sansbury, Lionel Wilson, Jamahl Lebois, John Dunn and Jacob Collins who also played a great game in the colts premiership earlier in the day. Brendon Kloeden with five goals and Andrew Miller four were the most effective forwards on the ground. Thevenard best players were Matthew Hartwig, Adam Braendler, Jarrod Trowbridge, Dom Denton and Josh Threadgold.
The Blues rise from winless seasons in 2014 & 2015 to premiers was a remarkable achievement and matched the effort of Thevenard three seasons earlier who didn’t win a game in 2012 but claimed the 2013 premiership, Far West have now had three different premiers in the past 3 seasons.
In the B Grade Western United made it back to back premierships with hard fought victory over the Blues 6.10 (46) to 4.5 (29) this game was played when the wind was at its strongest and conditions were difficult, Tory Ware from Western United was best on ground.
The Under 17’s saw Blues complete the season undefeated and go back to back with a 78 point win over Koonibba 14.7 (91) to 2.1 (13) again this game was played in trying conditions and Blues kicked eight straight goals in the last quarter with the breeze to secure the premiership, Blues’s Latrell Newchurch with three goals was given the best on ground trophy.
Thevenard secured the Under 14’s premiership with a thrilling 3 point win over a gallant Western United side 4.3 (27) to 3.6 (24). Kicking against the strong breeze in the last quarter the Westies lads got within 2 points late before Thevenard scored a late point and completed a fine season where they only lost one game, Thevenard’s Ty Mullan who won the association medal by 27 votes capped off a fine season by being named best on ground.
Image - Brad Bowman