FAR WEST 2017
Teams: Blues, Konnibba, Thevenard & Western United
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