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Award winners for the Grand Final Day
PA Matthews Memorial Award for Best on Ground A Grade - Simon Riddle – Wirrulla
LW Feltus Memorial Award Best on Ground Reserves - Dan Dingwall – WirrullaML O Brien Award for Best on Ground Colts - Josh Boylan – Wudinna United
MID WEST FOOTBALL - 2008 (Team: Central Eyre, Elliston, West Coast Hawks, Western Districts, Wirrulla & Wudinna United)
WIRRULLA WINS 2008 PREMIERSHIP
Bombers Raid the 2008 Mid West Flag
A wonderful day of close, hard fought football rewarded the big crowd at the Mid West Grand Final in Wudinna on Saturday. Excellent spring weather and teams well matched had expectations high, with all players having a realistic sniff of glory. A seasons work on the line, nerves tense as all players prepared for the final hurdle
A Grade Match Report
Wirrulla scraped into the Grand Final with a last gasp win in the Preliminary Final, but with the knowledge that they alone have stalled a minor round sweep by the mighty Hawk machine. Sides had met four times during the year, with honors shared two apiece. The Bombers strengthened by key inclusions Tyler Baldock, Ryan Watson and Nathan Ross since their second semi loss, the Hawks themselves regained valuable utility Kirk Montgomerie.
Wirrulla had the advantage of a one to two goal gentle breeze, and as so often is the case in Grand Finals, early jitters showed with both sides warily testing the opposition, not really wanting to break the game open for fear of creating cracks for the opposition to exploit. Wirrulla was gaining plenty of possession and pushing forward via Trent Bettes. Brayden Holmes and Jarrod Parker doing well around centre. Tyson Montgomerie was again on song, gathering the ball at will and always doing the best with it. Wirrulla entered the quarter time break with a thirteen point lead, but honors reasonably even for the quarter and both sides missing goals that they may normally have in the book.
Hawks came out running in the second quarter, winning many contests and looking dangerous on each push forward. Aiden Whitford was providing the big target, Luke Fiebig running from defence, Mark Spencer’s strong attack at the ball and body and Cameron Montgomerie outstanding across centre and half forward. Big man Simon Riddle was holding firm in the backlines, regularly supported by the reliable Craig Johnson and runners from the Bombers as they fought to hold on in the face of that much anticipated Hawk blitz. Hawks did score five goals to two, and spent large amounts of time up forward, and the Bombers defence held firm when called upon. A similar onslaught by the Hawks two weeks earlier yielded 10 goals for the quarter, so the Wirrulla hierarchy had done its homework, leaving the game wide open at half time, the Hawks by four points.
The game lifted again after the half, with sides more willing to run and risk. The outstanding talent of Simon Webb to the fore again when needed for the Bombers, and Troy Olsen creating lots of headaches for the Hawk Defence. Tyler Baldock gained valuable ball and challenged when on the ball. The Hawks had Darren Guidera again everywhere, and James Almering confirming that he has a huge future. Both sides battled to get it through the half forward line, and allowing backline player the opportunity to punch from behind and run the ball out. The quarter yielded four goals to three the Bombers way, who lead by a slender one point at lemon time, their last opportunity to kick with the wind now passed, and the grim prospect of keeping out the desperate Hawks.
It is harder to remember a time when a club has had a greater supporter base around a three quarter time huddle than Wirrulla’s, and the noise of cheer and encouragement as the huddle broke gave goose bumps to the many impartial spectators right over the ground. The genuine passion of the people must have some effect, and the glint in the Bomber players eyes was clearly evident. They would give this game one hell of a shake.
Goals were traded early in the quarter, and the pressure rose. Both clubs were is a position to snare a victory, but there was just no time to break free, desperate players from both sides just threw themselves in, dived to effect tackles and smothers, just what Grand Finals are all about. Leigh Freeman for the Bombers lead from the front with sheer strength and desire, Jarrod Parker, Tyron Fox, Andrew Bitmead, Ryan Watson all prominent. Simon Riddle was everywhere, and backing himself for some long runs down the ground really started to create confidence within the team. Darren Guidera, Tyson Montgomerie, Damien Johnson, Dillon Montgomerie all standing tall. Gradually the Hawks started to wilt; the quarter was wearing on and scoring difficult. A goal eight minutes from the end saw Wirrulla out by eleven points, and the red and black supporters were in full voice. With about four minutes to go, the evergreen Shane Pittaway landed a 50 m penalty to seal the game for the Bombers, every players dream, converting from right in front. Wirrulla won a wonderful contest by eighteen points. The Hawks were gallant and have again had a wonderful season, all that of little consolation to a very proud club. The second year losing a close Grand Final, but in very different circumstances this year. Congratulations to the Mick Kessel lead Wirrulla A Grade side, they certainly have set the competition alight with their intensity and desire to win. This is their first premiership in Mid West and sees each of the six clubs within the MWFL with an A Grade Premiership since the year 2000. The smiles of the long term Wirrulla members, supporters and volunteers is what Country Football is all about. They will long remember conquering a very classy Hawks side and lifting the golden Mid West Premiership Cup.
A GRADE SCOREBOARD
Best: Wirrulla – S Riddle, J Parker, B Holmes, S Webb, A Bitmead. WC Hawks – T Montgomerie, J Almering, D Guidera, M Spencer, C Montgomerie. Goals: Wirrulla – T Baldock 4, S Pittaway 3, T Olsen, S Webb 2, B Holmes, N Ross. WC Hawks – A Whitford 3, J Almering, T Montgomerie 2, C Strange, C Montgomerie, D Guidera.
Wirrulla comes from behind to win B Grade
Wirrulla had been fortunately strengthened by several A Grade players with the inclusion of several younger players unavailable the previous week, and they needed them, the Western Districts Tigers have been outstanding all year and also had some A Graders with the League side not competing on the day.
The Tigers took and early lead and looked like they would again command proceedings, leading by twenty points at quarter time, and holding on to a nineteen point lead at the half, having dealt with the quarter against the wind. That is where it stopped however, as the Bombers started to get on top all over the ground, particularly the backline in the third quarter. Whilst the Tigers still lead by fifteen points at three quarter time, the tide had turned, the Bombers had outscored them going against the wind, and charged into the final quarter with full momentum. Dan Dingwall lead the ruck all day and was outstanding, Evan Whillas in defence, the reliable Mark Binder on the ball and Peter Gum providing an excellent target. The Tigers were getting plenty of ball but couldn’t get past centre, Bryan Hodge played a great game all day, Myles Tomney around the centre line impressed again, Jacob James in the ruck and Wade Shepperd others to do well.
The Bombers finished the game with five goals to none in the last quarter to secure a come from behind victory, probably the best way to win a Grand final, and sealing the end to a very entertaining game. Both sides should be congratulated on their efforts however, and Im sure the Bombers would be first to acknowledge the tenacity of the Tigers throughout the year. Congratulations to Wirrulla on the wonderful win.
B GRADE SCOREBOARD
Best: Wirrulla - D Dingwall, E Whillas, D Chaytor, M Binder, P Gum. West Dists - B Hodge, M Tomney, W Shepperd, G Shoobridge, J James. Goals: Wirrulla - P Gum 5, D Pittaway 3, A Watson 1, S Kelsh 1. West Dists - E Wauchope 2, T Brace 2, D Shoobridge 2, J Holmes 1, G Tomney 1
WEST COAST HAWKS WIN COLTS
Two very well matched sides met for the final time, having lead the competition all year. Wudinna United challenged hard early and took a well earned thirteen point lead into the first break, Josh Boylan, Tyson Jackson both into everything. The Hawks hit back hard in the second quarter, Dale Montgomerie finding his mark, and being well supplied by Luke Mann, Mark McEvoy, Lewis Cotton. Hawks had not only bridged the gap but had opened a handy two goal lead at the half. The third quarter was again Wudinna United as they tied the scores by three quarter time and a Magpie win was well on the cards. Nick Wedding again in great form, Dean Cummings in the ruck, Cameron Douglass running hard. In a very tight last quarter, both sides gave everything for their club and Guernsey. Courage and commitment was the order of the day, but the Hawks sealed a well earned victory only minutes from the end. Tristan Carcuro has had a great finals series and his great form continued, Gerard Montgomerie has a huge future, Josh Higgins was great and the Roe boys lived up to finals pressure. A great match and players from both sides are to be commended on the way they attacked the ball and the enormous effort put in to achieve the win.
Well done to the West Coast Hawks, they continue to set the standard that other clubs much reach.
Best: WC Hawks - G Montgomerie, D Montgomerie, J Higgins, L Mann, McEvoy, T Carcuro. Wudinna United - J Boylan, T Jackson, N Wedding, J Seal, D Cummings, B Wilkins. Goals: WC Hawks - D Montgomerie 6, T Carcuro 2, S Montgomerie 1, L Cotton 1, J McInnis 1, Z Stewart 1. Wudinna United - J Boylan 6, R Seal 3, C Douglass 1
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