Central Eyre wins third straight premiership

Mid West football

A grade – Central Eyre 17.14 (116) def West Coast Hawks 12.3 (75)

CENTRAL Eyre have taken the spoils for 2017, hard won against their regular foe in recent times, West Coast Hawks.

This was the fifth straight grand final featuring these two sides with each winning two of them, the last two going to the Bulldogs.

The final margin of 41 points was seemingly comfortable, however the Hawks rallied in the third quarter to get within nine points, a huge challenge looming given they had scored the first three goals since the half time break.

However as good sides normally do, the Centrals boys lifted to pull out to a potential match winning lead by three quarter time.  

The Bulldogs charged out of the blocks in the first quarter, 28 points up at quarter time and Hawks were in catch up mode thereafter.

Plenty of bumps and bruises on both sides with nothing given easily, which is always the case between these two.

Central's Tasman Fitzgerald was adjudged best afield, with many others also high in this voting, Jesse Stringer, Clint Winter, Zac Fitzgerald. 

Jared Sampson's huge leap and mark late in the grand final was spectacular, but could cost him a club fine given the departure from his normal duty of being a reliable and prolific ground level ball winner just to lead the highlight reel.

Ty McKenna had a terrific dual in the ruck with Dylan Kelsh.

As so often happens in big games, Mark Dolling heading the best for the Hawks, sparking the team’s third quarter rivival while Kirk Montgomerie completed a great finals series. 

Dylan Kelsh tried his heart out again, Derick Freeman at the last line of defence kept rising up and copped some heavy contact along the way. 

Jake McEvoy showed speed and creativity and Tyson Montgomerie also played a great game. 

Montgomerie left the game for a while to recover from a heavy hit from behind, but battled through despite being being sore.

It was a great game to finish the year with a big crowd in attendance, with an outstanding job by Western Districts as hosts.

B grade – Western Districts 21.6 (132) def Central Eyre 5.7 (37)

Any speculation of nerves and stage fright was dispelled in the early minutes of the reserves grand final. 

The Tigers had come to play and play they did for the 90 odd minutes of the match, 95 point winners against a gallant Central Eyre who just could not find answers to the Tigers’ energy and enthusiasm.

Completing their trophy cabinet, the club now has a reserves flag, the last club in Mid West to do so in the 30th year of Mid West competition. 

All clubs have now triumphed in the A grade, B grade and colts.

Jerel Fromm voted best afield, popular club person and leader over many years, he was the only player to receive votes from all three judges.

Angus Gunn picked up plenty of the ball, Matt Carey and Nathan Hebbermann were all class and Damon King had a wonderful match. 

Shard Gosling showed his league medal winning form with Josh Horgan good on the ground and in the air.

Joe O’Brien worked hard for the Bulldogs, some of his long bouncing efforts to lift the team were inspirational and he must have been very close the A grade selection.

Kane Grocke was a target all day with heavy work rate and David Moyse showed he loves a contest.  Jaiden Nottle and John Mc Beath good games also.

The final margin blew out in the final quarter with the realisation for Districts that a premiership win was coming and the extra energy that this provides.

Congratulations to Western Districts, the 2017 Mid West B grade premiers.

Colts – West Coast Hawks 20.14 (134) def Elliston 1.6 (12)

The West Coast Hawks are 2017 Colts Premiers, winning the grand final by 122 points in a match that was much harder than the scoreboard suggested.

Elliston came in with a side smaller in stature but big in heart, they would be much closer with perhaps another big man close to goal.  

The Hawks however played an irresistible brand of team football with contributors all over the ground.

Jonti Brice took out the ML O’Brien Medal as best afield, playing in the midfield he was everywhere, propelling his team forward time and again.  

Jacob Baldock showed is trademark dash from half back, very close in the best afield award.  

Jaxon Hutchison was a towering forward target, Bailey Hawes was dangerous around goals and top scored with four majors. 

Oska Williams, mainly on the wing, showed he would be a force into the future and Jay Johns was lively, particularly up forward.  

Spoils were well shared amongst a team of hard workers with seven players kicking two goals or more.

Oska Richards and Luke Hutchison led the way for the Roosters with big efforts all over the ground. 

Richards scored Elliston’s only goal for the game during the second quarter.

Yani Cobby pulled down some great contested marks and thrilled with speed and dash to run away from opponents.  

Harvey Fleming was outstanding in the back pocket, either in the air or on the ground and Jacob Newton provided another polished performance, as usual. 

Coach Tim Kierse will be proud of the efforts of his charges, mainly battling against bigger bodies, but they just put in for each other.

Congratulations to the West Coast Hawks, back to back colts premiers.