A fantastic third quarter has helped Elliston stun the favourites West Coast to take out the Mid West Football League A grade premiership by 11 points at Wirrulla on Saturday.
The Roosters battled from a three-goal half-time deficit to secure a superb 9-12 (66) to 8-7 (55) result, winning their first premiership since 2012.
West Coast came into the match on the back of a fantastic season in which they had won all but one match to finish well clear in first position and cruise into the grand final – an incredible 14th successive appearance on the big day.
However, Elliston had inflicted that sole defeat when the teams met back in July in a one-point thriller and they had finished six points ahead of the rest in second position.
Boasting the best attack and defence in the league, the Hawks could not make either count in the first quarter as Elliston grabbed two goals to enjoy an eight-point lead at quarter-time.
Yet it was all West Coast in the second quarter.
They piled on four goals to just two Elliston behinds which turned the deficit into an 18-point lead at half-time.
The Roosters needed a response in the third quarter and they hit back in superb fashion.
Elliston kicked six goals in the term as West Coast could only add a lone major which again saw the lead change – at three-quarter time the Roosters had a 14-point buffer.
The final quarter was tough and tense with everything on the line.
Only three goals were kicked in the term and while West Coast managed to get two of those goals it was not enough to deny Elliston a chance to get their hands on the trophy.
Elliston player Liam Newton was named the best on ground and was well supported by Otis Carter and Ross Bascomb.
Adam Hurrell played a pivotal role in front of goal for the Roosters as he kicked three goals, while Peter Carter added two.
West Coast could look to Dillon Montgomerie and Derick Freeman, while Joseph McInnis and Cody Colbung booted two goals each.
A season which started with the Roosters celebrating their 50th year has ended in joy with the ultimate prize in their possession.
For the Hawks the final match proved one step too far yet again as they were defeated in the grand final for the fourth successive season, having last triumphed in 2014.
Wirrulla returned to the top of the B grade mountain with their 12-14 (86) to 5-6 (36) victory over Elliston.
Having won three consecutive premierships from 2014 to 2016 the Bombers missed out last season, but roared back with a 50-point success.
Cheered on by the home crowd the Bombers kicked three goals to one in the first quarter to lead by 11 points.
The action was fierce in the second quarter and this meant goals were hard to come by, with Elliston slotting in the only goal and Wirrulla managing just five behinds.
Nine points separated the teams at half-time, but Wirrulla blew the Roosters away in the third term with six goals to two behinds extending the lead to 47 points.
There would be no coming back for Elliston and both teams finished the match with three goals in the fourth quarter.
Callan Roe of Wirrulla was named the best player, while Taylor Schmucker also played well.
The Bombers were led by four goals from Craig Johnson and three each from Jaiden Greenfield and Mark Binder.
Thomas Bascomb – who kicked two goals – led the way for Elliston alongside Jack Carter, while Oska Richards also booted two majors.
West Coast were far too good for Wirrulla in the colts grand final, winning by 102 points.
Hayden Brands was on fire as he booted nine goals in the 17-21 (123) to 3-3 (21) result, which gave the Hawks a third successive premiership in what was an eighth consecutive grand final appearance.
West Coast were relentless from the outset to restrict the Bombers to a lone behind in the first quarter as they kicked four goals.
Wirrulla were kept scoreless in the second quarter as the Hawks added another four goals to lead by 57 points at the main break.
Both teams kicked three goals in the third term, however Wirrulla had to endure another scoreless quarter in the fourth as West Coast finished a triumphant season with six goals and seven behinds.
West Coast player Jonti Brice took out the best on ground award, with Kyan Saunders also impressing.
Aiding Brands’ nine goals was Brice with three majors.
Wirrulla were led by Mackenzie Best and Jesse Pittaway.
Best, Zac Watson and Harley Olsen kicked their three goals.