It was not the climax followers of Great Southern football envisaged, but it was ominous right from the start when Langhorne Creek blew away Victor Harbor in the junior colts. However, there was plenty of romance on the day with the Hawks winning their very first junior colts premiership since joining the Great Southern Football League and Mount Compass breaking its 36-year hoodoo and winning the A grade premiership.
The day was windy, then wet and the football never reached the heights we have been accustomed in the Great Southern Football League. Congratulations to Langhorne Creek for their dominant performance in the junior colts. It certainly put a smile on the many that have tried before to win a junior flag and it is a great achievement for coach Matt Tonkin and the talented charges wearing brown and gold jumpers.
The senior colts game was the one match that lived up to all its hype. Pit Willunga and Victor Harbor against each other in a senior colts game and you will get delivered a great game of football. The margin was nine points and what a game it was. There was the rush early and the typical fightback. The game was brilliant and the showpiece of the day. Willunga just had the answers when required and won by nine points.
In the Reserves the Demons proved too strong all day to defeat McLaren.
The A grade game only had its slow period in the second and third quarters as the first term was Encounter Bay and the last was all Mount Compass. What a way to win by the Dogs. They came from 14 points down at three quarter time to kick six goals to none and win by a comfortable 22 points.
Mount Compass did not get their nose in front until midway through the last term. It a big break between success and the volunteers and community of Mount Compass deserve to cherish this success. Coach Peter Galbraith should be congratulated for building a side from scratch and even broken when he took the reins to now being premiership heroes.
Season 2016 is now done for yet another year and clubs will be working fervently to build a strong list to match the Bulldogs. Victor Harbor are the first club to strike with the impressive appointment of North Adelaide and Glenelg star Clint Alleway as playing coach for 2017.
Watch this space.