Willunga will play in four grades on grand final day

WHY HE IS THE BEST: Mount Compass' dynamic centreman Nathan Daniel throws himself onto the boot to smother during the finals series. Photo: Shani Lance.
WHY HE IS THE BEST: Mount Compass' dynamic centreman Nathan Daniel throws himself onto the boot to smother during the finals series. Photo: Shani Lance.

It is a great achievement by the Willunga Football Club to have all four grades represented on grand final day in the Great Southern Football League.

Will it be possible for them to pull off four memorable wins? The answer is yes, but there are four clubs striving to make sure it does not happen.

In the junior colts it will be Victor Harbor playing Willunga, senior colts McLaren taking on the Demons, in the the A grade it is Mount Compass and in the Reserves there is a team that has taken all before it during this finals series and captured the imagination of all GSFL followers.

Goolwa/Port Elliot Reserves have done it the hard way defeating McLaren, virtually on the last kick of the day, Encounter Bay, and on Saturday they rolled Mount Compass to earn the right to play Willunga in the Reserves grand final.

They have played knockout finals each week and are mentally and physically tough to take on the massive task of unseating the Demons. The Magpies have made improvements each week and their 31 point win over the Dogs in the preliminary final has given the side great confidence.

In the preliminary final, Goolwa/Port Elliot led Mount Compass all day leading by 19 points at the first change and at halftime, 39 points at three quarter time and won by more than five goals at the final siren.

George, Wray, Ashton-Place and McCardle dominated, while Compass were best served by Bolton, Acton, Marshall, Glazbrook, Jensen and Jacobs. Young Will Zimmermann was a livewire around the goals for the Dogs and has a bright future.

In the Reserves grand final the Magpies must once again raise their game to another level. Yon is a terrific focal point up forward and must hold front position and then convert his team’s forward entries, while key crumber Matty Hoppo will pounce on anything loose at ground level. He would love a win against his old side and will provide the spark for the Magpies.

The Demons have dominated the Reserves competition in 2017 and with Young and Colwell in the forward lines will have good targets. They will miss Thomas, who has been summoned to A grade level.

Renney, Gale, Jolly, McNicol and Docking are great contributors and then the Demons have Roberts, who is all class and is so efficient with every touch. The Magpies have been brave this finals series and the experience of Bridges will be so important along with Longmire.

Kiss Of Death – Goolwa/Port Elliot by 1 point.

The senior colts match will be a ripper, as McLaren won a tight one by three points in the second semi final against Willunga. Grimley is a force up forward for McLaren and the ability of Marr, Goodieson and Chahla is match winning.

Throw in Hill, Gomer, Pridham and Evans and McLaren is a side that can go with the Demon keys in Martin, Renney, Burns, Draper, Carpenter, Neville, Austin and Douglass.

Kiss Of Death – Willunga by 3 points.

The Willunga junior colts have been undefeated all season. Draper kicked 105 goals in the regular season and bagged six in the second semi final and they have Nye, Bradley, Norman-Browne, Downes and Hoeck. It is an awesome unit and Victor Harbor has a huge challenge.

The Demons defeated Victor Harbor by 83 points in the second semi final. The Roos will get closer through the hard work of Mulhern, Johnson, Craig, McLaren, McCallum, Simmons, Mann, Brook, Treloar and Goodwin-Davenport, but not close enough.

Kiss Of Death – Willunga by 30 points.  


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