Finally the bride: McLaren wins GSFLW grand final | PHOTOS

After appearing in both grand finals since the Great Southern Football League Women's competition began in 2018, McLaren has claimed the cup for the first time.

In warm and windy conditions, the Sheagles demolished Willunga in the open women's match in front of a large socially-distanced crowd at Encounter Bay Oval on Sunday, September 6.

Willunga was the only team to defeat the undefeated McLaren in the first round of finals, but the Sheagles' hunger for retribution was too strong.

The final score was Willunga 1.1 (7) to 8.5 (53).

Captain Sally Fuller led her McLaren teammates to victory, kicking a bag of five goals and taking some brave marks.

She was appropriately awarded the West End Best on Ground medal.

Layla Rogers provided a link from the midfield to McLaren's forward 50, getting plenty of the ball.

The battle between South Adelaide teammates Tahlita Buethke (McLaren) and Katrice Turner (Willunga) was a highlight, with both players pushing the ball forward for their teams and tackling hard.

Even though she worked tirelessly to be her team's best player in the under 16s game beforehand, Bridie Nye also contributed in Willunga's open women's side, kicking their only goal for the whole match.

Carli Perryman, who also played in the under 16s game, and Ella Radbone were among the best for the Demons.

In the under 16s, Willunga was held to just one point in blustery conditions as Mount Compass ran away with a 19-point win.

The score was Willunga 0.1 (1) to Compass 3.2 (20).

Bulldogs captain Brooke Boileau led her charge with strength and determination, earning her the Best on Ground medal.

Reliable scorer Kiahni Russell kicked all three of her team's goals and was Compass' second-best.

Along with Nye, Emily Smith and Ruby Flanagan-Sjoberg were brilliant for the Demons.

Ross Faulkner sponsored the premiership cups for the first time this year.

On the day of the final, the league best and fairest medals were presented by South Adelaide and former Victor Harbor player Courtney Barry to Goolwa/Port Elliot opens' Renee Moon and Yankalilla under 16s' Jemma Ellis.

  • See photos from the game here.

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