Willunga Football Club won it first A grade premiership in 12 years by defeating favourites Langhorne Creek

TRIUMPH: The Willunga A grade side with the flag and cup as premiers in 2021. Willunga defeated Langhorne Creek by 47 points. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.
TRIUMPH: The Willunga A grade side with the flag and cup as premiers in 2021. Willunga defeated Langhorne Creek by 47 points. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.

It has taken 12 years, but it certainly tasted sweet for Willunga in the A grade grand final played on Saturday against Langhorne Creek.

The Demons were relentless with their run and attack on the ball. The Hawks were chasing an historic four premierships in a row, but it was not to be. For the first time in four years, Langhorne Creek were second to the ball.

No one would dare say the era is over at Langhorne Creek, as they have a great bunch of youngsters gaining finals experience every year.

Langhorne Creek were never really in the game, although they did have seven scoring shots to three in the first quarter to be trailing by one point. But being at the game it seemed similar to the qualifying final when Mount Compass were by far the better side in the first term, but only held an eight point lead.

This time however, there were no James Sellar heroics. although one goal in the second term was a team lifter, but no one wanted to follow the coach, as it was the only score for the quarter from the Hawks.

Could this be the start of another Willunga run of flags?

Mitch Portlock has broken the hoodoo and it may now come with a rush. There is a huge amount of talent at the Demons and Hoffmann, Altus, Renney, Hutchens, Beath, Colwell, McDonald, Nelson and the Scott boys have their best football still in front of them.

TIME TO CELEBRATE: Myponga/Sellicks defeated McLaren to claim the Reserves flag. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.

TIME TO CELEBRATE: Myponga/Sellicks defeated McLaren to claim the Reserves flag. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.

These two clubs have had some great duels this century and I think this is going to continue for a few years yet. McLaren at this early stage, looking into the crystal ball, could be the only team to challenge in 2022.

The other seven clubs have some work to do.

The Creek have developed some young stars of their own in Clifford, Dominish brothers, Jones, Dalitz, Rothe, Rodgers, Mitchell Cleggett and the one I like is Alex Cleggett, who has had injury issues in 2021. The Hawks will bounce back.

In the other games, Myponga/Sellicks won the Reserves by 22 points over McLaren, Encounter Bay made it two Senior Colt premierships in a row, defeating Willunga by 16 points and Willunga won the Junior Colts final against McLaren by 66 points.

Losing the Junior Colts and the Reserves makes it look like it was a bad day for McLaren and sure no one likes losing a grand final, but to get two teams playing on the last day of the season is a fantastic club effort.

Same for Willunga, which had three teams playing on grand final day.

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