Willunga win the 2021 A grade football premiership

DESPERATE: Langhorne Creek's Damien James hangs onto Willunga's Braden Altus.
DESPERATE: Langhorne Creek's Damien James hangs onto Willunga's Braden Altus.

The two titans of the Great Southern Football League locked horns again this century with Willunga striving to end a 12-year premiership drought and Langhorne Creek seeking to win its fourth flag in a row.

The A grade grand final was set and it was Willunga which opened the better with goals to Standfield and Altus.

The Hawks were struggling to goal and were only managing behinds. Finally a magical sert shot goal from Tonkin on the boundary had the Hawks away and the margin was only one point at quarter time in favour of the Demons.

The second quarter was vintage Willunga. Hard running, linking up and winning the stoppages. Standfield was proving a problem for the Hawks.

He kicked two for the term, Altus another and Fenton and Hunt split the sticks. Sellar kicked a clutch goal for the Hawks, but the margin at halftime had blown out to 27 points.

Clifford, Derham, Perrey and Tonkin were playing well for the Hawks, while Mills, Colwell and Irvine and Cook were defending miserly for Willunga.

A response was expected by the reigning premiers in the third. But it never came as Hutchens, Warmington, Altus, Fenton, Hoffmann and Miegel won the hard ball and fed off Bass and Standfield.

The Demons booted three for the term to the Hawks' one and the task looked too far for Langhorne Creek.

Trailing 3-9 to 10-4 in the last term, Perrey tried to lift the team, but Standfield capped off a great day with his fifth goal and Beath and Nelson joined the party with majors.

The Demons ran away with the victory and the 2021 A grade premiership.

Final score was Willunga 13-5 defeated Langhorne Creek 4-12, a margin of 47 points.

Best on ground was Standfield and he had mates in Fenton, Bass, Hutchens, Colwell, Cook, Mills and Warmington.

Best for Langhorne Creek were Clifford (never gave up), Tonkin, Perrey, Derham and Kellock.


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