Footy fun in field of dreams
Kukerin-Dumbleyung reserves team took this cheeky shot in a canola field to celebrate their premiership win last weekend. The picture has since gone viral on social media.
Katanning Wanderers won the Upper Great Southern Football League premiership, beating Narrogin Hawks by 43 points at Quartermaine Oval last Sunday, 17.14 (116) to 11.7 (73).
Quartermaine Oval was filled with almost 3500 spectators who came from all around the Great Southern to see the Wanderers end their 31-year league premiership drought.
The Wanderers dominated the game from start to finish.
Wanderers’ Mitchell Banks slotted three goals to help his side to 18 points at quarter-time.
The Hawks finally found their way into the game during the second quarter as Ralph Kickett scored five goals.
However, whatever Narrogin could do, Wanderers could do better, as Tim Stewart set the tone and scored a long goal, followed by Wanderers’ captain Tim Fitzgerald, who scored two more goals for the team.
In the second quarter, Wanderers scored a total of four goals and still led by 24 points, with Katanning 9.3 (57) to Narrogin 5.3 (33).
The Wanderers extended their lead with an early goal from Laurence Collard during the third quarter, who scored from outside the 50m line. Narrogin came back with another kick from Kickett and two goals from Ethan Boatwright, who managed to play on despite breaking his hand during the first quarter.
By the end of the third quarter, Wanderers maintained the lead, 11.8 (74) to 8.4 (52).
In the final term, Fitzgerald scored another three goals for the team as they moved Josh Bootsma into the forward line and moved Banks to play on Kickett.
Narrogin managed to score another three goals during the last quarter but Katanning still had control of the game as they piled on six more goals and picked up the 43-point win for the UGSFL premiership.
Wanderers coach Mark Pinney said he was thrilled with the final result and proud of the support from the crowd.
“There were a fair bit of emotion,” he said.
“It was really great to see the community embrace this win — it’s been a long time coming. And to have nearly 3500 people there, it was truly an amazing turnout for a country football game.”
Wanderers’ James Laurino was given the South Fremantle Award and Stewart won the George Warren Medal for fairest and best.
Jubilant Katanning players celebrate their premiership victory.
Katanning’s Todd Hetherington in a ruck contest.