Gnowangerup win caps off club’s centenary year
Gnowangerup Football Club celebrated its centenary in emphatic style last weekend, winning their second premiership in three years.
In a nailbiting come-frombehind win, they defeated Boxwood Hill by 15 points, 13.8 (86) to 10.11(71), to take the Ongerup Football Association title.
A crowd of nearly 3000 at Borden Oval watched the Bombers get the jump on Gnowangerup in the first half in energy-sapping mid-20Cs spring weather that tested the resilience of both players and spectators.
The Bulldogs kept the Bombers in their sights and turned for home only two points down in a highquality match where the players only had eyes for the ball.
Bulldogs coach Chris Rumble’s three-quarter time rally focused on the players “having the legs to do it” in the conditions.
His charges took his words to heart, dug deep and kicked four goals to one in the last quarter to break the hearts of Boxwood.
Gnowangerup’s Jayden Scott was best on ground.
Earlier, Jerramungup doubled up to defeat Gnowangerup by 26 points to win the reserves flag and Lake Grace/Pingrup by 47 points for the junior title.
The OFA is one of the few unique country winter sport competitions where senior and junior codes of football, netball and hockey are all played at the one venue on the same day, creating a family focused community day.
Boxwood coach Alan Smallwood summed it up when paying tribute to all teams on the day.
“This (OFA) is a very special league and we should fight tooth and nail to keep it,” he said.
Newdegate defeated Lake Grace/Pingrup 3-1 for the senior hockey title, with the Lake-siders not going home empty-handed after winning the A and B-grade senior netball titles and the junior hockey. Gnowangerup won the junior netball title.
OFA president Kim Parsons paid tribute to the Borden community and the association for hosting such a successful day.
“It was the best football match and best-run day for 30 years,” he said.
The jubilant Gnowangerup Bulldogs celebrate their premiership success last weekend.