Gnowangerup win caps off club’s cen­te­nary year

Countryman - - COUNTRY LIFE - Jo­ce­lyn McLen­nan

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.

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