Roy­als in his­toric first ti­tle tri­umph

Geraldton Guardian - - Football - Zoe Keenan

Chap­man Val­ley 14s took out their first-ever premier­ship win on Sat­ur­day, thrash­ing Brigades by 55 points.

The fi­nal score was the Roy­als 13.12 (90) to the Hawks 5.5 (35).

Roy­als coach Adrian Bartlett said it was a sat­is­fy­ing sea­son, go­ing through un­de­feated and tak­ing out a premier­ship.

“We’ve lost the last two Grand Fi­nals, so it’s def­i­nitely third time lucky,” he said.

“I’m happy for the boys who did the work and re­warded them­selves all sea­son. It was a real team ef­fort.”

There were a cou­ple of goals be­tween the teams at half-time but the Roy­als kicked six in the third quar­ter and kept the Hawks goal­less.

“The third quar­ter we pushed hard and made the break,” Bartlett said.

“It was a hard game — Brigades have pushed us all sea­son but it was what a grand fi­nal should’ve been.

“We were just a bit smarter and cleaner with the ball and got re­sults.

“Our ba­sic skills on the day were bet­ter.

“We found tar­gets, were a bit more com­posed and our good play­ers played well, so it was a real team ef­fort.”

Roy­als’ Richard Bartlett won best on ground, kick­ing four goals from the mid­dle.

Ruck­man Xavier Wright won the East Fre­man­tle player award.

“The boys worked hard all sea­son,” Bartlett said.

“We had in­juries and peo­ple pull out but we came to­gether and re­warded our­selves af­ter a hard-fought sea­son.”

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