New-look Wanderers begin with win
Katanning Wanderers started the 2017 Upper Great Southern Football League season with a comprehensive 82-point win over Boddington at Quartermaine Oval on Sunday, 25.22 (172) to 14.6 (90).
Wanderers overcame their own inaccurate goal kicking and a determined Boddington side to record a good win in a four-quarter display.
With 11 goal kickers Wanderers had many avenues to score throughout the game and through strong marking and ground work from both forwards and midfielders.
With five new players spectators were keen to see how a new-look Katanning side would fare in the new season, but Boddington was very competitive.
Adam Norton snapped two goals early and accuracy kept Boddington in the contest.
Katanning failed to capitalise on many opportunities and finished the first quarter to lead a very accurate Boddington by 14 points.
New recruits Josh Bootsma and Mitchell Banks started strongly for Wanderers and Khallon Zilm provided many opportunities in the ruck for Tim Stewart and James Laurino to capitalise in the forward line.
The second quarter continued with Wanderers kicking inaccurately and Boddington kicking goals on the counter attack, but Katanning led by 30 points at halftime, 10.14 to 7.2.
Boddington moved ruckman Damian Hayward to full forward in an attempt to provide a marking option, however, Zilm and Ryan Eastman dominated the hitouts for Katanning in the middle and around the ground as Wanderers added eight goals to kick away to a 55 point lead.
The last quarter continued with Katanning dominating on the scoreboard to add a further seven goals. Full forward Tim Fitzgerald kicked accurately and from outside 50m, finishing the afternoon with eight goals.
In a test of its new season form, Katanning plays last year’s premiers Williams in a fortnight.
In earlier games Wanderers won the reserves, 24.18 to 2.2 with Rowan Nicholson kicking eight, colts breezed past Boddington, 26.9 to 5.4, and in the under-14s, Katanning won by 134 points.