Wanderers into final
Katanning Wanderers moved into their first UGSFL grand final since 2011, with a hard fought 19-point win over Boddington, 17.15 to 14.14, at Clayton Road Oval, Narrogin.
This win gives Katanning Wanderers their best chance of breaking their 31-year premiership drought.
In a highly entertaining and skilful game Wanderers withstood a determined fightback in the third quarter from Boddington, in which it reduced a four-goal, half-time deficit to two points at three-quarter time.
In the last quarter with the aid of a freshening breeze and with Josh Bootsma, who was moved to the forward line in the third quarter, kicking two goals Wanderers steadied to win and earn a week’s rest.
Again Tim Fitzgerald provided a reliable avenue in the forward line with five goals, and pacey forward Kane Shephard kicked four, two of which were outstanding — one an overhead goal square snap and the other a set shot deep in the right forward pocket in the second quarter.
In ideal spring-like weather conditions, in front of a big crowd, Boddington started strongly and had their first goal on the board within 30 seconds after a strong mark from full forward Damian Hayward.
Wanderers responded with three goals from Fitzgerald, all from strong marks on the lead.
In a fast-paced start Wanderers led 6.4 to 3.3 at quartertime.
In an even second quarter Wanderers jumped Boddington with Shephard kicking three and Fitzgerald his fourth, but Boddington responded. Herman Humphries, Hayward and Eric Moody combined to kick four goals, to keep Boddington within striking distance.
The third quarter for long periods was controlled by Boddington and aided by Wanderers’ inaccurate kicking at goal, with Matt Guimelli and Josh Kelly providing drive out of the middle.
An enthralling last quarter was on the cards.
Wanderers prevailed with Bootsma taking telling marks in the forward line and Jacob Wintle, Ricky Marris, Dillon Newman and Ryan Pontillo, either marking strongly or spoiling opposition marks.
The win books them a place in the grand final at home in a fortnight.
For Katanning Wanderers James Laurino and Tim Stewart led the midfield, Pontillo, Wintle and Marris played strongly in defence, while Fitzgerald, Shephard and Barden Crosby were lively in attack.
For Boddington, Andrew Moody and Humphries were busy in the midfield and in attack, Giumelli worked tirelessly around the ground and Mitchell and Jarrod Salameri were pacey around the ground.
Boddington now face Narrogin, at Kukerin for a place in the grand final against Wanderers.
In the reserves Wagin defeated Katanning Wanderers by 23 points 8.9 (57) to 5.4 (34), in a tight contest that only had a few points difference all day.
Wagin kicked away in the last quarter to seal the victory.
In the under-14s the two top sides, Narrogin and Katanning Wanderers fought a tight battle, with Narrogin winning by nine points, 5.3 (33) to 3.6 (24).