Boxwood end premiership drought
Boxwood Hill have broken a 12year premiership drought after thumping Gnowangerup by 68 points in the Ongerup Football Association grand final in Newdegate last Saturday afternoon.
Chasing their first league flag since 2006, Boxwood trailed early in the piece but were able to wrestle back control by half-time, and led by ruckman Jeremy Walker, they skipped clear after half-time on their way to a premiership triumph.
The Bulldogs started strongly kicking four goals straight in the first quarter to lead by nine points at the first change on the back of a solid quarter by Damien Stewart.
Boxwood completely dominated the second quarter, kicking eight goals to one to open up a 37-point advantage as brothers Rohan and Beau Vaux impressed.
Beau Vaux was chopping everything off across half-back while Rohan Vaux was a constant threat at half-forward to help their side take a handy buffer into the main break.
The third stanza was a more even contest with both sides kicking three goals apiece but the margin was still a comfortable 41 points heading into the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs though were not about to ease up as they booted seven goals in the final term to claim the 2018 premiership, 20.19 (139) to 11.5 (71).
Walker was superb in the ruck throughout the afternoon and won plenty of the ball around the ground to be awarded the Michael McLennan Award as beston-ground in the decider.
Shane Davy kicked six goals for the victors and Aaron Davis chipped in with four while Michael Swarbrick and Beau Vaux were also outstanding for the Bombers.
Scott Anderson and playercoach Christian Rumble tried gallantly to get the Bulldogs back into the game in the second half but their efforts were in vain.
William Limbert and Philip Rumble (three goals) and Damien Stewart (three goals) were also strong for the Bulldogs in the loss.
In the juniors, Jerramungup won back-to-back premierships after beating Gnowangerup, 3.16 (34) to 3.2 (20). Jayden Morton was terrific for the Eagles in the win along with Mitchell Pike while the Bulldogs were best served by Saul McGill, Kaleb Germain and Murray Hayward.
Lake Grace-Pingrup won the reserves grand final after edging out Boxwood Hill in a hard-fought encounter by 25 points.
Jackson Callope booted four goals for the victors while Brock Argent, Mitchell O’Neill and Phillip Ventris were also solid in the 11.14 (80) to 8.7(55) victory.
For Boxwood, Jeremy Bailey booted two goals while Bradley Shelton, Brett Plane, Noel Keding and Jack Davis were named in their best players.
Alan Smallwood’s Boxwood Hill Bombers celebrate their OFA grand final win in Newdegate last Saturday.
Boxwood skipper Michael Swarbrick marks strongly despite close attention from Gnowangerup hard man Scott Anderson.
Boxwood’s Brett Crabtree gets a handball away under pressure from Jack Batchelor.