Box­wood end pre­mier­ship drought

Great Southern Herald - - Football - Taj Stub­ber

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.

Pic­tures: Wayne Har­ring­ton

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.

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