Bod­ding­ton Ea­gles in MCG de­but

Great Southern Herald - - Sport - Michael Traill

The hero­ics of Adam Simp­son’s men weren’t the only Ea­gles to be show­cased on Aus­tralian foot­ball’s big­gest stage last Sat­ur­day — the AFL grand fi­nal.

Across six pages in the AFL Record’s Grand Fi­nal edi­tion, sold na­tion­ally, a “rich breed­ing ground for AFL play­ers” and an “Aus­tralian Foot­ball strong­hold” was fea­tured — the Up­per Great South­ern Foot­ball League.

AFL Record’s re­porter Adam McNi­col and pho­tog­ra­pher Adam Traf­ford qui­etly went about their busi­ness on Septem­ber 9, cap­tur­ing mo­ments from the Bod­ding­ton Foot­ball Club’s his­toric win over the Katan­ning Wan­der­ers.

More than 100,000 spec­ta­tors at the Mel­bourne Cricket Ground wit­nessed an AFL grand fi­nal that will go down in his­tory as an all­time clas­sic, as the West Coast Ea­gles came from a five-goal deficit in the first quar­ter to se­cure a five­point vic­tory in the fi­nal, thrilling min­utes.

Many of those in the crowd would have read of an equally im­pres­sive 13.13 (91) to 12.11 (83) win by the Bod­ding­ton Ea­gles.

Thou­sands more fans across the coun­try also picked up the story from lo­cal newsagents in the week lead­ing up to the big dance.

McNi­col de­scribed the dom­i­nant sea­son of the Wan­der­ers, in­clud­ing their 14-0 win-loss record and their mam­moth per­cent­age of 601.

The ar­ti­cle de­scribed their flag in 2017 against the Nar­ro­gin Hawks that broke a 31-year premier­ship drought and the im­pres­sive string of for­mer AFL play­ers who pulled on the boots for them in­clud­ing Josh Bootsma, Kade Stew­art and Adam Carter.

“The siren sounded with the Ea­gles eight points up, they had pulled off the one of the great­est up­sets in the league’s his­tory,” McNi­col wrote.

Bod­ding­ton coach Rod­ney Williams also had a few words to say in the fea­ture.

“We had be­lief, we knew we were ca­pa­ble, I’m su­per proud of this foot­ball side,” he said.

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

Bun­bury’s Dy­lan, Jake and Steve Trig­well with their copies of the AFL record be­fore West Coast fans marched to the MCG on grand fi­nal day.

Pic­ture: Michael Lovett, AFL Record

Jay­den Car­ratti, Harry El­lis and Jimi Gille­spie in­side the AFL Record’s Grand Fi­nal edi­tion.

Pic­ture: Michael Lovett, AFL Record

In­side the AFL Record’s Grand Fi­nal edi­tion.

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