After an undefeated season, Katanning fell at the final hurdle to Boddington in the UGSFL grand final on Sunday.
At unbackable odds having not lost all season, Katanning Wanderers fell at the last hurdle against Boddington in the UGSFL grand final on Sunday.
Boddington outplayed Wanderers to complete an eightpoint win, 13.13 (91) to 12.11 (83). Despite this loss, Katanning finished a great year, with two premierships, in the under-14s and reserves.
Boddington did their homework on Katanning’s playmakers, in particular Leo Graham medallist Kade Stewart, who was tagged by George Wessells but Katanning’s precision kicking was missing and it too easily and too often turned the ball over.
Boddington won the toss and kicked to the Collie end of Boddington Oval, which had been the scoring end in the earlier games, favoured by a fluky north-wester and the game panned out much like the second semifinal, with Boddington taking earlier control.
They used the breeze to its advantage, with captain Matt White, leading by example, kicking a 70m goal, early.
Jayden Caratti kicked his first from a clever snap and Lewis Gillespie booted his first on the run. Boddington led 4.1 (25) to 0.2 (2), at quarter-time but the general thought was that Boddington could have been further in front.
Katanning Wanderers, with their first use of the breeze, kicked into gear and had their first through Stewart on the run in the first minute. Centrehalf-forward Josh Bootsma, marking almost at will and Mitch Banks, in defence, repelling Boddington’s forward moves, Wanderers added six goals to one. Carrati’s second, just before half-time, took some of the momentum from Katanning, who led at halftime, 6.6 (42) to 5.3 (33) by nine points.
How Boddington would use the breeze was the question in the third quarter and this was answered by full-forward Harry Ellis, who unseen until now and well held by Banks, kicked three of Boddington’s five goals, one fortuitously when Banks slipped in the square. Carrati added two more.
Katanning Wanderers who was held goalless in the first quarter, crucially kicked three against the breeze, to set up a thrilling last quarter, as it trailed by only seven points, 10.8 (88) to 9.7 (61). Kicking to what remarkably, given the cross breeze, was the scoring end, Katanning would have been confident of finishing the game in front, particularly with its unbeaten form all year, but this was not to be.
Wanderers won a free kick and a 50m penalty from the first contest in the last quarter but could not kick straight and missed three kickable goals early in the play.
Urged on by a vocal home crowd and with players tiring on both sides, Boddington kicked three crucial goals, two from a creative Lewis Gillespie. Bootsma kicked his fourth and Kane Shephard snapped two in quick succession, one on his right and one on his left but it was too late.
The siren sounded with Katanning Wanderers deep in attack but Boddington had prevailed, 13.13 (91) to 12.11 (83) by eight points.
For Boddington, their leaders led the way with White and Michael Salmeri outstanding and complemented byJarrod Salmeri, George Wessels and Jye Depane.
For Wanderers, Tim Stewart was a standout at the bottom of
packs, Mitch Banks starred in defence, Khallon Zilm did well in the ruck and Todd Hetherington and Braden Crosby was solid on the ball.
In great news for Katanning, they won the reserves’ premiership, defeating a Kukerin Dumbleyung side, 10.6 (66) to 7.7 (49).
In doing so, they won back-toback premierships and turned around a defeat in the second semifinal. It was a a team effort, where instructions to keep the ball away from Jon Ward, Graeme Bolt and Nathan Ditchburn by working the ball around the flanks was followed expertly.
Tyrone Roe and Coen Marwick continued their rich vein of form and with veterans and youngsters doing their bit, Wanderers won a hard-fought game.
Kerry Crosby kept Ditchburn goalless, Stephen Barrett led the defence, youngster Bodean Morton was very effective on his wing and James Barritt and Paul Keley combined for six goals.
For Kukerin Dumbleyung, Ward marked strongly and tried to lift his side, Bradley Garstone was tough in defence and Andrew Shepherd and Ben Hall got a lot of the ball.
In the under-14s, Katanning Wanderers went back to back, with its 11.6 (72) to 4.4 (28) win over Narrogin. After quarter-time, when Narrogin led by a point, Katanning kicked 9.6 (60) to 2.3 (15) to run out comfortable winners.
Best players for Katanning were William Roe, Isabelle Perrin, Toby Quartermaine, Clayton Millan and Anton Taylor.
Boddington captain Matthew White, president Greg Day and coach Rocket Williams are all smiles after the UGSFL grand final victory on Sunday.
Katanning players embrace after the loss.
Katanning players look on with disappointment during the post-match presentation.
Boddington celebrate their UGSFL premiership.
Boddington’s Jarrod Salmeri looks to seize possession.
Kade Stewart is comforted.
Katanning players leave the field after the loss.
Harry Ellis celebrating one of his three third-term goals.