Land­mark win for South West

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Mitchell Wood­cock

THE South West Foot­ball League claimed its 23rd Land­mark Coun­try Foot­ball Cham­pi­onships Di­vi­sion One ti­tle af­ter de­feat­ing the Avon Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion by 38 points in the grand final at Clare­mont Oval yes­ter­day.

Af­ter win­ning all their pre­lim­i­nary matches, the South West atoned for two-straight grand final losses to win 9.6 (60) to 3.4 (22) and claim back their man­tle as the best league in coun­try WA.

For the fifth-con­sec­u­tive game the South West side con­ceded the first goal when Gar­rick Mclaugh­lin con­verted a set shot for Avon.

But the South West re­sponded in kind with goals to Leigh Kohlmann, Bai­ley San­ford, Jace Cor­mack and Brent Latch as they quickly took con­trol.

The South West’s mid­field be­gan to dom­i­nate, with Sean Lynch, Jesse Crichton, Liam McKenna and Guy Piggott hav- ing too much pace for Avon.

Avon worked harder in the sec­ond quar­ter around the con­tests and lim­ited the room the South West had to work with.

Daniel Cur­tis kicked the first goal of the term for Avon, who again got a good start, but the South West tight­ened up in de­fence and gave their for­ward line plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to score.

Their mo­men­tum was halted though when the Bus­sel­ton de­fender was stretchered off the ground af­ter suf­fer­ing a nasty in­jury to his left an­kle late in the term.

This seemed to take all the en­ergy out of the South West, who be­gan to strug­gle in the clinches against Avon.

Most times the South West went for­ward they kicked in Kohlmann’s di­rec­tion and the leap­ing for­ward was caus­ing all sorts of prob­lems for Avon’s de­fence.

Jay Wright was stout in de­fence along­side se­nior play­ers Kane Bu­mann and Mat Michael, as they held off Avon who pushed hard to re­duce the mar­gin.

It took al­most 16 min­utes for the first goal of the third term, when Crichton snapped truly from 40m to in­crease the mar­gin.

As the game went on the South West be­gan to break it open, but their en­try in­side their for­ward line and shots at goal were cost­ing them a greater lead.

Wright did not play af­ter the three-quar­ter time break though af­ter suf­fer­ing a shoul­der in­jury.

Goals to Lynch and Crichton put the re­sult be­yond doubt as the South West claimed the ti­tle.

Crichton was awarded the Land­mark Medal as the best on ground in the grand final, while Jace Cor­mack won the Jock Coleman medal as the best and fairest for the di­vi­sion one cham­pi­onships.

The duo were joined by McKenna in the All Star team, while Jamie Nani won the Dick Smith Me­mo­rial Award for coach of the car­ni­val.

Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault mid­fielder Jesse Crichton was awarded the Land­mark Medal as the best on ground in the di­vi­sion one grand final.

Pic­tures: Jon Gell­weiler

The South West Foot­ball League side cel­e­brates win­ning their 23rd Land­mark Coun­try Foot­ball Cham­pi­onships di­vi­sion one ti­tle on Sun­day.

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