Grand fi­nal teams de­cided

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Michael Traill

Bod­ding­ton will host Katan­ning this Sun­day for the 2018 UGSFL pre­mier­ship, af­ter eas­ily see­ing off Wil­liams in their pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal match in Brook­ton last Sun­day.

De­spite be­ing the sec­ond best side all year, Bod­ding­ton fell seven points short against Wil­liams last time they faced each other in round 13.

Wil­liams, how­ever, couldn’t match Bod­ding­ton’s speed, pres­sure and pre­ci­sion from the bounce, and it was Ea­gles’ Zac Austin who scored the first ma­jor of the match from an im­pres­sive crumb in the goal square.

Pro­vid­ing a solid op­tion in the for­ward 50 all day, Harry El­lis reg­is­tered Bod­ding­ton’s sec­ond goal from a set shot 35 me­tres out on a mod­er­ate an­gle.

It took a goal out of noth­ing from Nathan Brav­ing­ton, while be­ing pulled down in a tackle, for Wil­liams to score their first goal for the match.

But Bod­ding­ton piled on three unan­swered goals to fin­ish the first quar­ter, just un­der, five goals up at 5.6 (36) to 1.1 (7).

Both sides missed their op­por­tu­ni­ties in the sec­ond quar­ter, as Bod­ding­ton kicked 2.5 to Wil­liams 1.3 with the score­board read­ing 7.11 (53) to 2.4 (16) at half-time.

The third quar­ter was an arm wres­tle, Wil­liams con­verted first, but the match al­most went goal for goal and Bod­ding­ton avoided the build up of any sig­nif­i­cant score­board pres­sure from the Cats.

The Ea­gles held a 12.13 (85) to 6.8 (44) lead go­ing into the fi­nal break.

Bod­ding­ton blew the match out in the fi­nal term, kick­ing six goals to two and fin­ish­ing the game 18.19 (127) to 8.8 (56) in front.

Jimi Gille­spie was out­stand­ing, fin­ish­ing with five goals for the day with El­lis an­other star, bag­ging four for Bod­ding­ton. Matthew White, Jye Depane and Alek Oliver were also im­pres­sive across the ground.

For Wil­liams James Medlen was out­stand­ing in the for­ward line but only fin­ished with two goals,.

David and Ger­ard Medlen were also im­pres­sive along­side Brav­ing­ton and Myles Bol­ger.

In the re­serves Katan­ning will face Kuk­erin/Dum­b­leyung in the grand fi­nal af­ter their im­pres­sive 15.9 (99) to 7.5 (47) win over Wil­liams.

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

Wil­liams’ Steve Smith takes off with Bod­ding­ton play­ers in full chase dur­ing their pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal match in Brook­ton on the week­end.

Wil­liams’ Myles Bol­ger takes a solid pack mark.

Jye Depane on the run.

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