WEST COAST HAWKS
Thankyou to Wirrulla Football and Netball Clubs, our Grand final host
4 September 2018
Wirrulla v Elliston
These clubs have been successful in the Reserves competition, Bombers four premierships from nine Grand Finals and Roosters five premierships from six grand finals. When the Elliston boys are in the big dance they win a lot of them!. They have faced off twice in the Grand Final, two wins to Elliston, so the Bombers have a ledger to square up here.
Elliston have an A Grade to consider so will play their reserves side, whereas the Wirrulla boys have no such distraction this week.
The Bombers headed the premiership table pretty much all year, and play a brand of football that is simple to understand, quick movement forward and not too much over use of the football, a style that is very effective in finals. This is their sixth grand final in the past seven years, three premierships so they have all the experience and know how that they need here. Craig Johnson needs to be held by someone, but who? His strength is so difficult to counter! Shane Pittaway has had a huge year, plenty of A Grade as that is probably where he is best suited, but his experience is so valuable here, past premiership A Graders Mark Binder, Tyron Fox are great performers each week. Andre Kelsh, Chris Dickson, Jaiden Greenfield, Kieran Patterson are well poised to ensure that the Bombers have the ball up forward regularly. Mac Best is an ace that the Wirrulla boys have up their sleeve.
Elliston have looked convincing, not only finals but the round 15 encounter at this venue. Struggled to cover all the big guns of the Bombers in the second semi, but will have learned, and certainly jumped the fancied Hawks last weekend giving indication of what they are capable of. Josh Theodorous may well get an A Grade call, his services important here. Andrew Starke and Jack Carter big game players, Jack making a big difference upon his return last week. Tom O Flaherty and Chad Flaming in the best each week, Chad has many years of quality footy ahead of him, Clint Gardiner has enjoyed a big season, works hard and valuable. Older stagers Steve Agars and Christian Weetra have made welcome returns to this side, and loom large in Elliston’s chances this week. Youngsters Lachlan, Jesse Custance, Jordan Little and Tristan Ryan provide run and carry, speedsters all.
The Bombers only really got away with the second semi in the last quarter and this one should be similarly close and tight. The Bombers are at home but unlikely that this trip will faze the Roosters this time around, a big day of club business in all senior grades. Seeing the Roosters last weekend really would have enthused their supporters with hopes of a double senior wins, but the home club does have a better than full list to choose, will that be the difference?
Bombers 10 -20