Whitford (B) 0.0 0.0 0.0 10.10 (70)
In the second half of the year, the league team has had the edge over Whitfords with solid wins in the last home and away game and the more recent second semi-final. However, that meant nothing going into a grand final. Whitfords with a solid squad had regrouped in the preliminary final and were now out to upset Wembley.
As you would expect the opening 10 minutes of the game was hard and tough as each side got used to the conditions and the intensity. It was Whitfords that settled first and by the end of the first quarter were up by 2 goals. In the second quarter Whitfords again hit the score board opening a handy 3 goal lead. Now was the time for Wembley to find form. In the middle Goggins started to get his hands on the ball, giving the midfielders the opportunity to get their hands on the ball and feed our forwards with some clean possessions, slamming the last 3 goals of the quarter to go into the long break with a slender lead.
The second half was an epic battle. Goal for goal and multiple lead changes, neither team could get their hands on a lead to defend. Wembley lost key defender Dom Stearne to injury forcing a re-arrangement of the back line. Then finally with 5 minutes to go Wembley kicked 3 goals in succession to grab a 2 goal lead. With minutes to go Wembley flooded the back line, but despite those efforts Whitfords kicked truly to create a tense last 2 minutes. Wembley held firm to win by 3 points.
It was a fantastic game for a grand final. Well done to Whitfords for a great season, but winners are grinners. A Grade confirmed for 2017 and a premiership flag added to our collection of 50 club flags, 2016 has been a great year of on field success.
Best on Ground: Ben Noakes
North Fremantle (BR) 0.0 0.0 0.0 7.6 (48)
The reserves have been the form side all year only losing the one game. Going into this game they were considered warm favorites however, North Fremantle has long been a team that has troubled Wembley and had shown strong form through the finals.
It was a low scoring first half with each team only scoring 2 goals. It was clearly two sides feeling each other out with no particular team getting any free flowing dominance. Wembley going into the half with a slight lead. After the break the reserves then started to get their hands on the ball opening up a comfortable 30 point lead.
With less than 10 minutes to go North Fremantle then made one last final charge kicking the next 4 goals to narrow the lead to less than 2 goals. But the reserves held firm taking the premiership defeating a tough opponent and capping off a great season.
Best on Ground: Ben Goldie
Kalamunda (D2R) 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.9 (49)
The fourths were also warm favourites having only lost 1 game in the last 2 years. Initially playing Whitfords it soon changed to Kalamunda after WAAFL intervention due to a protest. Again it was a typical low scoring finals game however the Wembley Fourths was doing the majority of the scoring.
Wembley dominated the midfield, but for all their dominance the forwards could not put a commanding score on the board. At the half time break Wembley up by 4 goals.
In the second half Kalamunda stepped up a gear. Applying tackling pressure and with some harder run Kalamunda managed to get within a goal of the lead. With 10 minutes to go Wembley stepped up another level to grab control of the game to kick the winning goal and grind out the win. Back to back premiers.
Best on Ground: Michael Colrain