Michael TraillNarrogin Observer

The Boddington Eagles soared to glory last Sunday, claiming back-to-back premierships after seeing off a gallant Narrogin Hawks outfit by 20 points in the Upper Great Southern Football league grand final.

George Warren medallist Matthew White and Ben Sherry led the premiers during their 14.14 (98) to 11.12 (78) victory, while Harrison Ellis booted six goals for the afternoon in Kukerin.

Boddington raced to a blistering start during the first term, kicking four consecutive behinds before Ellis registered the match’s first major, giving the Eagles a 10-point advantage.

White, Sherry and Leo Graham medallist Michael Humble displayed early dominance in the Eagles’ midfield as Roy Mullens and Matthew Giumelli held up the premiers’ back six.

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Narrogin found some reprieve from Boddington’s pressure, through a Kyle Kickett goal shortly after Ellis’s opening major.

Lewis Gillespie was set up by a classy Sherry inside-50 to kick the Eagles’ second, shortly followed by a Chad Wrigley goal then Gillespie’s second for the day.

Ellis blew the game out to 29-points with his second of the quarter before Ralph Kickett reduced his side’s deficit with a major.

Roy Mullens with the ball.
Camera IconRoy Mullens with the ball. Credit: Daryna Zadvirna.

The Eagles took a 23-point lead at the first break.

Hawks Ryan Gray, Jack Walsh and Ralph Kickett turned the tide in the second term, giving their side a sniff.

Walsh snagged a goal to open the majors for the second term, before an imposing Mason Hill broke through a pack of players 25m out from the Hawks goal to secure their fourth major, bringing the match back to a 11-point ball game.

After consecutive Sherry inside-50s, Ellis found his third from a set shot, before consecutive White goals again gave Boddington breathing space on the scoreboard.

Jack Lambert then found Gray up the field. Gray took three bounces on the run, delivering an inside-50 which finished with a Malachi Bolton goal.

Ralph Kickett again hit the scoreboard with a major, while Hill missed a gettable set shot after the half-time siren that would have put the Hawks within 11 points. Instead, they trialled 8.8 (56) to 6.4 (40) at the main break.

White and Sherry were again dominant for the Eagles, while Kickett and Gray brought the Hawks back into the match.

It was a battle of the big men in the premiership quarter, with Hill and Ellis both kicking two goals for the term, while Gillespie and Sherry chimed in with one each for Boddington, giving them a win on the scoreboard for the term.

Eagle James Hay.
Camera IconEagle James Hay. Credit: Pictures: Daryna Zadvirna, Daryna Zadvirna.

Alek Oliver became increasingly important in the Eagles’ backline, while at the other end Isaiah Jetta-Bolton collected plenty of rebound-50s for Narrogin, along with Lambert.

In a midfield rotation, Beaux Venables helped Boddington wrestle control of the contest and Jimi Gillespie was lively in the Eagles forward line.

Leading 12.11 (83) to 8.7 (55) at the start of the term, Gillespie looked to extend his side’s advantage after taking a screamer on Lambert’s back on the 50m arc, but was caught holding the ball trying to play on around Lambert.

Hill kicked his fourth shortly after, before Nick Miller reduced the margin to 15 with less than 10 minutes to go as Narrogin held a strong forward press.

But Ellis hit back with his sixth goal, after White read Perrin Quartermaine‘s tap work from the bounce, winning the following centre clearance and inside-50.

With the clock ticking away, Matthew Abraham played unselfish football while lining for a set shot, finding Kyle Kickett by boot in a more favourable position. Kickett converted, bringing the game back to 15 points with just under four minutes left in the season.

But in his first game of 2019, Jayden Caratti booted the sealer.

So close yet so far, it was a remarkable season for the Narrogin Hawks, who found themselves bottom of the ladder after round 6.
Camera IconSo close yet so far, it was a remarkable season for the Narrogin Hawks, who found themselves bottom of the ladder after round 6. Credit: Daryna Zadvirna.

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