A strong all-round display from Warriors helped them win their first Upper Great Southern Hockey Association men’s A-grade premiership since 2018 after defeating a skilful and experienced Riffs on Saturday. Warriors went down in the 2019 decider and Riffs took out last year’s title, but it was Warriors who capped a superb season in this year’s grand final winning 3-1. With the return of Regan Blyth and Nick Corner for the preliminary and grand finals, it was a different-looking Warriors side from the one that lost to Riffs in the second semifinal. Riffs started strongly in an even first quarter, with defenders Grady Francis and Rohan Bilney dominating. The Warriors’ midfield of Chris Allan, Shaun Mckay and Corner were being matched by Brock Francis, Dane Angwin and Sam Nairn, while Kyle Angwin was dangerous in Riffs’ front half. After a goalless first quarter, Warriors lifted and won the battle in the midfield as Corner won a crucial short corner. Warriors scored from this opportunity, with gun drag flicker Blyth rocketing the ball into the net. Despite more pressure from the Warriors’ strikers, Riffs held them at bay until half-time. It was more of the same in the third quarter as runs from Warriors’ half-backs of Jack Robinson and Travis Cochrane caused problems for Riffs. Superb teamwork by Warriors set up Blyth to net his second goal of the contest. This sparked Riffs into life and they put Warriors under sustained pressure late in the third. A fine defensive effort from Dwayne Franks denied Riffs a certain goal but Warriors were unable to deal with the offensive pressure Riffs applied and as a result they were awarded a penalty corner on the stroke of three-quarter time. Mick Lange converted from the penalty corner after a goalmouth scramble to reduce the deficit to one heading into the last term. Warriors again came out strong to start the fourth term and they managed a third goal via the stick of Steven Durell. Always dangerous on the tomahawk, Durrell crunched the ball into the goal after finding the space to get the shot away. Riffs were unable to bridge the gap from there as Warriors went on to claim premiership glory, despite the loss of key player Matt Hough in the final five minutes. Warriors’ Ethan Forrest and Riffs’ Gareth Keeling both made classy saves in goals throughout the game for their respective teams. Durell was named most valuable player in the grand final.