Avon have defeated the Nexus South West League team by 12 points in the Nutrien Ag Country Championship, at Fremantle Oval on Saturday afternoon.
In a match of two halves, Avon led by 34 points at half time, before the South West dominated the second half, getting as close as six points in the final term.
The opening quarter would be all Avon who dominated the opening six minutes without putting a score on the board, with Zac Pethybridge, Mitch Tenardi, Jon Meadmore and Shaun Crane getting plenty of possessions, but mostly under pressure in the greasy conditions.
Eventually Matt Rogers of Avon kicked a long goal on his left foot, and moments later kicked another from the left pocket on the run. Tom Lee was paid a free kick in the goal square shortly after and within four minutes, Peel had opened a three goal lead over the SWFL.
The South West eventually got some possessions and were able to stop the scoring, with Mitch Tenardi taking a strong mark, leading to Shaun Crane kicking the South Wests only score of the opening quarter, a behind.
The Second Quarter was much of the same, with the South West kept scoreless in the second term, with the only real opportunity coming late in the quarter resulting in Ethan Bowman kicking a goal, but the umpire deemed it a push in the back in the marking contest.
Chris Kinninmont kept the South West team in the half time huddle for a very long time, and what ever he said worked, with an inspired third quarter by the defending Champions, getting themselves back in the contest.
Kade Szyszka started the resurgence with a snap from 20m, with Kelvin Lawrence kicking the South Wests second courtesy of a 50m penalty soon after. Avon went forward, with Mitch Tenardi repelling with a quick transition, taking a daring bounce through the middle of the slippery ground, which led to Taine Williams marking 40m out, and duly converting. From a boundary throw-in, Szyszka bulldozed his way through a pack, with the ball finding its way to Chris White who ran into goal to narrow the margin to ten points.
The final quarter was also dominated by the South West with Zac Trigwell hitting both goal posts from two set shots, with multiple other opportunities either not scoring or repelled on the last line. With two minutes remaining, Ryan Mawer applied a strong tackle and kicked the winning goal for Avon, the only goal of the last quarter.
“We can’t give quality sides such a big start like we did today”, said Coach Chris Kinninmont after the match
Avon who were beaten last season by the South West, have reversed the result, courtesy of a stunning first half. Avon last won the Championship in 2002, also at the Fremantle Oval.
Avon 3.3.21 5.5.35 5.7.37 6.7.43
South West 0.1.1 0.1.1 4.4.28 4.7.31
Goals: Avon – Matthew Rogers 2, Kaidyn Fullgrabe 1, Andrew Fisher 1, Thomas Lee 1, Ryan Mawer 1. South West – Kelvin Lawrence 1, Kade Szyszka, Chris White, Taine Williams
Best: Avon – Kaidyn Fullgrabe, Ethan Brown, Matthew Rogers, Andrew Fisher, Tom Lee, Marshall Jones. South West – Shaun Crane, Mitch Tenardi, Kade Szyszka, Zac Pethybridge, Ben Horsman, Zac Trigwell
Ground: Fremantle Oval
Umpires: Henry King (SWFL), Cameron Valenti (SWFL), Zac Schurko (Peel)
JJ Lusick Award – Umpire of the Championshp – Cameron Valenti (SWFL)
WAFL Past Players Award Rising Star – Zac Trigwell (SWFL)
Jock Coleman Medal Fairest & Best of the Championship – Kaidyn Fullgrabe (Avon)
Nutrien Ag All Stars: Shaun Crane, Mitch Tenardi, Tom Gorter, Zac Trigwell
Nutrien Ag Player of the Grand Final – Kaidyn Fullgrabe