Bulldogs end premiership drought

Tim Edmunds, GREAT SOUTHERN HERALDGreat Southern Herald
Bulldogs end premiership drought
Camera IconBulldogs end premiership drought Credit: Great Southern Herald

Gnowangerup ended the second-longest premiership drought in Ongerup Football Association history, holding off a fast-finishing Newdegate to win by 12 points in a thrilling grand final at Boxwood Hill on Saturday afternoon.

In search of their first premiership since 1996, the Bulldogs made all the running in the decisive second quarter, leading by 37 points at the major break, but in the second half had to hold off the Lions, who were determined to avoid consecutive grand final defeats and win their first flag since 1991.

In blustery conditions, the Bulldogs booted six of their nine goals in the second quarter.

The Lions brought the margin back to 13 points at the final change, but the Bulldogs booted their only two goals of the half with the game on the line in the final stanza to hold off the Lions, 9.12 (66) to 8.6 (54).

Stalwart Phil Rumble was judged best on ground, while livewire Stanley Long-Turner booted four crucial goals and player-coach Damien Stewart and Nathan Willmot were also impressive contributors in the Bulldogs' second premiership.

They won their first in 1996 by just one point over Borden.

Ganzer Medallist Dylan Gilbert, veteran Ian Lloyd, David Newman and Russell Harding were the Lions' best in the losing affair.

The league triumph made it a premiership double for the Bulldogs, who also took out the reserves grand final over Jerramungup by 20 points, 8.8 (56) to 5.6 (36), with Marley Phillips booting five goals.

In the juniors, Jerramungup powered clear, prevailing by 22 points over Lake Grace-Pingrup in the grand final.

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