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One to remember
Grand final review Played Saturday at Long Plains
“WE started together, we will
finish together,” – these words
emblazoned across Mallala’s huge
banner could not be a more fitting
description of the Magpies’ stirring
26-point win over Two Wells in
Saturday’s A grade grand final.
The Long Plains oval was awash
with sunshine, casting brightness
on a season hallmarked by the dark
days endured by the club in losing
vice-captain, Christian Rimmer, to
suicide back in July.
The character shown by players,
volunteers, officials and supporters
of the club ever since epitomised that
of Rimmer, a treasured club member,
and the premiership brought a sker-
rick of joy to a season of grief and
Magpies captain, Liam Whit-
well, carried Rimmer’s number five
guernsey with him to accept his
premiership medal, bringing to an
end one of the tougher seasons any
of his teammates and club supporters
will ever experience.
The match itself started in
somewhat unconvincing fashion for
Mallala, Two Wells out of the blocks
well and kicking with a steady two-
Tim Hines put his first shot out
on the full but made no mistake with
a snap from a pack to put the first
goal on the board for the Roosters.
Two Wells put the Mallala de-
fence under enormous pressure,
withstood by the efforts of Jordan
Clements and Jason Earl.
Lee Allmond’s 60-metre bomb
from the boundary was a match
highlight and had the Roosters up
and about heading into the first
change, before Mallala’s Angus
Bruggemann won a free kick and
converted on the siren to keep the
Magpies in touch.
Ned Seccafien had found plenty
of it for Two Wells, while Allmond
had been clean where others weren’t
and Andrew Hardiman had kept a
close check on Bruggemann.
Tallan Leighton was able to get
away from defender, Tim Cawrse,
to kick the first goal of the second
term from a tight angle, but it proved
to be the only space he got for the
remainder of the match.
When Two Wells defender, Brad
Fitzgerald, let a mediocre pass from
an opponent slip through his hands,
it opened the door for Brad Griffiths
to pounce and slot an easy reply for
The Magpies kept up the pres-
sure, Brian Montgomery getting
away from Ryan Hooper at times,
and Scott Hahn’s superb snap from
deep in the pocket gave Mallala a
one-point lead at the main break.
Simon Feast was able to repel a
number of Mallala’s rebounds from
defence, the Two Wells ruckman
glory – for all and one
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taking plenty of grabs across his
team’s half back line.
Mallala refocussed from there,
with Joel Montgomerie starting to
find some telling touches and Rob
Montgomery defending brilliantly,
taking a number of great marks to
repel Two Wells.
It was a dour third term, played
between the respective teams’ half
back lines but Mallala was able to get
two goals on the scoreboard and take
a 17-point lead into the final change.
Two Wells were looking down
the barrel, despite being well within
reach at three-quarter-time.
Khan Leighton was thrown into
the midfield to give the Roosters
some much needed run and played
a scintillating final quarter, taking
the game and countless opponents
on with ball in hand.
However, a vital set shot opportu-
nity 40 metres out on a tight angle to
Seccafien wasn’t taken, the captain
opting to look inboard to Feast,
amongst a “murder” of Magpies,
and the ball was turned over.
It proved costly and when Whit-
well slammed home a great goal
from 45 metres out off his left foot,
Mallala went into party mode.
Brian Montgomery also booted
his second goal to put some icing on
the black and white cake.
Jason Earl was outstanding
throughout the afternoon and named
best on ground, his disposal and
poise under pressure exemplary on
a hot afternoon.
Joel Montgomerie worked tire-
lessly to all parts of the ground to
pick up a swag of touches in space
in the second half, while Clements
was instrumental in keeping Mallala
in it early. Bruggemann was also a
key target, booting four goals.
The match was a fitting end to
the career of Scott Hahn, the now
retired Magpie forward at last getting
himself a senior premiership medal.
For the Roosters, Bryce Hart
was named best and rightly so, his
consistent efforts to spark his team
from half back were continuous on
a disappointing day.
Hooper battled hard in the back-
line as well, while Khan Leighton’s
brilliant bounce and tenacity was
The flag returned Mallala to the
top of the pack for the first time since
winning the premiership in 2010, the
2013 premiership the club’s fourth
in the past seven years.
Mallala v Two Wells
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A GRADE Best on Ground,
Jason Earl, Mallala, with
MALLALA 10.11 (71) d
TWO WELLS 6.9 (45)
BEST: Mallala - J .Earl, J .Montgomerie, J .Clements, R.Montgomery, L.Whitwell,
W.Farrelly Two Wells - B .Hart , R.Hooper, K.Leighton, S .Feast , A.Hardiman
LIAM Whitwell proudly wears the premiership flag
after defeating Two Wells in the A grade grand final.
ABOVE: Sam Angus, Mallala,
prepares himself as his Two
Wells opponent moves in
to tackle, while Magpie Joel
Montgomerie watches on.
ABOVE RIGHT: Singing the
national anthem are local
girls, Sally Wilson and Taylor
RIGHT: Rooster Tim Hines
gets a kick away before
Mallala’s Daniel Feeley can
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