Hotly contested finals

It wasn’t just the weather that turned up the heat on Saturday, with a closely contested game that saw the Leeton-Whitton Crows edge out Collingullie Glenfield Park Demons for the Premiership of the 2017 Arthur J Gallagher Riverina Football League.

Collingullie Glenfield Park Demons make grand finals across all grades

Collingullie Glenfield Park Football Club has had a super season resulting in all three teams making the grand finals in their respective grades.

On what was a scorcher of day, with a troubling wind, the game was a spectacle of football with a strong crowd attendance. Supporters filed in to the grounds in droves to cheer on the Demons on what is affectionately deemed the best grounds in the Riverina, our very own Narrandera Oval.

In the senior league, Leeton Whitton Crows took on Collingullie Glenfield Park Demons and played four quarters of great football. Collingullie took the lead in the first quarter, but were beaten at the changes by Leeton-Whitton by small margins. With only a goal between them the crowd were on the edge of their seats, but the wind proved too strong for the Demons and the Crows took the premiership 10.15.75 – 10.9.69.

Best on ground: J. Klemke, N. Perryman, L. Moore, M. Klemke, S. Keith, J. Simmons.

In the reserves Collingullie Glenfield Park and Griffith Swans went head to head for the 2017 premiership. The two clubs having met several times during the season were set for a good game, with Collingullie previously going down to Griffith by small margins on both occasions. Minor premiership winners, Griffith have endured a perfect game season and have showed dominance in the league from start to finish. But it was the underdog Collingullie who prevailed, winning the premiership by
a nail-biting three points, with a final score of 6.6.42 – 5.9.39.

In the GTES Under 17s round, the Collingullie team played Turvey Park in the final early Saturday morning. Collingullie, who won against Turvey Park 111-48 to cement their place in the grand final, came into the day hoping to take down another premiership after the club’s last win in 2015.

The under 17s club has grown in numbers with more of the local lads bringing along a mate to sign up and play for the country based club. Jayden Klemke, co-coach of the under 17s and one of the seniors leading goal scorer for the season stated that the juniors have a “pretty handy side”.

The under 17s, who haven’t won a premiership in over ten years, were hoping for a strong finish to a good year. Unfortunately, the young side couldn’t crack the milestone and the game was won comprehensively by Turvey Park, 15.20.110 – 5.4.34.

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