best junior footy player Roebourne Magpies claim third 17s premiership in four-years

IMG_9534The Wickham Wolves Junior Football Club turned it all on last Friday night for the West Pilbara Junior Football Association’s two Grand Finals.

They even seemingly organised a red moon to rise up over the ground and turn spectacular shades of orange before resting high and bright in the night sky.

Spectacular also were the Roebourne Magpies as they sought back-to-back flags in the WPJFA’s 17s competition.

But standing in their way was the gritty Falcons team, who had clawed their way into the final in the last game of the regular season.

The Magpies exploded at the opening siren as the Falcons attempted to halt the irresistible run of the fleet-footed Maggies midfield.

The Falcons’ defensive pressure was enough to hold the Magpies to just three goals at the close of the opening term.

But unfortunately they also weren’t able to add any goals of their own and from that point

on it was always going to be tough for the Falcons.

In the second term, the Magpies attacking play was matched by their defensive work as they added four goals.

Frontend powerhouse Bea Alec was proving dominant as clever small forward Liam Smith was warming up on his way to seven goals for the match.

At the half time break, the game would have been far out of reach had the Magpies made more of their dominance.

Instead they kicked seven minor scores to allow the Falcons to breathe, if only just, with the score at 7. 9 (51) to 0. 1 (1) at the half time siren.

The Magpies’ two times premiership coach called for control and focus from his boys, while Falcons’ coach Dale Scott called for run, attack and passion and both men got what they asked for.

The Falcons added two majors to the scoreboard and lifted their spirits.

Falcon’s players Damon Antonio and Chad McVea got on the scoreboard and Bailey and Kieron Scott, Justin Patching, Antonio and McVea all pushed hard in the clinches, while under siege full back Tyler Sharpe stood tall.

The Magpies meanwhile added three goals with Liam Smith again chipping in as they extended their lead on the back of Cameron Cross’ ruck dominance.

The inside work of Riley Kay and Kenny Ryan was also crucial with Kay proving particularly dominant as he regularly fed the outside run of Euston Toby.

The last quarter was one of the best that has been played in the WPJFA as both teams rolled the dice and attacked each other to produce an eight goal quarter with each team kicking four in a terrific display.

The Roebourne Magpies finished 14. 9 (84) defeating the Karratha Falcons 6. 5 (41)

The Magpies were well served on the day by the Association’s Fairest and Best player Cameron Cross, who was also awarded the Most Valuable Player in the Grand Final.

Cross was also ably assisted by Liam Smith (seven goals), Riley Kay, Euston Toby and Kenny Ryan.

The Falcons’ best included Damon Antonio, Campbell Garratt, Craig Jones, Chad McVea and Taj Marshall (two goals).

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