The Great Southern Football League has completed a perfect Landmark Country Football Championships by claiming the division 3 title by 42 points over North Midlands Football League at East Fremantle Oval.
After qualifying for Saturday's grand final with two emphatic victories earlier in the carnival, the GSFL produced a solid four-quarter effort to win their way back into division 2.
The first quarter was where the game was won as the GSFL piled on five goals to one, as their midfield once again asserted their dominance.
Jayden Woods kicked the opening goal of the game and that was quickly followed by majors to Jayson Ford, Craig Frost and livewire Michael Bennell.
North Midlands finally broke their drought when Jay Comben kicked truly but they gave the GSFL a silly free kick on the quarter time siren which Brayden Parker happily slotted to give his side a 24-point advantage.
Goals were hard to come by in the second term but a second to Bennell along with singles to key forward Zak Hortin and ruckman Etienne Vorster extended the GSFL’s lead to 38 points.
The toll of the first two days began to show in the second half as both sides tired and their skills dropped away but the GSFL stood firm, kicking four goals to North Midland’s three on route to their breakthrough division 3 title.
Geoff Wynne was outstanding in the win, breaking the game open on several occasions and was deserving awarded the best on ground medal.
Bennell was again an x-factor for the GSFL, finishing with three goals in a lively display.
Jarrod Whittle worked tirelessly in the midfield while Ben Grey, Jayden Woods, Ryan Kinnear and Alec Haskins were all among the GSFL’s better contributors.
Woods was named the best and fairest player across the division 3 competition.
GSFL 5.0 8.3 10.5 12.6 (78)
NMFL 1.0 2.1 4.2 5.6 (36)
Goals: GSFL- M Bennell 3, Woods, B Parker 2, Ford, Frost, Hortin, Vorster, Whittle. NMFL- Burley 2, J Comben, Dempster, Comley.
Best: GSFL- Wynne, Whittle, Grey, Haskins, Bennell. NMFL- Burley, Tapscott, Bone, Koric, Dempster.