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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Eagles hold off Dogs' charge for premiership

From "Adelaide Now"  for Overseas Followers.
Eagles the SANFL premiers
Woodville-West Torrens players celebrate their SANFL premiership, after a thrilling three-point win over Central Districts in the grand final at AAMI Stadium. Picture: Simon Cross
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WOODVILLE-West Torrens has toppled SANFL giant Central District to win a heart-stopping grand final by three points at AAMI Stadium.
The Eagles led all day and by 24 points at three-quarter-time, but the Dogs fought back and Lee Spurr had the chance to steal the game with a shot on goal in the dying seconds.
But his shot missed and the siren went as the Eagles won their first premiership since 2006 - coincidentally that day was also against Central District.
The final score was Eagles 12.9 (81) to Central District 11.12 (78).
Ruckman Craig Parry was awarded the Jack Oatey Medal as best-on-ground for his 30 hit-out and 10 possession game.
''What a game,'' Parry said on stage.
''That's unbelievable.''
The result denied the Bulldogs five straight premierships and gave Eagles midfielder Leigh Treeby a fairytale ending to his career as he prepares to return to Victoria.
It also handed coach Michael Godden a premiership in just his second season as a senior SANFL boss.
Adam Grocke kicked three goals for the Eagles while Daniel Havelberg booted four four Central.
Eagles coach Michael Godden said he was enormously proud of his players.
"The entire club has really embarked on something the last couple of years. I see it every day when I'm at work,'' Godden said.
"To my coaching staff, you guys have really helped me out. You kept me level and in-line and I kept going the direction I wanted to go.
"To the playing group, every coach stands up here and says how much he loves them and I do.
They gutsed it out and well done.
"Finally to the SANFL all the supporters from all clubs, thanks for coming out, we're absolutely rapt to have another great grand final."Captain Mark McKenzie echoed his coach and also paid tribute to Central District.
"What a fantastic game and congratulations on your (Bulldogs) season and a phenomenal last 10 years, we respect your footy club so much," McKenzie said.
"To our guys, we set our standards and goals, what a fantastic bunch of blokes. It's the full footy club and for the guys who didn't play today, the Woodville-West Torrens Football Club goes down as the 2011 premiers, not just the 21 players."
Woodville-West Torrens     4.2 (26)    7.6 (48)    11.8 (74)    12.9  (81)
Central District                      1.2   (8)    4.3 (27)      7.8 (50)     11.12 (78
Goalscorers: Eagles: A Grocke 3, L Staple 2, M Goldsworthy, S Lewis, L Treeby, J Toumpas, C Hall, J Rimington 1, S Tiller 1. Bulldogs: D Havelberg 4, K Jenner 2, L Spurr, J Gowans, B O'Hara, T Dunne 1, R Willaims 1.

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