Young guns soar high

September 16, 2017

Leitchville Gunbower's under 17 side after winning the HDFL grand final at Huntly

LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER’S under 17s made it a perfect weekend for the club, completing a remarkable run to the grand final with a hard-fought premiership win.

The young Bombers set the tone for the seniors who would win their own premiership later in the day, belting Lockington-Bamawm United in a final-quarter blitz to run away with a 21-point win.

It was a second consecutive premiership for the side, having taken down the same opposition in 2016.

But early in the contest, it was a tough start for LG, only inefficiency in front of goal from the Cats keeping the game close.

LBU led 1.5 (11) to 0.3 (3) at quarter-time, and the poor kicking continued in the second quarter as it took a five-point lead to the interval.

The Bombers peppered the goal in the third term but a wasteful 1.5 (11) return opened the door for LBU, who took advantage with two goals to keep the scores level entering the final term.

But with the premiership on the line the young LG players seized the moment, booting 5.0 (30) in the final stanza to lock up the brilliant result.

Mitch McEwen and Josh Hawken each chipped in with two goals kicking half the LG goals between them, while Jheuban Medina kicked two for the Cats in an impressive performance.

Patrick Baxter continued strong form to be named as the Bombers’ best, Blake Cooke, Blake Gelletly and Lincoln Sieben other star performers.

The win completed a brilliant finals run for LG, a perfect run from fifth on the ladder taking them to the flag.

It was another positive sign for the club moving forward; three of last year’s 2016 under 17 premiership players featured in this year’s senior premiership.

Luke Sevior, Logan Prout and Brady Hore all were part of the senior’s weekend triumph, with more contributing through the season, senior premiership player Joel Donehue coaching the under 17s to the flag.

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