Willowra Blues defeat Central Bulldogs in Tanami Football League Grand Final nailbiter


It was another classic Grand Final in the Tanami Football League last night with the Willowra Blues holding on in an absolute nailbiter over the Central Bulldogs.

In conditions more suited for those in Victoria, the rain was coming down hard throughout the whole match with the temperature in single figures.

This didn’t stop a very entertaining spectacle, with the match a goal for goal shootout for the entire first half. At half time the scores couldn’t be split before Willowra dominated the Premiership quarter to head into the final change leading by 22 points.

In typical territory style this did not mean too much as the Central Bulldogs came storming home to almost snatch victory from Willowra. The Blues went goal for goal with the Bulldogs for much of the term before the Bulldogs put the foot down and came roaring home kicking three goals in the final two minutes to almost steal victory from Willowra. The final goal of the match was one that won’t be forgotten with a snap from an impossible angle sailing through and making the Double Blues very nervous with 20 seconds remaining.

The Walker Brothers dominated throughout the night for Willowra along with Asten Ross who dominated the match and was rightly adjudged best on ground by the Tanami team of judges.

The Dogs who won straight through to the Grand Final after defeating the Suns in the Semi Final, never gave up throughout the evening and left the very strong crowd on the edge of their seats for the whole night.

The outpouring of emotion from the players and spectators when the final siren sounded showed how much this four point victory meant to the people of Willowra and will certainly be a Grand Final they will not forget for a very long time.

Final score:  Central Bulldogs 14.8.91 - Willowra Blues 15.4.95