Storm miss out on elusive colts title

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Storm speedster Henrick Alforque chases after the ball.
Camera IconStorm speedster Henrick Alforque chases after the ball. Credit: Cameron Newbold

A maiden colts title at the Landmark Country Football Championships still evades the Great Southern Storm after their winning run came to an end in Saturday’s grand final against South West at David Grays Arena in Mandurah.

Representing the Great Southern Football League, the Storm won all four of their regular games but were unable to replicate their tense four-point triumph over South West earlier in the carnival as they fell to the perennial champions by 36 points.

The Storm went goalless in the first and third quarters and were beaten convincingly around the stoppages as the South West powered to a fourth straight colts title, 8.9 (57) to 3.3 (21).

Tyreice Brown kicked one off the ground to give the Storm their first major in the second quarter but the South West led by 14 points at half-time and then snared the only goal of the third term as they headed into the fourth term 22 points up.

South West shut out the faint Storm hopes when they piled on the first four goals of the last before the Storm restored some respectability with the final two goals of the decider.

Storm’s Sean Williams kicks his side forward in the grand final.
Camera IconStorm’s Sean Williams kicks his side forward in the grand final. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Jarrad Fazioli was best afield for the South West, winning the Kym “Freddy” Curnow Trophy as a result while Jack Dye, Jordan Hayden and lively forward Heath Ryder (two goals) were also influential.

Defender Brent Parsons and inside midfielder Sean Williams led the way for the Storm while wingman Sam Want and Poch Amores also played well.

Ruckman Kalin Lane continued to give his side first use throughout the decider, Henrick Alforque created lots of opportunities and key defenders Hamish McMorran and Dylan Gowdie did their best to quell the dangerous South West forwards.

It was a second grand final appearance for the Storm in the past four years but a title still avoids them, with the region having only won two B-section titles back in 2007 and 2009.

Storm coach Glynn Verbruggen said he was proud of his side’s effort at the carnival.

“Overall, to be four from four after the first two days, that has never been done before, which is extremely pleasing for the program,” he said.

Storm’s Kieran Gowdie looks down field for options.
Camera IconStorm’s Kieran Gowdie looks down field for options. Credit: Cameron Newbold

“Their work over the summer and to get a really serious buy-in from a group of 30 players that played to the game plan can get good results.

“We still played the brand of footy that got us there but just didn’t execute under pressure.

“The most pleasing thing was the boys kicking the last two; they knew they were in a losing cause and fought on and this will help reset the standard for the Storm group and what we expect going forward.”

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