UGSFL 2023: Katanning continue dominant form with crushing 176-point win over Wagin to stitch up top spot

Andrew Pritchard and Calvin SimsAlbany Advertiser
Katanning's Caleb Keley kicked 10 goals.
Camera IconKatanning's Caleb Keley kicked 10 goals. Credit: Cameron Newbold/Great Southern Herald

Katanning Wanderers sealed the minor premiership with another massive win in round 16 of the Upper Great Southern Football League, this time finishing 176-point winners over Wagin on Sunday.

The 29.22 (195) to to 3.2 (20) victory means the Tigers will finish 2023 home-and-away season on top the ladder, sitting a game clear of Wickepin in second with a superior percentage.

Playing without the leagues’ leading goal kicker Laurence Collard, the Tigers still had enough scoring power to defeat an undermanned but gallant Bulldogs side.

Caleb Keley stepped-up in Collard’s absence at full-forward to kick 10 goals, bringing his season tally to 45 goals.

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Keley’s highlights included six of the Tigers’ 11 goals in the final quarter, his strong marking overhead and on the lead.

With Keley playing permanent forward and Mitch Banks rested before half-time, Tigers used forward Lachy Saunders in the ruck with great effect as he repeatedly palmed the ball to his midfielders.

Again the Tigers had a stack of goal kickers with Kade Stewart and Haiden Schloithe finishing with five and six goals, respectively, while half-forward Tyron Pinney bagged three.

Precision field kicking and accurate hand passing was a feature of the Tigers play with the aim to keep possession of the ball, as waves of its players moved from defence through the midfield to attack.

Tigers’ Kade Stewart, Schloithe, Keley, Willie Roe, Tyrone Roe and Toby Quartermaine all shone in the thumping win.

The Bulldogs were best served by Daniel Stubbs, Liam Robinson, Jake Putland and Tom Coleman.

Meanwhile, Kukerin-Dumbelyung notched their second win of the season against Narrogin at Clayton Road Oval on Sunday.

Coen Marwick booted three goals in the 13.9 (87) to 5.4 (34) win while Lachy Ward, Sheldon Taylor, Stockton Cruz Shotter, Blake White, Zane Sutherland and Byron Blevin were outstanding.

For the Hawks, Jordan Heil, Kacey Bear, Ashton Scadding, Jack Walsh, Bradley Timms and Richard Long were among their best.

Williams stormed to a 69-point victory over Boddington with Addison Dew and Gerard Medlen booting four goals apiece in their 10th win of 2023.

Dew and Medlen had plenty of support from Simon Panizza, Cam Stedman, Nick Panizza and Balek Shanahan in the 16.21 (117) to 6.12 (48) win at Boddington.

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