It was never going to be an easy feat and Dumbleyung felt the pressure from the get go. They gave Warriors a run for their money, especially in the first half. With plenty of opportunities to score it was not to be and at half time the score remained at 0-0. This was promising as the men had shown they were more than capable of playing fantastic hockey against the reigning premiers.
The second half got a bit tougher when Warriors managed to get a goal but Dumbleyung pushed back as hard as they could with plenty of gusto through the centre and into attack. Again there were plenty of opportunities but the men were just not able to pocket a goal. Unfortunately Warriors scored another goal in the last 3 minutes and this cemented their win of the 2016 Grand Final.
Dumbleyung played extremely well and should be proud to walk away as the Runner Up B Grade team for 2016.
A massive thank you to all of the supporters who came and cheered for the men on Saturday. The grounds were filled with plenty of green and gold, which was fabulous to see. We may not have taken out the grand final but we have a fantastic community that supports all their teams in any sport.
Congratulations to all the players for a great year and thankyou to coaches Courtney Bairstow and Jill Clarke. And lastly congratulations to the award winners for the Dumbleyung Hockey Club 2016.
PLUS! Well done to James Hesse a Dumbleyung local that played for the opposing team, the Narrogin Warriors. James won the 'Most Valuable Player' of the Upper Great Southern Men's B-Grade Hockey grand final.
Fairest & Best - Courtney Bairstow
R/U Fairest & Best - Scott Angwin
Highest Goalscorer - Courtney Bairstow
Most Improved - Jamie Gray
Coaches Award - Marshall Henry
Jo Burling Service Award - Dave Wall
Dumbleyung Junior Most Valuable Players - Orson Bairstow and Mikayla Kafi
UGSHA Junior Fairest & Best 2016 - Orson Bairstow
Article by Y.Bairstow