ADJFA season wraps up with Warriors win

The Ararat and District Junior Football Association held its 2019 Grand Final last Sunday between Warriors and Mounties after “another successful season.”

Warriors ended up taking home the win with a score of 10.6-66 to Mounties 3.6.-24. Fun was had by both teams as they wrapped up the season which began at the start of April.

“It’s been pretty good, we came out on top and only lost one game so we had a good year,” Warriors Co-Captain Jim Jennings said.

Jennings played a fantastic season, winning Best on Ground following Sunday’s game and the season’s Best & Fairest, alongside Rover’s Sonny Kettle.

“It meant a lot. You might not ever win a premiership ever again so I feel lucky to have won one,” Jennings said.

Mounties’ Captain Hugh Toner and Vice-Captain Hayden Dowling acknowledged the skills they have learnt whilst playing with the association and congratulated Warriors on their win.

“We did well making it to the grand final, disappointing to lose, but we did good,” Toner said.

Dowling agreed and explained the opportunity players have to establish their football skills.

“It’s a great lead up to getting into bigger leagues and it helps you learn the rules,” Dowling said.

Jim Jennings (Warriors) and Sonny Kettle (Rovers) after winning dual Best & Fairest

He said the most important part of playing football is to “have fun when you’re playing and love the game.”

Association President Cameron Evans said all four teams showed good development and provided solid contests each week.

“Particularly impressive was how our four club coaches carried out their roles. Strong mentoring and messaging around participation, effort and fair play was a consistent theme,” Evans said.

“Our Grand Final between the Warriors and Mounties was a good contest, with the game close-fought up to half time.”

“Warriors had the stronger second half with nine players contributing goals in the end.”

“Once again the game was played in great spirit and well-coached by Mick Jennings (Warriors) and Mark Dadswell (Mounties).”

Alongside the Best on Ground and Best & Fairest awards, the association introduced a new award – dubbed the ‘Ella Wood Award’ after the local football star – to recognise the best female player throughout the season.

Bombers’ Gretta Fennell won the award for 2019.