Well, like that the season is done. I know if you were to go by the posts on here, we started round 1, had 5 and 6 and then the finals but I assure you, there was a lot in between.
As we head into the Semi Finals round this weekend at Dorrien Gardens, Gridiron West would like to thank the efforts of all the volunteers at each and every club for their time, the referees for their work every game in applying the rules, the coaches for giving their time and knowledge to a new generation of players, the parents and partners of all the players for supporting them in their efforts and of course the players, without them the game doesn’t happen.
We have 4 games happening this weekend, two for seniors and two for juniors all to find out who is playing for their shot at Senior West Bowl XXII and Junior West Bowl XII.
In the Seniors, the Claremont Jets have broken a 13 year finals drought by appearing in their first since the 11th December 2004, where they lost to the Hyde Park Giants 33-22. The Giants went on to beat the Broncos 38-7 in West Bowl X. They will verse the Rockingham Vipers, perennial finals contenders. They’ll be contesting their third consecutive championship, having gone the previous two campaigns undefeated and only suffering their first defeat at the hands of the Curtin Saints (Round 13: 50-38), ending a record setting streak at 39 games undefeated, winning their last 20 straight.
The other senior game is the Curtin Saints vs Perth Broncos. The Broncos have a 2-1 record against the Saints in the finals, having beaten them in the same match from last season, 34-30 before going on to lose 50-0 in a whitewash by the Vipers in the West Bowl for 2015-16. The only time the Saints have beaten the Broncos in a final was way back in 1996, in West Bowl II where they took out their first title.
Over in the Juniors, the Jets vs Vipers will start things off on Saturday (12pm). This will mark the second time these two teams have met in a finals, the last being the West Bowl from 2015-16 where the Jets were beaten to a title, losing 58-28. Revenge will surely be on the minds of those players who appeared in that game, wanting to get rid of the Vipers early before heading once again to the West Bowl for their shot at a title.
The second game of the day will be the Perth Blitz vs West Coast Wolverines. The last time these two met each other was at Gosnells Oval in 2013-14 where the Blitz made their first finals appearance but ended the game losing 8-16 to the eventual Junior West Bowl Champions, beating the Steelers.