Western Districts wins the 2019 KIFL Grand Final | PHOTOS

Western Districts reigned supreme over Kangaroo Island on 2019 Grand Final day when the Club in the Scrub won both the A Grade football and A Grade netball.

It was stunning day with great crowds and the Kingscote oval looked resplendent for the grand final action.

Wonks A Grade won its second premiership in three years, running away from Parndana in the final quarter. Home side Kingscote meanwhile won both the Senior Colts and Reserves.

Wonkies celebrate

2019 Mail Medalist and Saints A Grade captain Josh Graham continued his excellent form winning the John Turner Medal for Best on Ground, presented by life member DK Johnstone.

KI footy legend Brad Crabb who last month announced his retirement from the South Adelaide Football Club handed out medals to the best young Colts and also to the senior medal winners.

See you all next year for the KIFL and KINA grand finals games at Parndana.

A Grade: Western Districts vs Parndana - Another chapter in the intense rivalry between the two Kangaroo Island sides kicked off at a frenetic pace.

Parndana used the ball well and Kelly kicked the first of the game. Florance was hitting the contests hard, and had many hard ball gets, while N. Trethewey started the game on fire.

Kelly kicked his second and Parndana were looking very good early. Wonks settled and their pressure lifted, with some brilliant tackles applied, but their ball use wasn't giving their forwards much hope.

Parndana's defence was also doing its job, led by Kuchel and Horjus, Wonks could only get any shots for goal out wide.

Two goals in quick succession from Sullivan had the Roosters off to the best possible start, with the first four goals on board.

Jolly sold some candy to get Wonks off and running just as the siren went, but it was Parndana's quarter.

W.D- 1.3 P-4.1

Wonks started to get going in the second. Graham and Larcombe got the Saints back in it with successive goals as they started to get on top around the ground.

Wonks put their opponents under real pressure, and Parndana just didn't seem to be able to handle it, with their disposal not great.

Wonks dominating play, Bullard put them 8 points up, finally finding the big sticks, after some bad misses keeping the Roosters in the game. Wonks working harder around the ground, Hammat showed composure beyond his years, finding Whale who put them up by 14 points at the long break.

W.D- 5.9 P-4.1

After a scoreless second, Parndana got off to the best possible start with goals to Johnston, then to Gaskin as Wonks goal kicking was letting them down.

Riggs out of defence stopped a lot of Parndana's run, with the pressure from both sides intense.

N. Trethewey was found on the lead, and he put Parndana back in front. Bullard was forced back to defence after Fogden went off with a hamstring, but he made an immediate impact, setting up Graham to put Wonks just up at the final break.

W.D- 6.11 P- 7.3

Wonks immediately took the initiative from Parndana, with the first clearance and subsequent goal to Larcombe.

A bit of brilliance from Florance set up Whale for his second, but there was still plenty of time left for Parndana.

Parndana tried everything but they just couldn't break through the Wonks defence. Whale's third gave Wonks some breathing space, before Trethewey got the instant reply.

The game became fiery, players throwing their body in places angels fear to tread, as it was all or nothing by both teams. Weatherspoon gave Wonks that breathing space again, as time was now against Parndana.

Gaskin put the margin back under two goals but you could just sense that Parndana's time was running out, especially with the Wonks defence standing tall.

Coulson kicked his first just before the siren, Wonks winning by 15 points and winning their second premiership in three years.

Reserves: Western Districts vs Kingscote - Perfect conditions for footy, with just a slight breeze going towards the scoreboard end.

A nervous start by both sides, with shots for goal going wide and targets not being found. Walden up forward was an early worry and he got the reward from a smother to get the hounds off and running. The game was scrappy with neither side able to find any space.

An errant kick found Larcombe with a bit of time and he got Wonks scoring underway with a long goal. Kingscote started to find plenty of space, Johnston and Sankey used each other on the way forward, and Walden strolled into the open goal.

W.D-1.1 K-2.3

Kingscote had their turn with the wind and used it to a greater advantage outscoring their opponents four goals to one.

The big bodies of the Kingscote forward line really worried the undersized wonks defence and they dominated the first half of the quarter.

Riggs, Whittle and Evans tried their hardest to keep wonks in the game, but the Kingscote defence led by Donaghy and Mackie swept on any loose balls. Wonks snuck one in late but a lot more was needed with Kingscote up by 25 points at half time.

W.D- 2.3 K-6.4

Wonks tried hard to get back into the game early in the second half but Kingscote were just the more determined. Walden soccered his 4th, then "Yacka" put through another to just about put the result beyond doubt.

Kingscote playing much better as a team and using the ball much better. Walden kicked another and the Kingscote supporter's ecstatic with the game pretty well done and back to back flags guaranteed.

Riggs continued to battle on and scored a late goal but by this stage the game was done with still a quarter to play.

W.D- 3.4 K- 10.5

The first play of the last told the story of the game; Kempster burst out of the centre, passing to Johnston, kicking to Henderson out wide and Walden finished the work.

Kingscote just continued on their merry way as Wonks struggled to get it past the centre. Goals to Kempster, Matthews and Johnston told of the Hounds dominance.

Walden kicked his eighth on the siren to give the hounds a 76-point win in a dominant display.

Colts: Kingscote vs Dudley United - Kingscote have gone back to back in the colts, having outlasted Dudley United to win by 33 points.

Dudley came ready to play with Wheaton winning most of the hit outs, combining well with Willson and Florance. However, Kingscote had remained undefeated for a reason, and they slowly but surely built a lead throughout the game.

Christophers started off like a house on fire, and after a slow start K. Cockshell started to dominate the game. In fact, he was the main difference, with just too much pace and sure handiness for the other boys finishing with 10 goals.

The Dudley boys sure made the Hounds earn it though, and although the colt's premiership drought continues for the Dudley boys, they should keep enough big lads to challenge again next year.

For the moment though this was definitely the year of the hound in the colts in what was a dominant season and a well-deserved flag a just result. - Ball Magnet

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