GRFL - Dominant display

ABSOLUTE dominance was the cornerstone of Wandella's latest Golden Rivers Football League premiership.

Ultima was considered a worthy opponent, but the Bombers barnstormed their way to premiership glory in emphatic fashion.

The 'Roos capitulated against relentless pressure and were humiliated by a 93-point thrashing.

The match was the 14th time in the past 15 seasons either the 'Roos or Bombers had featured in the grand final, with the margin the largest recorded this century - surpassing the 76-point win Murrabit produced against Wandella in 2007.

The Bombers are the season's benchmark, but Ultima had also won 13 games and was only adrift by virtue of percentage. The 'Roos had held sway by two goals at their early meeting this season and the Bombers bounced back in round 10 with a decisive 45-point margin before earning the straight road into the grand final with a 20-point second semi-final win.

Ultima opened with intent the first goal of the game, but Wandella - playing on its home turf - also settled well with a four-goal opening term with signs of defensive dominance already evident.

The 'Roos fell down around half-forward, with a swag of Bombers combining to continually repel any forward entries.

The second term was more of the same, with Ultima breaking through for a goal - its last of the match - while Wandella's dominance around the packs earning three more majors to hold a 32-point lead at the main break.

Ultima coach, Jack O'Rourke tried to rally his troops behind closed doors at half-time and many spectators would have expected a more spirited contest once play resumed.

The 'Roos failed to make even a whimper, whereas Wandella would have been further ahead at the last break if not for some inaccurate kicking.

Bombers' coach Paul Grayling called for 100 per cent effort in the last quarter and his charges responded accordingly.

Seven goals were scored in a dominant last quarter and the Roos could only manage two behinds from forward entries.

The Bombers' defenders did not let up and goals were virtually raffled between a squadron of forwards.

The umpires displayed yellow cards after a couple of incidents and yet Wandella continued its dominance with coach Grayling off with the blood rule and a couple of teammates sent off after going to his defence.

Wandella stalwart, Sam Taylor dominated in the centre and constantly led the forward thrusts and thoroughly deserved his accolade as the best afield, earning the AFL Victoria Country Medal for his sterling efforts.

Will-of-the wisp forward Jaden McGrath was a constant around the packs, kicking two goals himself and having a hand in many others. One goal came from a stunning burst of speed when he ran down an Ultima defender and caught him holding the ball.

Kokwam Niki also used speed and agility to advantage and contributed to the Bombers' forward potency.

The Bombers had winners on every line. Blake Anderson, Clinton Cummins and Matthew Close teamed with mobility in defence, the Robinsons - Troy and Tim - were dominant across half-back rover Cooper Condely gave the forwards many opportunities.

Ultima defender Stuart Polkinghorne tried gallantly against the might of his oppressors and big man Arnold Kirby tried to provide opportunities to outclassed forwards. Midfielders James Summerhayes and Tom Bull were also triers on a day that the Ultima's faithful would rather forget.

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