SWHL Men's grand final: Wests celebrates 6-5 win over Boyanup

Around the ground: Wests secured a stunning 6-5 win over 2019 premiers Boyanup in yesterday's South West Hockey League - Men's grand final. Photo: Thomas Munday.
Around the ground: Wests secured a stunning 6-5 win over 2019 premiers Boyanup in yesterday's South West Hockey League - Men's grand final. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Boyanup and Wests played out a thrilling showdown in the 2020 South West Hockey League - Men's grand final on Saturday afternoon.

At the end of a strange season, players and spectators gathered at the Bunbury Hockey Stadium for a day of exciting SWHL, A2, and A3 clashes.

Unperturbed by the wintry conditions, Wests took control of the contest before going on to claim a handy 4-3 lead at the main break.

Looking to win back-to-back premiership titles, Boyanup rallied to secure the equaliser late in the third quarter.

After Wests re-claimed the lead (5-4), the reigning premiers levelled the scores again with five minutes, 30 seconds remaining.

With just 3:50 to go, Wests weaved through Boyanup's defence, crossed the ball in, and scored their sixth goal of the game.

Fending off a last-ditch effort from Boyanup, Wests held on to celebrate a hard-fought 6-5 premiership victory.

A strong fourth-quarter effort saw Marist storm home to claim a 1-0 win over Associates in the SWHL - Women's grand final.

With the scores level (0-0) at three-quarter time, the stage was set for a spirited contest - between two formidable sides - in the final term.

Capitalising on a penalty corner, Marist put away the game's first and only goal with 7:50 left on the clock.

The side dominated possession and kept Associates' attackers at bay throughout the remaining few minutes.

Reigning premiers Marist defeated Exies (2-1) in the A2 Men's grand final, after Marist breezed past Towns/South (2-0) in the A2 Women's decider.

Harvey Hockey Club and Exies Kittens cruised to victory in the A3 Men's and A3 Women's grand finals, respectively.

Bunbury and Districts Hockey Association marketing officer Tracey Elphick thanked the clubs for supporting one another, and for abiding by COVID-19 guidelines, over the past few months.

She and the committee were pleased to see such a wide variety of clubs participating in this year's finals series.