STEWART Bovell Park played host to the 2016 Onshore Cup Football Association grand final on September 24, which saw a rematch between 2014 grand final teams the Dunsborough Mulies and the Busselton Bombers.
Having earned the home final by defeating Dunsborough three weeks prior, Busselton came into the game looking to redeem themselves from two straight years of grand final disappointment.
It would be no easy feat, as they looked to overcome the perennial favourites of the competition.
The weather had cleared, the sun was shining, and a great crowd was in attendance to witness the final game of the 2016 season.
In a hard hitting first quarter, the Bombers came out strong against the wind, holding the Mulies at bay and finishing the quarter three goals in front.
With the Mulies kicking back in the second quarter, the game was reduced to a one goal difference heading into the major break.
The third quarter continued in the same vein, with the Bombers holding on to a five-point lead going into the final quarter.
The Bombers were aware of the past – having led at three quarter time in the previous two grand finals but failing to win either premiership – but were inspired by a rousing speech from coach Peter Plozza to push hard for the win.
The team would respond by kicking six unanswered goals in the final quarter, winning their first premiership since 2002, and their second in club history.
The final score was the Busselton Bombers 12.5.77, to the Dunsborough Mulies’ 5.6.36.
Young gun Jake Schepis was named Best on Ground after a three-goal final quarter, which set the scene for the Bombers’ victory.