Heywood’s heroes; Lions stand firm to claim South West premiership
REDEMPTION was well earned and well deserved for Heywood after defeating last year’s demons to take out Saturday’s South West District Football League grand final, defeating Heathmere at Dartmoor.
After last year’s six-point loss to Dartmoor broke an unbeaten season, the Lions were not to be denied for a second year in a row, securing an 11.18 (84) to 8.6 (54) triumph against a gallant Meres outfit.
It was a hard and brutal contest played in good and fair spirits, with the Lions overcoming an early deficit and wayward kicking to take the lead in the second quarter.
It was a lead they would never relinquish.
Leading the way was playing coach Nick Johnstone, who showed class and poise around the contest and he was named best afield.
The matchup everyone wanted to see was given, with Kye Bunworth lining up against Heathmere star Leon Davis, with Bunworth claiming the honours, keeping the ever dangerous Davis in check for the majority of the contest.
Kye’s brother Mitch provided plenty of run in the midfield alongside wingman Jeremy Ellis, while defender Ben Millard and James Imbi, who was swung into the forward line, were also impressive.
Dane Handreck, Josh Nash and Gordie Slade each booted two for the Lions, with Slade’s second a stunning left foot snap which sealed the win.
For Heathmere, young gun Will Kerrins lined up opposite Imbi and curbed his influence at several stages of the contest and was named its best player, with defenders Brad Jasper and Mitch Riddell joining playing coach Matt Lenehan, Stephen Lovett and Rowen Pickett among the best.
Lovett finished with two goals for the game alongside Mick Wilson with two.