2016 was a tough year for Saturday football with rain forecast for most games. However, that didn’t stop our A Grade footballers heading out into the weather for a chance at premiership glory.
Here is the report card on how the teams went in season 2016:
It was an impressive finish to 2016 for University as they managed to win 16 games with just one loss and one draw for the season. The reigning premiers won their first seven games of the season including a 98-point win in round five over Fremantle CBC. Their only loss coming in Round 8 to Trinity Aquinas while their draw was against the same team in Round 17.
Finishing as minor premiers in 2016 it seemed that University were still the team to beat however losses in the finals denied them a three-peat this year. Much like the exit of Trinity Aquinas in last year’s finals, University had the bye in the first week before losing to Trinity Aquinas in the Semi Final by 19 points and went down by just one point in their Preliminary Final against Scarborough.
Trinity Aquinas: A+
Despite winning 14 out of 18 games for the year Trinity Aquinas found themselves in second spot at the end of the season. Their two losses came in Round 11 against Fremantle CBC and Round 18 against North Beach. Their two draws for the year were against Scarborough and University in Round 6 and 17 respectively. They had some impressive wins as well winning eight of their 14 games by 50 points or more.
All eyes were on Trinity Aquinas at the end of the season to see if they had put last year’s straight sets finals exit behind them. They had done just that with a 17-point win over North Beach in the Qualifying Final, a team they had lost to just a week before. Trinity Aquinas managed to secure another win in the Semi Final to propel them straight into the Grand Final with a week’s break in between.
It was the finish they had been hoping for with a 12-point win over Scarborough to take home the A Grade premiership for the first time.
North Beach: A-
North Beach spent the year moving between fourth and fifth spot on the ladder before settling in third spot at the end of the season. A final round win over Trinity Aquinas pushing them into the Qualifying Final. Their win in the final round would have given them some confidence going into the finals but after a brave fight they went down by 17 points.
Another tough contest in the Semi Final saw them defeated by Scarborough, going down by 34 points.
Scarborough stunned the A Grade competition this season after making it from the B Grade Grand Final straight into the A Grade Grand Final. They finished in fourth spot with 11 wins, 6 losses and a draw. They stamped their mark on the A Grade competition early on winning four out of their first five games including a draw with Trinity Aquinas in Round 6.
They also showed no sign of nerves when it came to finals beating Fremantle CBC by 51 points in their Elimination Final before a 34-point win over North Beach set them up for a Preliminary final against last year’s premiers University.
Trailing by 27 points at three quarter time it appeared they might have come to the end of their season. An inspirational final quarter saw them kick 4.6 to 0.2 to win by a solid point.
They were in the contest throughout the Grand Final but it wasn’t to be finishing as runners up after a 12-point loss to Trinity Aquinas.
Fremantle CBC: B
It was a slow start to the season for Fremantle CBC losing five out of their first six matches but they quickly turned that around in Round 7 to win the next five out of six matches including wins over Trinity Aquinas and Scarborough. Despite the slow start Fremantle CBC finished with 9 wins and 9 losses to jump into fifth spot. It was a quick exit from the finals series though after a 51-point loss to Scarborough in the Elimination Final.
West Coast: B-
West Coast finished the year with 8 wins, 10 losses and just two points outside of playing finals. They only had to wait one round before they recorded their first win of the season in Round 2 against North Beach.
They made it count against bottom sides throughout the year but failed to beat the top sides going down to Trinity Aquinas, University and Scarborough both times they met.
Curtin Uni Wesley: B-
It has been a successful few years in A Grade for Curtin Uni Wesley making the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Grand Final including taking out the 2013 Premiership. However, they failed to make the finals at all in 2016.
They finished with 7 wins and 11 losses leaving them in seventh position and two wins out of the finals. All their wins unfortunately were against bottom of the ladder sides as they failed to beat a team in the top four.
Kalamunda have just survived relegation for the second year in a row after finishing in eighth position again. With the appointment of Eagles premiership player Steven Armstrong as coach the club was hoping for a better outcome in 2016 however unfortunately this wasn’t the case.
They managed to win just 4 of their 18 games and just survived relegation thanks to a draw with Hamersley Carine in Round 13 which gave them the two points they needed to stay ahead. It's back to the drawing board for the Cougars as they find ways to be competitive again in A Grade.
After an interrupted start to the season Kelmscott wasted no time getting on the winners list with a four-point win over Kalamunda in Round 3. However, they only managed to win another three games over bottom placed sides to finish the season with 14 losses and the lowest percentage of the competition.
After two seasons in A Grade it was a disappointing result for Kelmscott who played finals in this grade only a year ago.
Hamersley Carine: D
For Hamersley Carine, it was a year they would rather forget as they finished with the wooden spoon after managing just two wins and one draw.
One of those wins came from a forfeit from Kelmscott in the first round to give them a 90-1 victory. They waited all season for their first true win which came in the final round of the year with a four-point win over Curtin Uni Wesley at home. Their draw was against Kalamunda in Round 13.
After finishing on a high at the end of 2015 with a fairy-tale finish for the premiership, Hamersley Carine were certainly given an eye opener to the next level of competition which unfortunately leaves them to rebuild their reputation back in B Grade.
Final Ladder 2016