Coach Gavin McMahon and his Berri Women`s Hockey side completed their spectacular rise from the lower ranks of the A Grade competition to win the A grade premiership by defeating Loxton 3-1 in Saturday`s Grand Final at Glassey Park.
The result ended a long domination of the competition by Loxton, chasing its seventh title in a row, and was a tribute to the fighting spirit of the Berri girls after they had been tipped out of the minor premiership and relegated to third position in the last minor round game.
They won the title the hard way defeating Waikerie then in the preliminary final Renmark.
It was Berri`s first Women`s A grade premiership since 1995.
The Berri goal scorers reflected the blend of youth and experience that made up the premiership team with Kira McMahon scoring two and evergreen Kris Weir one while the Best On Ground trophy went to one of the outstanding young brigade Ada Walladge.
In the Men`s A Grade Grand Final Waikerie went into the game as at least a warm favourite against defending champion Loxton but in something of an ‘upset’ Loxton took the title 2-1.
Waikerie had started as favourite after it`s impressive win over Loxton in the second semi final.
Not surprisingly in an effort like this Loxton stalwart Karl Hennig was named Best On Ground and was a goal scorer in a typically inspirational performance. The other goal came from Joel Hampel while Rowan Hope scored for Waikerie.
In other Men`s Grades Loxton also took out the B Grade 3-1 against Waikerie.Loxton goals were scored by Michael Hopper, Josh Baird and Kelvin Burgemeister (Best On Ground) and Luke Frost goaled for Waikerie.
In the Under 18 Grand Final, Tim Trewren and Bode Baylis goaled for Berri in it`s 2-0 victory against Waikerie. Tim Trewren was awarded Best On Ground.
Under 15 went to Renmark (Nathan Duggin, Ben Kaye, Jayden Bruce, Jacho Webb goals ) 4-1 against Waikerie (Clayton Hollamby goal). Renmark`s Nathan woodrow was Best On Ground.
Turning to the other Women`s Grand Finals Berri made it a senior double when it won 2-1 from Waikerie in B grade.Jo Size scored both of Berri`s goals while Waikerie`s Nina Rayner was the goal scorer and was also named Best On Ground.
Meanwhile a dominant Waikerie Under 18 side defeated Berri 6-2.Waikerie`s Tayla Gwynne was named Best On Court with the goals coming from Lisa Redemski 2, Trinity Schmidt, Sara Weir, Ashleigh Baker and Justice Ebert.
In an all Waikerie game in Under 12 Mixed Waikerie Black defeated White 1-0. Justice Ebert (Waikerie White) wasBest On Ground.