The Cowell football oval roared with cheers as the final siren of the A grade grand final sounded and the Ports A grade team celebrated their first ever A grade premiership since amalgamating in 1989, after beating Kimba by a mere nine points.
It had been 15 years since the Ports Football Club had made an appearance in the Eastern Eyre Football League A grade grand final, 44 years since Arno Bay Football Club had won a grand final and 29 years since Port Neill took home a flag.
Ports Football Club president Ash Masters said the win had brought a lot of joy to everyone involved in the club.
“We are all over the moon, it has been a long time coming,” Mr Masters said.
“It has brought so much joy to not only the team but to their fathers and grandfathers who have been waiting for this for so long.
“It’s definitely going to have a positive effect on the whole club.”
Kimba were sent home with no football premierships, with Eastern Ranges taking out the premierships in the junior colts, senior colts and B grade football.
On the netball court, it was a mixed bag of premiership winners with Kimba getting premierships in the B, C and D grades, while Cowell took home the flags for the C2, E and E2 grades.
However it was Eastern Ranges who took home the shield from the main event – the A grade match against Kimba.
It is estimated that about 2000 people made their way through the gates at Cowell Football Oval to support their local football and netball clubs compete for the premierships, and mother nature brought out the beautiful spring weather for the day.
Eastern Eyre Football League junior president Kym Villis said the day was fantastic overall.
“It was a fantastic day for Eastern Eyre football, especially with Ports with their premiership,” he said.
“We had three entertaining games of football, with the senior colts having a thrashing.
“Thank you to the Cowell Football and Netball Club for putting on a flawless day.”
- Photos and full reports on each of the grand final games in Sport from page 13.