South Mandurah Falcons named PFNL's 2021 premiers

PREMIERS: The South Mandurah Falcons are the PFNL's 2021 premiers. Photo: Shazza J Photography.
PREMIERS: The South Mandurah Falcons are the PFNL's 2021 premiers. Photo: Shazza J Photography.

The PFNL's 2021 league grand final was monumental for the South Mandurah Falcons, who faced off against their biggest adversaries the Rockingham Rams in what appeared to be history repeating itself - but this time, the Falcons managed to change the ending and take out the premiership flag.

Last season, the Rams and the Falcons took to the grand final field in similar conditions - it was wet and rainy, the crowds were wild and it came down to the very last kick.

After missing out last season, the Falcons pledged they would come back stronger than ever - and that they did.

The stalls were packed with committed fans for both teams, many willing to succumb to the rain in the front few rows in order to get a good view of the game.

Bounce down silenced the crowd, who were eagerly awaiting to see who would start off the strongest.

The first quarter proved the game was going to be a close one, with an equal amount of points coming from both teams.

Rockingham's Fraser Millar was a gun, with not much getting between him and the ball - giving Rockingham a strong start.

CELEBRATION: The crowd swarmed onto the field to congratulate the boys on their win. Photo: Samantha Ferguson.

CELEBRATION: The crowd swarmed onto the field to congratulate the boys on their win. Photo: Samantha Ferguson.

For every mark and intercept by Miller, South Mandurah's Brody Wemm was right there, cementing himself as a player to watch as the quarter progressed.

Quarter two and three saw the same tit-for-tat gameplay as the first - both teams staying within five points of each other - leaving fans on the edges of their seats.

The crowd were as formidable as the players, erupting into applause with each goal and letting out dejected boos with each intercept.

It was in the fourth quarter that the game turned on its head, with South Mandurah bringing a new level of energy despite the pelting rain.

And to Kal and my boys - we had everything to give and we gave it.

Jasmine Cashell-Tregenza

The Falcons scored huge goals 14 and 23 minutes into the fourth quarter, which sealed the Rams' fate.

As the final siren rang out, the crowd leapt from their seats and swarmed onto the muddy field where the Falcons celebrated their 45-39 premiership win.

When the Mail caught up with South Mandurah coach Kallen Williams after the game, he said he was "beyond proud" of the boys.

Rams coach Scott Franklin congratulated South Mandurah on their play in the final along with their plays throughout the season, naming them "a fantastic team with a fantastic coach".

South Mandurah president Jasmine Cashell-Tregenza echoed Franklin's and Williams' sentiments in her speech during the presentations.

"To the PFNL, thank you for everything that you do - and to the umpires, we couldn't do this without you," Cashell-Tregenza said.

"Rocko, you are fierce - you're always fierce, don't drop your heads, it was amazing today.

"And to Kal and my boys - we had everything to give and we gave it."

South Mandurah's Callum Dews was named best on ground after his outstanding plays which kept South Mandurah ahead in the last quarters.