Gnowangerup ends 19 year premiership drought
It's the first time the Bulldogs have taken home the premiership cup in 19 years. And the occasion wasn't lost on the crowd.
President of the Gnowangerup Football Club, Nick Lockyer, said the response was unlike anything he's ever witnessed in WA country football.
"I've never experienced grand final success. It was probably one of the more surprising things for myself.
"You've got the spectators and past committee members just coming up and hugging you and there are tears running down their eyes," he said speaking to Andrew Collins on ABC Great Southern Breakfast.
"I just had to sit back for about five minutes in the change room and contemplate what just happened.
"It absolutely took me by surprise. I didn't know what to expect and then there was just an amazing feeling afterwards. It was just brilliant."
Good indicators pre-season
Mr Lockyer accredits the grand final success to a strong pre-season. The first training session of 2015 was attended by over 20 players, an event which would normally attract around five committed members.
"No one really likes running laps and it was just great to see that we had that many people there," said Mr Lockyer.
He said that numbers held steady throughout the season.
"It's just been fantastic that we've been able to hold such good numbers this year, so if we got an injury, another player could come and take their place no worries," he said.
Where many country football clubs struggle to maintain numbers, Mr Lockyer said that Gnowangerup has been fortunate to draw upon players from neighbouring Tambellup and Nyabing.
"One of the joys that Gnowangerup has had is weight in numbers.
"The Gnowangerup community itself is quite a sizable one for a country town. So we're a bit lucky in that aspect."