Flinders News Trophy winner Aleksander Kangur had a "curtainraiser" of his own before Orroroo defeated Broughton-Mundoora in the Northern Areas Football Association grand final at Crystal Brook on Saturday.
The presentation of medals and trophies for the association took place before the B grade and A grade deciders in beautiful spring weather.
Kangur stepped up to represent his club BMW as the winner of the Flinders News Trophy for best-and-fairest association player this season. He also received the Mail Medal and the Thomas Foods award for his feat.
Despite giving the eventual premiers a scare with a powerful second quarter, Broughton-Mundoora was unable to overcome Orroroo in the decider.
The Eagles were 10 points behind at the first break.
In a stellar second term, they piled on 5-2 to their opponents' solitary goal to lead by 16 points. As the second half began, it was an arm-wrestle between the teams, but the Roos clawed their way back to be three points ahead at the final change - 8-3 to 7-7.
The scene was set for a mighty finale, but Orroroo stole the show to swamp their rivals with a four-goal quarter to the Eagles' lone behind. The margin of 29 points failed to reflect how close the match had been for three quarters.
The Roos, as worthy champions, hoisted the premiership cup in a blaze of glory.
The scoreline: Orroroo 3-2, 4-2, 8-3, 12-7 (79); Broughton-Mundoora 2-4, 6-6, 7-7, 7-8 (50).
Hombsch led the way among the goal-scorers with four majors for Orroroo while B. Reid and T. Reid each chimed in with two. Singles were scored by McCarthy, Dignan, Nicholas and Bowman. Best for the premiers were Bowman, Delmenico, Hombsch, Duffy, McCarthy and J. Byerlee.
Hayes, Dolling and Hewett each kicked two goals for the runners-up with Allen scoring one major. Best for the Eagles were Bowley, Damin, Dolling, Wheelen and Dickeson.
In the B grade, a sharp-shooting Broughton-Mundoora shut down Crystal Brook by half-time to run out eventual winners by 65 points. The Roosters' inaccuracy showed in its final score of 4-11, but even an improvement would have left them well short. The scoreline was Eagles 6-1, 9-1, 13-2, 16-4 (100); Roosters 2-3, 3-6, 3-8, 4-11 (35).
Best for the champions were Freer, Boughen, Sims, Edwards and Klingberg while Seymour, O'Dea, Palmer, Crouch and Pater were strong for the runners-up. The B grade flag was the third out of four grand finals won on the day by the Eagles, but not the big one. In the senior colts, Broughton-Mundoora 15-16 (106) defeated Orroroo 5-1 (31). The junior colts' crown went to Broughton-Mundoora 8-9 (57), defeating Jamestown-Peterborough 4-5 (29).