Football: Kalamunda Cougars lose grand final by 13 points to Wembley

Kevin Cox applies pressure. Picture: Don Benson Photography
Kevin Cox applies pressure. Picture: Don Benson Photography

AFTER narrowly losing the preliminary final, but then being granted a berth in the grand final after it was discovered Whitfords played unregistered players, the D2 reserves travelled to Stirling on Saturday to take on a one-loss Wembley team.

The Cougars started slowly but were kept in it early by the run of Michael Adams and best-on-ground player Kevin Cox.

It was not until the third term where the Cougars finally kicked into gear, when Matt van Herk started to get on top across half forward and after goals to Michael Ferritto and Connor Chivers, the Cougars were within striking distance.

Despite some silly turnovers and skill errors, the Cougars kept pushing in the last quarter, and after goals to Whalley, Van Herk and Courtney Graefling, they looked set to steal the game with the margin back to seven points.

But a costly 50m penalty allowed Wembley to steady and kick a late goal which sealed them the 13 point win 8.10 (58) to 6.9 (45).