Spectators watch on as Panthers move the ball up the field.
Spectators watch on as Panthers move the ball up the field. Claudia Williams

Final goal kicked for Nanango

FOOTBALL: The Nanango Panthers defeated the Kingaroy Gunners in the Men's Division 1 Football Grand Final 2-1 to secure the premiership.

President of Nanango Panthers, Damien Walters, said the whole club was proud of the team's performance.

"The boys were happy to come away with the win,” he said.

"We have a really good culture in our senior club.

"They come and win when they need to and they did a really good job.

"Credit to Kingaroy, they put on a really good show and came back at our boys in the second half.”

Dimas Bakini opened the goal scoring for the Panthers in the fifth minute.

Nanango's second goal came in the 30th minute from Jordane Saunders.

The Gunners' defence ensured the Panthers' scoreboard remained unchanged in the second half.

The Panthers were coached to premiership victory by Lauren Mangan, who has had a major positive impact since returning to the club seven years ago, Walters said.

"She put a lot of work into the players and into recruiting and has got the club back on track,” he said.

"She manages to get a win out of them every week.”

Kingaroy Gunners coach, Debbie Ovens, was proud of the effort her team put in and the courage they showed despite the final result.

"They are a young team, with 15 and 16-year-olds, and for them to show the maturity to go up against a well-structured and drilled Nanango team, I was very proud of them,” she said.

"We started slowly which allowed Nanango to gain the upper advantage,” she said.

"To pick themselves up from 2-0 down in the second half was very impressive.”

The Gunners' hard-fought goal was scored in the 65th minute by Adrian Watts.

"A loss is disappointing in a grand final but they are all coming back next year so we will be bigger and stronger for 2018,” Ovens said.

Man of the Match and awards for the season will be presented at the Football South Burnett awards dinner on Saturday, September 16.

Walters said the Nanango Panthers would like to thank the Nanango Stags Rugby League Club, for allowing the use of their field and facilities.

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