Rivals to clash in Whyalla Grand Final

RIVALRY: West Whyalla has beaten Central both times the teams clashed in 2020 - by 50 points in Round 1 and 19 points in Round 6.
RIVALRY: West Whyalla has beaten Central both times the teams clashed in 2020 - by 50 points in Round 1 and 19 points in Round 6.

The 2020 Whyalla Football League Grand Final will be a rematch between two long-time rivals, but the question on everyone's lips is: "Can West be stopped?"

West Whyalla and Central Whyalla will do battle for the A Grade premiership at Bennett Oval on Saturday, with tickets already selling out for the high profile clash.

The Dragons are aiming for their fifth WFL premiership in a row, which would equal their best ever streak from 1969-1973, while Central hope to win their first A Grade premiership since 2007.

Interestingly, West ended Central's league-best streak of six premierships between 1999 and 2004 when they won the 2005 premiership.

This time the roles will be reversed, but West Coach Brad Smith says he has 'a lot of respect' for the Roosters.

"It will be a tough game, always is against Central. We've had a pretty strong rivalry with them since 2013," he said.

"It would be wonderful to win five in a row but you just have to focus on the weekend, you can't get ahead of yourself."

In 2013 West knocked off Central by 23 points to earn back-to-back A Grade premierships.

The Roosters almost got revenge on West in the 2017 Grand Final where they led the Dragons at every change only for a seven-goal final term saw West claim a come-from-behind 19-point win and back-to-back premierships.

In last year's final West were too strong for Central, smashing them by 49 points on the back of a five-goal first quarter.

Central Coach Mark Turner backed his side, which has won back-to-back thrilling finals against North Whyalla and Roopena, to break the Roosters 13-year premiership drought.

"It would be a big relief for the club to break that drought...it's what we all strive for, that's why we play football - to be successful and win that last game of the year," he said.