Back-to-back flags a big incentive for Boulder in 2024

Neale HarveyKalgoorlie Miner
Simon Edwards will coach Boulder in the GFL in 2024.
Camera IconSimon Edwards will coach Boulder in the GFL in 2024. Credit: Boulder City Football Club/Supplied

Boulder’s 2024 defence of the Goldfields Football League premiership starts next month with a squad hoping to go back-to-back for the first time in more than 25 years.

Under new coach Simon Edwards, the Tigers will look to emulate the deeds of the club’s 1997 and 1998 teams that posted grand final victories against Kalgoorlie and Railways, respectively.

Brett Mayo was at the helm for both triumphs that were chalked-up in vastly different circumstances.

In the 1997 decider, Boulder were on the brink of losing a third straight grand final when they relinquished the lead at the 22-minute mark of the last term.

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Kalgoorlie had clawed back from a 26-point deficit midway through the third term, but goals to Mayo and Clayton Anderson — who kicked truly inside the final minute — got the Tigers home by seven points.

The following season, the black-and-golds made it back-to-back flags in a 104-point grand final demolition of Railways.

Edwards was formally appointed in February as 2023 premiership coach Aaron Sweet’s replacement.

He returns to lead the Tigers’ seniors for a third time, following previous stints in 2010-11 and 2013.

Derby clashes between Railways and Kalgoorlie and Boulder and Mines Rovers will launch the 2024 season on April 6.

Kambalda have drawn a first-round bye before opening their campaign against Mines Rovers on April 13 at Kambalda West Oval.

It will be the first of three consecutive home games to open the season for the Eagles.

Their first away game will be at Digger Daws Oval when they clash with Boulder on May 4.

Kambalda will play nine of their 16 matches on their home ground, including the round 20 clash against Boulder to finish the home-and-away season.

This year’s finals series will open on August 31 with the second semifinal. The sudden-death first semifinal will be on September 1, the preliminary final on September 7 and the grand final on September 14.

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