Dongara’s fifth and most recent premiership in 2016 was won in emphatic fashion at the expense of Mingenew. Final scores were Dongara 20.7 (148) defeated Mingenew 5.6 (36).
The club enjoyed considerable success during the early 1990s but was then forced into recess, not reforming until 2000. The winning 2008 grand final was the senior grade side’s second since the reformation, the first having been two years earlier when Coorow Latham won by 32 points, 12.15 (87) to 8.7 (55). In between their 2008 and 2016 premierships the Eagles were losing grand finalists against Mingenew in both 2010 and 2014.
The 2017 season saw the Eagles again qualifying for the finals only to lose both the second semi final to Mingenew and the preliminary final to Coorow Latham to end up in third place on the six team premiership ladder. A year later they endured a disastrous campaign during which they managed just two wins from 15 matches to slump to the wooden spoon. It was therefore little short of astonishing when the Eagles bounced back in 2019 to claim a premiership. Opposed on grand final day by Morawa they emerged comfortably victorious with scores of 12.12 (84) to 9.8 (62).
In 2020 the NMFL operated on a reduced scale owing to the coronavirus pandemic and Dongara spent the season on the sidelines, with the intention of resuming in 2021.
John Devaney - Full Points Publications