Foster caused an upset against Stony Creek in the lead up, to the finals on Saturday.
Playing at the Foster Showgrounds, a strong breeze caused havoc on the ground. Stony Creek kicked with the wind in the first quarter.
Kael Bergles kicked two goals early in the first five minutes, causing a stir in the Foster line up. Foster toughened up its defence, and these goals turned out to be the only ones Bergles would kick for the game. Foster’s Beau Elkington was named in the best for his pressure on Bergles. Stony Creek finished the first quarter four goals ahead, but would soon realise it had not capitalised enough on the wind advantage.
A regrouped Foster outfit took to the field in the second quarter and left the Lions shell shocked. The Tigers began winning in the middle, overpowering its opponents in the ruck. Stony Creek ruckman Dylan Zuidema battled hard against Foster’s Lincoln Toner; an effort that placed him in Stony Creek’s best. The midfield continued to up its work rate, responding to Stony Creek’s first quarter pace. It began to play some smart footy and used its knowledge of the home ground well, which was a credit to coach Brad Rooney. Foster had 14 scoring shots in the second quarter, resulting in seven goals and seven behinds. A flat footed Stony Creek managed one behind.
It was in the third quarter that Foster showed its class. Battling with the wind again, the Foster defence did not give Stony Creek the option to catch up, only allowing five behinds. Foster played a physical game and Stony Creek had no answers. Jack Roper was named in Foster’s best for his delivery from the back line. Tom McGowan was the top goal kicker for the Tigers with five, and he also provided some drive from the middle. For Stony Creek, Jayden Nolan was a standout in the back line. Stony Creek kicked two goals in the third, but it was done and dusted, putting Foster back into third position.
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It is no wonder they whacked some wind turbines at the top of the Toora hills because by jingo by crikey it was blowing there on Saturday as the home side tested top side Fish Creek.
Toora is the side that’s on the improve and they took on top of the table Fish Creek in a game that probably has no bearing on the final make of ladder positions but was going to be a good indicator of just where both sides are at this stage.
Toora kicked with the wind and attacked early through Griffin and Manton kicking the opener of the match.
Coach Mitchell had his Pies attacking early throughout his midfield and Toora went two goals up.
Contested footy was key in the first stanza and Fishy looked a little rattled as the Toora on-ballers applied immense pressure.
Kicking into the wind the Roos found goals through Seccull and Cooper to keep things square at the first breather.
The second quarter started well for the Roos with Manne using Ethan Park to Hunt and the Roos were off to a flyer.
Toora’s gun mids were battling to go with the likes of the two Parks, Cameron and Harfield-Park. Oaten was tackling like a man possessed and Fishy skipped away.
Grant and Griffin along with Manton gave the only yelp for Toora, but the Kangas kicked away to a five-goal lead at the main break.
After half time Toora came out swinging. The heat was on and it rattled the Creek for a moment.
The Kangas steadied through Ethan Park, Bailey Hatfield-Park and Tom Cameron, and surged the Fishy boys on.
Manton, Griffin and Grant were defiant and kept the black and white within reach.
It seemed the rough stuff didn’t work for Toora as the Creek kept the five-goal buffer going into the last.
Fish Creek had the breeze in the last and it seemed they would skip away.
But the Toora boys ran the footy up into to the wind and got within three kicks. Moor, Attard and Manton repelled attacks from the Kangas but it was not enough as Hunt, Seccull and Manne slammed goals on for Fish Creek and they ran out 40-point winners.
Fish Creek are clear top pick as we get closer to finals but Toora are clearly on the improve and are certainly a very big danger when the whips start cracking. Finals action is only a couple of weeks away.

South Gippsland Sentinel Times


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