Boisdale Briagolong has emphatically booked its first East Gippsland Football Netball League grand final.
The Bombers powered away from minor premier, Lindenow, during a dominant second quarter at City Oval on Saturday, and were never headed, running out 38-point victors.
It was the Bombers’ first senior final since entering the competition in 2015.
Trailing by one goal at quarter time, Boisdale Briagolong opened the game up in a 20-minute period during the second term, led by coach, Josh Stubbe.
Stubbe – who was joined by brothers Daniel and Jordan among the team’s best – was the game changer when he swung himself deep into attack, drilling four goals in the space of 10 minutes to turn the game. His one-on-one prowess was on display, but equally his team’s ball use was exceptional. By hand the Bombers created time and space, by foot they were lethal, led by the likes of Josh Hegarty and Hayden Burgiel.
Lindenow had no answers, and while it stemmed the flow somewhat in the second half, Boisdale Briagolong was in cruise control having opened up a 26-point advantage, which extended to 39 four minutes into the third quarter on the back of
consecutive Jordan Stubbe goals. Jordan Stubbe finished with five majors in a perfect small forward’s game, while older brother, Daniel, was a brilliant lead-up centre half forward, forcing the Cats to swing Lachlan Dumaresq from forward to defence after half time.
The Stubbe brothers were excellent, as was athletic big man, runner-up league best and fairest, David McKean, he completed an excellent aerial game with a pack mark and goal in the final term. It was a complete performance from the Bombers – Nic Campbell kicked two goals, Dylan Alexander was a major ball winner, Shaun Bates did some heavy lifting, while down back they had the match ups spot on. Darren Allen kicked three goals for the Cats, however Pat St John did outpoint him regularly in one-on-one contests. The Bombers also led the pressure stakes, laying bone-crunching tackles consistently.
Lindenow will be forced to do some soul searching. The Cats weren’t potent in attack aside from Allen, while their defenders had no answers when under pressure. Five-time league best and fairest, Luke Dyer, started well, however after quarter time his disposals were met with pressure. Coach, Justin Gould, worked tirelessly and finished with 31 possessions, however was lacking midfield support as McKean, Bates, Alexander and Josh Stubbe dictated terms.
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