LINDENOW v WY YUNG
Where is it being played?: Bairnsdale City Oval
What time is the seniors game scheduled to start?: 2:15pm, Saturday September 7th
Two teams, one position, it all comes down to this.
Arch-rivals Lindenow and Wy Yung will battle it out for the final position in the East Gippsland Football Netball League grand final tomorrow at Bairnsdale City Oval.
The do-or-die preliminary final will see one team fall agonisingly short of competing for the premiership while the other will face off against Boisdale Briagolong for ultimate glory.
After having a week off the Tigers are fresh and have the momentum coming into the match after dismantling Lucknow by 39 points in the first semi.
Wy Yung’s ability to win the ball at the coalface through players like Rob Brick and Josh Broome and get the ball forward to the likes of Jimmy Young, Liam Rooney and Brodie Anderson makes it a dangerous contest for the Cats.
In the second semi final, Lindenow was out bodied by Boisdale Briagolong as the latter secured a comprehensive 38-point win.
The Cats’ major balls winners in captain, Luke Dyer (22), and coach, Justin Gould (31), still had plenty of disposals, however a lot of their touches were in the back half, they will need to reverse that tomorrow to create more scoring opportunities. Gould says his side is disappointed it has to rely on the second chance.
“It’s very important for us to bounce back and I think a lot of people were disappointed in the result last week, they just outplayed us,” Gould said.
“It is a positive that we do have the second chance and we’ll come out and play a lot better than we did last week.”
Lindenow has won on all three occasions this season, by 34 points in round three, five in round eight and 66 in round 15. Gould says his side must be wary of the Tigers’ defensive set up.
“I think they structure up really well and we’ve got to try and stop their run,” Gould said.
“They have some really good outside runners and they probably troubled us earlier in the season at Wy Yung so we’ve got to stop some of those boys.
“I think the game will be won in the midfield. Whoever can get some clear stoppage work will be on top.
“They are a pretty even side across the whole ground but I think we can get them up forward.
“We need to get the ball in quick enough to put their backline under pressure.” Lindenow midfield bull, Justin Blair, will play his 100th senior game while onballer, Rob Brick, and defender, Darcy Murray, will notch up 50 and 150 senior-game milestones for Wy Yung.
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