PRELIMINARY FINAL RESULT
Lindenow has won the opportunity to vie for its fourth East Gippsland Football Netball League senior premiership.
The Cats will take on Boisdale Briagolong this Saturday at City Oval after surging away from Wy Yung in a wildly windy, physical preliminary final.
Lindenow won the low-scoring battle by 35 points, keeping the Tigers to just two second quarter goals – both free kicks to Brodie Anderson – before sealing victory with three final term majors – the only goals kicked into the wind for the afternoon.
It was still game on deep into the third quarter. Wy Yung trailed by just eight points when an attempt to rush a behind allowed Mick Preston to kick an opportunistic goal.
The Cats’ lead was 15 at the final break, Wy Yung needed the first goal of the final term to remain a chance, however the all important major went to Rohan Blandford, who delivered on the end of a chain of handballs at the six minute mark.
Preston would add another after a one-one-one mark where he edged his opponent under the ball, before Darren Allen scored from an advantage free kick on the stroke of time on.
While conditions didn’t allow for a skillful affair, the Cats took an early lead with a slight wind advantage, the fierce gusts directed at the gate pocket.
The Tigers were able to reduce the deficit to two at the half and an early third quarter behind put them within one, however that is as close as they would get.
Lindenow absorbed the Wy Yung pressure and capitalised when it counted.
The Cats will carry some sore bodies into the grand final, namely ruckman, Angus Fortune, who was carrying an elbow injury from midway through the third quarter, despite a superb four-quarter effort.
Wy Yung was strong in the contest and at times tempers flared, however it lacked the polish at the end.
Neither side was able to use the wind perfectly, unable to take the ball to the down the clubrooms wing and attack effectively. The ball was stuck on the museum side for practically the entire game, where stoppages and boundary throw ins ensued.
League best and fairest, Luke Dyer, who was well held in the semi final, kicked the opening goal of the match and finished with 18 disposals, Blandford kicked two goals and was always in space, while Justin Blair also won some hard ball. Blandford was joined by Preston and Allen with two goals.
Wy Yung coach, Shaun Mooney, collected 27 disposals, 25 of which were kicks.
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