1ST SEMI FINAL MATCH PREVIEW – WARRAGUL INDUSTRIALS V POOWONG
It was an all too familiar scenario for Dusties supporters last week – another finals loss. Prior to last week it has made a finals appearance eight times over the last 10 years but without winning a flag – although to cut it some slack it was desperately unlucky to lose last years grand final by a solitary point. Last Sunday was Poowong’s first final appearance since 2007. Warragul were good in patches last week but when it was on top it could not put pressure on the scoreboard. Disappointingly it was outscored in all four quarters and got run over in the last term. It is a given that 2018 Lang Lang Golf Club MVP Tyson Bale, Shane Brewster and Tye Holland will perform but the Dusties will need to find a few more avenues to goal if it is to keep its flag chances alive. Poowong ball magnets Jack Hazendonk and Tim Wyatt were outstanding last Sunday and its half back line of Jayden Sullivan, Alex Doria and Jai Newcombe often proved a stumbling block for Catani in defence. After missing last week key forward Ben Hancock – who has endured hamstring problems all season must surely be doubtful again.EDFL website
2ND SEMI FINAL MATCH PREVIEW – NYORA V LONGWARRY
Nyora knocked over the Warragul Industrials in both home and away encounters. In round 5 by five points and in round 15 by 18 points. The Saints lost its last game and only its second loss for the season but one thinks its focus in the last round was more fixated on the 2nd Semi-Final.
Their opponents Longwarry were very impressive in last Saturday’s qualifying final. Its midfield led by Russell Lehman, Brody Rundell, Danny Wells and Jake Delphine regularly cut a swathe through the Dusties defence. Their midfield strength is such that it allowed Riley Rundell to play forward and with four majors last week he also wreaked havoc with his pace. In their round 15 encounter the Nyora midfield eclipsed the Longwarry on ball brigade. On that day the Crows failed to man up and let too many Saints run free. From all reports tall Nyora forward Ben Schultz has recovered from a compound fracture of his thumb but the Saints have a big doubt over the fitness of Dylan Heylen.EDFL website
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