2ND SEMI FINAL
Yallourn-Yallourn retained their undefeated run to advance to the Grand Final after a clinical win over Hill End in Saturday’s second semi. The 32 point win was flattering for the Bombers as the game was a lot closer than the scoreboard suggested. YYN opened against the wind and goaled within the first minute from Keenan Hughes, Hill End fought back and Chase Saunders goaled from outside fifty to equalise. Lachlan Fanning put on the Hillmen’s second as they hit the front. It was goal for goal as both teams attacked but YYN made better use of kicking against the win. By quarter time Hill End held a three point lead. The second term was the winning quarter for YYN as the Bombers made use of the breeze with Keenan Hughes contributing four goals as the Bombers tied up Hill End, five unanswered goals by YYN put them in a good position. Better choices made by YYN resulted in scores while Hill End wasted opportunities by small kicks which at times came undone as YYN applied the pressure. Hill End were starved up forward as YYN controlled the mid field with their nippers in Anthony Young, Tyler Brown and Mitch Luck all getting in the mix. Hill End managed to get into fifty only once for a goal as YYN controlled the defence. The Bombers added 6-4 to 1-0 with a feature the boundary run of fifty metres by Dean McDonald to notch his second, YYN went in at half time with a healthy lead. It was a goal for goal in the third but Hill End again disappointed with the wrong options allowing YYN to intercept and control the ball. There were plenty of stoppages as play developed into scrum type atmosphere, the umpires busy trying to get their decisions right as players tackled hard. Hill End couldn’t make any inroads as whenever they goaled YYN would reply almost in the next bracket of play. Ambu Uliando was strong for Hill End as he collected many possessions and ruckman Calvin Rees was again amongst their better players. YYN had too many runners feeding the forwards where Dean McDonald, Keenan Hughes, Darcy Shellcot and Mitchell Luck were lurking. Dean McDonald kicked his third as YYN raced away but Chase Saunders replied for his third to pull back the score to a 28 point led by three-quarter as YYN threatened to blow the game away. After the lemons Aaron Fawcett against the wind scored Hill End’s ninth but the revival was short lived as YYN replied when Dean McDonald notched his fourth in what had been a classy display of forward work. YYN running out winners 14-10 to 9-8, Keenan Hughes kicked six for the Bombers and Chase Saunders three for Hill End.Laurie Williams
1ST SEMI FINAL
Mirboo North led well by Coach Josh Taylor were too good for a fired up Morwell East in Sunday’s first semi-final, Taylor, back for his first senior game in many weeks showed what a superb coach he is by dominating the forward line in the first half with nine marks and five goals to lead the way for the Tigers, he came off later on with a wrist injury. Conditions were good but slippery but it was Mirboo North via their talls in Justin Fulton and Peter Taylor who gave them the drive. Fulton and Morwell East’s Andrew Brown put on a show of how big men can play a pivotal role. Mirboo North went to the front by the first break with a three goal gap which would be the closest Morwell East would get for the rest of the match. The second term saw Mirboo North edge away from Morwell East by using the big ground to their advantage with winger Rhys Kratzat picking up many possessions. Morwell East had plenty of ball movers with Frankie Marks, Shaun Barnes and Brandon Francis all solid contributors. Brad Gibson, playing his 250th for the East was a strong contributor as well. Nearing half time Mirboo North had blown out to a 35 point lead but two quick goals from Frankie Marks saw the Hawks draw back to within 23 points at the break. Morwell East lost their vision in the deadly third term as Mirboo North applied the thumbscrews, the East were held to a miserly point while the Tigers scraped together 3-4 in a painful display. Hudson Kerr, Jacob Nash and Julian Blackford all playing well in defence. The East’s triers were Travis Higgins who never stopped, Zack Manion and Jarryd Pickett also were good in general play. By three quarter time the Tigers still were in a good position. Morwell East looking at their final game of the season decided to go out with a bang and not a whimper, they applied the brakes on Mirboo North and with good play were able to score 4-3 in a comeback last term to the Tigers 1-2 but in the end Mirboo North ran out 25 point winners 11-8 to 7-7.Laurie Williams
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