2ND SEMI FINAL
2ND SEMI FINAL MATCH REVIEW – YARRAM V TRARALGON TYERS UNITED
Minor premier Yarram overcame a sluggish start against Traralgon-Tyers United in the second semi-final to win through to the grand final.
On Saturday at Rosedale, the Demons won 14.10 (94) to 9.8 (62).
The Bombers kicked four goals and one behind in difficult conditions to race away to a 12-point lead at the first break.
Demons president Anthony Rodaughan said the Bombers were operating like a well-oiled machine in the early stages of the game.
“They came out of the blocks quick and they were making the play, got the centre clearances and their systems were working pretty well,” Rodaughan said.
“As it went on we got our systems back and we got the last goal of the quarter, so while they had the lead we started to feel as though the tide had started to turn.”
And it did. The Demons piled on six goals and held TTU to none as their midfield heeded the advice of coach Matt Scholz.
“The message at quarter-time was that we needed to lift the intensity,” Rodaughan said.
“People needed to persevere with what we do and we placed a fair bit of onus on the midfield to get on top in their positions and that’s what happened.”
Griffin Underwood had plenty of clearances in the second term, Dan Vardy dominated in the ruck and the work of Chris Bruns and Liam Farley paid dividends on the scoreboard as Louis Rodauaghan kicked three goals in a row.
“We just moved the ball really well, really quickly and the defensive work of the midfield paid off,” Rodaughan said.
“They laid tackle after tackle because of the conditions and from the boundary you could hear the thuds as tackled were laid, so it was very hard, physical contest.”
Rodaughan said the Demons “pulled through unscathed” and would “enjoy the win then get back to the plan” of avenging for last year’s loss in the premiership decider.
“It’s one step towards where we want to be and it’s pleasing, but there are plenty more steps to go,” he said.
With a fortnight to go before the decider, Yarram will hold an interclub game on Saturday to “simulate a match work-out”.
Liam Bentley missed with groin soreness but will “be in the wings and back at training”, according to Rodaughan, who said the Demons were now looking at a full list for the grand final.
Coach Matt Scholz will take part in this weekend’s practice match after some weeks off through illness and his fitness for the decider will be assessed at a later date.Kate Withers - Latrobe Valley Express
1ST SEMI FINAL
1ST SEMI FINAL MATCH REVIEW – CHURCHILL V SALE CITY
Sale City’s two-year reign as North Gippsland football premier came to an end on Sunday.
The Bulldogs lost the elimination final at Wooside to Churchill, courtesy of a stunning third quarter by the Cougars.
The Bulldogs led by four points at half-time, but the Cougars piled on 10 goals to two during the third term to take a 48-point advantage into the final quarter.
Sale City made a last-ditch effort to claw its way back in the final term with the first three goals, but the damage was done as Ben Kearns scored the final two of the day to take his tally to seven and help the Cougars win 19.11 (125) to 12.14 (86).
Ben Skinner and Allan Chandler also played their part for Churchill, which will play Traralgon-Tyers United in the preliminary final this Saturday at Gaskin Park.
Captain Ben Chivers was best for the Bulldogs, while Nick Grainger kicked six goals.David Braithwaite - Gippsland Times
Yarram v Traralgon Tyers United match review taken from article written by Kate Withers reporting for Latrobe Valley Express. To view original article in full online visit http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/5624872/ttu-to-face-cougars-in-preliminary-final/?cs=1588
Churchill v Sale City match review taken from article written by David Braithwaite reporting for Gippsland Times. To view original article in full online visit http://www.gippslandtimes.com.au/story/5623406/bulldogs-bow-out/?cs=1576
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