2ND SEMI FINAL
Yarram have won through to the 2019 grand final after holding off a resurgent and quickly-closing Churchill side in the second semi-final in the North Gippsland league on Sunday, 19.10 (124) to 18.8 (116).
The Demons started strongly at Rosedale Recreation Reserve, stacking on six goals and three behinds to the Cougars’ four goals and two behinds to lead by 13 points at the first change.
The second term went much the same way with Churchill adding three goals and the defending premiers adding five majors to their tally to stand 25 points in front at half-time.
A damaging seven-goal third quarter by the Demons extended their lead to what seemed to be a match-winning 46 points at the last change.
With a spot in the premiership final on the line Churchill were stung into action in the final term and came home with a vengeance, nearly snatching victory from the jaws of defeat with a seven goals to one to close out the game and fall just eight points short.
Louis Rodaughan and Daniel Vardy kicked four goals each while four others – Tyler Chisholm, Jack Mcfarland, Shem Rendell and Jarryd Swift – kicked two each.
For Churchill, Blake Slater kicked three goals and Nick Celima, Joel Mason, Cain Iorangi, Dylan Leys and Brendan Mason kicked two.
Among the best for Yarram were Griffin Underwood, Tyler Chisholm, Vardy and Rodaughan.
1ST SEMI FINAL
Rosedale kept its premiership hopes alive with a 37-point victory over Traralgon-Tyers United in the first semi-final on Sunday at Glengarry.
The Blues won 10.18 (78) to 5.11 (41). Leading by one point at quarter-time, the Blues had the chance to put their stamp on the match during the second term, but kicked one goal from nine scoring shots, to head into the main break 13 points ahead.
Rosedale made up for those misses in the third term, kicking four unanswered goals to lead by 29 points at the final change.
The Blues closed out the match with a three-goal to two final term.
In his return from injur y, Brandon McDonald kicked four goals for the Blues, while Matt Royal booted three.
Playing on the wing, Luke Stuckey was best-on-ground for the Blues, with Hayden Bell, Brad Scott, Frazar Brouns and Sam Tudor also making big contributions to the win.
Guy Sinclair and Luke Middleton stood out for the Bombers.
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Churchill v Yarram match review published by Latrobe Valley Express. To view original article in full online click here.
TTU v Rosedale match review written by David Braithwaite reporting for the Gippsland Times. To view original article in full online click here.