Ea­gles, Dogs in bat­tle

Albany Extra - - Sport -

Ea­gles and Bull­dogs will face off in the South­ern Dis­tricts Ju­nior Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion un­der-13 grand fi­nal this Saturday af­ter both won tight pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal con­tests at Tiger­land last Saturday morn­ing.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing on top of the lad­der, the Ea­gles had to with­stand a fast fin­ish from the Saints to book their grand fi­nal berth with a 10point win.

The Saints failed to score in the open­ing half and trailed by 28 points at the fi­nal break be­fore kick­ing three goals to make things in­ter­est­ing in the last quar­ter.

De­spite their in­ac­cu­racy in front of goal, the Ea­gles pre­vailed 4.11 (35) to 4.1 (25). Den­mark-Walpole got the fast start in their pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal against the Bull­dogs but three sec­ond-term goals had the Bull­dogs in front by half-time.

The Bull­dogs were waste­ful in front of goal in the fi­nal term but still recorded a 13-point vic­tory to progress to the de­cider, 4.7 (31) to 3.0 (18).

Mean­while in the un­der-15s com­pe­ti­tion, Mt Barker will do bat­tle with the Saints in the grand fi­nal af­ter they edged out the Bull­dogs in a thrilling pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal, also at Tiger­land.

The Bull­dogs, cour­tesy of their early mid­field dom­i­nance, led by 14 points at quar­ter-time be­fore the Bulls surged back into the match with the next four ma­jors. Trail­ing by 14 points at three-quar­ter-time, the Bull­dogs mus­tered a strong chal­lenge but they could only man­age one goal in the last stanza as they went down by six points, 3.5 (23) to 4.5 (29).

Ea­gles’ Ryan Lazar polled 36 votes to win the un­der-13s be­stand-fairest award and the lead­ing goal kicker.

Bull­dogs’ Jaxon McLean col­lected 31 votes to win the un­der-15s fairest-and-best award in a thriller from Bulls’ Jye Wil­liss (30 votes).

Up-and-com­ing um­pire Cyrus Up­son was named SDJFA um­pire of the year.

The SDJFA also in­ducted Rob and Corinne Schorer and Mur­ray An­ning as life mem­bers.

Pic­ture: WAFC

SDJFA un­der-15 fairest and best Jaxon McLean, cen­tre, of the Bull­dogs, with Bulls’ run­ner-up Jye Wil­liss, right, and Arthur Jones, in third.

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