Bears head­ing to TFL grand fi­nal

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FOOT­BALL: The Chin­chilla Bears men’s side has qual­i­fied for the 2017 Toowoomba Foot­ball League cham­pi­onship grand fi­nal after reg­is­ter­ing a vic­tory against sec­ond-placed Wil­low­burn last Sun­day.

Both teams had reg­is­tered a win in their pre­vi­ous meet­ings with each other and it was al­ways go­ing to be a tough en­counter.

The Bears were the first to score in the fifth minute when a free kick was awarded to the Bears.

James Cardillo was on the end of the free kick from Dan Har­mon to put it in the back of the net.

The Wil­low­burn goal­keeper was called upon to make many saves in the open­ing 20 min­utes.

The Bears scored a sec­ond goal through Ross Cardillo from a cor­ner to take a 2–0 lead after 22 min­utes.

The Bears cre­ated some more chances in the first half but did not score.

The Bears’ de­fence had the up­per hand in most sit­u­a­tions with Jonty Calleja, Matt Hoff­mann, Sean Bow­man and Dan Har­mon hold­ing steady through­out the half.

The sec­ond half started with Wil­low­burn keen to chip away at the deficit and the game picked up pace.

Time was run­ning out for Wil­low­burn and they started to push for­ward in num­bers to find those game-sav­ing goals, but this left their de­fence ex­posed when the Bears turned de­fence into at­tack.

Chin­chilla was able to hold the lead un­til full-time.

The Bears now face the win­ner of the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal be­tween Wil­low­burn and Gar­den City.

FI­NAL BOUND: The Chin­chilla Bears are through to the TFL cham­pi­onship grand fi­nal.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

VIC­TORY: The Bears de­feated Wil­low­burn in the ma­jor semi-fi­nal, 2–0.

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