Joeys set up grand rematch
ST Joseph’s coach Heath Jamieson says only a premiership will be acceptable for his club after Joeys pushed aside Colac to set up a grand final showdown with St Mary’s.
Stung by losing for the first time this season in last week’s second semi-final, Joeys responded with a comprehensive 74-point win over the Tigers in Saturday’s preliminary final.
Joeys have now earned the right to face St Mary’s for the GFL’s holy grail next weekend, with Jamieson bullishly suggesting: “We still believe we’re the best side in the GFL.”
It was complete domination by St Joseph’s on Saturday, which, after a poor showing in the semi-final against the Saints, seemingly rediscovered its mojo in a slick performance at Simonds Stadium.
But the season can’t yet be labelled a success, according to the coach.
“We’re in it to win it,” Jamieson said.
“We’re not looking at next week thinking, ‘Great effort for our footy club, we’ve made it’. We’re in it to win it.
“Anything less than winning two grand finals for our footy club next week will not be a pass (the reserves are also in the grand final).
“We’re not happy that we’ve made the grand final, we want to win it. If we don’t, we will be disappointed.”
Kaden Newton kicked Colac’s first goal at the 24-minute mark of the GRAND FINALS Seniors: St Mary’s v St Joseph’s, 2.10pm. Reserves: St Mary’s v St first term and the margin was just nine points, but it would be the closest Colac would get.
When Jacko Davis drilled a torpedo from 60m that sailed through the middle after the quarter-time siren, you got the feeling it was going to be Joeys’ day.
Less than 24 hours after Geelong AFL coach Chris Scott moved Patrick Dangerfield to full-forward to great effect against the Swans, Jamieson produced his own coaching masterstroke, putting defender Ben Capra into the ruck, a position he has not played all year.
This gave St Joseph’s a threepronged attack of Rhys Hultgren (four goals), Cam Tudor (three) and Lech Featherstone, which it didn’t have a week earlier against St Mary’s.
Jamieson described having two tall targets as a risk that “didn’t pay off” against the Saints, however moving Capra into the ruck gave the minor premier a more potent edge.
The game was over as a contest at halftime, with Joeys taking in a 42-point lead, and if not for some inaccurate kicking, the margin could have been even greater.
Davis, Hultgren, Brenton Rees and Daniel Lovick all stood out in an impressive display, with Jamieson believing his side has the blueprint to beat St Mary’s.
“To be honest, I think they (St Mary’s) showed their hand a bit,” he said. “We saw last week as a speed bump, we’re over that now and full of confidence.” Joseph’s, 11.30am, Colts Div 1: Torquay v St Mary’s, 9.30am. *Saturday, Simonds Stadium