Joeys set up grand re­match

Geelong Advertiser - - FOOTY FIX - JOSH CON­WAY

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

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