Pies win a thriller to en­ter grand fi­nal

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times Sport -

WIDELY tipped by the football scep­tics of hav­ing lit­tle hope of turn­ing around their woe­ful dis­play last week, Im­pe­ri­als pro­duced a stun­ning form re­ver­sal to out­last Bridgetown by a sin­gle point and claim the right to con­test the 2017 LSWFL Grand Fi­nal.

The Mag­pies’ sea­son ap­peared des­tined to end abruptly when they trailed by six goals dur­ing the game, how­ever, in a stir­ring fi­nal term, the team’s de­ter­mi­na­tion would ride them home leav­ing the Bull­dogs to lament on how they let vic­tory slip from their grasp.

In the end, the Mag­pies got home by the small­est of mar­gins, win­ning 15.12 (102) to 15.11 (101).

As ex­pected, the Mag­pies were keen to atone for their poor show­ing in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal and were quickly into their work, kick­ing the first few goals.

The Bull­dogs set­tled into their game-plan and with Jor­dan Jupp loom­ing as a dan­ger for­ward, they gained score­board pres­ence.

With some fe­roc­ity, the Bull­dogs stamped their au­thor­ity on the con­test with a co­he­sive brand of football.

Jack Bridg­land was su­perb through the mid­field while Jupp, Kyle Wil­son and Rod­ney Jetta had the Mag­pies’ de­fence in trou­ble as they slot­ted mul­ti­ple goals to put their op­po­si­tion on the ropes.

As the game pro­gressed, the Mag­pies started to find struc­ture go­ing for­ward with Nathan Brad­bury, Arthur Ben­nell and Tyler Ipsen keep­ing their sides’ pre­mier­ship hopes alive.

The Bull­dogs still com­manded con­trol with Cal­lum Jupp, Jor­dan En­gle and Isaac Rut­ten all prom­i­nent.

In an epic fi­nal term, Ben­nell and Troy Wil­son turned the game for Mag­pies and with Ryan King, Jack Waide­man and Scott Giz­zarelli on top in the con­test, the Mag­pies rolled on to claim the lead.

In the dy­ing sec­onds Jupp’s shot on goal fell short and his side failed to rush a be­hind to level the game.

The Mag­pies re­pelled as the siren sounded, send­ing them to the grand fi­nal.

Pic­tures: Mick Hill

Mitchell Cloth­ier, from Bridgetown, picks up the ball closely watched by his Im­pe­ri­als op­po­nents.

David White­head, from Im­pe­ri­als, takes the mark over Dy­lan McKay, from Bridgetown.

Rod­ney Jetta, from Bridgetown, takes the mark over Ben­jamin Matthews-Herald, from Im­pe­ri­als.

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