Pies win a thriller to enter grand final
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.
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.