Souths look sea­son on a

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - 2017 GRAND FINAL -

IM­PE­RI­ALS re­cov­ered from a hor­ren­dous sec­ond semi-fi­nal per­for­mance against South­ern­ers to earn the right for a tilt at the 2017 LSWFL pre­mier­ship.

The Mag­pies man­aged to scrape over the line at the week­end in an epic strug­gle against the Bull­dogs, but the signs from this stir­ring vic­tory were good in that they have in­jected a cou­ple of play­ers back into the side to give them some much-needed size to com­pete at the con­tests.

South­ern­ers gave a clin­i­cal dis­play of co­he­sive football in their sound vic­tory against the Mag­pies in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal and with a ros­ter boast­ing some wily ex­pe­ri­ence and youth­ful ex­u­ber­ance will be a for­mi­da­ble side to com­bat.

Mat Gil­lard, Rus­sell Nidd, David Raw­son and John Baggetta have been the back­bone of the Souths’ suc­cess­ful 2017 cam­paign and col­lec­tively have en­sured their sid will strive for their first flag since way back in 2012.

To add to Souths’ ar­se­nal, their youth stocks look omi­nous es­pe­cially Tim Mar­tyn and Chris De­campo up for­ward, while Con­nor Mcrae, Jesse Barnsby, Ja­cob Tennent, Lyn­don Grif­fiths and Dy­lan Petri­wskyi pro­vide the run through the mid­field.

For the Mag­pies to stay in the con­test they must not al­low the Souths side to get an early jump as

Trevor Ben­dotti, from South­ern­ers, looks to get the ball away while get­tin ack­led.

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