Last chance for Saints
MILESTONE: Jaclyn McAlpine was unable to post a win in what was her 250th club game for Myrtleford on Saturday.
MYRTLEFORD has been unable to recapture their round eight heroics with a 46-37 loss to Wangaratta in their Ovens and Murray B grade qualifying final on Saturday.
The Magpies slowly trickled away from the Saints early as their three-goal quarter time lead extended to six at the half.
Myrtleford then had their best quarter in the third as both teams scored 13 goals before they jumped Wangaratta early in the last to cut the margin back to three before the Magpies again lifted.
Bridget Flint-Chapman and Amber Quirk were able to effectively pressure and force wide Wangaratta’s shooters, Gabrielle Wales and Tayla Allen, as their inaccuracy kept Myrtleford in the game.
Star player, Rebecca Piazza, was solid for the Saints with 31 goals at 76 per cent.
Coach Jaclyn McAlpine was a strong performer in her 250th game for the club while fellow veteran Flint-Chapman was the Saints’ best.
McAlpine’s 250th game has been a long time coming due to pregnancies, years away and injury after she brought up her 150th all the way back in 2006.
Myrtleford will this weekend meet Lavington in a suddendeath semi-final with the winner to face the loser of North Albury and the Magpies in a preliminary final.
The Saints easily accounted for Lavington at home in round 12, winning by 16 goals, but were beaten in round three without Flint-Chapman, Piazza and McAlpine. PHOTO: Melissa Beattie
McAlpine is weary of the Panthers given their elimination final win over an in form Yarrawonga outfit.
“They must be playing a lot better than the last time we played them, it will definitely be a tough game for us,” she said.
“It went up a gear on the weekend and there were a lot more nerves, turnovers and mistakes that wouldn’t usually happen and with finals we will get that pressure again.”
Myrtleford will play their semi-final at 12.30pm on Sunday at the WJ Findlay Oval.