Dou­ble chances in play for Garfield ju­niors

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LIFTOUT -

Both Garfield ju­nior teams have drawn on the dou­ble chances they earned to con­tinue in the West Gipp­s­land fi­nals.

De­feats in the thirds and fourths sec­ond semi-fi­nals on Sat­ur­day have them now fac­ing up to pre­lim­i­nary fi­nals next Sat­ur­day to win spots in the grand fi­nals.

The Stars just went down nar­rowly in the two games at Nar Nar Goon on Sat­ur­day. The thirds lost by eight points and the fourths by 10. A strong wind blow­ing to the south­ern end of the ground made con­di­tions dif­fi­cult for all sides.

In the thirds Garfield had the breeze at its back in the fi­nal quar­ter against Cora Lynn but couldn’t haul in a 23-point deficit.

The Co­bras didn’t score in ei­ther term when they were run­ning into the wind but held Garfield to 2-3 in the last quar­ter. Fi­nal scores were 7-5 to 5-9. Garfield’s best were Ethan Sauze, Joel Bat­son, Noah Glenn, Wil­liam Collins, Damien Deny­senko and Corey Leggett.

The goals were all sin­gles to Glenn, Ethan Hay­ward, Joseph Ver­leg, Bat­son and Bradley Mor­gan.

Best for Cora Lynn were Toby Ho­gan, Tris­tan Fer­nan­dez-Phillips (4 goals), Josh Arena, Har­ri­son Coe, Chase Black­wood and Lach­lan Miceli.

Phillip Is­land’s 11-point first half lead proved the dif­fer­ence in the fourths in which it downed Garfield 6-9 to 5-5.

There was only one point be­tween the sides at the last change.

Bai­ley Friend, who kicked three of the goals, was Garfield best with other top games from Jez Hamil­ton, Lachie Sauze, Sean Lyall, Zac Soutar and Eric Rannstrom.

Garfield’s fourths will front up to neigh­bour Bun­yip for a grand fi­nal spot that hangs on the re­sult of their pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal clash.

Bun­yip was bril­liant in win­ning its first semi-fi­nal against Cora Lynn 10-7 to 0-4.

There were only two goals be­tween the sides at half time, then the Bull­dogs slammed on six goals in the third term to re­move any doubt about the out­come.

Jack Booth, Will Gown, Wil­liam Pap­ley, Joshua Mur­phy, Dy­lan Gal­lasch and Jake Ste­wart headed Bun­yip’s dom­i­nant per­for­mance.

Bran­don Rose, Sage Tap­ner, Heath Mor­gan-Har­ris and Gown each kicked two goals and Mur­phy and Dal­ton Mur­phy got one each.

Cora Lynn’s bet­ter play­ers were Max Hanks, Gus Da Costa, Ty­ron Cor­nelius, Daniel Vella, Noah Davies and Har­ri­son Ed­wards. The thirds’ first semi-fi­nal was a bat­tle of at­tri­tion. In­ver­loch-Kong­wak downed Phillip Is­land 2-6 to 16. Nei­ther side kicked a goal in the sec­ond half. In­ver­loch that led 2-3 to 1-6 at half time was the only team to score af­ter half time – three be­hinds – to stretch the fi­nal mar­gin to six points.

Garfield fourths’ co-coaches Lach­lan Schreurs (right) and Tyler Hob­son ex­plain tac­tics dur­ing one of the breaks in Sat­ur­day’s sec­ond semi-fi­nal against Phillip Is­land at Nar Nar Goon. The young Stars staged a great bat­tle be­fore go­ing down by 10 points but still can reach the grand fi­nal if they win next week­end’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

Garfield 3rds Noah Glenn (above) and Zane Harper (below) kick their side for­ward dur­ing the sec­ond semi-fi­nal that the side lost by eight points.

Garfield 4ths ruck­man Sean Lyall rises high above his Phillip Is­land op­po­nent at a cen­tre ball up dur­ing the Stars’ sec­ond semi-fi­nal clash.

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