Double chances in play for Garfield juniors
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.