In­dus­tri­als shoot­ing for third flag

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LIFTOUT -

War­ragul In­dus­tri­als kept its hopes alive of a third con­sec­u­tive Re­serves premier­ship, with a strong sec­ond half ef­fort to sink Catani in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

With in­ter­mit­tent rain through­out the day con­di­tions were dif­fi­cult, and a low scor­ing slog en­sued in the first half.

While scores were level at half time, the In­dus­tri­als kicked away in the third term with 3-4 to the Blues’ one be­hind to cre­ate a handy buffer of 21-points at the fi­nal change given the con­di­tions.

The Blues won the fi­nal term, scor­ing 1-4 to three be­hinds, but the mar­gin proved too dif­fi­cult to over­come in the heavy con­di­tions as the In­dus­tri­als won 5-11 (41) to 3-9 (27).

Dar­ren Blaney booted three goals for the In­dus­tri­als, while Liam Keily was the sole goal kicker for the Blues.

Sam Davies, Blaney, Luke O’Brien, Darcy Niel­son, Scott Lind­say and Cory Mel­bourne helped the In­dus­tri­als en­dure in the tough con­di­tions.

Drew Camp­bell, Matthew Ken­nelly, Jay Bosan­quet, Blake Matthews, John Traynor and Nicholas Cullen did their best to keep the Blues in the con­test.

Catani player Wil­liam Temby looks for a pass­ing op­tion dur­ing the Re­serves pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal against War­ragul In­dus­tri­als.

Catani player Nicholas Cullen shows des­per­a­tion to move the ball on.

Sam Davies was best on ground as War­ragul In­dus­tri­als ad­vanced into the Re­serves grand fi­nal.

Damien Mullen looks for a pass­ing op­tion; Pho­to­graphs: Michael Robin­son.

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