Industrials shooting for third flag
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.