In­dus­tri­als still in premier­ship race

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LIFTOUT -

War­ragul In­dus­tri­als re­main in the Ellinbank Dis­trict Foot­ball League premier­ship race as Powoong’s im­pres­sive run came to an end in Sun­day’s first semi fi­nal at Buln Buln.

The Mag­pies had made a sen­sa­tional run to play off in their first fi­nals se­ries in sev­eral years and emerged as a po­ten­tial dark horse fol­low­ing its elim­i­na­tion fi­nal win over reign­ing premier Catani.

But the dream run ended at the hands of per­re­nial fi­nal­ist War­ragul In­dus­tri­als, who are build­ing to­wards a po­ten­tial grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance fol­low­ing their 6-8 (44) to 2-8 (20) vic­tory.

Still miss­ing key play­maker Ben Han­cock, the Mag­pies hung in for much of the match but the In­dus­tri­als were able to win the key mo­ments to emerge with vic­tory.

A dom­i­nant sec­ond term helped the In­dus­tri­als cre­ate a buf­fer that en­abled them to con­trol the sec­ond half.

The In­dus­tri­als had done most of the at­tack­ing in the first half but could only man­age the one goal couresy of a 50 me­tre penalty from a late push.

A late snap from James Do­ria rolled through to re­duce the mar­gin to just one-point at the first change, but the In­dus­tri­als were able to take con­trol from that point.

Shane Brew­ster took the ad­van­tage from some high con­tact to Tye Hol­land and Joel Crowther con­verted from a lead soon after.

Steven Ballingall cut off a pass to set up an­other In­dus­tri­als at­tack, set­ting up Mitch Davies for a goal on the siren.

The In­dus­tri­als con­tin­ued to con­trol pos­ses­sion in the third term, tak­ing a mea­sured ap­proach to pick their way through the Poowong de­fence, but it was prov­ing dif­fi­cult to score in the slip­pery con­di­tions that had been caused by a cou­ple of in­ter­mit­tent showers dur­ing the Re­serves match.

A short pass to Poowong’s Tim Fran­cis for a slid­ing mark and goal gave the Mag­pies some hope in a quar­ter that re­alised one goal apiece.

The Mag­pies pressed hard to be­gin the fi­nal quar­ter but could only man­age mi­nor scores.

The In­dus­tri­als stepped up their work rate but were also find­ing it dif­fi­cult to score.

Along shot from Tye Hol­land on the lead looked to have car­ried the line to fi­nally break the Mag­pies, but a sea of play­ers on the goal line made it dif­fi­cult for the goal um­pire to make po­si­tion and it was deemed a mi­nor score.

A run­ning shot late in the game sent the In­dus­tri­als faith­ful into ju­bi­la­tion as the side moves into the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal on Satur­day.

Davies, Cooper Minichiello, Joel Mor­gan, Michael Ablett, Brew­ster and Ballingall helped the In­dus­tri­als con­trol pro­ceed­ings.

Chris Robin­son, Michael Harris, Jay­den Sul­li­van, Jack Hazen­donk, Matthew Cozzio and Jai New­combe bat­tled hard to keep the Mag­pies in the con­test.

War­ragul In­dus­tri­als play­ers Joel Crowther and Shane Brew­ster crash the pack; Pho­to­graphs; Jeff Tull.

War­ragul In­dus­tri­als player Steven Ballingall flies for the mark; Pho­to­graph: Jeff Tull.

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