Cats avoid straight sets exit

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LIFT OUT -

Neerim-Neerim South en­sured it would avoid a straight sets exit with a strong per­for­mance against Buln Buln.

Hav­ing en­dured its first loss of the sea­son in last week’s sec­ond semi-fi­nal, the Cats came out fir­ing and never let the Lyre­birds into the con­test on the way to win­ning 11-14 (80) to 23 (15).

Justin Lock­ett kicked three goals, while Rhys Ge­orge, Cooper Clancy, Lach­lan Guy, Travis McCann and Luke John­son were also prom­i­nent as the Cats kicked away.

Kyan Wil­lis, Bai­ley Wright, Jai Pitkin, Mitchell Crole and Jack Storey bat­tled against the odds for Buln Buln.

In­dus­tri­als ad­vance

War­ragul In­dus­tri­als put an end to Poowong’s fight in the un­der 16s, scor­ing a com­fort­able win 9-13 (67) to 5-0 (30).

The Magpies had scrapped their way deep into the fi­nals series and were in touch at the first change, but the In­dus­tri­als ul­ti­mately proved too strong.

They kicked five goals to three across the sec­ond and third quar­ters to all but kill the con­test.

A left foot floater from the bound­ary from Oliver Marek sailed through the mid­dle and from there the fired up In­dus­tri­als took con­trol.

A goal deep in the game looked to cap a strong per­for­mance that was only marred by a fra­cas on the fi­nal siren, with an al­leged strike from a Poowong player spark­ing an ugly melee that also in­volved of­fi­cials and spec­ta­tors.

While the In­dus­tri­als have won through to the grand fi­nal they will face a ner­vous wait at tonight’s tri­bunal, with the um­pires putting the In­dus­tri­als run­ner and a player into the book.

Marek, Har­ri­son Perry, Matthew Clynes, Hunter Dowel and Xavier Ford helped lift the In­dus­tri­als to vic­tory.

Goal kick­ers and bet­ter play­ers for Poowong were not avail­able at time of go­ing to print.

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