Demons ad­vance to grand fi­nal

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Koo wee rup have ad­vanced to the West Gipp­s­land football grand fi­nal af­ter ac­count­ing for a waste­ful Nar Nar Goon in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal at Garfield.

The match was nip and tuck for the first three quar­ters as the lead changed hands sev­eral times.

Trail­ing by just three points at the fi­nal change, the Goon wasted op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fi­nal term with a re­turn of 1-6.

It was the break the Demons needed, boot­ing 3-1 for the quar­ter to win 10-9 (69) to 7-17 (59).

Goals to Ja­son Wells and Mitchell Collins saw the Demons break away early in the fi­nal term but the Goon were able to wrest back mo­men­tum, with a goal to Jake Smith bring­ing the mar­gin back to seven points.

A steady­ing goal to Wells punc­tu­ated a run of four con­sec­u­tive be­hinds to the Goon, and was enough for the Demons to stave off de­feat to book a date with Phillip Is­land in Satur­day’s grand fi­nal.

Ear­lier, it had taken un­til the 11 minute mark to see the first ma­jor of the match from Nathan Voss.

Liam Hether­ing­ton fol­lowed up to cre­ate an early buf­fer for the Demons, but goals to Smith and Tom Do­vas­ton gave the Goon a slight ad­van­tage at the first change.

The Goon car­ried the mo­men­tum into the sec­ond term with a Matthew Stevens ma­jor ex­tend­ing the lead to three goals.

The Demons hit back through Voss and Nathan Lieshout to close the mar­gin to just four points at the long break.

Goals to Wells, An­thony Gi­u­liano and Ben Ker­ri­gan were coun­tered by ma­jors to Trent Ar­mour and Smith as the Demons took a three­p­oint lead into the fi­nal change.

The Demons were able to fin­ish stronger, as­sisted by some in­ac­cu­racy from the Goon.

Wells fin­ished with three goals for the Demons, in­clud­ing the clutch goal to sink the Goon.

Nathan Mu­ra­tore, David Collins, Mitchell Collins, Ker­ri­gan, Brodie Yapp and Caleb Milo­je­vic also led the charge to help the Demons book a place in the grand fi­nal.

Sam Black­wood, Smith (three goals), Daniel Battaglin, Troy Tous­saint, Todd Beck and Ar­mour en­sured the Demons would have to work hard for the win.

Sea Ea­gles ad­vance

In­ver­loch-Kong­wak ad­vanced to the Re­serves grand fi­nal, com­fort­ably ac­count­ing for Nar Nar Goon 8-12 (60) to 4-8 (32).

The Sea Ea­gles over­came early in­ac­cu­racy to kick away in the sec­ond half, scor­ing six goals to three.

Sam Van der Zalm, Toby Sherer, Ben Scan­lon, Jar­rod Ham­ling, Daniel Ma­son and Michael Van Roy were the bet­ter play­ers for Nar Nar Goon.

Bull­dogs win through

Phillip Is­land over­came a de­ter­mined Garfield to ad­vance in the un­der 18s.

Lead­ing by just three points at the fi­nal change, the Bull­dogs kicked the fi­nal two goals of the match to win 6-6 (42) to 4-5 (29).

Scott Simp­son-Brewer led ef­forts to keep Garfield in the match with three goals, while Ethan Sauze, Trent McMa­hon, Noah Glen and Ty Jack­son Miller were also prom­i­nent.

Demons thump Goon

Koo wee rup thumped Nar Nar Goon in the un­der 16s.

The Demons jumped out of the blocks and were never headed against an in­ac­cu­rate Goon side, win­ning 9-8 (62) to 1-9 (15).

Ni­cholas Bind­ley kicked three goals, while Matthew Voss, Archie Whitta, Ethan McDon­ald, Lach­lan McLeod and Ja­son Stokkel also led the charge in a strong vic­tory.

Ai­dan Pipi­celli, Nate Pipi­celli, Flynn Parker, Har­ri­son Brain, Hay­den Car­ney and Bai­ley Beet were the bet­ter play­ers for the Goon.

Garfield’s Ethan Sauze bat­tles for the ball at the bot­tom of the pack with Phillip Is­land’s Brodie An­der­son.

Garfield’s Trent McMa­hon and Phillip Is­land’s Blake Christo­pher tus­sle for the ball.

Garfield’s Joseph Ver­leg has his run at the ball im­peded by Phillip Is­land’s Matthew Free­man; Pho­to­graphs: Michael Robin­son.

First year um­pires Nick Roberts and Nic James en­joy a break in warm con­di­tions at Garfield on Satur­day.

It was a fierce con­test from start to fin­ish in the un­der 18s at Garfield.Phillip Is­land’s Levi Robin­son fends of a tack­ling at­tempt from Garfield’s Tully Loomes.

Garfield’s Sean Lyall wins the tap over Phillip Is­land’s Kane Pat­ter­son.

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