Roos on a roll for grand final
Kangaroos will face the Saints in Saturday’s Southern Districts Junior Football under-14s grand final after kicking clear in the second half of Sunday’s preliminary at Centennial Stadium.
After victory in Saturday’s elimination first semifinal by eight points over the fourth-placed Eagles, the Kangaroos fronted up the next day and proved too strong for the Power to secure a place in the decider.
The Kangaroos led the Power by 12 points at half-time and added three more majors after the main break to finish 25-point winners, 7.10 (52) to 4.3 (27).
After finishing in third place on the ladder, the Kangaroos won both finals at the weekend and will now face the Saints at Centennial Stadium, starting at 10.30am this Saturday.
They came from behind in the first semifinal against the Eagles to win 7.4 (46) to 6.2 (38).
The Eagles led at half-time by 14 points before the Roos booted five goals to nil in the third quarter to take a 20-point lead heading into the last quarter.
Despite a fightback from the Eagles, the Roos prevailed and were best served by Teague Valli (two goals), Larbron Taylor-Mccoy and Bronz Tarpay.
Ruckman Tobyn Lowry (two goals) dominated in the first half, while Rafferty Eaton and Jack Day were all solid for the Eagles.
In the second semifinal, Saints progressed straight through to the grand final after overcoming Power by 11 points on Saturday morning.
In the under-12s round robin, which doubled as Proudies Round, the Bulldogs went through pool A undefeated to advance to next week’s grand final while DenmarkWalpole won pool B to meet them in the decider.
On Saturday, the SDJFA awards were held for the under-14s with Ben Kirkwood from Mt Barker winning the fairest and best ahead of Owen Smith (Saints) and Lowry (Eagles).
Melissa Benson, Gavin Jackman and Jeremy Sutherland all became life members after many years volunteer work in the SDJFA.
Power’s Kai Eden is tackled by Saints' Joley Graham.
Eagles’ Tobyn Lowry and Roos' Will Cousins contest the throw in.
Roos' Rylie Valli tackles Eagles' Cori Standish.
Roos' Teague Valli.