Roos on a roll for grand fi­nal

Albany Extra - - Sport - Taj Stub­ber

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.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Benson

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.

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