North win sets up all-Freo fi­nal

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

NORTH Fre­man­tle stormed home to com­plete a stun­ning come-from-be­hind vic­tory to knock the pow­er­ful North Beach out of the Perth Foot­ball League fi­nals se­ries last week­end.

Trail­ing un­til they hit their straps early in the fi­nal quar­ter, North Fre­man­tle stayed in the premier­ship race with the 16point win, 9.10 (64) to 7.6 (48).

North Beach got off to a great start, kick­ing three first quar­ter goals and hold­ing North Fre­man­tle goal­less to go to the first break with an 18-point ad­van­tage.

The sec­ond quar­ter saw a hard slog, where North Fre­man­tle clawed their way back to a 10-point deficit by half-time by kick­ing the only goal for the term.

It re­mained an arm wres­tle af­ter the long break, with North Beach man­ag­ing two goals and the port team three, bring­ing the mar­gin back to just three points at three­quar­ter time.

North Beach scored the first goal in the fi­nal stanza but then the flood­gates opened for North Fre­man­tle, kick­ing five of the next six goals for a solid win.

While the North Beach sea­son has ended, North Fre­man­tle live to fight an­other sud­den death fi­nal against port ri­vals Fre­man­tle CBC at Morris Buz­za­cott Re­serve this week­end.

In the other A Grade fi­nal, Dar­ren Mum­ford led the way with three goals in a con­vinc­ing win by Univer­sity over Fre­man­tle CBC to set up a re­turn bat­tle against mi­nor pre­miers Scar­bor­ough next week.

A solid 32-point with by the Univer­sity side, 13.9 (87) to 8.7 (55), en­ables them to re­turn con­fi­dently af­ter de­feat­ing Scar­bor­ough last month at their home ground at Milling­ton Re­serve.

This week also fea­tures a spe­cial event as Perth Footy Live heads to Pat Goodridge Re­serve to cover the In­te­grated Foot­ball grand fi­nal be­tween Cool­binia and Wil­let­ton.

Tune in on the Face­book pages of Footy Ra­dio or Com­mu­nity News for the cov­er­age on Satur­day.

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