Bombers to take on might of ’Pies

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY JONATHAN BOX

Only one more hur­dle stands be­tween Wick­liffe-lake Bo­lac and a third Minin­era and Dis­trict Foot­ball League grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance in as many years, and that hur­dle is Pen­shurst.

Pen­shurst, which fin­ished sec­ond on the lad­der, is no stranger to fi­nals and knows what it takes to get the job done.

The Bombers showed as much in a qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal against Glen­thomp­son-dunkeld where they were 69-point vic­tors.

Scores were even at quar­ter time. The sec­ond quar­ter was when Pen­shurst put its foot down and broke away to be ahead by 30 points at the main break.

Bet­ter ac­cu­racy in front of the sticks might have led to a greater blow-out, but with mo­men­tum be­hind them the Bombers still over ran an in­jury-stricken Glen­thomp­son-dunkeld team.

Chris Eales, Andrew Behncke and Ben Hunt kicked three goals each in the win, while Sam Rentsch and coach Justin Eales led the way in the mid­dle.

Con­sid­er­ing the 2018 form of Wick­liffe-lake Bo­lac, Pen­shurst will need these play­ers to step up again in this week­end’s semi-fi­nal.

The Mag­pies will be well rested af­ter their week off and with their list of tal­ent the smart money would be on them.

Wick­liffe-lake Bo­lac boasts tal­ent and depth all over the ground. Play­ers to watch in the Mag­pies’ line-up in­clude league lead­ing goal-kicker Will Slat­tery, mid­field play­ers Brad Keilar, Bai­ley Veale, Har­ley Hunter and Taz Cling­han, as well as Tom Gib­son, Chris Thorn­ton and Mick Otto in the back line.

Right across the ground they will be tough to beat.

Although Glen­thomp­sonDunkeld suf­fered a loss to Pen­shurst, it gets a sec­ond chance to progress to fi­nals when it takes on Taty­oon on Sun­day in a door-die semi-fi­nal.

In a tight, wet game at Hawkes­dale last week­end, Taty­oon emerged vic­to­ri­ous over Lis­more-der­ri­nal­lum.

The Demons got the jump on Taty­oon early and the Hawks went into half time trail­ing 18 to 34. The third quar­ter was where the Hawks made their move, kick­ing 3.2 to no score.

The fi­nal term was a slog out in the wet con­di­tions with both teams only man­ag­ing two points each.

Lachy Marr, Tim Mc­dougall and David Brady all con­tin­ued their good form and will be keen to keep win­ning.

Michael Ue­ber­gang, Jack Oswald and Damien Lo­gan were the bet­ter play­ers for the Rams in their Pen­shurst loss.

With in­jury con­cerns over the team it will be look­ing at its lead­ers to take another step up to try to keep its fi­nals cam­paign alive.

Wick­liffe-lake Bo­lac will take on Pen­shurst at Taty­oon on Satur­day and Glen­thomp­son-dunkeld meets Taty­oon at Der­ri­nal­lum on Sun­day.

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