Bombers to take on might of ’Pies
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.