Mag­pies cruise into grand fi­nal

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY JONATHAN BOX

Al­though Wick­liffe-lake Bo­lac had a slow start to its Minin­era and Dis­trict Foot­ball League fi­nals cam­paign, the Mag­pies did not dis­ap­point and cruised to their way into their third con­sec­u­tive grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance.

Pen­shurst had all the play in the first quar­ter of the semi-fi­nal against the Mag­pies and while kick­ing two goals, kept its op­po­nent goal-less as Matt Rentsch and Chris Eales worked strongly in the cen­tre. How­ever, Pen­shurst’s lead was short lived as the game pushed into the sec­ond quar­ter, adding another two goals, but with Wick­liffe-lake Bo­lac push­ing for­ward with seven.

The flood­gates then opened with the Mag­pies boot­ing another 10 for the game to the Bombers’ three. The fi­nal mar­gin was 66 points.

James Quayle had a mas­sive day in front of goal for the win­ners, boot­ing eight and named best on ground.

Wick­liffe-lake Bo­lac will now wait to see who wins this week’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal be­tween Pen­shurst and Taty­oon to see whom it faces in the grand fi­nal.

With Pen­shurst hav­ing a cou­ple of in­juries, the rest of the team will have to step up if the Bombers want to per­form well against the ram­pag­ing Hawks.

Pen­shurst failed to pro­duce a mul­ti­ple goal-scorer in Satur­day’s game but with the likes of Rentsch, Eales, Ash­ton Tresid­der and Os­car Linke in good form, this game is set to be a great

ACROSS THE LEAGUES Wim­mera Minin­era and Dis­trict

build-up for the grand fi­nal. Taty­oon, which al­most fell short of mak­ing the fi­nals, has again shown that when it comes to Septem­ber ac­tion it can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

Taty­oon dis­played this with a mas­sive win over Glen­thomp­son-dunkeld last week.

Taty­oon came out fir­ing in the first quar­ter, boot­ing six straight and main­tain­ing a hefty lead de­spite the Rams keep­ing their opponents to only three points in the sec­ond term.

The dam­age con­tin­ued af­ter half time, with the Hawks adding 11 goals to their tally.

Jack An­to­nio, Shaun Orr and Rick Hen­rick­sen were the best play­ers on the day, with Hen­rick­sen and Trevor-john Wan­ga­neen boot­ing three goals apiece.

With a grand fi­nal berth at stake and their sea­son on the line, this game is build­ing up to be a great con­test be­tween two strong sides.

The se­nior game starts at 2.15pm at Wil­laura Recre­ation Re­serve.

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