Mag­pies, Hawks primed for fi­nal

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY JONATHAN BOX

With the ‘big dance’ in Minin­era and Dis­trict Foot­ball League fi­nally here, Wickliffe-lake Bo­lac re­mains a clear favourite to win the 2018 pre­mier­ship.

How­ever, as we have said time and again, you just can’t count out Taty­oon when it comes to fi­nals ac­tion.

Taty­oon has proven this again this year and will front up against the Mag­pies in the grand fi­nal at Ararat’s Alexan­dra Oval on Satur­day.

The Hawks’ fi­nals ap­pear­ance al­most didn’t hap­pen con­sid­er­ing their rough run home, when they lost three of their last four home-and-away games. But a fi­nal-round win al­lowed them to sneak into fifth spot.

Taty­oon has done it the hard way, need­ing to con­tin­u­ally win without any rest to get to the season fi­nale.

The Hawks’ suc­cess­ful nav­i­ga­tion through a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal last week, when they beat Pen­shurst by 41 points at Wil- laura, rep­re­sented a penul­ti­mate bar­rier the side over­came to reach the big game.

Wickliffe-lake Bo­lac, on the other hand, has had a dream run, having to only play one fi­nal, against Pen­shurst, to se­cure its spot in the grand fi­nal.

While both teams will be con­fi­dent in their ca­pa­bil­i­ties and cer­tainly de­serve to be in the big game, there is sus­pi­cion both will have lin­ger­ing thoughts in the backs of their minds.

For the Mag­pies, it might be thoughts of a 2016 grand fi­nal when Taty­oon sim­ply dom­i­nated them right from the first bounce to walk away with a 121-point vic­tory.

For the Hawks, thoughts of this year’s round-14 clash where Wickliffe-lake Bo­lac not only scored a 164-point win, but also kept Taty­oon goal­less, would surely linger.

Both teams boast a huge amount of young tal­ent, cou­pled with many ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers.

Taty­oon play­ers such as Sean and Tim Mcdougall, Jar­rod Bland­ford, Jack An­to­nio, Trevor-john Wan­ga­neen and Adrian Pil­grim will all play key roles in the game.

They will go head to head with key Mag­pies such as Bai­ley Veale, Brad Keilar, Chris Thorn­ton, Thomas Gib­son, Tas Clin­gan and Will Slat­tery.

The se­nior game is sched­uled for 2.30pm.

In other games, SMW Rovers play Moys­ton-willaura in the re­serves and an un­der-16.5 clash is be­tween Moys­ton-willaura and Pen­shurst. Woorn­doo-mort­lake will meet Taty­oon in an A Grade net­ball grand fi­nal.

The grand-fi­nal ac­tion fol­lows the league’s Lewis Medal best and fairest vote count, won by Lis­more-der­ri­nal­lum’s Michael Lock­yer. He won the medal dur­ing a count on Mon­day night with 26 votes from Justin Eales, Pen­shurst, and Brad Keilar, Wickliffe-lake Bo­lac, both on 24.

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