Tight Mininera contests
An absolute stellar finish to weekend action in Mininera and District Football League saw a first semi-final between LismoreDerrinallum and Tatyoon go into overtime.
Results also included Great Western knocking off minor premier Penshurst to book itself a spot in the senior grand final.
Nothing separated the Hawks and the Demons at full time after Sunday’s first semi-final.
The teams kicked 13.11 each, and even after a hard-fought overtime Tatyoon only came out victorious by the barest of margins – a solitary point.
Although Tatyoon led the game at every break, the margin was only two points at three-quarter time.
Micheal Lockyer, Tim Fitzgerald, Beau Ketchen and Jack Pitts tried their hardest for the Demons, but in the end it was the Hawks’ day.
Tatyoon was again led by Sean Mcdougall, Jack Antonio, Mitch Cronin and Jarrod Blandford who were able to send Lismore-derrinallum out of the finals in straight sets and set up a preliminary-final battle against Penshurst.
The day before, the wind played havoc at Ararat’s Alexandra Oval.
The majority of play was at one end of the ground and the scores adjusted accordingly, with Great Western booting 4.2 to no score in the opening term.
Penshurst fought back in the second quarter to go into the main break up 15 points.
The lead would change again by the three-quarter-time break and despite the Bombers’ best efforts and one more scoring shot, Great Western held them off for a four-point victory.
Danny Grellet, Jeremy Cronin, Nigel Sibson and Lachlan Molloy led the way for the Lions, who will now have a week’s break.
Apart from securing a grand-final berth, the Lions sent Penshurst off to a preliminary final.
Tim Barton was best for Penshurst, booting three goals in the trying conditions, while Taylor Mckenry and Justin Eales did their bit around the ground.
It will be another big day for these boys this week against Tatyoon.
This week’s preliminary will be at Conna Wilson Recreation Reserve at Mininera.
In other games for the weekend, SMW Rovers play Lismore Derrinallum in the reserves and in under-16.5s it will be Glenthompson-dunkeld up against Moyston-willaura.