Tight Minin­era con­tests

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY JONATHAN BOX

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.

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