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Great Flinders Football League
& Great Flinders Netball Association

GFFL Preliminary Final results

Mini Colts

Tumby Bay responded strongly to get another crack at the Saints in next weeks Grand Final winning by 44 points in the Minis game. The Blues dominated the game from start to finish and got better and better as the game went on with their defensive pressure a highlight. Will Viney showed his class all day to rack up plenty of possessions through the midfield, helping his side to a 16 point lead at half time. The Blues lifted further again in the second half as Cougars despite strong efforts from Stokes and Thomson, just couldn’t get through a tight Tumby defence. The Blues added a further 4 goals in the second half to run out comfortable winners in the end, Viney was a clear stand out as best on ground, Dallas Robinson excellent, and Jalen Burgoyne, Jaiden Jefferson, Lerot Calderwood and Bodi Allen all played excellent games. Cougars were best served by Thomson, Stokes, Johnny Turnbull, Noah Dobbins, Lochie Hazelgrove and Jimmy Doudle who all battled hard. Tumby Bay advance to the Grand Final against arch rivals Eyre United next weekend in what looms as one of the games of the day.

Senior Colts

Eyre United had to work overtime to overcome a plucky Cougars side in the Colts Preliminary Final, with Cougars taking it up to their more fancied opponents all day. The game opened in even fashion as Pugsley kicked the first for the game, but was quickly followed up by 2 great goals to Mitch Blacker. They opened the second quarter strongly with a great running goal to Turnbull and added another quick one to have them up and about and playing the better footy. It was a high scoring free flowing quarter with 10 goals kicked between the sides for the quarter as Cougars took a handy 7 point lead in to half time. The Saints came out strongly after half time to add 2 quick majors and regain the lead, their pressure had lifted and their better players came in to the game to have their side in front by 5 points at three quarter time in what was an excellent and exciting game of Colts footy. Eyre United began to get on top early in the final quarter as Turner and Stratford started to dominate in the air, and Pugsley was finding plenty of it. They managed to kick 4 goals for the quarter and restricted Cougars to just one to run out 30 point winners in a great game of footy. Turner, Stratford, Pugsley, Franklin and Arnsby were their better players, while for Cougars Reuben Hill, Turnbull, Gale, Phelps and Blacker tried hard all day.

B Grade

Ramblers produced a slight upset in the B grade game to come from 2 points down at 3 quarter time overrunning United Yeelanna to win by 16 points in the end. It was an entertaining game of footy, and Ramblers will go in with some confidence against a strong Tumby Bay side in next weeks Grand Final. The Magpies started the game strongly kicking 5 first quarter goals through strong work from Buchannan and Pilgrim with their pressure on the ball carrier a highlight. The eagles responded in the second to close within 4 points and took this further in the 3rd quarter to finally peg their opponents back and lead by 2 points at three quarter time. Ramblers responded strongly and banged on 4 final quarter goals and restricting the Eagles to just one in an impressive display. James Richardson was outstanding for the winners booting a game high 5 goals up forward, Buchanan was solid all day, and Parsons, Joss, and Pilgrim all excellent contributors. For the Eagles, Jed Murnane was their best player, Cafuta, Siviour and Lawrie all valuable and the experience of Francis was invaluable all day..

A Grade

Elliston Districts stood tall in the preliminary final and as expected ran out comfortable winners in the end by 38 points, but didn’t get it all their own way as Lock made them battle hard all day. The Roo’s showed their hand early as Gibson came under some close checking with Beard, Kelly and Heath all applying excellent pressure which resulted in Blaze Kay kicking the first goal of the day. The energetic Rosalia was able to respond quickly for the Roosters, and when Reynolds kicked Lock’s second the game was evenly poised at quarter time. Feltus in his 400th began to have some impact for his side helping Paul and Rosalia to add majors, and Montgomerie, Gregory and Tansell were getting on top across half back. The Roo’s responded strongly and with conviction as Hetzel, Trav Beard and Reynolds all kicked goals to have their side up and about and suddenly in front approaching half time. Elliston Districts responded as Williams and Kelsh came in to the game and they took just a 2 point lead in to the main break. The third quarter was the best of the day with neither side giving an inch, with the ruck contest between Beard and Carey a highlight of the quarter. Where, Brown, Heath and George were finding plenty of it for the Roo’s, while for Elliston Districts McInnis, Montgomerie, Hutchison and Hedley-King were in everything. The Roosters took a valuable 10 point lead in to the final change, but Lock were playing with plenty of confidence and the game was still well and truly alive. As good sides do, the Roosters produced their best quarter of footy when it mattered most to add 4 goals in the final quarter, (and 5 points), but more importantly kept Lock to just 1 point as they ran away with the contest. Zain Montgomerie got better and better as the game went on to be best on ground, McInnis was his usual tough self, and Hutchinson, Kelsh, Rosalia and Carey were all important players for their side. Lock battled hard all day, but in the end were outclassed by a better side with Heath, Brown, George, Tavis Beard and Blaze Kay giving their all in a brave effort by the Roo’s.

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