Kimba lock in Grand Final spot | PHOTOS

A grade: Kimba 16.10 (106) def Eastern Ranges 9.5 (59)

The A grade match was set up to be a cracking contest contest with the quality of players in both sides.

With a four goal breeze to kick with in the first quarter the Tigers took full advantage.

Ben Clements got the Tigers' first followed by Joel Fitzgerald and two running goals to State Country representative Ryley Maitland.

Reece Rayson was prominent early and when he found Fitzgerald with a brilliant pass, who then goaled.

The signs were looking ominous for the Ranges.

Ranges' defenders Dylan Jaggy, Elliott Claxton and Mick Noble were working overtime, Jack Kenny was his usual creative self.

Pat Jenner kicked the Ranges' first after being on the receiving end from a brilliant pass into the breeze.

Jenner then took a strong one-handed mark and goaled, giving the Ranges some spark.

The Tigers responded through a strong leading mark from Fitzgerald and a further goal to Zane Stutley topped off an excellent quarter from the Tigers.

7.3 to Ranges 2.0.

The second quarter saw lots of strong, contested footy with both sides going hard at the ball and the tackling was a real feature of the match.

Young Tiger Max Ramsey was doing well on his wing and young Ranges player Noah Ramsey was also getting plenty of the ball on his wing.

The Ranges were getting plenty of forward entries but were repelled well by Clements, Andrew Vandeleur and Dylan Bone.

Pat Jenner was creating a real headache for the Tigers defence with his strong leading and marking and kicked three for the quarter.

Joel Fitzgerald kicked a goal for the Tigers into the breeze after a great pass from Kemp.

The duel between Fitzgerald and Jaggy was a beauty.

When Rick Leonard kicked another goal for the Ranges they were certainly making up ground on the Tigers.

Both defences were playing well and creating plenty of drive for their respective sides.

The half time score was Kimba 8.5 to Ranges 6.3

The third quarter saw the Ranges bang on a quick goal into the breeze from a great snap from Hayden Norris.

The game was certainly hotting up with players crashing in hard at every contest and the tackling again was good.

The Tigers gradually got their running game going and with some good linkups from Dion Woolford, Reece Rayson and Ryley Maitland, Fitzgerald kicked another goal from a strong mark despite close attention from Jaggy.

The Ranges' running outfit in Kenny, Jake Bruce, Ethan Kwaterski, Kyron McCallum and Ramsey were providing plenty of drive and forward entries but the Tigers defence through Vandeleur, Bone and David Dunbar were standing firm.

Bailey Francis kicked a goal for the Tigers and then with a long bomb from Darcy Noll, the Tigers were taking control of the game.

The three quarter time score was Kimba 12.8 to Ranges 7.4.

The final quarter saw the Ranges put on a quick goal from Jenner and when Kenny kicked a long goal for the Ranges, the games intensity lifted another notch.

The Ranges were trying desperately to gain some momentum and run the Tigers down, however, up stepped the Tigers's Jesse Kemp who dominated the quarter and was in everything.

Zane Stutley goaled after some great desperation by Nick Collins.

Thomas Klingberg kicked two, Fitzgerald kicked his fifth and when Kemp took a strong mark and goaled, that stopped any chance of a Ranges comeback.

The Ranges players were trying valiantly but to no avail.

Tensions threatened to bubble over late in the quarter after what appeared to be a late bump on Bailey Francis by Dean Storic, which saw the game stopped for five minutes or so while the young Tiger was stretchered off.

In the end the Tigers ran out comfortable winners by 47 points and will look forward to the week off while the Ranges will need to regroup for their Preliminary Final clash with Ports next week.

Best for the Tigers were Clements, Rayson, Woolford, Kemp, Maitland and Fitzgerald for his five goals.

For the Ranges Jenner was excellent with six goals, Kenny, Ramsey, Claxton and Jaggy for his effort on Fitzgerald.

B grade: Eastern Ranges 13.6 (84) def Kimba 4.2 (26)

Eastern Ranges came into the match as favourites but also had a bit more incentive with club stalwarts Nathan Gillings and Joel Nield playing their 300th and 250th games respectively.

The match started off very physical as all finals do.

Young Tiger Nick Francis kicked the Tigers' first goal using the breeze.

The Tigers kept banging the ball forward but kept turning the ball over and the Ranges defence led by Klay Harris was holding up strong.

Joel Nield kicked the Ranges' first into a four goal breeze after a lot of errors by the Tigers defence.

Nick Francis kicked another running goal for the Tigers but the Ranges responded through Nathan Peters.

The second quarter was all Ranges, their ability to find a target and maintain possession and numbers around the ball set them up for a six goal quarter to the Tigers' 0.

Logan Elliott kicked three along with goals to Ashley Butterfield and Peters.

The ruck duel between Bevan Hunt and Geoff Rissman for Ranges and Ben Shippard from the Tigers was a real battle but it was Joel Nield who was dominating the game for the Ranges along with Ben Shannon, Nathan Gillings and young Peters.

For the Tigers Azza Johnson, Jesse Robinson and Nick Francis were battling hard.

The half time score was Ranges 8.3 to Kimba 2.0.

The last two quarters the Tigers showed a lot more endeavour with more players getting involved but it was their poor skill level and lack of composure that hurt them with too many turnovers and on the flip side it was the Ranges' better skill level and experience around the stoppages and run that quelled the Tigers of having any chance of getting back into the game.

Goals to Dion Harris and a great snap from Aaron 'Azza' Johnson still wasn't enough to lift the Tigers.

For the Ranges Joel Nield put through his third goal along with peters with his third followed by Gillings celebrating his 300th with a well-deserved goal.

Overall the Ranges won comfortably and had good players all over the ground.

Joel Nield was outstanding, Logan Elliott with his four goals along with Klay Harris, Nathan Gillings, Nathan Peters and Geoff Rissman all playing well.

For the Tigers Azza Johnson, Jesse Robinson, Nick Francis and Brayden Tucker all tried hard throughout the match.

The Tigers now will front up in the Preliminary Final against a very keen Ports side at Rudall next week.


Senior Colts: Eastern Ranges 21.15 (141) def Ports 2.4 (16)

Ports' Senior Colts had the use of the 3-4 goal breeze in the first quarter, but because of the windy conditions, the skill level of both sides was average at best.

It took most of the first quarter before both sides began to handle the wind and lift the skill level which they did for the rest of the game.

Ranges had the majority of the ball and were playing the better team game.

With Ranges dominating the clearances, starting with Tedd Weiss in ruck, scoring opportunities were abundant, and good use of their running players against the wind made getting hands on the ball very hard for the Ports players.

Riley Evans, Billy Collins, Curtis Newlyn, Zane Crettenden and Jackson Allen were all playing good footy for Ranges, while Lenny McDonough, Seth Hutchins and Tom Laas were doing their bit for Ports.

The second half was similar to the first with Ranges playing the better team game with Ports only playing in patches.

Regan Taheny and Angus Turner continued their teams dominance and with Laas off the oval, Ranges kept the ball in their forward line continuously.

It was a very strong win for Eastern Ranges to head straight into the grand final with coach Elliott Claxton now needing to re-focus his players, while Ports coach Trevor McDonough will need to find a way to lift his team in the preliminary final against Kimba this week at Rudall.


Junior Colts: Kimba 7.5 (47) def Eastern Ranges 3.0 (18)

Having suffered just the one narrow defeat (four points to Ranges) during the minor rounds, Kimba would justify their flag favouritism, coming from a goal down at quarter time to win the second semi-final comfortably.

Kimba coach Matt Vandeleur has some talent at his disposal; the aces in the pack again figuring prominently in their best players - Brodie Zibell, Mac Seal and Saxon Larwood.

Their goals came courtesy of Jed Venning with three goals and Saige Vandeleur with two; along with singles to Lucas Eatts and Tom Modystach.

For Ranges Cooper Allens' three goals were the sum total of their score whilst Louis Schubert, Angus Dunn, Archie Schubert and Carter MacGowan rounded out their best players.


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