Port Lincoln football
SECOND SEMI FINAL
Tasman 13-7 (85) def Mallee Park 12-8 (80)
TASMAN are one step closer to back-to-back premierships after defeating Mallee Park by five points in a nail-biting semi final at Centenary Oval on Saturday.
In the first quarter the Peckers worked hard to control the ball in the centre despite the excellent ruck work of Tasman's Rhys Kelsh.
Derrick Wanganeen and Kingsley Bilney Jnr got many of the centre clearances to start with and Wes Bilney created several inside 50s off half forward.
Two goals from Malcolm Miller and one from W. Bilney got the Peckers to a flying start before majors from Ben Daniels and Johann Wagner kept the Roosters in touch.
Mallee Park were more effective in front of goal with 6-1 to Tasman's 3-2 to lead by 17 points at quarter time.
Tasman started to take over in the second quarter with the midfielders making the most of Kelsh's ruck work.
Tyson Jenner and Boyd McCurry especially worked well off each other with the first touches as the Roosters utilised a quick handpassing game to move the ball forward using wide options on the wing.
George Wilks and Jacob Collins were sublime with their pace and clean skills while forwards Wagner, Daniels and Brent Harris presented very well.
The Pecker defence made Tasman earn shots on goal, Kinglsey Ware and Quade Ware were turning over the ball at half back while Jerome Ah Kit-Burgoyne prevented several shots within the 50.
However Tasman finished with four goals, including two from Harris and kept the Peckers to one behind to lead by nine points at half time.
The third quarter was a back-and-forth battle in the midfield with Tasman continuing to use quick handballing through the middle while the Peckers relied on leg speed and clearing kicks.
It was also a physical contest as players put their bodies into the contests to win the contested ball.
Inside 50s were mostly even and the two teams finished the quarter with 3-1 each to keep the margin at nine going into the final quarter.
The Peckers used their leg speed and strength to take on the contests and set up inside 50s, keeping the ball in their half for most of the quarter.
The Peckers were rewarded with three of the first five goals, including two from Young and with another three straight behinds they were one point in front in the dying minutes.
However Tasman made an urgent push to their 50 and a quick kick from a contest found Wagner, who slotted his fourth for the day to get the Roosters back in front.
The Peckers had one last roll of the dice and a big kick from W. Bilney looked like sailing through for a miracle goal, only for Tasman's Matt Dodd to mark on the line.
The siren sounded shortly afterwards to give Tasman a five-point win and instant entry into the grand final.