PORT LINCOLN FOOTBALL
UNDER 17 PRELIMINARY FINAL
TASMAN 11.7 (73) DEF MARBLE RANGE 8.6 (54)
Tasman booked a place in the grand final against Wayback after an inspired win over Marble Range on Saturday.
The Roosters set up the win with a dominant first quarter and were never really headed after.
Tasman's pressure was intense throughout as they were prepared to chase down their opposition and finished the work off with great tackling.
Marble Range had opportunities but found it difficult to make a path through Tasman's defence to score only two points in the first term, and had a tough time competing in the midfield.
Leading goal scorer Toby Casanova kicked two goals in the first term for the Roosters, while Brodie Higgins and Jayden Gale kicked one each.
The Rangers stood a bit taller in the second quarter but still could not find a way to goal. Eli Giddings held his own up and down a wing, while the midfielders saw more of the ball than they had in the first.
However, Tasman kicked away again with two goals through Joe Harris and Ethan Parsons to lead 6.3 (39) to 1.3 (9) at half time.
Tasman increased its lead in the third quarter with three goals to two but Marble Range looked better around the ground and were bettering the contests.
The Roosters rested some players in the final quarter and Marble Range lifted. The Rangers found run in their legs and brought players into the game to kick five goals to two, but the game was put beyond doubt early by the Roosters and the margin proved too big to catch up.
For the winners, Jayden Gale and Jaiden Jude were best. The entire defence deserves a mention and looks to be the best balanced in the league. Max Murray continued his good form and Brodie Higgins was again good.
For Marble Range, Eli Giddings was a shining light. He gets plenty of the ball, does not overuse it and gets it on quickly. He will be a real leader next year. Brock Davis, Jesse Trevor and Tom Morgan also played well.