PORT LINCOLN FOOTBALL
WAYBACK 16.11 (107) DEF TASMAN 5.15 (45)
Yet another red and blue team coached by a man named Goodwin will play grand final footy after Wayback recorded a dominant 62-point win against reigning premiers Tasman in the preliminary final.
Wayback were on top with possessions and their defensive pressure across the field, coupled with a solid game from its younger players.
Beau Baldwin and Jamayah Craig stepped up with their work on the ball showcasing bursts of speed and sure hands, while Kurtis Evenden and Beau Sampson were dangerous around the forward 50 kicking four and three goals respectively.
With the breeze to the Park Terrace end, Wayback jumped to an early lead 6.5 (41) to 1.4 (10) and in the second quarter turned up the pressure which kept Tasman from making a dent on the scoreboard.
Tasman struggled throughout the day to create opportunities in their 50 and then convert to goals, not helped by losing Brent Harris early due to a hard knock from a marking contest.
The work of both team's defences stood out, at one end Ben Sampson and Ian Jericho shut out forwards while at the other end Dylan Smith, Nathan Frost and Brad Masters kept Wayback from blowing their lead out further.
Tasman were kept to six behinds in the second quarter to see the score 6.7 (43) to 1.10 (16) at half time, and with a sizeable lead Wayback booted away with six more goals in the third to set up a game winning 50-point lead at the final break.
Tasman continued to fight, with possession magnets Jacob Collins and Tyson Jenner were doing their bit to move the ball forward, as was Jackson Tansell who provided reliable linking play down the wing, but the Roosters had no answer for Wayback's momentum, and just could not make it count in front of goal.
Wayback ran away to a big 62-point win, providing a real boost ahead of the grand final showdown with Marble Range this Saturday.
Jonty Seal provided a strong marking option up the field and was dangerous again in the 50 with five goals with Evenden booting four, while for Tasman Cade Wright was top scorer with three majors.
In the other finals results Wayback are a step closer to their first reserves premiership since 2014 after defeating Marble Range in a low scoring contest 3.9 (27) to 0.8 (8).
Defensive pressure across the board led to multiple turnovers and few scoring shots, with only one goal kicked from eight scoring shots between the two teams at half time.
Wayback were led by the defensive efforts of Liam Rix and Tim Wiseman, as well as full back Patrick Andison while Earl Family Trophy winner Josh McKenzie worked for the contested ball in the middle and set up teammates with his disposals.
Further goals did not come until the final quarter with Wayback kicking two more and while it was not a pretty win, they are now through to face Lincoln South in this weekend's grand final.
The under 17 preliminary final had a thrilling finish as both teams were even at the end of the fourth quarter, necessitating extra time.
Trailing by 10 points at the final break Boston would rally late to even the score and in extra time kicked away to win 8.7 (55) to Wayback 5.12 (42) and earn their spot in the grand final against Marble Range.
The under 15 preliminary final saw another nail biter as Marble Range held off a determined Lincoln South to win by two points, with only one goal scored by each team.
Finally in the under 13s Mallee Park took control of the game in the second half against Wayback, kicking four goals while keeping their opponents goalless to win by 26 points. They will now face Marble Range in the grand final.