Picola United can sniff back-to-back premierships after defeating Strathmerton to book its place in yet another grand final.
Hayden Brown led from the front on Saturday kicking eight goals to ensure that United would not only extended its lead at every break, but snap the Bulldogs’ 13-game winning streak, prevailing 18.8 (116) to 10.7 (67) at Deniliquin.
Clinton Barnes, Mark Ryan and Blake Jorgensen all established themselves on the contest as United restricted the Picola District Football League north-west division’s second highest scorers to just 30 points at half-time.
The Bulldogs were left scrambling again in the premiership quarter with United piling on four goals to two, before eventually winning by 49 points.
Taylor Beard was also instrumental for Varcoe’s side booting four majors to take his season tally to 40 goals in 14 games, while Max Canfield, Lee James and Daniel Ellis all slotted two goals for the Bulldogs.
With United preparing for the big dance in two Saturdays, while the Bulldogs will face Blighty in a preliminary final on Saturday.
●The Redeyes proved too strong for Berrigan in yesterday’s first semi-final, winning by 15 points.
Played at Tocumwal, the Saints led for most of the game and got within seven points at three-quarter-time, but the Redeyes eventually won 13.9 (87) to 9.8 (62).
Lenard Clarke kicked four goals for the Redeyes, while Tom Irvine, who kicked 10 goals last week, snared five yesterday as the Saints’ grand final dream came to a halt.
Ryan Chadderton and Charles Simpson were impressive for the Redeyes, while Jye Adamson and Tom Beams’ efforts for the Saints were not enough to keep their dream alive.
Strathmerton and Blighty will battle at Berrigan on Saturday.