First semi final
Wayback lost to Lincoln South
Lincoln South booked a spot in the preliminary final with an emphatic 37-point win over Wayback at Centenary Oval on Saturday.
The Eagles’ experienced players stood up when it mattered most and lead their side to an impressive win.
Wayback captain Toby Rawson won the toss, and elected to kick with the aide of a one to two-goal breeze favouring the primary school end.
The game began with typical finals intensity with the tackling and pressure from both sides a feature.
Rory Hunt kicked the opening goal of the game after some clever work from Fennell and Kuynh.
Lincoln South started to work their way on top in the mid-field through Minns and White and goals to Ackland and Jantke saw the Eagles take a two-point lead into quarter time.
Del Miller and Stelzer continued to provide valuable drive for the Eagles which saw them get on top during the second quarter.
If not for some excellent work in defence from Sampson and Thamm and three first-half goals to Jonty Seal for the Demons, Lincoln South’s 15-point half time lead could have been much more.
With Sinclair and Hayman breaking even in the ruck, the third quarter developed into an arm wrestle.
Both sides missed opportunities in front of goal and a goalless third quarter saw the Eagles take a 16-point lead into the last break.
Lincoln South broke the game open early in the last quarter.
Del Miller was dominant in the mid-field and two quick goals to Rowe put the result beyond doubt.
It was fitting Del Miller was able to sneak forward and kick the sealer to cap off his best on ground performance.
Despite coming into the game with a hamstring injury, Miller further enhanced his reputation as one of the best players in the competition.
He got better as the game went on and stood up when his team needed him most.
Combined with White, Stelzer and Minns, the Eagles have a mid-field that can challenge over the coming weeks.
Other better players for Lincoln South were Sinclair in ruck, Coombs and Rowe up forward with his two goals and Baker provided run from defence.
The future looks bright for the Eagles with James Neale (two goals), Jamie Doudle and Kaleb Hope all playing their role and all are still under 17 footballers.
Best for the Demons were Ben Sampson, in what was another outstanding season from the silky defender, Jonty Seal with his four goals and Matt Hayman in ruck.
Damien Thamm had another excellent game across half back in what will be his last for the club.
Thamm announced his retirement after the game following a series of head injuries.
The Eagles now await the result of the second semi final between Mallee Park and Marble Range.