THE stage has been set for the upcoming grand final between Lincoln South and Mallee Park.

Lincoln South came out victorious following Saturday’s preliminary final against Marble Range.

Marble Range had beaten South in its previous three encounters throughout this season and the side was the clear favourite to advance to the grand final.

For the first time in almost 10 weeks, the Eagles were able to assemble an almost full strength side.

The team welcomed back skipper Anton Story and veteran Luke Duncan and South came out of the blocks all guns blazing.

It had instant reward on the scoreboard and ball use was fluent and direct.

When South aimed at the big sticks, the goal umpire barely had to move and they managed to kick five straight.

This included a brilliant 50 metre shot from the boundary from 2016 Mail Medallist Chris Minns.

The second quarter was always going to be the most crucial quarter for the Magpies but South’s defensive pressure just didn’t allow any space.

There were consecutive goals to Duncan and another one to McEvoy and things appeared almost impossible for Marble Range.

At half time Marble Range was still without a goal and the Eagles had eight.

South continued its dominance and was led brilliantly by the mid field, while the half back line held up.

Finally though, there was something to cheer for mid way through the third term as Marble Range slotted its first goal for the game.

It was an excited Lincoln South huddle at the final break but words from the coaches to not take the foot off the pedal kept players to task.

The score at the final siren was 17-12 (114) to 3-8 (26) in a surprise result.

For Marble Range Cody Pilgrim and T. Anderson were the best.

For the Eagles, it was an all round team performance to book a spot in the grand final against Mallee Park.

 

Original article taken from the Port Lincoln Times

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