CRYSTAL BROOK enters the finals as the favourite for the premiership flag after an almost flawless season.
Their position as the association’s top dog was cemented at the weekend as the Roosters steamrolled Broughton-Mundoora at home.
Saturday’s round 16 clash got off to a slow start as the Roosters managed two goals and two behinds in the opening quarter to the Eagles’ one goal, two behinds.
It was in the second quarter that Crystal Brook gathered momentum and treated the Rooster faithful to a spectacular display of football.
They added eight goals to the scoreboard while the Eagles were restricted to two behinds.
The Eagles regrouped after the long break and attempted to chip away at the margin but the Brookies continued to outscore the visitors. The Roosters scored five goals to the Eagles’ four in the third quarter.
With the Roosters holding a 66-point lead coming into the final quarter, it was well and truly out of reach for the Eagles to stage a comeback.
Crystal Brook continued to outscore the Eagles in the last quarter and won by 72-points.
Jason Eagle was in fine form and kicked six goals. Campbell Combe topped the Roosters’ best players list.
For the Eagles, Corey Smith and Mathew Ramsey kicked two each and Ramsey also picked up best player honours.
Crystal Brook will take on Orroroo in the qualifying final on September 1.
Roos bound for qualifying final
Orroroo will come up against top of the table Crystal Brook at the qualifying final in a fortnight’s time after proving too strong for Southern Flinders.
Saturday’s clash at Gladstone played out similarly to Crystal Brook’s.
It was a slow start as the Roos kicked two goals and two behinds and the Tigers managed one goal, one behind.
The Roos started to break away from the Tigers in the second, adding three goals and five behinds to the scoreboard to the Tigers’ three goals.
After holding a 37-point lead by half-time, the Roos continued to gather momentum and scored six goals to the Tigers’ two.
The final quarter proved woeful for Southern Flinders as they were kept scoreless and the Roos added another four goals to the board.
Dustin Fromm kicked five for the Roos while Isaac Chapman picked up their best player honours.
For the Tigers, Rhys Millington kicked two and Joel Palmer topped the best player list.
The Tigers will battle it out with Broughton-Mundoora this weekend in the elimination final.
Lions, Magpies season at an end
BMW and Jamestown-Peterborough’s season came to an end at the weekend as the association’s fifth and sixth-placed teams clashed at Booleroo Centre.
The Lions opened their home clash with a 14-point quarter while the Magpies were scoreless.
They added three goals in the second while the Magpies also added three to the board.
The Lions added another three in third while the Magpies couldn’t muster up enough strength to overcome BMW and added just one goal.
BMW walked away the victors and defeated Jamestown-Peterborough by 26 points.
Best for the Lions was Bradley Taylor while Jordan Storey and Jake Keller both kicked two goals.
For the Magpies, Joshua Barrett was best and the club’s four goals were spread across Barrett, Nathan Sparks, Kyle Wildman and Henry Redden.