Eagles keep grand final hopes alive

Crystal Brook battles on along its road to the finals with three grades surviving Saturday's elimination finals in Orroroo.

In A Grade, Broughton-Mundoora kept its finals hopes alive after a thrilling display in front of the Eagle faithful. 

The Eagles fired up all cylinders and limited Southern Flinders' scoring opportunities from the first quarter until the very end.

They hit the scoreboard with three goals in the opening quarter while the Tigers managed just three points. 

The second quarter was equally as challenging for the Tigers as the added just a point to the board, taking their score to four behinds. 

Broughton-Mundoora added another two goals in the second, giving them a 30-point lead at half-time. 

Regrouping after the long break, the Eagles were determined to blow the margin wide open.

They added another five goals to their tally in the third while the Tigers kicked their first goal for the day. 

Come the fourth quarter, the Tigers' fate for season 2018 was clear. The Eagles scored another three goals while the Tigers kicked one goal. 

The Eagles will now face the losing team from this weekend's qualifying final - Crystal Brook versus Orroroo - at the preliminary final.

Tom Button had a brilliant day on the field for the Eagles and kicked three goals while also topping their best players list.

For the Tigers, Scott McIntyre and Scott Combe kicked one each. Shane Ballantyne picked up best player honours. 

B GRADE

In B Grade, after a slow first quarter Crystal Brook gained momentum to defeat Broughton-Mundoora.

The Eagles and Roosters got off to a slow start, kicking 10 points and seven points, respectively. 

It was in the second where the Roosters were able to blow the margin apart as they added six goals to the scoreboard while the Eagles managed a goal. 

With a 28-point lead up their sleeve at half-time, the Roosters continued to keep their heads above water.

Both sides managed a goal each in the third while the Roosters added two in the fourth to the Eagles' one. 

Best for Crystal Brook was Leigh Williamson while Nathan Crouch topped the scoring list with three goals.

For the Eagles, Ryan Boughen was best and the team's four goals were spread across Boughen, Caden Harrison, Shae Daniel and Josh May.

SENIOR COLTS

The Roosters' Senior Colts side continues to fight for the finals flag after defeating Broughton-Mundoora.

They opened the first quarter with two goals to the Eagles' one and almost doubled their score by the second quarter. 

The Eagles and Roosters both managed just a point in the third.

In the fourth, Crystal Brook added another two goals to the board while the Eagles added one. 

Hugh Jackson was best with the ball for Crystal Brook and kicked three goals. Benjamin Coffey picked up best player honours. 

For the Eagles, Cody Rann kicked two Fergus Tod was the best.

JUNIOR COLTS

Crystal Brook's Junior Colts victory rounded out the club's three wins from three games in the elimination, keeping their hopes alive in all grades.

The Roosters kicked two points in the first quarter while BMW kicked a goal.

They got the upper hand in the second quarter, managing a slender two point lead over the Lions. 

BMW turned the tables in the third, adding three goals to the Roosters' one. 

There was no stopping the Roosters' youngsters as they added three goals in the final quarter while the Lions added just two points.

Best for Crystal Brook was Nick Wilsdon while Beau Allen kicked three goals.

For the Lions, Rory Kumnick kicked three and also topped the best players list.   

QUALIFYING FINAL at Crystal Brook

A GRADE

Orroroo v Crystal Brook

B GRADE

Jamestown-Peterborough v Southern Flinders

SENIOR COLTS

BMW v Jamestown-Peterborough

JUNIOR COLTS

Broughton-Mundoora v Orroroo