Roos too strong for Eagles

ROOS THROUGH TO FINAL: Orroroo's Nick Hombsch fights for the ball in Saturday's prelminary final clash at Laura.
ROOS THROUGH TO FINAL: Orroroo's Nick Hombsch fights for the ball in Saturday's prelminary final clash at Laura.

ORROROO will have its eyes set on the shield – with the hope of bringing it home for the first time since 2007 – following a 34-point defeat of Broughton-Mundoora.

Laura hosted a bumper preliminary final crowd as the Roos and Eagles battled it out to make it through to this weekend’s grand final against Crystal Brook. 

The Roos put on a powerful performance, opening Saturday’s clash with two goals in the first quarter while the Eagles managed just three points. 

The gap continued to widen by the second quarter as the Roos added another four goals to the board, thrilling the visiting Roo faithful, while the Eagles finally kicked their first goal. 

Going into the long break, Orroroo had a 30-point lead. The Roos continued to add to the scoreboard while the Eagles struggled to score. Another two goals were added by the Roos in the third quarter to the Eagles’ four points. 

The Eagles saved its best scoring for the final quarter, kicking three goals to the Roos’ two but it was too late – the Roos were through to the grand final and the Eagles’ finals hopes had been destroyed. 

Thomas Moten was best in front of goals for the Roos and booted three. He also picked up best player honours. For the Eagles, Kane Bowley and Thomas Wheelen kicked two each. Topping their best player list was Nick Hewett. 

B Grade

Southern Flinders heads through to the B Grade grand final following its 18-point defeat of Crystal Brook.  In what was a low-scoring affair, the Tigers kicked off the first quarter with 10 points while the Roosters were kept scoreless. 

The Tigers added to the board in dribs and drabs, scoring two goals in the second, while the Roosters managed four points. 

Both teams kicked two goals apiece in the third while the Tigers added three points in the final quarter to the Roosters’ one goal. For Southern Flinders, Micheal O’Brien kicked two while Aiden Malchow picked up best player honours. For the Roosters, Adam Noonan kicked two and Harrison Vanstone was best. 

Senior Colts

Crystal Brook put on a thrilling display to defeat BMW by 31 points. The Roosters chipped away at the scoreboard all day, adding two goals in the first, five in the second, another three in the third and one in the final quarter. The Lions struggled to hit the board, in comparison to the Roosters, scoring a point in the first, four goals in the second, a point in the third and then three goals in the last quarter. 

Junior Colts

Orroroo proved too strong for the Roosters with a 35-point victory to send them through to the grand final.