THE curtain has fallen on Wycheproof-Narraport's North Central Football League season after it lost to Wedderburn by 36 points at the weekend.
The two teams went head-to-head in the first round of finals matches in front of about 2000 people at Charlton.
Wedderburn captain Danny Benaim won the toss and elected to kick with a slight breeze but it was the Demons captain James Coatsworth who registered the first score of the match.
Early on, the Demons sent a strong signal to the Redbacks that they were on a mission to advance to the next round of the finals series. Wedderburn responded through Sam Barnes, who scored the Redbacks' first goal.
Despite trying to make the most of their wind advantage, the Redbacks were unable to match the Demons and trailed by nine points at the first break.
The Demons started to break the game up in the second term by adding another three goals to their tally before the Redbacks were able to strike back.
Coatsworth was causing the Redbacks some problems up forward, having bagged four majors.
After the main break, the Redbacks repeated their last meeting's efforts when they had a strong third term to get a break on the Demons.
Brady Herdman and Barnes kicked five goals between them for the Redbacks and at three-quarter time they had turned a 12-point deficit into a 22-point lead.
Wycheproof-Narraport signalled early in the last term that it was not a spent force when it registered the first two goals, but that is where it ended, with Wedderburn kicking the last four goals of the game to win by six goals.
The Redbacks have been in fine form over the past few rounds and will now hope to mount a strong defence to their premiership title, which they have carried for the past two seasons.
The Redbacks will now prepare for their next match in two weeks' time when they face either Charlton or St Arnaud at Boort.