Minyip-Murtoa 107 d Stawell 78
MINYIP-MURTOA will play finals football after a 107-78 win over Stawell at Murtoa.
The home side came out firing, keeping the Warriors to just one behind in the first term.
The Burras had the end in sight with a 10-goal lead at three-quarter-time.
The Warriors fought to the end, kicking 7.5 in the final term to the Burras’ 2.2. But it was not enough to change the result at the final siren.
Minyip-Murtoa coach Scott Arnold said it was a solid win.
“We had an even spread of goal-kickers, which was great,” he said.
“We played well for three quarters then we went to sleep for a bit in the last quarter.
“They kicked seven goals, which was disappointing for us – we seemed to have put the cue in the rack a bit early.
“In the end we got the result we were after, which has locked us into finals.”
Liam Newell, four goals, Blake Grant, four, and Brylie Cameron, three, were the Burras’ leading goal-kickers.
Arnold said Justin Garth and Daniel Smith were standout players. “Looking ahead we need to keep playing well and hopefully we can keep improving,” he said.
Warriors coach Brad Cassidy said the side persisted throughout the game and looked to finished off strong in the last quarter.
“We had 13 scoring shots in the last quarter, which was really good, and we achieved some really good flow-on ball movements,” he said.
“It was a great result, without a win.
“You certainly like to start the next game of footy the way you finished the previous one – that was the take-home message for the day and we will be looking to start strong on Saturday.”
Cassidy said he has seen great improvement in his side during the second half of the season.