GRFNL Football Prelim Review | Hay outplays Moulamein to reach decider


HAY outplayed Moulamein to score a 35-point victory in the Golden Rivers senior footy preliminary final on Saturday.

The Lions made a great start to the clash at Macorna to double Moulamein’s tally of 14 points in the first term.

Hay led 28-14 at quarter-time and then scored three straight goals and held the Swans to a score of 2.3 in the second term.

Defences were on top for a lot of the third quarter.

Moulamein won the term, 14-7, to be within 10 points going into the final term.

It was Hay which dominated what would be the Swans last quarter of the season.

The Lions slammed on 4.2 to a point on the way to a 79-44 victory.

Will Clark kicked four goals for Hay as Jensen Hargreaves, Jack Headon, Cooper Scott and Declan Watson added two each.

Goalkickers for the Swans were Beau Duggan-Hulands and Amos Farrell, two; Anthony Daw and Josh Flight.

Hay’s best were Will Clark, Jack and Fergus Cattanach, Clint Brunnenmeyer, Brad Pocock and Kenneth Jubb.

Zac Cockayne, Cody Storm, Blake Azzopardi, Will Gibson, Grant Kaylock and Kaylem Hartley worked hard for Moulamein.

In the reserves, Macorna marked a hard-fought 44-36 win against Wandella.

Macorna led 15-1 at quarter-time before Wandella struck back to win the second term, 14-nil.

Scores were locked on 15-all at the long break.

The Tigers were able to score 2.2 as the Bombers added a behind in the third term.

There was plenty of attacking in the final quarter.

Wandella won the term, 20-15, but it was Macorna which advanced to the grand final after a 44-36 win against the red and black.

The Tigers’ attack was led by Tristan McIntosh on two as Josh Berryman, Melayke Comer, Stephen Randall and Jordan Simpson kicked one each.

Goalkickers for Wandella were Jack Danckert, three; Laine Gibbons and Adam McKenzie.

Macorna’s best were Jordan Simpson, Josh Berryman, Anthony Free, Peter Wishart, Luke Spalding and Kieren Shelley.

Adam McKenzie, Jordan Robertson, Brock Henderson, Austin Crellin, Jack Danckert and Tanner Treacy were Wandella’s best.

A big day for Macorna on its turf included a 66-52 win against Moulamein in the under-17 ½ preliminary final.

The Tigers led 20-6 at quarter-time and 38-8 by the main break.

Moulamein lifted its play to win the third term, 15-7.

The Swans added 3.4 to nil in the last which meant scores were 45-all when the siren sounded.

A top contest went into extra time in which Macorna scored 3.3 to 1.1 for a 14-point victory.

Goalkickers for Macorna were Bayley Ablett and Lachlan Farrell on two, along with Will Canham, Blake Forster, Will Meharry, Rawley Nicholson, Rivers Webb and Sam Whinfield.

Elijah Prentice kicked two goals for Moulamein as Ethan Fitzpatrick, Angus Jones, Lachie Martin, Lochlan Prentice and Caleb Scandolera added one.

Best for Macorna were Blake Forster, Rivers Webb, Will Canham, Will Meharry, Jack Warren and Sam Whinfield.

Caleb Scandolera, Rhys Wilson, Joseph Herold, Tyler Alford, Lochlan Prentice and Connor Green played well for Moulamein.

Preliminary final day began with the under-14 ½ match between Macorna and Ultima.

The Kangaroos led 6-2 at quarter-time before the Macorna Tigers fired up to win the second term, 21-6.

A closely-fought third quarter went Macorna’s way, 7-6.

The Tigers added a goal as the Roos scored 1.1 in the last term.

Macorna marked a 5.6 (36) to 4.1 (25) victory in a match where Ultima’s accuracy played a key part in staying the contest for so long.

The Tigers’ attack was led by Will Longstaff and Jaxon O’Rourke with two and Cooper Carmichael on one.

Goalkickers for Ultima were Rory Bell, Ryder Condely, Archie Frost and Tyler Polkinghorne.

Macorna’s best were Taylor Lacy, Jaxon O’Rourke, Will Longstaff, Cooper Carmichael, Oakley Tonkin and Archer Lacy.

Charlie Farrell, Rory Bell, Archie O’Toole, Riley Hender, Nate Keam and Jake O’Brien played well for the Kangaroos.

Schedule for Saturday’s footy grand finals at Murrabit:

Under-14 ½ at 8.55am: Wandella v Macorna.

Under-17 ½ at 10.15am: Ultima v Macorna.

Reserves at 12.15pm: Ultima v Macorna.

Seniors at 2.30pm: Ultima v Hay.