EFL: Balwyn Tigers roar into prelim final

BALWYN  continued its charge through the EFL division 1 finals with a comprehensive win over Scoresby in Sunday’s semi-final.

Balwyn led from start to finish, piling on the goals in the second half to triumph 11.14 (80) to 3.3 (21) at Tormore Reserve.

 Balwyn started the better of the two teams to kick an early goal and take the first lead. It would be the only goal of the quarter as Balwyn failed to turn its dominance around the ground into a significant advantage.

 Balwyn wasted several promising forward thrusts, ignoring some strong chances and failing to make the distance on two set shots.

The Tigers got off to a convincing start in the second term with a goal inside two minutes, but Scoresby soon clicked into gear to kick two of their own, bringing the margin back to three points.

It was a real arm wrestle for the rest of the quarter as both teams struggling to get the ball inside the forward 50.

Scoresby ruckman Luke Van Rheenen dominated the hit outs but Balwyn won the clearances, and a late goal to Luke Barker just before half-time gave the Tigers a 10-point buffer at the long break.

Scoresby looked like they might break the game open early in the third term, with two set shots on goal, but their failure to convert  came back to haunt them.

Balwyn slammed on three goals in a  five-minute period, with some great running through the middle from Steve Kenna the highlight.

Balwyn went into the final break with  a four-goal lead.

Balwyn coach Dan Donati implored his troops to keep pushing in the final term and it didn’t take long for the Tigers to take control.

Donati was pleased with  his team’s efforts, particularly keeping Scoresby to just three goals.

“We pride ourselves on defence; we want to keep sides to low scores, and our back six today were amazing,” Donati said.

Balwyn will  play Norwood in this week’s preliminary final after Norwood lost to Vermont in the other semi-final. The winner of that match will meet Vermont in the grand-final.

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