DINGLEY has advanced through to its second successive SFNL Division One grand final with a gutsy 16-point win over East Brighton after trailing at every break in last Saturday’s second semi-final at Springvale.
It was a come-from-behind effort that thrilled Dingoes’ coach Shane Morwood.
“To be down by 17 points early in the third quarter and win by 16 was a great effort,” he said after the 10-11-71 to 8-7-5 victory.
“That may have been different last year and may have blown out to a big loss, so that was a pleasing aspect for us.”
Morwood believes the win will be a boost to his players mentally.
“They’ve had the wood on us in finals in recent years, even though we have dominated them during the home-and-away season.
“So to beat them in a hard-fought final like today will give our guys the belief in their ability to get the job done.
“I felt confident about today because of the way the players have been training and their attitude.”
The game lurched the Dingoes’ way in the third quarter when three unanswered goals put them on top.
The move of Jake Mullen on to the ball during the second quarter proved effective, while colourful forward Calhan “The Dream’’ McQueen had his kicking boots on with six goals.
Big man Stu Cleeve and the reliable Tony Lavars also shone for the Dingoes, with Jackson Peet and Tom Wright also prominent.
The Dingoes have earned a week’s rest, while the Vampires will take on Mordialloc in next Sunday’s preliminary final.
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