By Jason Barbin
Stellar performances from Tim Werner and Alaster Bradley were the highlights of the first week of Division 2 finals with their sides, Keysborough and Murrumbeena on the winners list.
Keysborough 13.7 (85) def Caulfield 8.9 (57)
Burra gun Tim Werner was the star as the second ranked Keysie dismantled Caulfield at Clayton’s Meade reserve in the Qualifying Final.
Werner finished the game with three goals in a best on ground performance, booting his side’s first two goals as part of a six-goal onslaught.
Werner’s brother Matt was also in excellent form with two goals alongside an impressive Daniel Morland and Jake D’Atri.
Although Caulfield scored the first goal of the game through Jake Buggy, the rest of the term belong to Keysborough as it slammed home six goals to take a 32-point lead into the first change.
If the Bears were shell shocked it didn’t last long as they booted the first two goals of the second, but again the Burra had the answers, kicking the last three of the half to open up a 33-point advantage.
Tim Werner scored his third goal of the game in the third term, as Keysborough slammed home four to two and increased its lead to 47 by the final change.
Although the game was seemingly won and done, Caulfield finished strongly, booting three goals to two behinds in the last, but the final result still went Keysborough’s way, by 28 points.
Buggy finished as Caulfield’s best alongside Tom Heagney.
Murrumbeena 9.11 (65) def Skye 5.14 (44)
The boys from the Beena arena sent an inaccurate Bombers outfit into a tailspin with a superb final quarter display when the game was on the line.
Neither side had shown much in the way of accuracy through three quarters, with Skye narrowly leading Murrumbeena 4.8 to 3.10, but the Beena slammed home six goals from seven scoring shots to one goal from seven from the Bombers in the final quarter to win the game.
Alaster Bradley was excellent as a focal point up forward for the victors, kicking two goals while providing a strong set of hands alongside gutsy captain Mitch Walder who finished with three.
In light of gun Jake Semmel not at his best, Jordan Cusin and Lachlan Batt were in excellent form and put on a display of efficient football.
A tight first quarter saw Murrumbeena a narrow five-point lead into the first change, courtesy of a two goal to one output.
Skye was able to reduce the margin in the second, largely thanks to poor kicking inside 50 from Murrumbeena, with two goals from the Bombers cutting it back to three.
Only one goal was scored in a grinding third term, as the Bombers took a four-point lead into the final change.
Murrumbeena roared to life in the last with the game on the line, as it slammed home six goals to one to take away the victory and stave off elimination.