MORWELL East has stunned favourites Mirboo North, downing the Tigers by 27 points in yesterday’s first Mid Gippsland Football Netball League semi-final match.
At the final
A fortnight ago Morwell East was ranked an outsider, but two weeks on has disposed of Yinnar (fourth) and Mirboo North (second) and now enters the preliminary final on Saturday.
Windy conditions at Hill End did not help either side, but both teams were prepared to go in hard to win the ball.
Mirboo North was without Kris Berchtold – one of its better
Morwell East trailed at the first break only through inaccurate kicking which was brought on by the pressure from Mirboo North defenders.
Dwayne Gunn played a big role for the Tigers in defence and the Hawks couldn’t buy a goal while Mirboo North was able to convert three times, with Jesse Giardina playing a senior role.
At the first
Morwell East’s star was rising in the second term and they produced some of the best form seen this season; Frank Marks and John Koopmans were getting plenty of possession for the East giving their forwards a chance to score.
Clancy Bennett did well for the Tigers but too few were willing to win the hard ball, with Morwell East scoring three goals to Mirboo North’s one.
The Hawks led by
Morwell East came out in the third with the wind at its back and was more forceful in
Shaun Barnes and Lachlan White were busy around the goals, creating headaches for the Tiger defenders and the Hawks were able to post another 2.2 (14), but it was difficult with plenty of stoppages.
Morwell East reduced Mirboo North to only one effective scoring shot, which resulted in a minor score and by three-quarter time led by 15 points.
It was goal-for-goal in a hectic last quarter and Morwell East fans were out of their cars urging their team on.
The team duly responded.
With the clock ticking down the Hawks were able to keep their heads up, while the Tigers knew this was their final match
Jesse Giardina scored four goals up forward for Mirboo North, but he received little support.
The Tigers’ best were Jeremy Salinger, Dwayne Gunn, Giardina and Bennett.