Schools football semi-finals at Collingwood's Victoria Park

Bendigo Senior SC v Hallam.

The Bendigo Senior Secondary Lions have won their way to a grand final appearance on the MCG.

The Lions have scored a 17-point victory in today`s semi-final clash with Hallam in the School Sport Victoria premier league.

Bendigo Senior 6.7 (43) d Hallam SC 3.8 (26).

Leading by just eight points at the start of the last quarter, BSSC was feeling the heat when Hallam goaled inside the opening minute.

The Lions showed they were up for the fight as Justin Bateson, Justin Laird and Daniel Davie alll goaled.

BSSC will tackle Box Hill in the June 29 grand final at the MCG.

Lions` coach David Newett praised the players on their workrate and abilty to respond to Hallam`s pressure.

``Today was a fantastic four-quarter performance.

``The back six (led by Harry Conway and Daniel Davie was magificent.

``This winwas great reward for effort and dedication.``

Bendigo SSC`s best in the semi-final victory were Harry Conway, Ryley Barrack, Sam Simmons, Daniel Davie, Lachlan Tardrew and Justin Bateson.

Justin Bateson and Justin Laird kicked two goals each. Sam Simmons and Daniel Davie were also on target.

Fourth quarter, 12 mins: BSSC`s Daniel Davie intercepts pass near centre circle, runs onto bouncing ball and kicks goal from outside 50m arc. Lions lead 43-24.

Fourth quarter, 8 mins: BSSC`s Justin Laird snaps truly after winning bouncing ball near goal. Lions lead 37-23.

Fourth quarter, 5 mins: Justin Bateson goals for BSSC after great tackle near goal. Lions lead 31-23.

Fourth quarter, 1 minute: Hallam wins centre break. Snapshot after roving marking contest goes through. Lions lead just two points, 25-23.

Three quarter-time: Bendigo Senior leads 3.7 (25) to 2.5 (17).

Hallam`s intensity lifted markedly in third quarter and it had a lot more forward entries.

BSSC Lions often kicked too high or too short of key forwards. 

Hallam won term, 7-2, but Lions fought grimly to hold lead.

Third quarter, 15mins: Bendigo Senior SC leads 25-17.

Third quarter, 9 mins: Hallam goals after sustained attacks. Bendigo Senior leads 23-16.

Half-time: Bendigo Senior SC Lions 3.5 (23) lead Hallam 1.4 (10). Lions goals kicked by Simmons, Laird and Bateson.

Second quarter, 19 mins: Justin Bateson kicks Lions third goal of clash. Lions lead 23-10.

Second quarter, 15 mins: Bendigo Senior leads 15-10.

Second quarter, 10 mins: Hallam scores its first goal after midfield turnover. BSSC Lions lead 15-8.

Second quarter: Big leap and mark by Laird at Sherrin end capped with BSSC`s second goal. Lions lead 15-0.

Quarter-time: Bendigo Senior SC Lions lead 1.2 (8) to (0). Goal kicked by Sam Simmons from tight angle near point post at Yarra Falls end of Magpie Park in Collingwood.

Defensive pressure by BSSC and Hallam is high. Smothers and spoils a key for both teams.

First quarter: Bendigo leads 7-0 after Sam Simmons goal in 10th minute.

Winner of BSSC and Hallam plays Box Hill in grand final before Carlton v Collingwood at MCG.

Catholic College Bendigo v Box Hill SC.

Although he was disappointed about the final margin, CCB coach Lee Coghlan praised the team`s second-half fightback.

Completely outplayed for a lot of the opening 40 minutes, CCB`s defensive pressure and run lifted dramatically after half-time.

``We started to win or even a lot more contests in the air or at ground level,`` Coghlan said.

``Box Hill`s play was awesome in that first half.

``They were bigger and stronger than us in a lot of positions.

``Box Hill`s teamwork put us under a huge amount of pressure.

``Full credit to them for the way they played, but I was rapt with how the CCB boys kept on persisting.``

CCB`s best were Rhys Deacon, Bailey Graham, Tom Broadbent, Joseph Mayes, Dylan Morris, Jayden Burke and Ned Slater.

Full-time: An 87-point win for Box Hill against Catholic College Bendigo.

Box Hill 17.11 (113) d CCB 4.2 (26).

Goalkickers for CCB were Rhys Deacon, two; Lachlan Furness and Jayden Burke.

Fourth quarter: CCB wins centre break. Jayden Burke marks at half-forward and goals after 50m penalty. Box Hill lads 111-24/

Fourth quarter: Box Hill leads 111-18.

Fourth quarter: Box Hill goal inside first minute. Hawks lead 104-18.

Three quarter-time: Box Hill leads 15.8 (98) to 3.0 (18).

Much improved prformance by CCB,who after a couple of early goals to the Hawks started to win a lot more contests, set up more attacks and defended strongly.

Hawks won an evenly-fought quarter, 27-6.

Third quarter: Box Hill leads 90-18 late in term. 

Third quarter: Rhys Deacon kicks his second goal for CCB. Box Hill leads 83-18/

Third quarter: Back-to-back goals for Box Hill as it leads  83-12.

Third quarter: First goal of half to Hawks. Box Hill leads 77-12.

Half-time: Box Hill SC 11.5 (71) leads Catholic College Bendigo 2.0 (12).

An amazing opening 40 minutes by the Hawks where a powerful attack has capitalised on the midfield`s dominance. The Hawks slick movement, marking strength, and numbers at contest have been key factors.

CCB goals kicked by Lachlan Furness and Rhys Deacon.

Second quarter: Box Hill scores 11th goal at minute to go in half. Hawks lead 71-12.

Second quarter: CCB breaks goalrush by kicking its second of match. CCB trails by 53 points, 65-12.

Second quarter: Hat-trick of goals puts Box Hill up by 58 points. Hawks lead 64-6 as most of the play is in Box Hill`s attack at Yarra Falls end of ground.

Second quarter: Box Hill continue to pepper goals and lead 52-6.

Quarter-time: Box Hill leads seven goals to one. The Hawks lead 7.1 (43) to 1.0 (6). CCB goal kicked by Lachla Furness. CCB defence under extreme pressure as Hawks are dominating centre breaks, stoppages and on every line.

First quarter, 18 mins: Box Hill has scored six goals to CCB`s one in superb start to contest.

Catholic College Bendigo coach Lee Coghlan.

Catholic College Bendigo coach Lee Coghlan.

CATHOLIC College Bendigo's and Bendigo Senior Secondary College's boys' football teams are at Collingwood's Victoria Park for today's School Sport Victoria premier league semi-finals.

The Bendigo colleges were in great form in the preliminary rounds.

After consecutive wins, CCB's winning run was broken by Bendigo Senior in the third and final pool match played at Epsom-Huntly Reserve.

In today's play, the Lee Coghlan-coached CCB takes on Box Hill Secondary College from 10.30am.

The David Newett-coached BSSC Lions are undefeated and will tackle Hallam from 1pm.

Bendigo Senior Secondary College coach David Newett points out some positional moves in the Lions pool win against CCB.

Bendigo Senior Secondary College coach David Newett points out some positional moves in the Lions pool win against CCB.

Bendigo SSC's Ryley Barrack kicks in the Lions win against Catholic College Bendigo at Epsom-Huntly.

Bendigo SSC's Ryley Barrack kicks in the Lions win against Catholic College Bendigo at Epsom-Huntly.

Bendigo Senior Secondary College and Catholic College Bendigo in their SSV premier league pool clash at Epsom Huntly. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Bendigo Senior Secondary College and Catholic College Bendigo in their SSV premier league pool clash at Epsom Huntly. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Action from Catholic College Bendigo's clash with Bendigo Senior SC at Epsom-Huntly. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Action from Catholic College Bendigo's clash with Bendigo Senior SC at Epsom-Huntly. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

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