Dees, Cats hard to beat in grand finals

RESERVES SPECIALISTS: White Hills will chase its second-straight reserves premiership.
RESERVES SPECIALISTS: White Hills will chase its second-straight reserves premiership.

White Hills and Lockington-Bamawm United  are favourites to win the HDFNL reserves and under-17 grand finals respectively on Saturday.

The Demons will chase back-to-back reserves flags when they meet North Bendigo at 11.50am, while the Cats will seek revenge when they tackle reigning premier Leitchville-Gunbower from 9.30am.

White Hills has been the top team in the reserves all season, winning 13 of its 16 home and away games.

The Demons’ strength is its depth across all lines.

Seven of the Demons’ 22 players have kicked more than 10 goals for the season, led by Jarrod Gard with 37.

The Bulldogs have come from the elimination final to make the grand final.

After narrowly beating Huntly by 12 points in the elimination final, the Dogs thumped Leitchville-Gunbower by 97 points in the first semi-final and then held off Colbo by 19 points in the preliminary final.

Senior premiership player Storm Giri has been in terrific form for the Dogs, while Brayden Oates, Bailey Wingrave, Tim Devereaux and Paul Prime give North plenty of drive through the midfield.

In the under-17s, LBU and Leitchville-Gunbower  split their home and away matches, but the Cats have the advantage of an easier finals run. They earned their spot in the decider on the back of a 12-point win over North Bendigo in the second semi-final.

The Bombers have won three cut-throat finals in a row, including a 10-point win over the Bulldogs in the preliminary final.

The Cats have quality players on every line. Swingman Will Pressnell, centreman Charles Hinks, full-forward Tyler Sinclair and exciting small forward Jheuban Medina are players to look out for in the final.

The Bombers’ success has been built around classy duo Mitch McEwan and Lincoln Sieben.

McEwan has senior experience with the Bombers this season and is a tough match-up through the midfield or when he rests deep forward.

Toby Duncan has had a fine finals series, while Billy Hawken is one of the best small forwards in the competition with 34 goals for the season.